After several hours of research, I finally made my selection of the 9 best smartphones of good value among more than twenty models available on the market. The Honor Play is my favorite. But afterward, you must know that I am a gamer and therefore I prefer performance too, for example, the quality of the camera (not especially a fanatic of selfies …). If you are looking for a smartphone with a good camera, you will need to look for another device in this comparison (there is). You will also find at the end of this article a buying guide to help you find the smartphone that suits you, with the top performance!
The best cheap smartphones in 2019:
These smartphones may be entry-level, they already offer great performance, especially if you’re not looking for a digital camera or a gaming platform.
Xiaomi Redmi S2: the best cheap
- Affordable price
- Rendered clean picture
- Good display
- Unsuitable for night shots
Xiaomi is a relatively recent newcomer to France, but it already acts as an outsider on the smartphone market with its phones offering excellent value for money.
With a 6-inch screen, this smartphone has a rather massive appearance. It has an 18:9 screen that occupies about 75% of the front of the device.
The screen comes out a little bit of the hull, which gives it a special look that may not please everyone. Personally, it does not bother me at all.
The plastic shell color imitation metal is quite well done. With it’s large lower and upper borders, it helps to give this smartphone a rather impressive appearance.
The volume buttons are placed a little too high to be easily accessible with the thumb. On the other hand, the impression sensor falls under the index without any problem and this system proves to be quite effective.
In terms of display, the Redmi S2 is doing pretty well especially for a device in this range. In colorimetry, it has a Delta E at 3 and a color temperature of 6500 Kelvin, which is ideal values.
Level readability this device is not left with a maximum brightness of 450 cd / m² and a reflectance of 12%, which guarantees this smartphone to give you reading comfort of excellent quality, even under the sun.
The minimum brightness level will also be excellent to spare your eyes during night readings. Only small shadow on the board, its contrast, a little weak (850: 1).
In use, this device responds correctly with a 100ms touch delay. On the other hand, the low resolution of the screen (entry-level requires) may hinder, perhaps, the most demanding users. It remains extremely well calibrated and is largely sufficient for basic use.
Level specifications, this device is not left with a chip Snapdragon 625, one of the most balanced and efficient chips of the brand Qualcomm. In addition, this device has 3 GB of RAM, which allows you to run most applications without worry.
Only a few software a little greedy sometimes have to suffer from slowdowns. You may also sometimes have to reduce the graphical performance of the games, but nothing too bad.
Another highlight of this device, it does not heat easily and generally does not exceed 36 degrees on the surface, even after long minutes of play or photo capture.
In terms of sound, the speaker, unsurprisingly, mainly reproduces the high mids and lack of bass. Better to wear a helmet if you want to enjoy an optimal experience …
The Remdi S2 also has two photosensors. One is 12 MP, while the other, 5 MP, is responsible for capturing depth information to optimize the performance of “portrait mode”. The rendering is rather clean, especially for a device of this range.
Be careful, however, this camera is not very well suited for night photos, where noise often pollutes your photos … Even so, this camera still manages to produce a rendering that remains of better quality than many devices of this range.
Battery level, the Redmi S2 is doing extremely well with its autonomy that can go up to 19 hours in a row.
Xiaomi ships its own version of Android, named MIUI. This is based on the latest version of Android, which is extremely rare for devices costing less than 200 €.
This device is an excellent outsider in terms of entry-level smartphones and will delight most of its users. The most demanding people, however, will probably want to reorient themselves towards a more expensive device than this one.
Motorola Moto G6: Motorola quality at a low price
- Affordable price
- Good quality screen
- Solid autonomy
- Audio output too low
We no longer present the range of Moto G in the universe become a vast smartphone. With all these years of presence, we can always expect quality products.
So in May 2018 came the Moto G6 Play and the Moto G6. If the first had a little disappointed despite his excellent autonomy, his big brother which we will talk about here offers something different.
The screen of this smartphone occupies about 76% of its front panel, which is not bad, even if it remains less than some other smartphones in this range. However, this is probably also due to the fact that Motorola has chosen not to give in to the temptation of the notch (which will delight some!).
The design of this smartphone I like. Its polymer glass shell is fun to see and the screen provides an 18: 9 ratio. The unlock button has been very well placed on the edge of the phone and it is easy to access, which is less the case for the volume buttons for which it will often stretch the fingers, too bad!
Unlike many other smartphones, Motorola has chosen to place its fingerprint sensor at the front, below the screen. It is a choice that may seem somewhat strange, but that may have its advantages, it’s up to you to judge.
This sensor also provides a touch function: a simple pressure will be able to take you back to the home screen of the phone. In addition, you can slide your finger to the left to act as a “previous” button and to the right to see all open applications. It is a navigation system that is responsive and works well.
At the card level, the Moto G6 is designed to accommodate two nano SIM and a microSD card if you need to expand its internal memory, which is very welcome. The device is unfortunately not waterproof, but it’s no more surprising than that since the majority of entry-level smartphones do not have an IP certification.
But let’s go back to the screen. This is a 5.7-inch IPS panel (approximately 14.5 cm) that is capable of displaying Full HD + (2160 x 1080 px) and has an excellent quality resolution (424 dpi). The screen is thus of excellent quality, moreover for a device of this range.
It is unfortunate that we have to delve into the settings to get the best. Indeed, it is better to change the color temperature from “neutral” to “hot”.
After this small adjustment, it must be admitted that the results are very satisfactory. The overall transcript of the colors is excellent, although some colors are sometimes a little less faithful, it is quibble for a device of this range.
The screen of this device has a very satisfactory reflectance of only 11%. On the other hand, level of persistence, it is much less good with a value of around 130 ms.
Let’s see now what this phone has in the belly. It is equipped with a chip Snapdragon 450 8 cores Cortex A-53 and is assisted by 4 GB of RAM.
Suffice to say that this device will have no trouble running Android and will be able to run several applications at the same time without problems.
Level taken in hand, the device heats only very little, even after filming. The rear camera must be used intensively to see the start of heating, and this does not exceed 34.2 degrees.
At the video game level, it will not be possible to enjoy a gaming experience with the graphics options pushed to the max. However, playing is still possible, provided you do not focus on games that require too many resources.
In terms of sound, the quality is correct, but I can not advise this phone to the users of energy-consuming headsets, which will devour the battery of this device. Indeed, if the audio output is correct, its level is very low.
Finally, the camera. Do not expect to sparks with this one, it’s still an entry-level device. The quality of this G6 at the photo level would be rather average.
The clichés taken in full light offer rather pale tones and limited contrasts. On the other hand, it takes into account many details that will improve the image and give it a greater impression of consistency.
It’s at the low-light-level that the G6 pulls out of the game with a performance that, while imperfect, remains above its direct competition. If the pictures suffer of course the lack of light, this device still manages to offer a fairly readable content.
As for selfies, the overall rendering is rather pale, but the focus remains correct. In addition, a flashlight is also present to allow selfies even at night.
The autonomy is rather correct with 13 hours in standard use to deplete the battery. The device recharges very quickly, it will take an hour and a half to fully charge the device.
Finally, the device runs Android version 8.0 Oreo (at least it is the case today). The overlay of Motorola is very light, so we are in the presence of a version of Android quite faithful to the raw material.
Honor 9 Lite: a Huawei P Smart for a small budget
- Affordable price
- Good display quality
- Correct overall performance
- Low light quality photos below average
Huawei likes to decline its smartphones under the Honor brand, targeting a younger and less fortunate audience. This time we are in the presence of the Honor 9 Lite, which is ultimately a derivative version of the Huawei P Smart.
The Honor 9 Lite claims to honor the pioneers of dual camera technology by offering two cameras, front and back! We are talking here about a quad-camera: dual 13 + 2 MP front camera and 13 + 2 MP rear camera.
Unfortunately, if we compare this device with other Huawei devices (Honor being a sub-brand of Huawei) as the P Smart, no noticeable difference in performance can be detected even with this “quad-camera” system. So we are probably here more in the presence of a marketing argument than a real technological advance.
Note however that this Honor 9 Lite includes a second camera module that is dedicated to the effect “bokeh”. Also, although the manufacturer promises “perfect selfies even in low light”, its performance leaves much to be desired in this area, too bad!
At the video level, you are able to play and record videos in Full HD 1080p, which is fine for a device in this range.
The screen is Full HD + (2160 x 1080 pixels) and is 5.65 inches, which is fine for entry-level hardware. Its ratio is also 18: 9.
In fact, its technical characteristics are not unlike those of the Moto G6 that we saw before. The screen design is curved 2.5D glass.
In terms of design, in order to distinguish the Honor 9 Lite from its big brother, the P Smart, glass has been favored over metal. The device has bright finishes and excellent quality.
I find that visually it gives him a nice personality. Unfortunately, who says glass also says propensity to accumulate fingerprints!
The device unlocks very quickly (0.25 seconds), thanks to its fingerprint reader system or by facial recognition (which must be activated via an OTA update).
The autonomy of the device is more than correct with its 3000 mAh battery and its 6 energy saving features. However, there are some smartphones in this range with a better autonomy on the market. Still, you can easily use it a day without having to recharge it, which should be enough for the majority of users.
Let’s see now what this device has in the belly. It has 3 GB of RAM, which is a bit weak in my opinion for a device in this range (we will easily find devices of the same price with 4 GB of RAM). Processor level, we are in the presence of an Octo-core Kirin 659; clocked at 2.36 GHz, which is not bad, but will not allow you to play on the most sophisticated games with the maximum graphics options, especially with this RAM a little weak.
However, this will be more than enough to multi-task with less resource intensive applications.
Like the Moto G6, this smartphone comes with the operating system Android 8.0 Oreo, which is fine for a device in this range.
As for the memory of this device, it comes with an internal memory of 32 GB. If that is not enough, do not panic, you just need to buy an SD card for the dedicated micro SD port, which allows you to add up to 256GB extra!
Suffice to say that it is not tomorrow the day before that you will lack memory with this device! Damage on the other hand that the device is not equipped with a USB type C port …
Xiaomi Mi A2: photos above the average
- Affordable price
- Nice design
- Comfortable grip
- Autonomy below other Xiaomi models
The international version of Mi 6X exclusive to China, the Mi A2 is available in France since July 27, 2018.
Three versions of this device are available, one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and lastly, a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is the intermediate version we are going to talk about here.
The design of this smartphone is more or less the same as that of the Redmi Note 5. It is actually quite difficult to differentiate if they are placed side by side.
The only real differences are the positioning of the photo module on the front and the Android One logo on the back.
As on the model we mentioned earlier, the IPS panel is 18: 9 in size and occupies 78% of the front of the smartphone. With a very low weight (166 g), this device has excellent finishes.
It has an aluminum shell which, not content to be pleasing to the eye, does not retain fingerprints which are very welcome. The only small defect, the double dorsal photo module that is located in an outgrowth making the device somewhat unstable when placed on a table …
The grip of the Mi A2 is very comfortable. On the back of this one, a fingerprint reader is placed so as to fall easily under the finger.
The side volume and unlock buttons are all located on the right side of the unit and are effortlessly accessible (if left-handed).
No microSD card in the program, so you have to do with the 64 GB of storage provided with the device. It is also good to note that Android One occupies 12 GB on all memory.
The screen of 5.99 inches and 18: 9 displays an ultra HD definition of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The colorimetry however sins a little.
The average E delta is excellent (3.3) but unfortunately, the color temperature rises to 7659K, which is too high to get near average.
In addition, Android One offers only a minimum number of setting options, which prevents any kind of adjustment. The contrast ratio of the slab is average, as is the case for most Xiaomi displays.
In terms of brightness, this device will be very enjoyable for fans of reading under the sun. Indeed it rises up to 440 cd / m² and the reflectance is only 10%.
The IPS screen can also go down to 2 cd / m², which prevents night readers from being dazzled.
Regarding the performance itself, this slab has a long afterglow time but has a touch delay in the mean.
In summary, this device offers a correct screen that should be sufficient for the majority of users.
At the chip level, we are in the presence of a Snapdragon 660. Even with 4 GB of RAM: this configuration is large enough to run Android and most applications.
It is thus possible to juggle easily between the applications and the temperature never exceeds 35 degrees (except really extreme situation).
This unit has a USB-C socket, but unfortunately, it is at the expense of a 3.5mm mini-jack output. The adapter provided is of average quality to be of real interest. In addition, the speaker is rather average, it saturates easily and lacks clarity.
Finally, let’s talk about the photo. Regarding the clichés in broad daylight, the performance of this smartphone is pretty good.
You get a good amount of detail and the colors are usually well represented. Too bad the software treatment tends to overly smooth the photos, which gives a rendering a little artificial.
In low light, the performance of this camera is also above average.
Finally, this camera has a portrait mode. This one allows using a blurring effect what is around people photographed. This effect is quite successful and detracts well people photographed without mixing the subject with the background.
The autonomy is worse than that of most Xiaomi devices, which is a shame but it also takes half as long to recharge (1 hour instead of 2). Your device will take about a day if it is not too busy, which remains correct.
It is, therefore, a mid-range device with serious qualities, unfortunately, accompanied by a few minor flaws that will probably disturb the most demanding users.
The best mid-range smartphones
These smartphones will satisfy most users and I think you will necessarily find one that will have your preference.
Honor Play: the best of mid-range
- Excellent autonomy
- High-quality performance
- Quality finishes
- Avoid the AI in pictures
With this Play model, Honor tackles the mobile gaming enthusiast market.
In terms of design, Honor may not have gone to the side of originality, but in terms of elegance, he is doing extremely well. This smartphone is dressed in a nice matte metal in hand and especially insensitive to fingerprints, which is rare enough to be precise.
We are here in the presence of a slab of 6.3 inches at 19.5: 9 ratio that occupies a little over 83% of the surface (take in seed, Nokia 8).
The device has a notch, which may discourage some. This one houses different sensors as well as the loudspeaker.
This IPS panel displays a definition in Full HD + (2340 x 1080 px) and this for a resolution of 409 dpi which is sufficient for any type of use. The contrast ratio is 1467: 1 which is an excellent value for an LCD screen. Level brightness, the device is armed to be readable even in direct sunlight.
With the persistence of 16 ms and a touch delay of about 87 ms, the device is in the middle (take in seed Nokia 8). We are thus in the presence of a screen of excellent quality as a whole.
As with most smartphones, the fingerprint reader can be found on the back of the device. It is well placed and falls safely under the index when handling the smartphone, unlocking is very fast.
If fingerprints are not your cup of tea, you can also use the facial recognition system to unlock your smartphone. This method, however, remains dependent on light conditions, a defect that is also found in most of the competitors of this Honor Play.
Play connectivity is simple, with a 3.5mm mini-jack and a USB-C port. It is able to ship two nano-SIM cards or a single nano-SIM card with a microSD card, which can be very useful if you are a collector of games.
Here again, no seal certification, which is a shame for such a device!
The configuration of this device is more than solid for a smartphone of this range. Indeed, it includes one of the most powerful chips on the market, the Kirin 970, thus offering excellent performance at Honor Play.
In addition, it is armed with 4 GB of RAM which is sufficient for the current games and we do not even talk about more traditional applications.
The device is able to stay at a rather low temperature under any circumstances, even when subjected to video recording or greedy games.
The iGPU Mali-G72 MP12 for its part allows an uncompromising use of your favorite games without heating the smartphone. In fact, we can even say that it has no problem comparing with a Samsung Galaxy S9 for example and on all levels (take in seed Nokia 8).
The Turbo GPU is currently only usable on a small number of games, but this should increase over time.
Audio level, the device has the same tare as most of its competitors: if the stereo image is excellent, the output level of the headset is a bit feeble, although better than many of the smartphones in this comparison.
Speaker level, things are going less well. Firstly, it is badly placed on the lower edge, so regularly obstructed by the hand. In addition, the lack of stereo is regrettable. On the other hand, the accuracy of this one is more than acceptable.
In terms of the photo, it goes less well, but it was necessary to save somewhere to be able to offer a smartphone gaming at such a low price.
First, there is a saturation of colors in madness. It’s as if the camera was a 4-year-old who just discovered neon markers. A blade of grass? Flashy green! A bit of heaven? And go, blue fluo!
In low light, the electronic noise and the chromatic aberrations abound (take in seed Nok … .hooh no, not there.)
Video level, the device can record UHD, but like most of its competitors, the best rendering can be obtained in Full HD.
Selfie level, we do not escape the eternal smoothing “skin artist K-Pop”. By cons, it manages rather well against the light. Avoid lighting simulation for selfies, it is a random generator of photographic aberrations.
The Play offers an excellent battery life thanks to its battery of 3760 mAh, two days of standard use and not less than one day in case of more sustained use!
It takes about 2 hours 15 to fully charge the Honor Play, which is not the best charging time, but it’s still in the top of the basket.
OS level, the Honor Play uses the Android 8.1 Oreo, which, once is not custom, is well hidden under the overlay EMUI 8.2 of Huawei / Honor. Compared to previous years, Honor has calmed down on the customization of navigation, offering a simpler setup.
Honor 8X: it’s solid
- Affordable price
- Excellent autonomy
- Excellent construction and finishes
- Below average camera
Honour continues to pull us smartphones pull-larigot, which is not necessarily a bad thing he has accustomed us to models of quality at least correct so far.
So what is the successor of the Honor 7X?
Here we find the notch design that leaves no one indifferent, some love, others hate, it’s up to you to judge.
In this case, this notch houses a photosensor and a speaker. Its design is reminiscent of its cousin the Honor Play, but with a notch and a lower bottom border.
From the back, this is already more interesting with its hull design with two shades of blue, which makes it stand out from the now banal glass plate design. This gives this unit a sleek, sleek appearance.
Nothing wrong with the finishes. Soon the aesthetic level, he is successful. On the other hand, the camera is huge, which will make two-time amateur fans think twice, despite a screen that still occupies 84% of the front panel.
There are also some small errors in the ergonomics. To start, the fingerprint reader, located on the back is placed a little bit too high. The same goes for the volume control buttons.
On the other hand, the facial recognition system works quite well, even if it takes a little time to activate (a good second).
Although the phone has a glass shell, it is not compatible with a wireless charging system. Also, it is equipped with a micro-USB jack and not a USB-C, which is a bit surprising for such a recent model.
But let’s come to the screen. This one offers correct results, apart from its contrast ratio of 1100: 1 which is a much too low value for a smartphone of 2018. The brightness rate is more than correct (from 2.2 cd / m² to 406 cd / m²).
This allows this smartphone to adapt to any type of circumstance, without any problem to deplore. In addition, the reflectance remains extremely contained, which adds to the readability of the device.
At the level of its use, no doubt, its fluid! Displaying only a 94 ms touch delay and a 13 ms afterglow, you will get your money for the responsiveness of this device.
This in addition to the fact that the resolution of the display is largely sufficient to ensure a comfortable use of the device, whether on the internet or at the menu of the phone. In short, Honor delivers us here a slab of quality, apart from a small problem of rendering colors sometimes a little too random.
The device is equipped with the chip Kirin 710 home and accompanied by 4 GB of RAM, which allows him to very well get by for multitasking and shows no sign of lag. On the other hand, as for the games, if the assured fluidity is correct, it is not the telephone which will assure you the best graphics, which is not especially surprising for a telephone of this price.
On the other hand, it does not heat easily and does not exceed 37 degrees, even after long sessions of play or taking photos.
In terms of audio, the performances remain honorable with a quasi-nonexistent distortion and a wide soundstage. By cons, the headphone output of this smartphone fishing at the level of power.
The only speaker of the device is the correct job, with a sound sometimes a bit too light, but still remains excellent for a device in this range.
By cons, where it’s less well, it is at the level of the photo, which is a habit for devices of this price, but not a fatality, so if the quality of the photos is an important aspect for you, I advise you to see other models of this comparative, even more, low-end. See for example the Redmi S2 and the Xiaomi Mi A2.
The problem of the camera does not come from the details, but rather from the contrast and sharpness that give the impression of seeing a photo too “flat”. In addition, the colours are too dull which does not help to live the photo.
At night, the Honor 8X does not get any better. Finally, portrait mode is too smooth, even with the beauty mode off, which is still very annoying. At the video capture level, it’s not better, fluid, but far from excellent.
It is at the level of autonomy that this camera shines with its 17 hours and some autonomy. Basically, this smartphone can be used for two whole days if you do not push too much on the battery and a big day and a half in case of intensive use.
In terms of charging, the device is not left in taking only two hours to fully charge the smartphone.
At the OS, the Honor 8X runs Android 8.1, which is not the latest version of Android. But anyway, the manufacturer’s EMUI overlay makes it really impossible to be aware of it, because it modifies the experience in a very radical way, offering an “iOS” arrangement.
However, fans of Android will find some options of the OS by taking a tour in the settings.
Huawei P Smart +: a record autonomy
- Good ergonomics
- More than two days of autonomy
- Well designed slab
- Low-quality speaker
Here is Huawei’s new flagship in the mid-range world, probably coming as an answer to the Xiaomi invasion of this sector with products of excellent quality. Here is the P Smart +, equipped with a brand new chip.
Released on August 23, 2018, it is a kind of boosted version of the P Smart. The main problem of the latter was the camera. Huawei said he took care of this subject. We will see if the brand has kept its promise or not.
With this model, Huawei did not take design risks. The smartphone is very similar to the different versions of the P20.
The only difference that can be noticed quickly is the notch, which is wider to contain the double frontal photo module. Otherwise, the finishes are exemplary, just as Huawei has accustomed us so far.
I love the aluminum back which gives it a very pleasing appearance. Unfortunately, it retains fingerprints.
The IPS panel is 6.3 inches and has a ratio of 19.5: 9, occupying 83% of the front of the device. So we can see here that we went out of the low end to enter the world of mid-range.
Huawei offers us here a screen of quality. The screen displays in 1080 x 2340 px with a very comfortable resolution (409 dpi).
That said, it will be necessary, once is not custom, go into the settings to get the most from the display of this smartphone by selecting the “normal” colors. The option that is not found in low-end smartphones, the color temperature is also flexible!
You can thus position your cursor on the value of your choice. I recommend you choose 6819 K. The color of this device is absolutely perfect. The only downside would be the contrast ratio, which stagnates at 1555:1, but without being catastrophic at all.
On the other hand in terms of reactivity, the performances are more average, with a remanence of 14 ms and a rather high tactile delay for a device of this range (99 ms).
In terms of ergonomics, the P Smart + is much better with its side buttons lock and volume that is designed to fall naturally under the finger. Same thing for the fingerprint reader on the back. This one is also rather reactive.
By cons, a somewhat surprising choice for this device is the micro-USB port while USB-C is even becoming common in the smartphones entry level.
This smartphone has, of course, a microSD port for cards up to the respectable size of 256 GB. Knowing that the P Smart + already contains 64 or 128 GB (depending on the versions) of internal memory, that’s enough. The place to store just about anything. It will just remove 9,74 GB occupied by the firmware.
The point that I find rather negative cons seen the price of the device, it is not waterproof.
Huawei has integrated a brand new chip for this P Smart +, the Kirin 710, which consists of 4 cores at 2.2 GHz and 4 cores at 1.7 GHz. It’s more than enough to run Android without problems of course.
You can juggle applications without worry, especially since it does not heat easily, even after shooting in HD: the smartphone does not reach more than 37 degrees.
A chip is there to manage the games (Mali G51 MP4). His performances are correct even on the latest 3D games. However, you may sometimes have to lower the performance of graphics because some slowdowns may occur on the most advanced games.
Let’s see how the aspect on which the P Smart + sins somewhat: the sound.
Indeed, its output 3.5 mm mini-jack, if it offers an exemplary distortion and a wide dynamic range, fishing by a power output too low. Thus the least helmet a bit greedy energy problem, shame!
The speaker gives it a correct output power, but, on the other hand, the sound saturates a little and especially lack clarity.
And what about the photo? In full light, it is doing pretty well.
The colors and contrasts come out correctly and the level of detail is correct. Another point that may be important, the peripheral zone does not suffer from a loss of quality. The only bit boring point and it’s starting to be a habit on these Huawei smartphones, an exaggerated software smoothing.
Unfortunately, as soon as the brightness drops, the quality of the pictures does it too. The colors palate, bye bye the contrast and the smoothing has actually blurred the image.
As for selfies, the photos are bright and well detailed. Once is not custom, integrated smoothing is always there to give a “baby skin” effect to your photos.
The autonomy of this device is very good with a duration of about two and a half days, which is more than comfortable. You need a little over two hours to charge the device.
The P Smart + comes with Android 8.1 and of course the overlay of EMUI, version 8.2. The interface of the OS does not change almost, so not what to bother the regulars of Android.
The best high-end smartphones
These smartphones are significantly more expensive but the features accompanying them are also upscale.
Huawei P20 Pro: the best high-end
- Good photos even in reduced brightness
- Good quality screen
- Warm up a little
- A little expensive
The spearhead of the brand Huawei, the P20 Pro comes with a good dose of strengths.
It has a rather well-designed notch screen with an option available for “snooze” to no longer see it appear by disabling the areas of the screen on each side.
The design of the device is elegant with its metal surround and glass back. On the other hand, the fact that this back is made of glass has the usual disadvantage of retaining fingerprints.
This device has the good taste to have an IP67 certification (resistant to dust and water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes). This waterproofing has become a hallmark of high-end smartphones.
Too bad that this device also overlooks the microSD port, even if the amount of internal memory is more than comfortable (128 GB).
The screen of the P20 is particularly wide (19: 9). It benefits from Oled technology which gives access to an almost infinite contrast ratio, beating LCD technologies flat.
This is more without having to sacrifice anything to the maximum brightness that ensures no problem reading in direct sunlight. In the dark, this camera is not left with a brightness designed to not damage your eyes.
The responsiveness of this device is somewhat above average with a touch delay of 69 ms and a zero remanence, Oled requires.
The device has a Kirin 970 chip with 6 GB of RAM, which ensures excellent performance for any type of use. It will really look for the little beast to find a fault during the use of this device.
However, this smartphone has some signs of heating when it is subjected to heavy tasks which are a shame. Fortunately, the temperatures come down very quickly!
The Mali-G72MP12 graphics chip is one of the most powerful on the market and allows you to play any game, even the most graphics performance.
The speakers on this device are of an honest quality, with good stereo and power comfortable enough to watch a movie or a series or even to the limit to listen to some music. It is still better not to push the volume too loud or you will end up with distortion on the most acute sounds.
The quality of the photos of this device in broad daylight is excellent and competes with the best smartphones in this field. In low light, we obtain an honest result without being absolutely exceptional.
Here is a smartphone that deserves its classification upscale and delights even the most demanding users!
Honor 10: quality photos
- Quality photos
- Great autonomy
- Sound system a little feeble
The Honor 10 has a nice screen occupancy of about 80%. The design of the device is very nice with its stylish all-glass hull, but unfortunately, it also means that it catches fingerprints.
The edges of this smartphone are slightly curved to offer the device an excellent grip. If the design itself is not revolutionary, the finishes are excellent.
Unlike other devices in this comparison, the Honor 10 has its fingerprint reader on the front. The mechanism is responsive and effective.
Small shadows on the board: no seal certification which is strange for a high-end device and especially this one, does not have a microSD port, which is unforgivable in the current Android universe. Users wanting more than 64GB will have to shell out more to buy the 128GB model …
Despite its high-end positioning, Honor decided to opt for an IPS screen and not Oled. This has some technical limitations, but the brand has really paid attention to the quality of its screen. The colorimetry in particular is excellent as soon as you opt for the right screen profile.
Level readability, things are going well. The maximum brightness allows to see clearly even in full sun and the minimum allows you to read without hurting your eyes at night. The only slightly disappointing point is the contrast, but it’s really looking for the little beast.
Level of responsiveness of the screen, this Honor 10 is one of the good students. The Full HD + definition of the 5.8-inch screen is largely sufficient for 90% of uses and allows a clean display.
Configuration level, this device is equipped with the chip Kirin 970, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. Android has no trouble turning on the machine and all applications run at a fast speed.
Nothing to report looking at the temperature. And this after a long game session or photo and video captures. No overheating is to be deplored.
Gaming level, this phone has no problem running any game on the Play Store even with the maximum graphics options.
The camera sins a little about the sound quality. Indeed, even if the rendering is rather clean thanks to a wide dynamic, the mobile still lacks power.
It will, therefore, be necessary to bring you a suitable helmet if you want to enjoy a sound experience worthy of the name. On the other hand, the bass is correct with the speaker, which is rare enough to be specified.
For photos, this camera is doing pretty well. In daylight the photos are nickel and the details stand out very well with minimal degradation on the corners of the stage.
At night, smoothing is well thought out and manages to erase the digital noise, but it also drools a few textures.
About autonomy, the Honor 10 is doing just fine. The smartphone is about two days in moderate use. In addition, it only takes him 2 hours to recharge.
The phone is managed by the Android 8.1 system supported by Huawei’s own EMUI overlay.
All in all for all this is an excellent high-end device at a price that is very reasonable for the material of this quality.
How to choose your smartphone at a good price/quality ratio?
A smartphone is the indispensable tool of our modern society, and we find everything, at all prices!
All the more reason to look at the important elements to consider before buying, to avoid unpleasant surprises …
The processor is the brain of your device. The more powerful it is, the more flexible the editing of photos, the applications will open faster and of course, the game will be without lag.
Today, the most powerful processor is the Snapdragon 845.
The graphics card
The graphics card is responsible for the gaming performance of your device. It’s an integral part of the processor and you should not worry too much about it because you just can not choose it.
Smartphone processors are coupled to a graphics card that complements their performance.
The size of the display
The size of the display roughly determines the size of your device. It is measured in inches.
The bigger the display, the bigger the smartphone but the more immersive the experience is.
The type of display
Modern smartphones use either IPS-LCD or OLED technology for display.
IPS technology is perfect for people wanting to do a lot of video editing on their phone, but if you want vibrant colors, HDR video and better battery life, a smartphone with OLED technology will be the better choice.
More RAM = better multi-tasking.
The more RAM your phone has, the more your smartphone will be able to do what you ask for it at any time. The RAM of smartphones is measured in GB and you can have smartphones with 1GB, 2 GB even 6 or even 8 GB.
The building material
In general, a smartphone made of metal will be stronger than a plastic smartphone. Glass is the most fragile building material, but it is also the one with the best appearance and allows the phone to charge wirelessly.
Also, the glass is a magnet with fingerprints.
Resolution is the number of pixels your camera has. Beware of the myth of “more megapixels = better images”. The best performance is given by resolutions of about 12 – 14 megapixels.
The operating system
All smartphones come with either Android or iOS. There is a multitude of Android phones, each offering its unique features for hardware and software.
Brand-specific Android versions with additional features can be bundled with the device (such as Xiaomi’s MIUI for example).
It is better to have a recent operating system if you want to run the applications you need.
Beware of malware/adware! There, it’s downright disgusting, but unfortunately, it exists: you are selling smartphones already infected. Generally, it will be adware.
If it is planted by the dealer, no worries, a factory reboot will suffice. But if it is planted by the builder, ouch! You can forget your smartphone. So how to avoid this? Easy! Before buying your smartphone, type the name of it and “adware” or “malware” on google.
If you see a problem popping up all the time, run away. Test with the X5 Max for example and see how this nauseating practice is already in place.
This is important, although on most models it is now possible to direct the installation of applications directly on microSD without catching a headache.
However, watch out for smartphones with less than 16 GB, it’s really light, especially with Android that takes up entry space.
The technical characteristics of a camera can be misleading. The number of pixels (expressed in Mpx) does not really mean much.
The best way to get an idea of the quality of the camera of a smartphone is to consult shots from other users.
However be careful! An HDR sensor to adjust the brightness at the source is absolutely essential if you want to take beautiful pictures.
Removable or not
If by the home in Indonesia it is still a characteristic that we find on many low-cost smartphone models, in Europe it is already much less the case.
I advise you caution, if the battery is integrated, it usually means that you throw everything in the trash in case of failure.
If manufacturers choose not to put a removable battery, it often feels the planned obsolescence policy, which is a disaster not only for you but also for the environment!
This data is without a doubt the least reliable. Expressed in mAh, it has relevance only if you have in mind the sum of the consumption of all components of the phone.
For example, some smartphones will offer beautiful 6000mAh, which is twice more than the current standard, they do not necessarily last a lot longer. The best is still to look for a professional test or to rely on the experience of other users if you have the opportunity.