The Honor 7 Review
Honor 7 is a handset packed with goodies, large display, powerful processor and so on… The real question is that is the device as useful as it seems or not? Read the full review to know the answer.
The description of honor 7 includes:
- HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset
- Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor
- Android v5.0 (Lollipop) operating system
- 3GB RAM, 16/64GB storage and an expansion slot for external memory
- 2mm length; 71.9mm width and 8.5mm thickness
- A display of 2 inches and 1080 x 1920 pixels display resolution
- It weighs 157 g
- 20 MP rear camera
- 8 MP front camera
- 3100mAh battery
- Price of $400
Build (Honor 7)
- The design of Honor 7 is very simple but premium, matching the latest design trends.
- The physical material of the handset is metal.
- It feels durable in hand.
- The front and back are flat with rounded edges.
- The backplate is non removable.
Fortunately Honor 7 is not a fingerprint magnet. In fact it seemed quite neat even after weeks of use.
- At 157g it is a little heavy for hand.
- Measuring 8.5mm we cannot call it thin but we cannot call it thick either.
- The navigation buttons are on the screen so the bezel above and below the screen is a little less.
- Power and volume key are found on the right edge.
- On the left edge there is a slot for micro SIM and microSD card.
- There is also a special button on the left edge which can be assigned any function depending on your needs, for example it can take you straight to the camera app or calendar.
- On the back the ‘Honor’ logo is embossed.
- Below the camera there is a fingerprint scanner that reads the fingerprint upon touching.
- It is available in three colours of gray, silver and gold.
- The device has a 5.2 inch IPS-NEO LCD.
- The display resolution of the device is 1080×1920 pixels.
- The pixels density is at 424ppi. The display is very sharp and clear.
- The maximum brightness is at 436nits while minimum brightness is at 9 nits. The minimum brightness is not very good.
- Colour temperature is at 7600 Kelvin which renders the colours a bluish tint, but it can be adjusted in the display settings.
- The viewing angles of the device are good.
- The display is good for multimedia activities.
- EBook reading is also comfortable on the device.
- HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset system.
- The processor is Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53.
- The handset has 3 GB RAM.
- The graphic unit is Mali-T628 MP4.
- The performance of Honor 7 is not very good.
- It gets sluggish from time to time.
- The basic tasks are handled very easily and smoothly but when real pressure is applied the device breaks down a little.
- It is not perfect enough to be a gaming device, so it you want to play games on your handset look elsewhere.
Memory & Battery
- The handset comes in two versions of built in memory, the 16 GB version and the 64 GB version.
- In the 16 GB version only something above 10 GB is available to the users.
- The good news is that the memory can be augmented by the use of a micro SD card.
- The device has 3100mAh non removable battery.
- The device scored 8 hours and 2 minutes of constant screen on time which is pretty good.
- The battery will easily last more than a day with medium usage.
- Charging time of the handset is very less.
- There is a battery saver mode which might come in handy. It reduces the performance of the device by limiting its functions. 9% battery will get you through the day on battery save mode.
- The rear holds a 20 megapixel camera.
- The front holds an 8 megapixels camera.
- The handset has a dual LED flash.
- Even the front camera has an LED flash.
- The camera lens is protected by a sapphire cover.
- The camera app is a little slow.
- The shutter froze when we touched the capture button but the actual picture was captured a moment later.
There is an auto HDR mode, which is turned on whenever the camera decides.
- In low light conditions the images are satisfactory.
- In proper lights the images come out beautifully.
- The colours of the images are warm but sharp.
- The images are quite detailed.
- The aperture of the front camera is large, which is useful during group selfies.
- The front flash is a little weak.
- Videos can be recorded at 1080p.
- 4K is not supported.
- There is also a video HDR mode.
The package will include:
- Honor 7.handset
- Start guide
- Wall charger
- Micro USB
- Screen protector.
- SIM ejector tool
- The handset runs Android Lollipop.
- Honor runs EMUI 3.1 which is Huawei’s own interface.
- The call quality of the device is great. Both loud speaker and the earphone are impressive.
- The handset has the feature of IR blaster which allows us to use it as a remote control.
- The gallery app is loaded with a large variety of editing tools.
- Various communication features are also present.
- The handset supports dual SIM but you have to choose between keeping a memory card or a SIM.
- The device has its own browser but its performance is bit slowly.
- There are a number of themes and icon designs to choose from.
- One handed mode can also be enabled.
The device is clearly not perfect but many of its features are impressive. Honor 7 is durable and it will not let you down in time of need. The battery life is durable, display is good and the design also feels premium. One can consider buying it if you are ready to make a few compromises.
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