Test of Huawei Honor 2 is in progress. Here you can read our first impressions.
When I last year tested Huawei Honor I was tremendously impressed. The phone cost at that time just below 2,000 dollars without subscription, and beat the competition in the class in many areas, including those that were more expensive. Not a wonder that nature ended on 6 out of 6 stars.
Unfortunately for Huawei, it is difficult to follow up a success. The sequel is not as impressive as its predecessor.
Design the layout is much the same. The nubrede back, however, is replaced by matte plastic that feels like a soft non-slip material, which ensures that your phone does not slip out of the hand on a. All in all, a design that does not bother anyone, neither the opposite.
The front is also stylish, with three touch-keys below the screen. Power and volume keys are located on the phone’s right side.
A little more of it all
Honor 2 weighs 145 grams, five grams more than its predecessor. For the minimal extra weight you get, among other things, bigger screen (4.0 inch), more pixels (720 x 1280), more internal memory (8 GB) and larger battery (2230 mAH) – but still the option of using microSD card for extra memory.
The camera remains at 8 megapixels, while the video recorder now can run 1080 p at 30 fps. The processor that pulls it all is a quad-core at 1.4 GHz, based on Huaweis own chipset.
Compare that with Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is Huawei Honor 2 better studded over virtually the entire line, but heavier and bulkier than Samsung’s minismartphone.
Old Android version
Honor 2 is from sales start backwards on the Android version. Your phone comes with Android 4.0.4 only, and there are so far up for Android 4.2 is currently is out on Google Nexus 4.
But there is hope ahead, since Huawei opposite Mobilsiden.dk confirms that Honor 2 updated for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the beginning of the second quarter of this year.
I think it would have dressed Huawei, if they had chosen to come up with a minimum Android 4.1, so buyers don’t have to worry about having to wait for an update.
Nothing new in the user interface
Compared to how I remember Huawei Honor, there has not been that great in the sequel. Of course, there is no reason to change anything if what you have is working.
It is (fortunately) relatively limited intervention Huawei has created in the Android system, seen in relation to how Android in its raw form takes it out. And Huaweis work with own overlay for Android, which maybe will come in the future, worries me a little.
That being said, so the user experience is quite good. Only in the Setup procedure where all the same mails, contacts, applications loaded, I experienced a sluggish smartphone. In everyday use, running Honor 2 quite well – taken into consideration that this is not a top model.
Hopelessly keyboard for messaging
Huawei Input Method, called the keyboard for Messaging. Here, the Chinese must learn not to reinvent something else already made better earlier.
I think keyboard-layout is directly miserable, and only on the good days hits it right. However, common to the whole experience is that one’s writing speed is excessive slowness.
Fortunately, there are good alternatives in Google Play Great, I am using Smart keyboard. However, I think it is unreasonable that the buyers will have to struggle with to improve, something as important as a keyboard.
More on the way
Huawei Honor 2 is an interesting phone, but it is not as impressive as its predecessor.
I test on. You can read the full test later in the week.