Huawei p20 Review

Hello readers,today I want to talk to you about the Huawei P20. For the past month or so I’ve been whingeing about mobile phones on Twitter. My old phone, a Samsung Galaxy S6 had a serious battery problem and needed to be constantly plugged in to work.

Fast forward to this week and I’ve managed to sort out a new mobile phone. I’ve always been a massive fan of the Samsung Galaxy so top of my wish list was an S9. However the costs were beyond what I was prepared to pay for a phone so we had to look for an alternative. Luckily for us (I should add Mr A was also looking for and upgrade) Huawei released their latest range of phones just yesterday (Friday 6th April). So this is my totally non technical review of the Huawei P20.

Huawei P20 Specifications

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get  mega technical on you here, but there are a few specs that most non geeky minded person should know when looking for  a new phone.

Memory

The P20 has a massive 128G storage memory and a 4G ram (its thinking memory). Given that my Galaxy S6 had only 32G of storage memory you can appreciate my exitement at having 4 times  as much memory space (let the music downloading begin).

I  should add that it doesn’t have a micro sd slot so there is no way of adding any extra memory, but unless you’re storing vast numbers of films on your phone this shouldn’t be a problem.

Camera

This is the BIG thing for me, basically what I wanted the phone for. The P20 has a duel 12mp colour / 20mp monochrome camera. This enables the phone to take pictures on par with the Galaxy S9.

Close up of the Huawei P20 duel camera
My ability to take a picture of Mr A’s camera with my camera is in no way indictive of how good the camera is 😁

It has various camera wizardry to enable the novice photographer (such as myself) to take great pictures. This includes a portrait mode which blurs the background when taking pictures of people. It has all the expected filters you would expect plus a nifty beauty option that gives an airbrushed effect to faces. On the downside, one feature I used a lot on the S6 which I can’t find on the P20 is the ability to make collages with photos.

Close up of Mr A. Short receeding hair, slightly smiling. Wearing a maroon sweatshirt. Blurred background
A picture of Mr A taken in portrait mode. Notice the blurred background (and possible use of the beauty feature )

One noticeable feature  this camera does have is artificial intelligence. As someone who half believes that robots will one day take over the world, this both fascinates and bothers me.  In reality what it actually does is enables the camera to identify certain subjects. This helps it to pre-select  the correct settings for these subjects. To date it has recognised when I’m taking pictures of cats, greenery, close-ups, dogs, flowers and people.  The phone also comes  with a 24 mp front camera which takes very acceptable selfies.

Lady facing the camera. Shoulder length black hair, and a fringe. Wearing a black dress and a cardigan

The video capacity is also very good and it has the super slo-mo feature that is highlighted on all the S9 adverts. I was quite disapointed at the lack of video editing software on the phone though. On my S6 I could turn off the background sound or add background music. The only editing available on the P20 is shortening the video.

I’m not the only person who rates the P20 camera as being top-notch. The all-knowing camera geeky people at DXoMark have given this a mark of 102. This is higher than the S9, iPhone X and Pixel2 .

Screen and appearance.

The P20 has a 5.8 inch LCD screen.  In layman’s terms this makes it big, bright and very clear. The phone has toughened glass on the front and back and is very similar looking to the iPhone.

Front of Huawei P20. Showing a page from Instagram with a picture of some pasta

It comes in several colours including an amazing twilight version that alternates between teal and purple depending on what angle its looked at. However when we went to get our phones from Carphone Warehouse the choice was black, black or black.

The phone comes with a clear silicon phone case. However due to the use of toughened glass on the front and back, I think getting a flip phone case really a must. This is a little difficult at the present time. Because the phone is so new, the only ones I could find on Amazon when I searched on Friday were available from China.

Huawei P20 Pro’s

There are lots of brilliant features in the P20. The camera, size of the memory and the brilliant display. The greatest thing about it though is you get all that in a phone that comes with a sensible price tag. To buy the Huawei P20 comes in at around £600. For a contract phone prices start at just £32 a month for a 24 month contract. Compare that to the £60ish a month you need to fork out for a S9 on contract or £740 to buy, and you can see what a bargain it is.

Huawei P20 Cons

This is a great phone, but there are 1 or 2 things that are less than great. It comes without the traditional jack for headphones. Instead the headphones has to be plugged into the charger port. Which is fine unless you want to listen to music while charging your phone. It does come with an adaptor so that normal headphones can be used, but I’m sure it won’t take me long to lose that.

This isn’t the biggest fault though. That lies with the on-screen home button. This is located directly bellow the space button when your typing. If you have fat fingers like mine you will hit the home button almost as many times as you hit the space bar. There isn’t even a real need to have a home button on the screen as there’s a perfectly good home button directly bellow the on-screen one (it’s not clear in my photo but it is there).

Picture of bottom half of the phone screen. Showing the keyboard on the screen and a triangle, circle and square buttoms bellow it
The offending button is the circle in the middle. The triange (back button) and square (open apps button) are far enough away from thr space bar as to not be a problem.

Huawei P20 – Overall Verdict

I like this phone. Although it will take me sometime to get use to avoiding the on-screen home page, and lacks some of the video and photo software that I’ve got use to on from the Galaxy range,  it is still a top quality phone. I would give the phone an 8.5 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone on a fairly limited budget.

Have you got a Huawei phone? If not would you consider one in the future?

Huge Great Update!!

I have just found out a way of turning off the very annoying on-screen home button and using the built in home button for all navigation. This means the phone is oficially a  bloody perfect 10/10

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This is not a paid or gifted review. I have genuinely got the phone on contract and wanted to share my opinion of it.

26 Comments

  1. Rebecca

    April 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I have had a Huawei before and i loved mine. Great Review!
    #LGRTStumble

  2. Laurie

    April 9, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I’m tempted to take a look at this. I’ve heard it’s a good phone.

  3. Liberty Henwick

    April 9, 2018 at 10:53 am

    I love your non-technical review! 🙂 My hubby has a Huawei and loves it, that’s a good point about the home screen button though. Interesting that the camera rates higher than the iphone x. I have a Moto 4G, it’s the first smart phone I have ever bought (got hand me downs before) but decided that I needed something half decent for blogging and, like you, picked it for the camera. I have to say I am slightly in love with it, I’m a designer and so I love the styling. No video editing software though – that I can find! 😀 #LGRTStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      Im hoping to find a free app that will allow me to do simple video edits

  4. Becky | Bringing up the Berneys

    April 9, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I love non-techy views on technology! Numbers and jargon confuse me, this sounds like a great phone! I love the storage and camera! – that’d almost be enough to convert me I think…I’m an iPhone lover through and through. #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Ah the great divide. I wouldn’t try to convince and iPhone lover that this is a better phone

  5. sharon brison

    April 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    My brother just bought this phone and I agree, I thought the camera was really good! but to be honest I’m so used to i-Phones it would be hard to move away from them #MondayStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      There is a very clear dictomy between android and iPhone lovers

  6. Michelle Kellogg

    April 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    That’s an interesting phone. I just upgraded to the iPhone 8 plus from the 6s and so far I love it. It also has no headphone jack, which at first, really bummed me as I love to listen to my iPhone music both with headphones and in my car but the phone actually came with two adapters and I bought an extra for my car so now it doesn’t bother me. I looked at the iPhone X and wasn’t impressed. It doesn’t have a home button. I don’t know what to do with that lol. Glad to be back with #LGRTStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      In the last half hour ive found out how to turn it off and now I love it 😁

  7. Kayleigh (Mini Human Resources)

    April 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I’m after a new phone as specially one that does portrait mode like this as my current iPhone 6 is not cutting it. Great review as I’ve not heard of this before and tend to just stick with iPhones which is silly really as they are so expensive!! #LGRTstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      It is brilliant. And as an update ive found out how to turn off the on screen home button so its now up to a 10/10

  8. Thomas

    April 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Looks a great phone, a chap who works with me has bee. Using that make for ages and really likes the phone
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  9. Sophie

    April 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Great review. I have an iPhone but I’m not massively impressed with the camera. #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 8:43 pm

      Ive never got on with an iPhone. I guess people are very much one or the other x

  10. Caroline

    April 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve always stuck with iPhones but I’ve been tempted to move elsewhere after reading reviews like this one. Then again, the hassle of transferring what is essentially my entire life over is a scary prospect! #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      It’s really easy to transfer over, if you first back everything up on your google drive

  11. Alice | Letters to my Daughter

    April 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Wonder if you can turn the on screen home button off in the setting somewhere? or get a new launcher for the phone like you can with Samsung? Might be worth looking into if that’s going to be an ongoing annoyance 🙂 #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Ive litterally just found out how to turn it off. I now LOVE the phone 😁

  12. Chloe Day

    April 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Oh love the non techie review. I’m an iPhone girl it will take a lot to change me #LGRTStumble
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  13. This Scribbler Mum

    April 10, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    That is an awesome review! Not liking the idea of not having a separate earphone jack but the internal storage and cameras sound amazing! #lgrtstumble

  14. mummy here and here

    April 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I have never heard of this brand but great to hear b honest review X #LGRTstumble

  15. mummy here and here

    April 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I have never heard of this brand but great to hear b honest review X #LGRTstumble

  16. Bryony Shaw

    April 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I want it! My Samsung battery is shite!

  17. Alan Herbert

    April 12, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Have to say I’ve wanted a Huawei ever since the P10 came out.
    This looks like a lovely phone and that camera is amazing!

    #lgrtstumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 13, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Im very impressed with it now ive got the home page button thing sorted

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