Huawei P20 Lite, A Short Review

Day 221/365: Is this the best phone out there?

Photo by Android PIT

It’s now been about two weeks since I’ve bought the Huawei P20 Lite, which means I had enough time to use it and see if the buzz about it being better than Apple is legit. I’m not using any Apple products and have only used the first iPhone when it came out, so my comparison is not really legit either.

What’s legit (it is the last time I’m using that word, don’t worry) is my honest review about this phone, now almost half a month after buying it. I’m going to keep it short and focus on the interest points anyone who’s buying a new phone looks into before spending the money: camera, battery life, internet browsing, Facebook and Instagram, storage, phone and data services, GPS.

Camera

The camera is amazing. Simply put, it’s the best camera I’ve ever had on a phone. I tested it against the 7th generation of iPhone and also the Samsung Galaxy S7 and even the S8. The P20, although the Lite version, did so much better than any of the others, I can’t even believe it. Here are some photo samples with the P20 Lite.

The photos have not been edited in any way. I just used the Auto mode, snapped and then that was that! I think they look almost like a DSLR-type of photos, to be honest.

Battery life

If I’m using the phone normally, but not very hard, I can do two full days with a single charge. The battery holds up extremely well. If you’re using YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and the Kindle App for extended periods of time, say, you’re on a train for 8 hours, you’ll still get to have about 20% left at the end.

Internet browsing

I’m using the Chrome app to browse the online and it does great. It never lags, it never crashes, it just holds up to the phone’s internal powers and delivers the web pages as fast as a thought. I even enjoy browsing my favourite online stores and do my shopping straight from the phone now.

Facebook and Instagram

These are the two most used apps on my phone. Facebook not that much, but I do spend a huge amount of time on Instagram. The first runs smoothly all the time, yet I’m finding Instagram laggy and sometimes crashing. I don’t know if it’s because of the phone, as the same thing used to happen to me on the S6, but still, it can be quite unpleasant.

Storage

You have a total of 64 GB of storage. You can’t run out of that much storage space, and if you somehow do, you can always put in a memory card.

Phone and data signal + GPS

I read about some complaints previous users of the P20 Lite have had with the signal of their terminals. So far, I’ve had no issues with phone or data signal. They worked like a charm. I had no terminated calls, nor having my data service crash up on me. The same goes for the GPS, which also runs smoothly.

I’d give this phone a 10 out of 10, but I’ll stick to a 9,5 out of 10 because of the outer case, which is slippery and simply unusable without a firm case.

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