Huawei Mate 10 Pro -The Real Deal

This is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, It's another one of those phones that you've either heard a lot about or you've never heard of it at all, for a lot of people this isn't even on the radar. It's brand new hasn't come out yet in the US. So it's not in any stores, it's not on any carriers some a brand you may not have ever heard of, it's just super uncharted waters, but in the tech community if you follow pretty much any tech youtuber or any site. It's showed up in some form and some post of one of the best phones of last year.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro -The Real Deal

Basically, Huawei is already really popular in a lot of Asian markets, but they also have a big media budget and they're trying to expand and make their first big splash in the United States and Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the phone that they've chosen to make that splash. So I've got one and I've used it.
The question now is, is it for those 800 bucks you'll pay for it, Is it worth it over the other main players that are already established in the US for like the HTC 11 or the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9 or LGBT 30s, Let's find out.

First of all, aesthetically everything on the outside Huawei has adapted well to this basically what the market seems to expect out of a phone in 2018 in the US, it's these glass sandwiches front and back, its dual cameras, it's metal rails on the sides. In fact, it's built just as well here as any other Samsung phone like the Galaxy S8, tight tolerances, precision milling, IP67 water resistant, shiny Bezels. It's of course, really reflective, it's a nice contrast actually to most of always designs from the past couple years I am feeling this design. Unfortunately, being very 2018 also means no headphone jack just kind of the way it is and there's also no wireless charging on this phone seems like they could have done it with a mostly glass back but that's a minor one for me I've used plenty of phones with no wireless charging.

So the only weird thing for the hardware for me is just, it kind of looks a little bit weird I think something about the dual cameras being so separate like that it's not the fingerprint reader. That's absolutely perfect. And it's extremely fast if you've ever seen it and use and it's also right where I'd wanted in the upper middle back of the phone so I guess just in terms of looks. I think the big two separate camera rings are a little weird. Luckily, I don't have to look at the back, very much.

The buttons are tight and clicking on point and the speaker is its average it's at the bottom. It's something special. Again, it reminds me of like a Samsung or an iPhone speaker because it's really easy to block.

The specs are all also up to what you'd expect for the price. It's an eight core CPU and this version has six gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of onboard storage and its fast, but we'll get to the software in a second. It's also rocking a 4000 milliamp hour battery, but just like the razor phone, this one has fantastic battery life, I can say this is a winner for the mate 10 Pro also really good standby time which may of course be in part due to the really aggressive closing of background apps but again battery life is killer on this thing.

The display- It's a six inch OLED display so pretty big. I'm a big phone person so I like that, obviously. But even with the display this big. It keeps the bezel pretty small at the top and the bottom.
The phone brightness range is fantastic, it gets way dimmer than most Android phones and I like to notice that. So using it at night isn't a pain, but it's also plenty bright and sharp and colorful for everyday regular use.

 The mate 10 Pro has excellent camera hardware on paper. It's a primary 12 megapixel sensor f 1.6 aperture with optical image stabilization and then the secondary camera a 20 megapixel sensor also with F 1.6 and OYS, so incredible numbers sounds amazing on paper probably best in class, but as we're learning cameras are more and more about the software and the image processing, just as much as the hardware itself, Huawei Mate 10 Pro takes pretty good photos not incredible photos but pretty good ones, sharpness is great, thanks for the OYS and colors are pretty good though I find images a bit contracts, but that could be because I'm more used to the more aggressive HDR from my pixel 2 either way though pixel 2 camera consistently outperform mate 10 Pro in color accuracy and dynamic range and just the overall range and quality of the photo. Plus, it does a much better portrait mode with one camera instead of the two.

Sometimes it looks kind of unfair to compare like anything to the pixel 2 camera just because it's that far ahead. It's that good. But part of the reason it is that good is because of the software and I think mate 10 Pro's camera could be a bit better than it is because of the software. In fact, that's an important sentence. It could be better than it is because of software that's like a metaphor for this entire phone.

The skin on top of Android 8.0 on this phone is EMEY and it's not subtle. It's a pretty in your face skin with a couple of pretty obvious design and functional cues from iOS. I mean, that's just being real. For example, out of the box. There's no apperture. So your home screen will just kind of look like this just straight up icons everywhere plus bloatware that you can't uninstall or hide. So you have to put it in a folder, but it's still on your home screen like an iPhone.

This is Android so you can change a lot of the stuff you don't like you can grab Nova Launcher. You can use Google Photos, etc. There's plenty of ways to customize it in the ways you want and of course I can say there are also plenty of additions in the software that aren't just copying the iPhone to scroll shot screenshot feature it isn't super new that's more of something we've seen in Samsung skins, but it's built in here as well where you can scroll down to take taller screenshots. In fact, it's about time this feature made it into the stock version of Android on the pixel as well.

There's also video screen recording built in with a shortcut and the quick settings. It's not the best screen recording, but it's there and it gets the job done and also for apps that aren't the two to one aspect ratio natively yet there's a full screen app button works fine. One touch and you're done.

There are also plenty of features for making it easier to use a much larger display so yeah the skin. It's a bit hit or miss. It's decently customizable because it's Android. So if you don't like some of the decisions made out the box you can change them, but not all of them. There are definitely still things that are stuck the way they are, like one thing they built in is on most phones, you can double tap the power button and it opens up the camera on this phone double topping the power button doesn't do anything you double tap the volume rocker and it opens up the camera takes a photo real quick and that's fine. I mean, it's decently useful. I don't know how many people are ever going to use that first photo I can get used to it, though. But like Mr. Mobile mentioned in his review. That's kind of rough. If you're listening to music or listening to a podcast or doing something audio related then the double tapping the volume button is disabled. It's weird. I guess why not just use double tapping the power button like everyone else.

Then the camera modes, there's like 7000 different camera modes in here, based on what it thinks you're taking a picture of and an auto mode, the cameras actually smart at quickly identifying the subject of what you're taking a picture of which is really impressive.

I'm just not sure how much optimization is actually happening. Once that identifies the subject like is it speeding up the shutter speed when it detects a pet or adding saturation when it detects a blue sky I don't really know, but it would be nice to know that.

So okay at the end of the day, overall, what's the verdict on mate 10 Pro? Putting aside all the weird rumors about the Chinese government, the weird quirks about AT&T or Verizon not putting this in stores. Is it a good phone? Well, yes, it actually is. It's a really solid phone but it comes in at 800 bucks so that kind of puts it in a weird place where like you're choosing between this or some of the other main established players like the Galaxy S8, S9 or HTC U11 or LG V30, like is there any reason to buy this one.

Basically, you should get this phone if you're a big fan of the designer. If you just really want to be unique and really don't want to get one of those big main players’ smartphone in the same price range. Then again, why wouldn't you like those other phones are obviously quality, but with this one. You still get your A+ battery life. You're great display, great build quality, and great camera. Basically whether or not you like this phone will depend on what you think of EMEY.

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