Upgraded to Honor 8 FRD-L09 (the 32 GB storage model) from Huawei P8 (the 3GB RAM model, not the P8 Lite). After three months of use, here are a few impressions:
1 - VERY beautiful phone, designed with great attention to details. Couldn't find a 2,5D tempered glass screen protector, but i`ve settled with a classic tempered glass, looks ok-ish. A must have is a bumper or something to protect its back, which is slippery. Go for something transparent, for the beauty of this phone.
2 - With normal use (4-5 hours of browsing, Messenger, music, Whatsapp, Netflix Youtube, a few pictures), battery lasts for about 1,5 - 2 days. It charges fully in about 1 - 1,5 hours. The phone is excellent for videos (Youtube or Netflix or whatever), even when using data connection, because it doesn`t overheat. The P8 was so hot that you could cook eggs on it after 2 hrs of videos. The only overheating problems I`ve seen are only when you are using the main camera for pictures or videos.
3 - Speaker is REALLY loud. Louder than P8, for sure.
4 - Calling experience is average. When you`re in a call with somebody, the sound coming from the earpiece lacks bass and lacks high frequencies, so it`s kinda "tinny". Still, you have no problems hearing the people and neither do they. Signal quality is great on both SIMs. You can switch the 4G/3G connection from SIM1 to SIM2 from the phone`s menu.
IMPORTANT: there is NO VoLTE on FRD-L09, and Huawei doesn`t seem to care about it and fix it in a later update.
5: Data connection: I have tested it on three different mobile operators. When you`re on a 3G connection, you reach about 7 Mbps download and about 3 Mbps upload. On 4G, the speed increases to 20 Mbps download/upload. No overheating when using data connection. No problems with Wi-Fi connection either, it`s running smooth, no interruptions.
6: Sound in headphones is a disaster. Actually, most Huawei phones are (at best) average when it comes to sound in headphones, but Honor 8 is really silent. If you`re a music lover, don`t buy it. Or root it, then change the sound settings using AlsaMixer or something else and you will be amazed (the sound will be twice louder). I don`t know why, but Huawei limits the sound volume in headphones to a level which is annoying. Again, I don`t think future updates will solve this problem.
7 - there`s no FM Radio, which is - in my opinion - a stupid decision, since not all of us have 24/24 access to the internet and, in case of a storm, earthquake or any other natural disaster, the FM Radio is the only app that could be helpful for hearing emergency broadcasts or useful information.
8: Cameras - main camera is really good in daylight, with rich details, crisp, colourful. Great bokeh (depth of field). The colours are a little graysh / blueish, but you can edit the pics later, there`s no problem in that. If you want to take night shots, you really need a tripod, or else the pictures taken won`t be satisfying. Huawei P8 was a better performer in night photography than Honor 8. Front camera takes really good shots.
9: Lag - no lag in opening / using apps, really good phone in that aspect.
If you are looking at Honor 8 and Huawei P9 and you don`t know what to choose, go for Honor 8. It looks better and the dual camera from P9 is better than the dual camera from Honor 8 only at night photography. Also, the P9 heats faster than Honor 8. Don`t thing it`s worth spending the extra money for P9. Hopefully Huawei will correct the headphone sound problem and the missing VoLTE feature from Honor 8, to make it a real flaghsip, though. Till then, Honor 8 is just a really good phone for the money.
Brilliantly,Brilliant!!!😀great phone,easy to get round,my second Huawei,the 8 is fast and user friendly,a very happy 70 year old!!!!💂😁
Anonymous, 20 Dec 2016optical stabilizer missing... always something missing. And still no user-replaceable batteryWhy are you looking for OIS in a midrange phone? If you want OIS then buy flagship phone. Or better yet buy DSLR. Tangang uwak
Can anyone say how is the selfie camera & which device it would be comparable for front cam ??
I had the opportunity to hold a Honor 8 in my hands today. A solid and very beautiful phone indeed.
Anonymous, 20 Dec 2016optical stabilizer missing... always something missing. And still no user-replaceable batteryyou're right. With OIS, better camera (and removable battery) this could have been a true killer phone
fjweinbk, 10 Jan 2017Had mine for 2+ weeks and used my old Samsung headphones with it because it didn't come with o... moreThis is very common with my samsung when i tried incompatible headphones it automatically opens the google voice & behaves strange... its all due to the non-compatible headphones now im using compatible headphones with my samsung the phone rocks, now im planning to buy huawei honor8 in next week for sure.....
GSM Arena I have read on Honor website this phone has Nippon Electric Glass which is a Japanese company
Had mine for 2+ weeks and used my old Samsung headphones with it because it didn't come with one. I noticed that when I'm on a call or listening to music that it'll drop my call or end my music whenever I have a slight movement that interrupts the connection between the headphone jack and the hole for the jack. Seems like a loose connection where the slightest movement can cause a drop call or automatically initiate google voice. Has anyone else had/have this issue? I wondering if I should buy an Huawei headphone to use with it but it just doesn't make sense tho. Please help!
its a damn cute phon with heigh features but I have a question in my mind regarding its battery backup does 3000Mah is sufficient for 24 hrs net usage
I had honor6...and it was good phone for me..but I want to change it and buy honor8 and I'm sure that it can be a very good gadget
optical stabilizer missing... always something missing. And still no user-replaceable battery