Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review of Huawei Ascend P7 – Is it Good or Bad

In 2013, Huawei released the Ascend P6. With this smartphone, Huawei aimed to increase its brand awareness, something where it lagged behind in comparison to better known brands, such as Samsung, Sony and so on.

The P-series of smartphones, under which the Ascend P6 resides, were designed by Huawei primarily for people to whom the looks of a smartphone is most important. The priority is for a smartphone that is stylish, fashionable and elegant to people and the Ascend P6 is designed for that.

Overall, the P-series lie between the D-series and the G-series. The former are Huawei's top of the line high-end smartphones and the latter are mid-range smartphones. As a result, the P-series are not the best in terms of features or specs, but they're are also no the most expensive.

Huawei has since released the Ascend P6S, an improvement of the original P6. That phone only featured internal changes and therefore was more of a minor update and not a true replacement. However, Huawei has now released the Ascend P7, which is to replace its predecessor, the P6.

What are the differences between the Huawei Ascend P7 and Ascend P6?

The new Ascend P7 sticks for the most part to the general design that was introduced with the Ascend P6. As a result, the phones look very similar. With that said, there are a number of differences:
  • Dimensions of the P7 are larger than the P6 as the P7 is physically bigger. The P7 is also a few grams heavier, but most people will probably not notice the difference in weight.
  • The P7 replaces the 4.7 inch touchscreen in the P6 with a 5.0 inch touchscreen. It also supports Full-HD with a resolution of 1920x1080, while the P6 was limited to 1280x720 or regular HD.
  • Huawei has replaced their own processor in the P6 with a newer one, which is more competitive with its peers than was the case with its predecessor.
  • The Android operating system has been updated from Jelly Bean to KitKat and Huawei's EmotionUI skin has been updated to the latest version.
  • The earphone jack is located on top instead of on the side as in the P6
  • The Ascend P7 now includes support for 4G LTE, which the P6 lacked.
  • Internal storage has been doubled in the P7 from 8 gigabytes in the P6 to 16 gigabytes.
  • Battery capacity in the Ascend P7 is 20 percent larger than in the P6.
  • Front camera has been improved
  • Rear cameras has been improved
  • Bluetooth 4.0 replaces version 3.0 in the P6.
As you see, there are lots of changes in the latest addition to the P-series of smartphones. Even though the P7 retains the metal design of is predecessor, there are enough improvements worth of a new phone, which brings us to the pros and cons of the Huawei Ascend P7.

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What's good about the Huawei Ascend P7

Here are a few things that people may like about the P7:
  • When it comes to the P-series, looks are what's most important. While people can disagree on how to define what's a good-looking phone, most people will probably like how the Ascend P7 looks from the outside. The Ascend P7 is supposed to be a pretty smartphone and it succeeds in accomplishing this goal by retaining the general design of the P6. That design achieved recognition and even won some awards. The P7 wisely stuck to a design that was well received and the P7 can in all fairness be called a stylish smartphone for those who want to be fashionable.
  • Another characteristic of the Ascend P6 was its metal body, which makes a return in the P7. You can count on the P7 to be sturdier than most other smartphones. It won't damage as easily and you don't have to worry as much if the phone takes a hit. This is a good attribute to have if you're someone who outside a lot and constantly on the move. In such cases, a smartphone is more likely to fall on, for example, the pavement. A metal body, such as the one found on the P7, gives you a extra layer of protection that should hold up over time.
  • The P6 was not a perfect smartphone and had its flaws. One of them was that the P6 may look absolutely state-of-the-art from the outside, it wasn't from the inside. For example, the phone came with a processor that Huawei had released 18 months earlier, which is a very long time for this type of component. A cpu usually has a much shorter lifespan before it is no longer used. In the P7, Huawei uses its latest processor available, which is comparable with what other phones have and not an outdated one.
  • Also absent in the P6 was support for the fastest cellular connection with 4G LTE. As 4G networks are more and more standard, the addition of 4G compatibility to the Ascend P7 was necessary to prevent people from turning away and picking another smartphone.
  • The Ascend P6 was notable for ability to take much larger photos with the camera in the front than is normally possible with most smartphones. Selfies using the P6 can be up to 5 megapixels in contract to the 2 megapixels than is more commonly found on smartphones. The P6 allows you to take wide-angle selfies with more people in it. Huawei itself refers to these type of photos as group selfies or groufies. In the P7, this ability has been increased even further with the addition of a 8 megapixel camera.

What's bad about the Huawei Ascend P7

Some things that people may dislike about the P7:
  • The Ascend P6 was only average compared to other smartphones when it comes to battery life. This was primarily caused by its very thin design. In the Ascend P7, the battery capacity has been boosted by 20 percent. However, it seems the extra power is needed to compensate for the increased power consumption of the larger 5 inch Full-HD screen compared to the 4.7 inch HD screen of the original. As a result, battery life doesn't seem to have improved much, but stays roughly the same in the P7. If long battery life is crucial to you, the Huawei Ascend P7 is not a good choice for a smartphone.
  • Speaking of thin smartphones, the Ascend P7 is not as thin at 6.5 mm. The Ascend P6 was the thinnest smartphones available when it was released at 6.18 mm. Thin is usually associated with premium smartphones and are usually more expensive. Some people might not care, but if you wanted the thinnest smartphones around, the P7 is not the one as was the case with the P6.

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Overall evaluation of the Huawei Ascend P7 strengths and weaknesses

In my opinion, the Huawei Ascend P7 is basically a better and improved version of the Ascend P6. It fixes most of the flaws of the P6, while mostly retaining the strengths of the original. The P7 supports fast 4G LTE cellular connections, there is a Full-HD screen and battery capacity has been increased, although the phone is now thicker.

You get the same look introduced with the P6 and the same sturdy metal body. The P7 is reasonably priced at around $400. While not the cheapest smartphone around, the price is fair. Remember, the P7 is a metal smartphone and should not be compared to smartphones made of plastic. They're different types of smartphones and should only be compared to other phone in the same class.

The Ascend P6 is good for people who mostly want a good-looking phone at a fair price. It's a smartphone can you can show off to other people and takes great selfies. Good for the trendy and fashionable crowd if you want to stand out. It will also cost less than equivalent smartphones from most other brands.

The biggest drawback is that battery life is so-so. Charging at the end of the day is required. People who make heavy use of the their smartphone will probably want to stay away from the P7. As long as battery life is not crucial to you and you can afford its asking price, the Huawei Ascend P7 should be on your list of smartphones to consider.

  • looks very good, stylish and fashionable
  • metal body is sturdier than plastic
  • large, high-resolution 5 inch touchscreen
  • good phone for taking selfies
  • fair price for what you're getting
  • battery life is not bad, but not great either
  • P7 is both thicker and larger in size than P6

Huawei Ascend P7
Reviewed by Gadget Revue on July 30 2014
Rating: 4

Comparison of Huawei Ascend P6 and P7 specifications

Name Ascend P6 Ascend P7
Brand Huawei Huawei
Type Smartphone Smartphone
Style Bar Bar
Color Black / white / pink Black / white / pink
Dimension (H X W X D) 132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm 139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5 mm
Weight 120 grams 124 grams
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Skin Emotion UI 2.0 Emotion UI 2.3
4G LTE (varies) - 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
3G HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CPU Huawei HiSilicon K3V2E Hi3620 Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 910T
- 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex A-9 1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex A-9
GPU Vivante GC4000 Mali-450MP4
RAM 2 gigabytes (GB) 2 gigabytes (GB)
Internal storage 8 gigabytes (GB) 16 gigabytes (GB)
MicroSD Included, 32 GB max Included, 64 GB max
Screen type 4.7 Inch + Gorilla Glass 5.0 Inch + Gorilla Glass 3
Type IPS In-cell LCD, capacitive, multitouch IPS In-cell LCD, capacitive, multitouch
Colors 16M colors 16M colors
Resolution HD (1280 x 720, 312 PPI) Full-HD (1920 x 1080, 441 PPI)
Rear camera 8.0 megapixels, LED flash 13.0 megapixels, LED flash
- BSI, f/2.0, 1080p@30fps video BSI, f/2.0, 1080p@30fps video
Front camera 5.0 megapixels, 720p video 8.0 megapixels, 720p video
Wireless Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0  Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Connectors microUSB (USB 2.0) microUSB (USB 2.0)
- 3.5 headphone earjack 3.5 headphone earjack
Sensors Accelerometer Accelerometer
- Proximity Proximity
- Tilt sensor Tilt sensor
- Ambient lightr Ambient light
- Compass Compass
FM radio Included Included
Battery Lithium-Polymer Lithium-Polymer
- Non-removable, 2000 mAh Non-removable, 2500 mAh
Special features Metal body Metal body
- Dual-sim optional Dual-sim optional

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