The Huawei Honor 8 occupies an interesting space. Cheap Chinese knockoffs of the iPhone have been on the market for years, but Huawei seems to be evolving into its own now. Though the Honor 8 clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the iPhone, it’s not a direct copy, and it manages to balance between Android and iOS quite well.
Whether you like the Honor 8 or not will mostly come down to personal preference. If you’re a stock Android devotee, it won’t be for you, but if you have a soft spot for the iPhone but want something a little cheaper and more customizable, the Honor 8 is perfect.
Huawei doesn’t have a large following in the US, but the Honor 8 is certainly worth your time. And here also have some details about its hardware and software review. Okay, now have a look at below short video review of the Huawei Honor 8.
Physically, the Honor 8 is just a bit smaller than most other flagship devices thanks to its 5.2″ screen (whereas most Android phones come with a 5.5″ screen nowadays). It’s a 1080p display that’s bright, colorful, and just looks great.
Navigation keys are included in the software, so there’s no physical home button. The power key and volume rocker are on the right side, the SIM/microSD card slot is on the left, and the headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker are along the bottom.
The speaker gets reasonably loud, but its placement makes it a little difficult to hear unless you’re watching a video in landscape and cup your hand around it. On the back side, you’ll find the dual camera lenses that Huawei says results in crisper photos, along with the fingerprint scanner.
You can also set it to take a screenshot, turn on the flashlight, or open an app. You can have up to three of those actions assigned since it can differentiate between a single click, double click, and long press.
Overall, the Honor 8 feels premium in your hand, albeit extremely slippery. The curved 2.5D glass feels great and definitely puts it in the same class as the Pixel and the iPhone 7. It certainly took a bunch of design cues from both.
While the Honor 8 might technically be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s a heavily tweaked version called EMUI 4.1 that looks nothing like stock Android. In fact, is has a lot more in common with iOS 10.
The notification shade blurs out the background and has two tabs: Notifications and Shortcuts. The shortcuts can be easily rearranged and customized.
For instance, the Smart screenshot function allows you to take a screenshot of just a portion of your screen — a feature that I really wish existed in stock Android.
You can also customize the navigation bar, choose what the Fingerprint scanner does, and toggle a Windows 10-style Simple home screen.
And that’s barely scratching the surface of some of the features buried in the Honor 8’s settings. It has one-handed controls, voice controls, and motion controls as well. You can toggle a Floating dockoption or schedule times for your phone to turn on or off. In the Battery manager, you can adjust your power plan and get fine-tuned controls for what apps are running in the background.
There are also a bunch of Huawei-designed apps that I’m less enticed by, but which are nonetheless pretty useful and add to the overall aesthetic.
Apps like Phone, Files, and Music look nothing like they do on stock Android, but if you like the look the Honor 8 offers, this could be a positive. This theming runs throughout the rest of the built-in apps as well, leading to a rather consistent interface.