honor 7 Review

Introduction


honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
honor 7 Review
“What phone is that?” - we’ve been asked this numerous times since we started using the honor 7 as a daily driver several weeks ago. Clearly, the bold brand name embossed on the back of our handset didn’t ring a bell to anyone but our most tech-savvy buddies. Surprising this was not, as honor is one of the newer players in the smartphone arena. In fact, it has been less than a year since honor became an entity of its own, ran separately from its parent company - Huawei.

The honor 7 is the young brand’s current flagship smartphone. Several months after launching in China, where it was met with overwhelming demand, the Android 5.0-based handset was released in Europe as well, priced at 350 euro (roughly $400). In exchange you get a 5.2-inch display, an octa-core Kirin 935 SoC, a 20MP camera, and a 3100mAh battery, among other goodies, all encased in a metal-made body. Sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? Well, let’s find out if that’s the case.

In the box:

  • honor 7 smartphone
  • pre-applied, removable screen protector
  • SIM card ejector tool
  • wall charger (Output: 5V, 2A)
  • Micro USB cable
  • quick start guide


Design

A typical modern-day smartphone with a metal-made body and adequate size for a 5.2-incher. The Smart button and fingerprint scanner are welcome bonuses.

At a glance, the honor 7 looks like a typical modern-day smartphone. It is a rectangular, mostly flat device with slight curves at its four corners. The moment you pick the phone up, however, your fingers will detect the cold feel of its non-removable metal back plate and sides. Yes, the honor 7 has a mostly metallic build, which adds a welcome dose of premium feel to an upper mid-range handset. The metal surface is immune to fingerprints, and it is showing no signs of wear after several weeks of use (and maybe a few accidental bumps).

Handling the honor 7 isn’t much of a trouble given its size and weight, and we’ve never had troubles fitting it in the pockets of a regular pair of jeans. At 5.64 by 2.83 inches (143.2 by 71.9 mm), it is of typical proportions, if not slightly smaller, for a smartphone rocking a 5.2-inch screen. It is neither too thin, neither too thick, measuring 0.33 inches (8.5 mm) if we don’t count its protruding camera. The mostly flat back of the honor 7 is slightly sloped near the ends, which, together with the beveled edges, contributes to a comfy grip. And to facilitate single-handed usage, there’s a single-handed mode that scales down the UI, making even its furthest corners reachable, although we can’t remember a time when we really, really needed to use it.

While the honor 7 has a mostly metallic build, there are two plastic elements on the phone’s top and bottom - behind them reside its antennas. These elements spoil the looks of the handset a bit as they reflect light differently and are not perfectly aligned with the metal plate at the seams. The tray for the SIM and microSD cards does not seem to fit ideally either. Bear in mind that these slight imperfections could be limited to our review unit only.

Looking at the sides, a metal-made power key and volume rocker reside on the phone’s right side. They are raised well and respond with sufficient tactile feedback. On the opposite side is found the Smart key, which is a programmable button, and up to three functions can be assigned to it. We find it useful, as it lets us easily turn on the flashlight, initiate a Google search, or launch our favorite music app without even looking, for example. However, since the Smart key is placed oppositely of the power key, pressing the latter might result in accidentally pressing the former as well. It happened to us on several occasions, but eventually, our fingers got used to the buttons’ arrangement.

On the back of the honor 7, below the camera, is positioned a fingerprint scanner that reads your fingerprints when touched, not swiped. That's a good thing as scanners using the latter method aren't as reliable, as our experience goes to show. The honor 7's scanner isn't perfectly accurate either, but it does work at least 4 out of 5 times. To improve its reliability, you may enroll the same finger twice, touching different areas of its tip when registering it.


Honor 7

Honor 7

Dimensions

5.64 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches

143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play

Dimensions

5.8 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches

147.3 x 75 x 10.9 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Honor 7

Honor 7

Dimensions

5.64 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches

143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play

Dimensions

5.8 x 2.95 x 0.43 inches

147.3 x 75 x 10.9 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


honor 7 Review

Display

Large, with high resolution for great details. Color accuracy, however, leaves something to be desired.

The honor 7 sports a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, made by Japan Display, with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. This translates to a pixel density of 424 ppi, producing clear, crisp, pixelation-free visuals. The resolution isn’t ground-breaking, of course, as we already have QHD-resolution displays of such diagonal size, but to tell you the truth, the pixel count of the honor 7’s screen is perfectly sufficient for any need.

On the downside, the screen of the honor 7 is noticeably cold-looking - we measured a color temperature of over 7600K, which explains the display’s blueish tint. We must mention that the second honor 7 unit that we tested had an even more inaccurate display, clocking in at around 9000K. Not all users will be bothered by this flaw, of course, but those who are may adjust the display’s color temperature from the Settings menu. Still, we do wish that colors were more accurate out of the box. On a related note, our color measurements indicate that the screen produces slightly overblown shades of red and green.

The honor 7 is mostly usable under sunlight. We measured a peak brightness value of 436 nits, which is an acceptable figure. It is far from ideal, however, as bright sunlight reflected at the user’s eyes renders the screen very difficult to use. The minimum brightness value of 9 nits is an average figure - using the honor 7 in the dark is rather comfortable, although it would have been better if the screen could get even dimmer.

Before we move on, we must mention that a screen protector is pre-applied on the honor 7. It does not spoil the viewing experience in any way, and leaving it on would be a good idea as it will protect the display against damage. However, finger traces stick to it more easily compared to the bare glass surface of the touchscreen.



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47 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Pro: "EMUI brings a number of practical improvements" So Ios Like Features Are Practical Improvements To Android. If I Wanted Ios Features I'd Get An iPhone, To Me This Is A Con.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Battle between (no) Honor and Humanity.

2. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Background task killer is like greenify out of box. Huawei devices destroy Samsung devices in real life battery life.

52. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Samsung has Smart Manager, which does the same thing.

3. Acer_Predator unregistered

Why so bad score when this features 20mpx camera Fast cpu, has 3gb , f.print ,big battery.. Really don't understand..but honor 6+ looks better for me

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Cause specs dont always translate to great user experience. Z3 had 20mp? camera an iphone 6 with its 8mp would take better photos.. So ye

16. Acer_Predator unregistered

So tell me why ophone got over 9?

21. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

For starters, the software is absolute CRAP (for multitasking,) so is the chipset. And there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING EXEMPLARY from this. It's an average "pseudo-flagship," and it shows! A used Nexus 5 is so much better than this device...

30. Acer_Predator unregistered

u talking bullcrap u never had huawei phone in hands espec. Mate 7 or P8 PMax

33. Paximos

Posts: 278; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

I bet 5 bucks that you haven't even touched a Huawei phone in your life!!

50. clique420

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

I've used the Huawei Honor 6 for over a year and it's an absolutely incredible phone for its price range. This is just an upgraded version so I dont understand why the hell this has such a bad score. Stupid reviewers ruining Huawei's reputation when they're actually doing damn good work and giving us a phone for £250. how can you possibly complain? i can almost guarantee you wouldn't find a better phone than this for that price, other than the other chinese phones out there that people also probably blindly claim the software sucks etc.. well I can say nothing sucks about the Honor 6, so I don't see how the Honor 7 could miraculously be worse

5. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Read the freakin' article or at least the Conclusion bruh. But it's really funny how much reminds me of iOS when flicking through the galleries in the review.

18. Acer_Predator unregistered

Well it is same as in iOS so they supposed to love it it is like on iphoone no ?

7. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Because PA loves apple and hate all chinese products. This one is really good ! Like you can read in this review: -Battery life is very good ! -Screen is quite good, yet, not best. -Multimedia package as a plus -Call quality is good -Speaker gooood The only thing is soft, and because of that = 5.8 .... This shoud be minimum a 7 ! Shame on you PA ! You're not objective at all !

37. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

if you've read the whole review, you've seen that the user experience is poor due to several software issues. Some of them are pretty serious... not receiving notifications or synchronization not working are serious issues. Hardware is useless without good software... and that's usually the problem with chinese manufacturers. Their software is far from being optimized, well designed and bug free. That's why I'd pay more for a nexus with lower specs than for this one.

44. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Id rather pay for a good OS than for useless hardware, Its like having a gym-body with a sh*tty brain thou :v

6. lukkiristi unregistered

Again, seems like the score is too damn low. An affordable phone with a decent display, good camera and a great battery should really score at least a 7.

8. Subie

Posts: 2259; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Agreed. They seemed to like just about everything but the software.

12. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Well why won't you buy it and have a "good time" with it?

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Hmm. Maybe PA you can use a third party camera equivalent (I.e open camera) so perhaps a much more desirable result could come.

11. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

"software is something that can be improved with an update." And how often that happens? Usually never since new models are pushed in every quarter.

13. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 321; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

This score is a shame. I am using Huawei p8 which is very similar to this phone they both use the same OS version + emui 3.1 but the honor 7 has minor hardware upgrades but with more extra features like the finger scanner and IR blaster. I would rate my phone an easy 8.5 + if not more for looks and features and mind you i had an lg G2 before it and a couple of Samsung note series devices. The battery on the P8 lasts more than the G2 (a lovely device) ever did at least in terms of SOT although the P8 has 2680 mah while the G2 has a 3000mah the credit here goes to their task manger and software optimization tools. The reason i bought the P8 is becuase it's by far the best looking device i ever owned without a company logo and physical keys in front of the device if only it had double speakers(Nexus p6 here i come). Long story short the honor 7 deserves at least a 8.5+ score, sure the device has some drawbacks but they are minor compared to other brands offerings within that price bracket.

17. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 321; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Correction Nexus 6p...lol

14. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This site is real racist! All China phone scores low than expected. Close site if you can't proper and fair doing review!

15. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

You mean "as expected"?

19. hafini_27

Posts: 942; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

This deserve a 7 or 7.5. Though I agree the X style or Zenfone 2 might be a better deal, the Honor 7 is still quite capable and feels premium.

20. x88yunkw

Posts: 130; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

such a good smartphone, dare you give a little 5.8 PA? are you kidding with all your readers here?

26. Tronlol

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Then go buy it.. And enjoy your wonderful phone.

22. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Why should "pseudo-flagships" like this get a free pass because it's cheap for the specs? The software often is crap, the hardware is absolutely UN-EXEMPLARY, and it tries to be a flagship, when used flagships - S5, G3, Moto X 2014, even a used Nexus 5 - are so much better than this device...!

23. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 321; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Clearly you haven't tried it, everyone here is complaining about the score not whether it's a flagship killer and you know what for the price of

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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