Honor View 10 – thoughts so far

I’ve had the Honor View 10 for a few months now. It does everything I need it to and has some big advantages over the Nexus 5X that it replaced, but there are a few things that are not quite as good. Here are my thoughts:

  • The camera on the Honor is much faster to take pictures than the Nexus, especially in the last months of using the Nexus. I can’t compare the quality (I sold the Nexus 5X) but I think the quality is pretty similar. The bokeh feature on the Honor is simple to use and makes some pictures look really good.
  • The Honor is much quicker in everyday use – this isn’t surprising given that it is newer and has 3 times the RAM (6GB vs 2GB), and switching between apps actually works now, instead of apps closing themselves down in between switches as would happen on the 5X.
  • The Honor has 128GB of RAM, 4 times what I had in the 5X (32GB). I am nowhere near having to worry about space to install apps or download photos, I am not even using a third of the available storage yet!
  • The fingerprint reader on the 5X was much better than on the Honor. I much preferred the position on the back, and the Honor’s fingerprint reader doesn’t always seem to read my fingers. This is mitigated by the Honor having face unlock, which isn’t as good as the iPhone’s but it’s good enough.
  • The View 10 has slightly curved edges which means finding a screen protector isn’t straightforward. I tried a tempered glass one but that obscured the edges in order to fit, so I’m stuck using a TPU one. The View 10 comes with a case in the box.
  • I’m having trouble with notifications for some apps, generally those I don’t use often. One example is Hangouts which I use infrequently, I don’t get notified on my phone but see them later on my tablet. There are various app power settings which apparently fix this but my experience is mixed.

Overall I am pleased with the phone, it does everything I need it to and runs smoothly. I may come to miss having Nexus-like stock Android and updates in the future, but for now everything is OK.

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