Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review
Shutterbugs will be especially happy to know it’s a versatile snapper for photos, but it’s lacking with its video recording.
For those familiar with last year’s Huawei Ascend Mate, the camera app interface on this year’s model is almost identical – both in layout and features set. At the core of it all, the interface is simple and mostly menu driven, as that is how various manual controls and shooting modes are accessed. Again, it’s nothing fancy, but at least it encompasses a decent amount of things.
Upping the ante, Huawei has increased the camera to a beefy 13-megapixel one, which clearly adds more detail. Overall, images are very good, but they still have their drawbacks, like some images coming a little underexposed. Another minor problem is that photos are verly soft around the edges – but they are sharp towards the center. But as a whole, the Ascend Mate 2 has a great camera for its class that is usable even in low light.
Video recording, strangely enough, is accompanied with several unwanted results that diminishes its overall quality. Out of everything, it’s the softer toned visuals and muffled audio recording that commands our attention, so the results aren’t as pleasant in comparison to its still image quality.
Thanks to its large screen, it’s the ideal thing for watching videos.
In addition to the Google Play Music app, the phone is packaged along with Huawei’s updated music player. This time around, we can tag songs into 4 mood categories (happy, sad, serene, and energetic), which is accessed from the main screen. A neat addition for those don’t mind categorizing songs individually, the player also has the ability to display lyrics too. With its rear-facing speaker, we can’t complain about the crisp and clean tones it’s able to muster up.
Bigger screens are preferred when it comes to watching video, so there’s no surprise that the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 falls into the same boat. Videos come to life and play flawlessly, despite the fact that it’s only sporting a 720p resolution screen.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 0.88
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
LG G Pro 2 0.58
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 0.39
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 76.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
LG G Pro 2 78
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 66
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