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.

Top up Mobile Phone (in Trinidad) with Scotia Online

Top up Mobile Phone (in Trinidad) with Scotia Online

Shock and happiness is how I would describe how I felt when I saw that in this morning’s papers that I could top up my mobile using Scotia Online (and ATM). I have been asking for this for years now. This is the earliest tweet I could dig up

.@ScotiabankTT it would be so nice to be able to top-up my mobile from online banking.

@tech_tt Hi Hassan. We appreciate your feedback and will ensure it’s forwarded to the relevant unit for future consideration. Thanks , ^VM

Once logged in to your Scotia online you will see a top up mobile box in the upper right. Select amount and other things on the next screen. Provide your transaction access code and that’s it. According to my mom, “technology sweet”.

You do get the following message in online banking

Important Information:
Please note if you don’t see your airtime available in your mobile device, you will need to contact the Scotiabank contact center to start an inquiry regarding this transaction.

Once top up is finished you will see like this

Account activity notifications.

Success! Your Mobile Top Up to One time top up 3408244 has been completed on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 08:23:44 AM AST. Please keep reference #: 99999999 for your records.

On your mobile you should get a text message like this

Your account has been credited $ 30. Your current balance is $ 42.81, valid until 04/07/2017. Ref: 99999999.

Currently only available for Digicel top ups. Next things I would like to see is account activity notifications via email or text or mobile app, two factor authentication and transfer from PayPal directly to account. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Q and A with CARICOM on Single ICT Space

Q and A with CARICOM on Single ICT Space

What is the Single ICT Space?

Heads of Government gave a mandate in March 2014 at the 25th Intercessional meeting to develop a Single ICT Space as a component to building the Digital Economy.

The CARICOM Single ICT Space is an ecosystem of regionally harmonised ICT policies, legislation, regulations, technical standards, best practices, networks and services.

It is envisioned as

an ICT-enabled borderless space that fosters economic, social and cultural integration for the betterment of Caribbean citizens.

The CARICOM Single ICT Space will promote investment, create digital citizens, safeguard against cyber security threats and advance the CARICOM Digital Agenda 2025.

The CARICOM Single ICT Space will foster the digital environment which will be used to support and further the development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The CARICOM Single ICT Space is characterised by:

  • Regionally harmonised ICT policy, legal and regulatory regimes;
  • Robust national and regional broadband infrastructure;
  • Common frameworks for Governments, ICT service providers and consumers; and
  • Effective, secure technology and management systems.

What are the Benefits?

Some of the benefits of the CARICOM Single ICT Space include:

  • Enhancing the national and regional markets and the environment for investment
  • Entrepreneur development, innovation and advancement
  • Ubiquity and consistency of ICT services across CARICOM at affordable prices to citizens
  • Equitable, affordable access to broadband information and communication technologies, which are secure, ubiquitous and reliable; and which facilitate rapid acquisition, processing and dissemination of information
  • Facilitating collaboration and sharing of resources
  • Enhancing regional trade, innovation, competitiveness and citizen welfare
  • Providing digital support for the CSME and support for the realisation of the CARICOM digital economy;
  • Harmonised Policy, Legal and Regulatory framework

What are some of the Challenges in getting this done?

  • How to leverage ICT, to assure the development of CARICOM, and to clearly articulate its role in the region
  • How to foster a more dynamic and competitive business environment that encourages services firms to enhance productivity, offer new services and create new employment
  • Financial resources to implement various activities

Does something similar exist anywhere else in the world?

Germany and Austria have worked aspects of a Single ICT Space.

When is the expected launch date?

There is no specific launch date for the Single ICT Space. The integrated work plan for the Single ICT Space will be presented to Heads of Government in July 2017 for their approval. It is expected to be a five year plan.

It is important to note that some of the work that is required for the Space have already been started or completed in some member states.

How can persons make suggestions for consideration?

Persons can send their suggestions to ict4dstaff@caricom.org

Where can persons get more information?

More information can be sourced on the CARICOM website (caricom.org).