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Review: HONOR View20

by jonsie on ‎17-07-2019 15:20 - last edited on ‎23-07-2019 12:40 by Community Manager (1,401 Views)

HONOR VIEW20  Review

 

In The Box

 

The phone comes with very little in the box,

  • The handset itself
  • A USB-C Cable
  • The Warranty booklet
  • The Quick-start booklet
  • A rear silicon cover that helps grip the phone
  • (Note : If you were to buy the phone elsewhere there would be a 40W charger in the box. This has obviously been removed by O2 under their Green policy)

 

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First impressions were good, a well made handset by HUAWEI, quite light and quite thin. It felt very comfortable to hold with a very nice 6.4 inch screen. I love the color.

The phone specs and price/plans are available here on the O2 website .

 

Just a few basics:

 

The phone I have is in Phantom Blue, 128GB storage, Dual-Sim and is the first big name with a punch-hole camera and a Sony 48 megapixel rear camera.

The battery life is amazing, two days without charging from the 4000mAh battery. Fully charged from flat is 100 minutes and will get to 60% in 30 minutes. There is no wireless charging however.

For those of us who have wired earphones there is thankfully a standard headphone jack Speakers are top and bottom and produce decent sound at a decent sound level when listening without headphones. Call quality is excellent wth 4G and wifi calling with my preferred network on the phone.

 

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Display

 

Not quite matching the top end phones in terms of the vibrant coloured OLED displays of the top end phones but honestly, it's not far off. Along with the small punch hole camera the rest of the top bar is taken up with notifications and network signal indicators along with a battery level percentage indicator. The narrow bottom bar has the traditional arrow keys. You get the full 6.4 inch display when streaming videos or gaming. Screen cast works very well to both PC and TV.

 

Processor

 

The Honor View20 has the same processor as Huawei’s current Huawei Mate 20Pro, the Kirin 980 and not that I'm a Gamer but its easily capable of running most games. The front camera notch can be hidden in the phone settings but it's hardly noticeable streaming Youtube videos.

 

Operating System

 

After charging, the phone was quite easy to set up once you had acquainted yourself with the minor differences of Huawei’s own version (Magic UI) of Android 9 Pie. This looks very similar to EMUI which is common on previous Honor models.

To be honest, once set up, which can be done easily by signing in  with your Google account and restoring from a backup, you won't notice any differences at all unless you are really into looking for any. With my usage I can't tell any difference to a true Android device. All the same apps run and operate the same. Updates via the Play store are automatic too.

If you are really pedantic you can download another launcher such as Nova to give you more tweaks but it really isn't necessary. As you can see from the screenshot below, I have customised the phone using the built-in launcher to my personal preferences.

 

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Using The Phone

 

So, using the phone. The 6gb ram and powerful processor makes this the fastest phone I have had the pleasure to own. Quick means lightening quick and apps are so much quicker to load. Updating apps is also very quick.

The phone has a glass back with a metal frame which gives the phone a quality feel. The back itself incorporates a lovely chevron effect within the glass but is fairly slippery so I would recommend a case. I purchased one from Amazon, a wallet-type which protects against dropping and damage. For people who like to show the phone, there is a silicon back case in the box.

 

Security

 

  • The phone has a very responsive finger print scanner on the rear centre of the phone. It's very easy to set up and use this method of security if you wish.
  • Alternatively, it has facial recognition which works well even in low light.
  • There is also, for those who prefer, the pin number way of securing the display which will automatically allow you to unlock the phone should either of the above fail.

Camera

 

I could wax lyrical about the camera but I would be out of my depth. Suffice to say, the 48 megapixel rear camera + 3D sensor is brilliant. The default is to take 12 megapixel shots and you have to go into the camera settings if you want to take the higher resolution snaps. I don't change it with being a point and shoot guy, then looking at the results. The front facing camera takes high resolution 25 megapixel shots. I've found out to my horror that it shows every little wrinkle and grey hair! Thank the Lord for the beauty effects....! At the time of writing I haven't been anywhere picturesque but I have taken some photos which are below (no selfies though!!)

 

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As you can see, it was a sunny day at my local....

In my opinion, this phone is a great mid-price range handset with the look and feel of a premium phone. You get a lot for your money.

 

Now for the disadvantages.

 

No wireless charging and the phone specs do not include any sort of waterproofing.

Until the end of August, updates and security patches will come through as normal I’ve had three updates up to present, the latest being the security patch for June.

After that date we can only speculate as to the trade war between China and the USA. Hopefully commonsense will prevail and Huawei phones will be fully supported by Google.

We are to understand that existing handsets will not be affected but that has to be tested at the time of writing.

 

Conclusion

 

The biggest (to me) downside is the ridiculous trade-in price that you will get from the recycle companies. This phone is priced at £529 to buy on P&G from O2. O2 Recycle will offer you £60 for the phone should you wish to trade in. That is one hell of a drop in value and one can only hope that should USA-China relations improve, so will recycle value. That is the big drawback of buying Huawei-Honor phones at the moment. That said, it’s a great phone and I would highly recommend the Honor View20 under normal circumstances and at half the price of the overrated iPhones, it may well be worth buying if you are one to hang onto your phones that bit longer.

Comments
by viridis
on ‎17-07-2019 15:36
Perfecto!!!
Brilliant write up @jonsie, and quite the camera on it.
A fantastic review
by Community Manager
on ‎17-07-2019 15:47

Great review @jonsie ! I'm really impressed with the camera quality, those pictures are fantastic! Nice touch linking to the shop page. wink

by Bob_Mcg
on ‎17-07-2019 15:54

 

Great review @jonsie  

 

Nice looking well spec'd mobile at a reasonable price.

 

(Have to say though the price drop in your conclusion is a bit scary).

 

Well done on the above though, a good read.  trophy 

by Glory1
on ‎17-07-2019 16:05
Splendid review @jonsie and great photos. It looks a fantastic phone for the price. Let's hope the USA sees sense: for that read Trump, and things go back to normal for Huawei/Honor phones. The recycle price is beyond ridiculous at present. Great phone and review, enjoy!
by blissgirl
on ‎17-07-2019 17:56
Great review @jonsie the photo's look really good Smiley Happy
by Cleoriff
on ‎17-07-2019 18:36
Excellent review @jonsie. I was particularly interested in what you made of this phone. Looks as if it does the job and does it well. Great pictures by the way. I too hope that the issue between Huawei and the US is sorted quickly. Well done matey. PS, I am still having problems with posting on these reviews. No Emoji's, no spellcheck, no edit function etc. Luckily I was able to kudo your review and well worth it.
by liggerz87
on ‎17-07-2019 18:53
Brilliant review
by MI5
on ‎17-07-2019 19:37

Nice one Steve 

by WispaRed7
on ‎17-07-2019 20:02

Excellent review, very easy to read, thank you smiling

by gmarkj
on ‎18-07-2019 07:43

Nice review.

The pictures from the camera are so clear and sharp.

That screen looks rather busy for my liking!

I realise that o2 might be trying to do their part for the environment, but removing the charger means that you don't get the most of the quick charge which is the whole point.

Perhaps they could offer some sort of trade in on your old charger to get the new one...

by Cleoriff
on ‎18-07-2019 08:34
@gmarkj, I do know from experience that @jonsie puts everything into folders. He has nagged me many times to do the same. Smiley Happy
by gmarkj
on ‎18-07-2019 08:55

I like the odd folder or two as well @Cleoriff but mine are more dotted about.

It's all personal choice anyway. I have some widgets, some single apps and the folders all mingled together. 

The way I do it is to try and get similar things together (either in folders or the folders themselves) - for instance I have a tools folder but next to it are a couple of apps I use a lot that could/should go in it.

by TallTrees
on ‎18-07-2019 09:14

Very well produced @jonsie 

Clear easy to read with not too much techy stuff.

The photos are fantastic ~ Like the screen size too.

No charger in box ~ are you charging from Computer then?

The processor size is important and gives it some wellieupside down

Enjoy your new phone it is lovely.

I am sure all will be well with Huawei in due course, sure Google

will be lobbying hard (we had it here with brown envelopes ~ Hamiltoncool)

Best wishes from TallTrees

 

by jonsie
on ‎18-07-2019 15:02

I have a few fast chargers @TallTrees  but I do charge from the laptop quite a lot. It's easy and the laptop is on most of the afternoons and evenings. You can take from that that I don't go out much ...rofl

I would like to thank @Cleoriff and the community for making this review possible. Thank you Den Hug

by TallTrees
on ‎18-07-2019 15:16

Thanks for the info @jonsie 

I use my computer to charge phone(s) too very handy.

Beer looks good photo 6 Fantastic

by jonsie
on ‎18-07-2019 15:54

The beer was lovely on such a hot day @TallTrees beers

by Cleoriff
on ‎18-07-2019 18:39
@jonsie, as you know I can't kudo posts other than the review, or add emoji's...so will just say, it was my pleasure matey xxxx
by Community Manager
on ‎19-07-2019 13:05

Hey @jonsie , just read through your review thoroughly. Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this up! 

I didn't know that the phone camera notch can be hidden from the settings. I wonder how that works? Isn't the camera a permanent fixture and is it only on this phone model that it can be done? 🤔

How cool that the phone came with the silicone case as well. That one should help a lot with the grip, although you did say you got a wallet type of case yourself. I'm using a silicone one on my phone at the moment until I find a good wallet case to replace my old broken one. Smiley Happy

Nice photos by the way. Your local area looks pretty! I like the wind turbines in the background, and the green hills. grin

 

by jonsie
on ‎19-07-2019 14:09

Because the notch is under the display, there is a setting to hide the top banner completely when watching videos or streaming @Marjo 

Oswaldtwistle where I currently reside is a nice village in a valley surrounded by hills, farms and country roads. It's lovely in summer where we seem to get better weather and hot days because the hills provide protection from the other element.

Come winter, it seems much harsher. Clouds roll in down the hills bringing storms and winds and when it snows the village seems to come to a standstill.

It's no fun for me walking, I can't go out in the snow because living on a hill makes it impossible for me. Even my front entrance has a ramp leading up so I go through buckets of salt. I'm not sure what indemnity I have for carers, postman and binmen if the fall badly...

by pgn
on ‎31-07-2019 06:47
Hyndburn and a glass of Fosters - says it all, really! Top-notch, super photos, shame about the trade-in price though.