NO, YOUR HONOR
There might be plenty of Android smartphones in the market, but getting things right is not everyone’s cup of tea. The latest phone in our hands is from Huawei, a brand whose hardware is generally picked by services operators, rebranded and pushed in the market. However, given its the heavy duty spec sheet and price, this looks like a different case.
The Honor has a decently bright 4-inch capacitive touch display. The touch controls are below the display with the physical keys dominating the side edges. While the front looks good, the back panel made of textured plastic is a big turnoff.
Following the trend of having a customised user interface, Huawei has loaded its own on the Honor. The unlock key is placed in a circle that also gives direct access to three applications. Unlock the phone and you are greeted by four icons at the bottom, which remain static across the homescreen. These aren’t fixed and be can be replaced by long press and drag. The main menu tray has a settings tab at the bottom that can be used for changing the default application space in the main menu. A host of onboard keyboard options are available on the phone.
What impressed us about the Honor at least on paper was its 1.4GHz processor and 8MP camera. But the performance was nothing spectacular. The phone managed to run most regular apps without any hiccups. But it wasn’t capable of handing heavy graphic games or apps. Also, it did slow down a bit while switching between apps. The biggest blow for any Android smartphone launching at this time in the market is the older Android Gingerbread onboard. Huawei claims Honor too will be upgradable to the lates ICS v4.0.
The 8MP camera could have helped the Honor score over rivals, but the results were just about average. We spotted HDR in the camera settings, but there was hardly any difference in the images captured with the feature turned on.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
A good effort that has got things wrong with the pricing.
HUAWEI HONOR Price:
4-inch display; 1GB internal memory, 32GB expandable; Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, A-GPS; 8 MP camera;140 gm; 1930 mAh battery.
SONY XPERIA S Price:
4.3 inch display; 1.5 GHz dualcore processor; 32GB onboard storage; Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth; 12.1MP camera; 144 gm; 1750mAh battery.