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Irish Independent - Business Week - - Technology -

Along­side Nokia’s 3.1 and Mo­torola’s G6, Huawei’s P Smart is the best bud­get smart­phone you can buy right now and is tai­lor-made for those who want a larger screen while not pay­ing more.

Its 5.7-inch dis­play means that you get to scroll through emails, doc­u­ments and so­cial me­dia much more com­pre­hen­sively than with smaller-screen de­vices. (A 5.7-inch screen is around 25pc big­ger than a 5-inch screen.)

The phone’s de­sign isn’t thrilling, in­so­far as it looks like any other generic smart­phone. But it’s more than ad­e­quate and the hand­set is both slim and light.

It in­cludes a fin­ger­print scan­ner but opts for a mi­cro USB port rather than a new USB-C vari­ant.

The 3,000mAh bat­tery on this phone is moderate and def­i­nitely won’t see you through to a se­cond day.

Unusu­ally for a non-flag­ship de­vice, the 32GB model has two rear cam­eras (al­though the se­cond 2-megapixel cam­era is there to guide the first one rather than be­ing a se­cond, dis­tinct tele­photo lens like on an iPhone). Its selfie cam­era is eight megapix­els.

The qual­ity of the pho­tos is only okay, but def­i­nitely on par with other phones in its price range.

If you need a big phone (or a se­cond one), this is a great choice. We’re not used to think­ing of iPhones as ‘bud­get’ de­vices, yet the cur­rent SE model all but qual­i­fies.

For the money, this is one of the beste­quipped, most pow­er­ful smart­phones you can buy right now.

Its main com­pro­mise (al­though it’s re­ally a de­sign choice) is its screen: at four inches, it stands out as the small­est dis­play you can get among any of the ma­jor phone brands.

It means that it’s not as good for watch­ing videos or TV and pos­si­bly not as good for long surf­ing ses­sions through so­cial me­dia or email.

On the other hand, it’s much eas­ier to handle and op­er­ate with one hand, which is one of the big­gest draw­backs of the larger smart­phones. There’ll be no thumb-strain here.

There is an ar­gu­ment that the iPhone SE is the most aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful hand­set that Ap­ple ever pro­duced. It’s ut­terly dis­tinc­tive.

You get 32GB of stor­age as stan­dard, which is rea­son­able.

The iPhone SE also has an ex­cel­lent 12-megapixel cam­era, bet­ter than just about any other smart­phone in its price bracket.

It also runs a pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor (the A9, which is the same as on the iPhone 6S) and can run the lat­est iOS in­ter­face, sim­i­lar to any of the big­ger iPhones.

Un­like the larger mod­els, the SE also re­tains a head­phone jack.

For those who are non­plussed by the shiny black slabs that ap­pear to make up 99pc of all new smart­phones, re­gard­less of man­u­fac­turer, this stands out as a real, mod­ern, pow­er­ful al­ter­na­tive.

There’s only one thing to bear in mind – Ap­ple will prob­a­bly up­date this model in Septem­ber when it un­veils its lat­est iPhones.

So while this gen­er­a­tion of SE phone will likely keep up with iOS for at least an­other two years, Ap­ple may shove more power un­der the hood in a few weeks.

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