Huawei Ascend P6 review: Zen droid slim
Zen droid slim
The image gallery does a great job
Huawei Ascend P6 comes with an updated Jelly Bean image gallery. The Default view of the gallery is Albums, which is what we're used to seeing - it lists all folders in the phone as stacks of photos.
Besides Album view, you also get three additional tabs - Locations (photos are grouped based on where they were taken), Times (grouped by when they were taken), and People (if the photos have tagged faces in them).
Getting inside an album displays all the photos in a rectangular grid, which is horizontally scrollable. When you try to scroll past the end, the photo thumbnails will tilt to show you that you've reached the end.
When you view a single photo, you'll get Share, Delete and More Settings shortcuts above the photo. You can share a photo via DLNA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Picasa, MMS, Google+, Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Email and Gmail.
The settings menu lets you do simple edits to a photo (rotation only) or go into a more capable editor with a lot more options. The editor offers light adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), effects, color styles, red eye correction, straightening a photo, sharpening and face glow (which detects faces automatically). Most of these options have a slider that lets you fine-tune the intensity of the effect.
An app called Movie Studio handles editing videos and it's quite feature-rich. You can add multiple videos to the timeline and trim their start and end points, you can add titles and effects (including transition effects), add music and there are multiple options available when you decide to export the video (resolution, quality, etc.).
It's an app that can completely eliminate the need of a computer for most people when creating videos. Plus Apple charges a good amount of money for the same functionality with their iMovie app. Same goes for the image editor too.
Capable video player integrated in the gallery
The Ascend P6 doesn't have much of a video player - you just open videos from the gallery or the file manager and that's that. On the up side, it handled all videos we threw at it - all the way up to 1080p, DivX, XviD, MKV and even WMV.
We had no issues with sound either - AC3 and DTS codecs give most phones a headache - and there's Dolby Mobile 3.0+ available to enhance the audio.
You get play/pause and a slider to scrub through the video plus a Dolby on/off switch. That's it.
The integrated video player (just like the Music player) offers non-customizable equalizer presets only when you plug a pair of headphones in. You can pop up the preset list with a tap on the Dolby Mobile virtual switch at the top of the Now Playing screen. In case you are using the loudspeaker, a tap on the Dolby logo will just turn on or off the Dolby Mobile enhancement.
Subtitles are supported, you just need to name the subtitle file the same as the video, though only Latin fonts will be displayed properly.
The 4.7" HD display is great for watching movies on the go. In case you need more functionality, you can also download a third-party movie player.
Brand new music player with Dolby Mobile
The Huawei Ascend P6 comes with a brand new music player designed by Huawei. It offers four default playlists dedicated to your mood, but you'll have to assign songs to the mood playlists manually. There are also All songs, Playlists, Albums, Artist and Folders views.
The Now Playing screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics.
The Music app offers non-customizable equalizer presets only when you plug in a pair of headphones. You can get to the equalizer with a tap on the Dolby Mobile key at the top of the Now Playing screen. In case you are using the loudspeaker, the Dolby logo will only toggle Dolby Mobile on and off.
The Huawei Ascend P6 has a built-in FM receiver. It can play through the headset or the loudspeaker, but you'll need to have the headset plugged in as it serves as an antenna. We were disappointed not to find RDS - radio stations need to be named by hand.
Uninspiring audio output
Unfortunately it turned out that audio quality was one of the things Huawei had to sacrifice in order to fit the Ascend P6 in such a slender chassis. The smartphone couldn't even complete the first part of our traditional audio quality test due to its poor output.
There weren't such issues when we plugged in a pair of headphones, but the output wasn't particularly great either. Frequency response and distortion levels were very good, but the signal-to-noise score and the dynamic range were somewhat low, while the stereo crosstalk was only average. To make matters worse, the Ascend P6 is one of the quietest smartphones we have tested to date.
And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.
|LG Optimus G||+0.13, -0.11||-82.5||82.5||0.0092||0.022||-81.6|
|LG Optimus G (headphones attached)||+0.05, -0.30||-80.8||80.9||0.012||0.061||-59.4|
Huawei Ascend P6 frequency response
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.
- 21 Jan 2016
I got my P6 in 2014. Almost time to upgrade again. I want a Huawei phone again,but dont know wich one. Problems i had, was that the battery has to be charged almost 3 times per day. It picks up the wifi signal very poorly at home(we just got a brand ...
- 09 May 2015
Am waiting for ascend p6 phone
- 31 Dec 2014
I just want to know if the camera is any good.