Hi GSMArena team.
That is a great long-term review of the P20 Pro.
I have a question regarding the physical durability of the phone. How well does it hold up to everyday use in regards to dings and scratches on the body, back, camera lenses and screen?
Did you use a cover and screen protector, or did you use the phone without any protection? If you used it without protection, how has it fared?
Maybe other P20 Pro users here also have comments on this as well?
From what I've seen, the video features are appalling. Terrible stabilization or even none.
The selfie camera quality is poor. Even worse when Huawei insists on not turning off beautification, even when you have turned it off.
The camera photos are also quite dull looking and there is the oil painting effect that does not look good at all. They could have done so much more with that 40mp camera. Most people say that they don't even use it for landscapes to take advantage of the high pixel count, because the picture is bad.
Also I hate that there is not 3.5mm headphone jack and memory card slot. Huawei put it in all their other Huawei and Honor phones, except the P20s and Mate 10 Pro, but they all had them before. Honestly, I won't buy a smartphone without these.
I agree with the whole review except the "problem" with the 3x zoom. At the beginning I also have this problem but soon I realize why is that way. The minimum focus distance is very different for both sensors and If you want to zoom in on something really close the 3x sensor is useless. However there is a solution for me - to switch to the 3x camera all you need to do is point at an object at a distance and the phone switches the camera automatically. Yes sometimes if I point again at a closer object after that it switches back to main sensor, so the solution for me is to use manual focus for volume keys. Huawei obviously spend time designing the camera app because if you use manual focus the phone keeps using the 3x sensor no matter how close the object is.
So no 4k video stabilization ? Stupid on a flagship.
Is the cpu throttling?
You need to update Messages app. It's from google, it's not a huawei app (too bad, it was way better on Honor 7x/Nougat). It was also troublesome for me at the beginning then i got better once that google updated their app a few times.
Also, you need to configure notifications from within Messages app too (even if it sets you back to deep android settings).
I don't know for Phone app, i have 0 issue with it.
Also, after taking about 800 shots since april, maybe the "oversaturated blue sky" is only our peception. When you take an airplane, with more altitude, you get that blue too. Maybe, it's just the cameras being able to "see more" than we do. But i'm no expert, it's what i tought after analysing many of my shots even if sometimes, it's really some vignette or so effect.
Frankly... I wanted to have that phone. And even though I own TWO phones withot headphone jack. It still irritates me the absence of the audio jack.