As great as the latest iterations of Android have been, a global system-wide flaw has not gone away - fragmentation. Dozens of processors, hundreds of shells, thousands of devices - Android on your smartphone can look and work completely differently from your friend's smartphone. Even despite the fact that in the section "about the device" opposite the column " Android version " is the same number.
Optimizing Android apps is a hassle for developers. Different display diagonals, different processors, graphics cores - everything is different. And that is why many (but not all) Android smartphones, even expensive ones, are significantly inferior to the iPhone in terms of smoothness. Apple creates hardware for its operating system on its own and knows all the capabilities of its devices. From and to. It is because of fragmentation, by the way, that you rarely receive updates to a fresh numbered version of Android, and if you do not have a Nexus, then most likely the brand new Android 7.0if they bring it to you, then in six months. And this is not the worst option - the Chinese, with rare exceptions, generally drop support for their devices immediately after the release.
In general, to meet not just good, but perfect smartphone running on Android, you can not so often. Especially in the price segment up to 30 thousand rubles.
Honor 8 is a new smartphone of the sub-brand of Huawei, it costs 28 thousand rubles.
And it works flawlessly.
The appearance of modern smartphones is a matter of taste, and for my taste the Honor 8 looks pleasant, albeit without much enthusiasm. On the front there is something from the iPhone (the shape of the case and the size of the frames around the display), on the back of the latest Samsung models there is also a beautiful glass panel. There are four color options for the case: black, white, gold and blue. The latter option is perhaps the most interesting: you rarely see a smartphone in bright blue, and even made of glass and metal. The aluminum frame is painted in the same color as the body, so the Honor 8 feels like a solid piece, rather than a painted piece of glass padded with shiny iron around the perimeter.
The only thing - it's time to get rid of the inscriptions on the front panel ("Honor"). When “Honor” is written on your smartphone, at first you feel like a descendant of a great samurai, but after a couple of days it starts to be an eyesore.
A picture is laminated under the glass of the back panel, which appears in certain lighting conditions - this is, in fact, the main visual feature of Honor 8. In real life, you are unlikely to see it (I did not succeed), but by exposing the light, you can get the following photos:
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Perhaps the "tattoo" will be noticeable in nightclubs with neon lighting, I had no opportunity to go and check.
Display diagonal - 5.2 inches (resolution - Full HD), the smartphone is quite convenient to use with one hand, although not in the same way as the same Xiaomi Mi5. The screen is good, but the color reproduction is far from perfect. The picture is somewhat oversaturated, and the white is too cold. In the display settings, you can change the color temperature - it helps only partially. The image quality is not very annoying, I'm sure many will not even feel the trick, but the color calibration is far from perfect.
God be with him, with the screen: performance is why you should seriously consider the Honor 8. Miraculously, Huawei has optimized the software so much that the smartphone is faster than even the reference Nexus 6P, not to mention other Android devices. Pages in the browser are loaded without sagging and do not slow down when scrolling. The sensor is very fast - there is practically no delay between touching the screen and the response.
This is probably the fastest Andriod smartphone I've used in recent years. Everything works not just great - perfect.
Most likely, the reason for such a speed is that Honor 8 runs on HiSilicon Kirin 950, a chip of Huawei's own production, and programmers initially "sharpened" the entire software part of the smartphone for it. This, by the way, is Apple's approach - to independently create hardware for the iPhone and "sharpen" iOS for it.
The payoff for optimization wonders is two things. The first is the Emotion UI wrapper. From Android, there is only one name and interface Honor 8, which, traditionally for Huawei, largely copies iOS. I will repeat my words from the Huawei P9 review - if earlier EMUI seemed not the most neat copy of Apple 's operating system, now it is pleasant to use it. Lots of settings, beautiful animations, several themes to choose from (most importantly, do not put the gold one), automatic wallpaper change. Well, the notification curtain is even more convenient here than in native Android - they are sorted by time using a convenient timeline.
The second tradeoff is gaming performance. In most cases, it is lower than in smartphones with Snapdragon processors. You will be able to play most games at maximum settings, but the Honor 8 cannot be called a "gaming smartphone".
From Huawei's P9 model Honor 8 received double the main chamber. The first "peephole" collects information about light, the second - about color. In theory, such a system will allow the smartphone to take pictures with perfect color reproduction. In practice, the Honor 8's camera is just fine. In the daytime, photographs are obtained, in the dark - not always. Don't expect the Honor 8 to shoot like the Note 7 or iPhone 6S - the weight class isn't the same. But for a smartphone for 28 thousand rubles. he shoots well.
A fingerprint scanner is located on the back panel - very fast, it works instantly. This is not just a touch panel with a sensor inside, but a full-fledged button: in the settings, you can assign the launch of the necessary applications and functions by pressing. Pressed once - the camera opened, twice - Facebook, squeezed and held - took a screenshot and so on. This is quite convenient, and is lacking in many smartphones with a sensor on the back.
As for the battery life, there is no revelation here: 4 hours of active screen, a smartphone is enough for a day, but no more. Quite sane indicators.
Honor 8 is a great option for those who want to buy a nice, perfectly working smartphone, not wanting to pay 50 thousand for the flagship models of the market. Although he does not have any outstanding and unique features, in everyday life he often behaves better than his eminent competitors.>