I am an avid consumer products junkie and many of my friends know that. I always look for a reason to change, swap, upgrade my personal tech to see how much things have changed. I am an early adopter and I am most of the time at the end of the stick which enjoys it or find my self questioning why did I ever do it. But I guess that is the price you pay for tech addiction.
I have been using my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for a year and in the midst of trying out different phones I still felt many OEMs lacked the differentiation factor on why anyone should care to buy their products. Samsung’s pitch to me as a consumer was the versatility of the S Pen on a powerhouse of a device like the Note 5. But then came a long a relatively new vendor in the market which claimed to have surpassed Xiaomi as the next big thing and it was Huawei.
Chinese manufactures have caught up with the western world and have started redefining what a good design and build quality looks like. But the problem I noticed it now all Chinese OEM design language looks the same from OS to hardware design. But Huawei went the mile this time by collaborating with Leica, the legendary camera maker and I wanted a piece of the action.
The packaging was made of recycled material in snow white color scheme. reminds me how HTC used to pack their phones. Huawei P9 had a rectangular design with chamfered edges. It rather looked uninspiring and a safe bet from my perspective. The phone’s build quality is immaculate and it came with the standard paperwork. I turned on the phone and the phone was up and ready to go. It reminded me how Xiaomi and Huawei are fighting for the Chinese market by bringing iOS like UX to Android users. It felt restricted and easy to use, I would definitely recommend my dad this phone as it wasn’t rocket science operating it.
How Leica-ble are you?
This is a bit tricky. The UI and menu was straightforward and clean. But what I saw in the view finder was not what I see in the gallery. There is a lot of post processing action that is taking place leaving the phone slow to take pictures and to load after taking them. This was a massive turn off, I was expecting more from Leica. The pictures look good but it was not Samsung good in terms of quality and speed. Huge let down in my opinion.
The UI and UX was good if you are transitioning from iOS. Straightforward and functional but the system would run slow as time goes by. I found myself having pop ups and notifications warning me of Chrome or Facebook eating up my battery or RAM. Then, it was a notifications nightmare as many of the app notification didn’t work as the OS was constantly shutting down on what it deems as useless. I turned on the “Power” mode for stopping this but it will automatically pull back to “Smart” mode whenever it feels like. Another let down, its got 3 freakin’ GBs of RAM!
Huawei P9 comes with a 3000 mAh battery. Its the gold standard now a days and due to the software optimizations the phone lasts throughout the day without any issues. This is something i liked about the phone, especially knowing how thin this device is.
Huawei did something bold in the branding department but it didn’t deliver the goods it promised. The P9 is a step forward for the Chinese OEM and is definitely stepping new standards of quality when it comes to hardware, design and finish. I wouldn’t consider the Huawei P9 as my daily driver because there is plenty that would drive me crazy.