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Product Review: Huawei P Smart

Huawei P Smart
Huawei P Smart

Disclaimer: I received this product as part of a review program in return for an unbiased review.

I was unsure what to expect from the Huawei P Smart as I’ve always tended to buy mid to high-end phones. Having spent two weeks using the P Smart as my day-to-day phone I am impressed, very impressed. I still cannot believe this phone is only £230 (has been as low as £180) to buy outright, or less than £15 per month on contract.

From the outset the P Smart feels like a premium phone.

The aluminium body is good-looking, strong and feels good in the hand, while the bright screen fills almost the entire front face. The silver strips add a nice detail to the back, let down only by the plastic buttons which feel like a cheap afterthought.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Huawei P Smart
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact vs Huawei P Smart

At 150mm tall this phone is much larger than the Xperia Compact I’m used to. As with most modern smartphones it’s too big to use with just the thumb, but the advantage of this is a nice big screen for movies, web browsing and gaming. The P Smart ships with the latest Android Oreo software which really makes the most of the screen space – picture-in-picture maps and split screen apps work great.

I had no issues with battery life on the P Smart, easily getting through a day and a half between charges. The fingerprint scanner is well placed and worked flawlessly. The speaker is easily loud enough for watching movies, but not the best quality I’ve heard.

The reason I normally avoid budget phones is because of the rubbish cameras, but Huawei have borrowed from premium phones here as well. The P Smart features a dual camera set-up which allows you to take stylised photos with blurred background. I’m not a professional photographer, but I managed to get some decent results, although I did find that some of my point-and-shoot images showed too much contrast. Overall, I am mightily impressed with the P Smart. If you are looking for a larger phone, this is a great all-rounder that will impress, especially considering the price!


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