Huawei Mate 9 Hands-on Review

187998316.jpgThis is one of the Best phones on the Market for 2017 right now. I’m an I.T. Guy but I ill try to keep my review as simple as possible.

First off, the display is lovely, it’s an IPS LCD screen, this by far is not the best screen on the market but Huawei has done a great job in keeping the colors rich and bright. The size of the screen is perfect for watching videos. I spend a lot of time on youtube and other streaming sites and because of the screen I rely on my phone more than my tablet to watch said videos.

The Camera – The camera is a 20 MP Hybrid and it works great,I’m a traveler and I love to take photos where ever I may go. The wide aperture effects is great,it really makes you photos stand out. Night shots is above average and videos do not shake much when moving. The phone does have the option of inserting a micro-sd card so you can expand your storage to save your photos and videos. The front facing camera is an 8 MP and its takes good selfie photos and it has a wide angle view so taking those group selfies is problem free.

The Speaker- The phone has a twin grill however there is only one speaker. This is fine as the speaker performs above average and it can get really loud before it distorts the sound.

The Battery- The Battery is a 4000 mAh. This is one of the most important components of the phone for me. Because of the amount of power it holds I get more than a day of charge, and note I’m an above average user of the phone; wifi,streaming,pics, social media,etc. In addition to the amount of power, the rapid charge technology also is a great addition. Usually I would have to charge my previous phones over night to get a full days charge. But this is not the case with the mate 9. I would leave it to charge for about 30 mins and I’m good for the day.

IR Blaster- This is a great feature. In my bedroom I use 6 remotes and sometimes family members tend to use said remotes and misplace them, with the mate 9 I control my cable box,TV,Stereo, Air-condition and more. So when i get home after a hard day of work I don’t get into arguments for the misplaced remotes, I just whip out my phone select which remote I want and just use it.

Performance – Since I got this phone I have no issues with performance , I never experienced any lag, overall performance has been fluid.

Like everything else, there is a few cons:

– Having a big screen means having to use both hands to use the phone, but there is a feature that helps with that. The screen can be shrunk to the left or the right for one hand operation.

– A bigger screen also means a bigger surface that can get scratches. I strongly recommend a screen protector or a temper glass to protect from scratches and cracks.

– Another issue with the screen is that because of its size it feels awkward in the hand when in a horizontal position for screen typing

Conclusion-

I recommend this phone to anyone who wants a Phablet that can give you more than a day of battery life and also requires a good camera. Overall this is a great phone and I highly recommend it.

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HUAWEI Mate 9 Hands-on Review

I just received this phone today and switched from Verizon to AT&T to get it to work. I had no issues with SIM cards or setup. I will give a quick impression now and then update later after I’ve spent some time with it. Out of the box, externally it looks beautiful. I love the metal back and the dark color. The screen is huge with very small bezels. I’m used to 2k screens but the 1080 on this phone looks so crisp I barely notice the difference. The software seems pretty well optimized. I was able to switch launchers easily. I had some issues with their backup software so I just manually did everything through google. Very little lag and everything opens immediately. The camera is very fun to use and has a lot of features to play with.

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*Weekend Update*

After spending the weekend with the phone I am still very happy with my purchase.

The battery life is great compared to my old phone. I play Clash Royale and check it frequently for texting and social media and snapchat and I can easily get through the day without having to charge it. There is very little drain while the phone is idle also, which is nice. As long as you don’t leave a ton of apps open constantly. They have a function that alerts you to background processes using up heavy battery, but it can get a little frustrating with Facebook and Spotify. Those two apps will constantly restart themselves in the background to refresh info, so I’d say once every hour or so I get a warning alerting me to close background apps that aren’t physically running on the phone. The app itself is killed there is just a process running. Would be nice to be able to permanently lock the Facebook app from reopening itself, but I don’t so much blame the phone for that as I do Facebook developers.

Performance is still great. With past phones they tend to heat up when using games, even right out of the box, but the Mate can handle everything I threw at it with no lag. I tested Clash Royale, the new Roller Coaster Tycoon port, and Non-stop Knight. No problems across the board.

I noticed the notifications do not appear on your lock screen by default, like not even an icon saying you have a notification. You have to go into each app in the settings individually and select which appear on the lock screen. Otherwise without unlocking it you have no way of knowing you have a message besides the LED. So it can be fixed you just have to take the time to do it. Speaking of unlocking the phone the fingerprint reader is phenomenal. I’ve never used a backside reader before so I figured it would be weird getting used to, but this fingerprint reader is so quick it to me no time at all to adjust. You don’t have to click to turn the screen on at all you just tap your finger on the reader quick with the screen completely black and it will unlock to your home screen instantly. Also there is feature that you can swipe on the reader to scroll through pictures or to bring down the settings screen which I think is pretty cool. Finally you can double click the volume down button to instantly take a picture from the lock screen. Again this happens almost immediately, it’s one of my favorite features so far.

I changed my rating to 5 stars for now because I do love the time I’ve spent with the phone. I’ll probably update again after about a month, and definitely after they push the Alexa update that is supposed to be coming. Until then, enjoy if you decide to buy! It’s a great deal!

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