OK, so I’ve been an iPhone lover for some years now, I loved the fact that they were an intuitive, reliable, robust piece of modern tech, encased in a sleek and sexy, minimalist design.
I do feel however, that in recent times, Apple seem to have lost their way a little bit. Let me expand on that – the new range of iPhone designs are a little uninspiring, major design updates are further apart, not to mention the reliability and quality we’ve come to expect from Apple generally, appears to have taken a hit somewhere along the lines, and there is an overall lack of pretty much anything exciting on the Apple front.
Aside from the above, the actual ownership of an iPhone has also become a less enjoyable experience. The excessive amount of control Apple has over your iPhone (an example being the amount of mandatory apps pre-installed by Apple, that you then cannot remove, twinned with the fact that you cannot expand the phones memory), the terrible battery life and the frequency of iOS updates (and even the excessive notifications to update), to name a few.
My own iPhone 5s recently started to fail, battery life got to the stage where it was almost unusable, making calls whilst on the move would drop out every few miles and the touchscreen was playing up.
So after accepting Apple was no longer for me I decided to check out the market and see what else was available. If we imagine the phone market as a horse race, then it’s fair to assume that up at the front is Apple, hot on its heels is Samsung, then you have Sony, HTC, LG somewhere in the middle, all the while Microsoft is still at the starting post, trying to mount the retired race horse it acquired from Nokia. Nokia is currently on a beach somewhere, sipping margaritas, and laughing to itself about Microsoft. Sorry I digress.
Back to the story, I perform the usual analysis by checking out comparison sites, reviews and videos. The only conclusion I arrive at is that the iPhone is still not a good choice and that the other options all seem to be somewhere in the middle, with Samsung looking like the most attractive option.
Then, suddenly, I noticed something on this metaphorical race track, a dark horse, something overlooked by nearly everyone, that has literally flown through the first gate, straight past Sony HTC and LG and is up there with Apple & Samsung. This racer is known as Huawei.
WHO? I hear you ask. Allow me to enlighten you.
Whilst you might not have heard of Huawei, you have more than likely seen, used or owned something they have made at some point.
Huawei are in fact (read the rest of this sentence in Jeremy Clarkson’s voice for full effect) the largest telecommunications provider, in the world.
They have been sat back making components for other phone manufacturers, for many years now. During this time, they have gained a wealth of industry relevant information. They’ve been dealing with issues brought to them by so many other manufacturers, which pretty much makes them the “Oracle” of the phone industry.
Obviously someone at Huawei has realised this and had a brainwave.
They’ve recently launched their own line of phones and more specifically, I decided to take a look at the P9.
It’s sleek, sexy and beautifully crafted, it’s blazing fast, the “Leica” dual camera with aperture function is so unique and produces some of the best photos I’ve ever seen from a phone. Further to this, if you register the “HiCare” app, it comes with a 3 year warranty, 3 months screen replacement (even accidental damage), and 3 months product replacement, so if the product develops any fault within the first 3 months, they’ll just straight swap it for you.
Whilst I’m not a huge fan of android, it has all the apps you’re familiar with and you can even download 3rd party applications without the need to go through the official (Google Play) store.
I’m pleased to say, I’ve had the phone for a few weeks now and I’m really happy with it. I have much stronger phone signal everywhere, calls never drop out, but most of all, it just works.
DISCLAIMER: I’m in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned above, and the views expressed are that of my opinion only.