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.