Firstly, let’s try to get the name right. It’s very hard to pronounce for most us, and after doing some research, I noticed that the general consensus is is that the “H” is silent, and you should pronounce it “Wow-wee.” So, with that out of they way, let’s get to the review:
It’s weird. The fact there is no separate app grid where all the apps can be navigated through like Android phones usually do, needs a couple of days to get used to. Personally, I just changed the custom launcher to Nova Launcher, which I’m more used to and it ran seamlessly on the P6. The touched-up UX of the P6 is great though. Visually, it tries to be more iOS-like with standard-square-shaped icons and no separate app grid, but all the perks that make Android my choice are still there, with a drop-down menu that makes everything important a couple of strokes away.
Battery life is pretty impressive for the “world’s slimmest smartphone”. It lasts a good 10-12 hours with 3G and WiFi on and mid-to-heavy usage. Unfortunately, I used the wrong charger and battery life is somewhat less now, with a full 8 hours of heavy usage after almost two months with the device. So I recommend you always use the charger the manufacturer gives you with the phone.
Camera: Selfie Heaven
With an 8MP main camera, it’s pretty standard with HDR and beauty-face settings, and lots of filters and modes to play with. The real gem is the front-facing secondary camera, which is 5MP: a huge improvement from the standard 1.3MP front-facing cameras on most smartphones. So, Skyping and taking selfies will be a lot more rewarding with the P6. As for the main camera, it’s gorgeous, and here’s a few examples of shots I took with it and edited and posted on my Instagram, and they were absolutely breathtaking.
Processing and Speed
It’s an impressive 1.5GHz quad-core, so it’ll never lag and has never crashed with me, and I am quite the heavy user with dozens of apps running simultaneously while uploading files and casting YouTube videos on my Chromecast, and it still works like a charm. For the price tag, getting such great features is quite the bargain with similar handsets in the 600-700USD mark in Lebanon.
Look and Feel
It’s a pretty sleek and sexy device, with a nice finish and a very slim unibody with a rounded bottom that makes the standard angular smartphone a little customized for this device. The audio jack and power socket are oddly placed, with the audio jack on the bottom left side instead of on the top or bottom of the phone, and the power socket is on the top right, instead of on the bottom center like usual. The audiojack can need some time to get used to, and may be a challenge to put in your pocket, but, it works after you get used to it. It’s elegant and gorgeous overall.
With just 4GB of storage, it’s a must to get extra space, and unlike many other smartphones like it, it allows as much extra space as you need. I have a 32GB micro SD card, and installed the apps on it instead of the built-in memory, and still worked like a charm and no lag in speed whatsoever. Transferring apps and files from the phone’s storage to the micro SD card is also super easy and built in, so it’s got that going for it.
I loved this phone. First, it’s proud to say it’s from China, unlike “Designed by X in California” and “assembled in China” somewhere unreadable. I mean, let’s face it, most things are made in China, even the luxury items. Second, for the price of somewhere around 450 USD, it’s definitely a real deal-maker when it comes to flagship-status Android smartphones. Of course, it’s no Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5S, but it definitely is up to par with phones like the S4 and iPhone 5. So, it’s a phone you really should consider if you’re not ready to spend 700-800USD for a smartphone, this is a serious contender for awesome specs and really good deal.