Huawei P9 lite Review


In the box – phone, charging brick, cable and headphones.

Some key features of this device

LTE Capable
5.2 inch IPS LCD screen
13 megapixel f/2.0 autofocus camera
3000 milliampere battery

Let’s take a look at the build.

Beautiful screen. I wish the glass protector was smoother when swiping. Strong metal frame with chamfered edges. Thin and lightweight with non-removable battery and back. Headphone jack and nano SIM card. Mono speaker. According to Huawei’s website, “It features a number of innovative hardware upgrades showcased in a cutting-edge slim design.”

Some key notes from my review.

More than four hours screen on time and full days use.
Finger print reader center and away from camera.
I wish there was a sorted app draw.
Camera takes decent photos but not as good as a flagship.

In summary I would say the following about this device

Value for money with room for improvement.
Slim and beautiful design that is comfortable in the hands.
Smooth and responsive OS

Let’s see what other reviews had to say about this device

A mid-range gem from Huawei
Solid middle-tier smartphone without much in the way of fancy extras.
Affordable phone that focuses on style as much as substance.

If you had to choose a colour, what would you choose? White, black or gold.

Did you know? The name Huawei roughly translates to ‘Chinese achievement’

Thank you for watching or reading this review and thank you to Huawei Trinidad Office for providing these review units.
My main focus is quality. In the absence of all the needed resources I experiment and make improvements where I can.
I am passionate about technology and blogging and making tech videos.
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Finally. We need more tech bloggers and tech YouTubers in Trinidad and the Caribbean. Maybe I can inspire someone to start a tech blog or YouTube channel.

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Samantha McLean – Tech YouTuber

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Samantha McLean – Tech YouTuber

Subscribe to her YouTube channel here.

How would you define a techie?

Being a techie for me means being interested in technology, a little more than the average Joe/Jane. It goes beyond just fascination and entails application as well. So for me I love the technology that surrounds mobile software and how one can push the limits of their smart devices and other things of that nature. So you will see me modding and customizing my phone in ways that the average Joe/Jane would not. Being a techie is all about what is new and what is next, whatever genre you may fall in.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

Well I am from the beautiful island of Jamaica, I’ve been in the Tech industry all my adult life. It’s kind of a family business so that’s kind of how I got started. However that was mostly computer related, it wasn’t till I fell in love with Android that my obsession for mobile software modding began.

How has tech improved your life?

I have become more knowledgeable in many things. I started off just messing about with my phones but now it has become a passion as well as my main source of income.

How did you become a tech YouTuber?

I became a “tech youtuber” at the start of 2016. Ever since I got into Android and the whole ecosystem I would watch a lot of youtube videos from Marques Brownlee and Max Lee. I remember when I got my first Nexus device I was so giddy about filming the unboxing but that didn’t work out very well. So when I got my Nexus 6P I made sure to get a camera and film my process of unboxing, setting it up and unlocking the bootloader. I wanted to share my experience with my device with others and maybe help someone who may be looking for help or guidance.

What is it like being a tech YouTuber in Jamaica?

Well for me only my close friends know that I do YouTube so it’s neither here nor there for me. However I do face a lot of challenges when it comes to not living in the US. Firstly getting packages are a pain when we have to go through customs and duties. Even if I get a free item I would always have to pay a lot to receive it, often times I pay more than the value of the item. Secondly various shows, conferences or events are not available here, so there is a lack of experience and exposure where that is concerned.

What tech channels are you subscribed to?

A lot!! A few of them are of course MKBHD, Kevin the tech ninja, Max Lee, Casey Neistat, SuperSaf TV and Fury Pixel.

Canon or Nikon?

I really can’t judge, I only have a Nikon because that’s all I could afford at the time. I have heard that Canon does better videos though so I always wanted to get a Canon DSLR.

How do you go about learning a new technology?

Mostly from the web. Google normally supplies me with what’s new in my feed, or if something new comes out I’ll read it on twitter or see it on YouTube.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

What is your favourite non-tech thing to do? My answer: lay in bed and watch tv, if I could get paid to do that I’d quit my day job for sure!!

What computer tool do witches use the most?

That’s a funny one. Spell checker.

What tech would you like to own?

Tough one. Off the top of my head I’ll say a drone. I have been really fascinated by them (perhaps too much Casey Neistat videos).

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with @MKBHD?

I think I’d chose a year with MKBHD. Pretty sure if I spent a year with that guy I’d be making millions by the end of it or at least have the ability to.

The best advice you have received?

Those that matters don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.

Dancehall or reggae?


What sports teams do you support?

Whatever Jamaica is doing then I will support them. [so team Jamaica 🙂 ]

How do you deal with disappointments?

I try not to dwell on them for too long and look for ways I can improve for next time or find another angle to achieve what I want.

What tech event would you like to attend?

CES, seeing all the newest and greatest in tech from various manufacturer would be a dream.

What future technology interests you?

Self-driving cars. I know they are here already but when they become more commercialised and common that the average Joe/Jane can afford one with ease is something I’ll be looking forward to.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

Well I’m not good with making up names and all that. I’d probably go with my alias “DaKoin” reason being I always want to link my name when I’m doing something, to throw my identity out there especially when it is something good.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Which tech person would you love to have dinner with and why?

Troubleshooting An App Bug

Troubleshooting An App Bug

I recently found and installed the Step by Step Salah – Namaz app. I saw that a lot of persons installed it and I liked the functionality, how it was organised, the content and the simple UI. But I had a problem though. The salah times for my location (using the location from the smartphone) was way off. There is an option to manually change the location but 1) I couldn’t change it to Trinidad and Tobago and 2) every time I restart the app it would go back to the automatic location. This was really bothering me because I really liked the app. I saw in the review others were having the same problem. I put on my troubleshooting hat and figured out what I could do. Revoke location permission for the app which would force it to use my manually set location. Steps on My Samsung S6 edge+

  • Go to Settings > Applications > Applications Manager
  • Locate the app and select it
  • Select Permissions
  • Uncheck location

I contacted the app developers and I am waiting on a reply but I figured out I could use Barbados or Caracas time in the meanwhile. Sharing on my blog for two reasons 1) for anyone experiencing a similar problem and 2) to show how you can troubleshoot and fix your own problems sometimes.

My Review of the Huawei Y6 II

My Review of the Huawei Y6 II

I have been using the Huawei Y6 II for the past two weeks as my daily driver. I paid attention to battery life, camera, build, software, ease of use and overall experience. I researched and looked at other reviews and customer feedback. When I needed help with questions I was able to get them answered by Huawei’s Trinidad office.

Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of Android is smooth and responsive. However, I wish it was easier to find out if and when a model of phone will get an update, in this case Android N and EMUI 5. HSuite is Huawei’s device management software. I wish there was official software to edit and create themes. When you connect the phone to your computer via USB you get the option to install HSuite. To be able to access the phone’s storage as a drive make sure to select Files or Photos from the notification draw when connected to computer. I wish the screen would not timeout when I was watching Instagram videos for example. I was charmed by some of the features I found like built-in screen recording, share contact by QR code and light painting mode in the camera app.

I am a photographer so I was very interested in how the camera performed. The camera takes decent photos but lacks the detail and sharpness and quickness of a flagship model. You can experiment with professional mode and other features to get that perfect photo. One interesting feature is all focus. Take a photo and change the focal point later on. Invest in a tripod and take beautiful timelapses with timelapse mode. The camera is located in the corner and I had to learn how to hold the phone without my finger impeding the view. I wish the video audio recorded volume was louder. One thing I learned from past experience and smartphones is that you need to gently clean the glass in front the camera when it looks smudged.

Many will be interested in battery life. It took me about 3 hours to get a full charge. The phone supports quick charging but you need a special adapter other than the basic one that comes in the box. I got more than 4 hours screen on time and a full days use. Using the camera uses the battery faster on any smartphone. Also streaming video. I got alerted when the software detected that an app was using a lot of battery. The phone did not get hot to the touch with prolonged usage. You do not have the convenience of a removeable battery which is the trend on flagships these days. A battery pack serves me well when I need charge on the go.

Moving on to the build now. The phone is comfortable to hold one handed even being a phablet form factor. For the price and at the sacrifice of other features you get no Gorilla glass. For the time I used it and in my pockets I noticed no scratching. The back cover is strongly secured and you have to apply some force to get it off. Be careful not to break the clips in the process. I wish the speaker would be louder. Maybe my hearing is deteriorating as I get older. I read online where persons were complaining about lack of USB On The Go (OTG) support.

This is not a flagship phone. It is a pocket friendly mid range option. I checked prices in a few places and it was around TT $1400. If you are interested in this phone visit a shop and try it out for yourself. Ask about warranty, support and repair. Huawei phones bought from authorised resellers are covered by local warranty and repaired by Bagalito Enterprises. Huawei as a smartphone brand is quickly becoming a dominant global player. After two weeks of using this phone I feel similar as after my first impressions, this is a really nice phone for the price and category with room for improvements. I received the following message on twitter in response to a tweet that I was reviewing this phone, “Price to performance this phone is really pretty awesome. I paid US $ 140 and it runs so smooth. I have always used Apple. This is first Android.” Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.