Remember how some phones from the past, had a camera glitch, which caused a purplish blob to be present in the middle of your photos? Unfortunately, the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera on the Huawei Honor is plagued by the same flaw too, or at least on the unit that we have here. But even if we try to ignore that, the photos don't look particularly good. They are low on detail and there is plenty of digital noise when shooting under low-light conditions. The HDR setting makes the photos look only marginally better, and when you have the feature turned on, the time between individual shots is unacceptably long.
We are not happy with the camera interface either. The good thing about it is that it is rather simple, but features like face detection or panorama mode are missing, and the buttons are too small to operate comfortably. And in case you are wondering, the 720p video that the smartphone shoots has the same purple spot in the middle, lacks detail, looks far from fluid, and the audio that is captured by the microphone is barely distinguishable.
The stock music player
on the Huawei Honor is not bad at all, but could have been much better. What we like about it is that it has a nice audio visualization
that pulsates to your tunes and that it comes with its own file browser, which comes in handy in case your audio files are not neatly organized. However, what is somewhat annoying is that flicking through album art on the “Now Playing” screen automatically changes the song instead of letting you browse for the one you are looking for first. Also, the player had troubles rewinding and fast-forwarding
files, and support for lossless formats is missing.
The built-in video player is nothing special. It could playback some of our 720p MPEG4 sample files, but only the ones encoded with low bit rate. DivX file formats are not supported.