NO, YOUR HONOR

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

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:

` 19,900

Specs:

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:

` 32,500

Specs:

4.3 inch dis­play; 1.5 GHz dualcore pro­ces­sor; 32GB on­board stor­age; Wi-Fi, 3G, Blue­tooth; 12.1MP cam­era; 144 gm; 1750mAh bat­tery.

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