Huawei Honor 7 review: Rags to riches

Rags to riches

GSMArena team, 31 July 2015.

Standard phonebook

The Huawei Honor 7 phonebook is laid out across three tabs that can be navigated by swipes. It actually resides in a single application along with the dialer and messenger.

An alphabetical list on the right can help you jump to a specific letter or you can just use the search function. Tapping on a contact brings up a popup with access to a contact's scrollable info.

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Straight-forward contacts experience

As on most Android launchers, you can input a variety of contact information including custom ringtones and images. You can link contacts too, if you've added the same person on multiple services.

The phonebook supports blacklist option for blocking contacts.

Telephony is excellent

The Huawei Honor 7 held on to signal excellently and in-call sound was just fine. The proximity sensor makes sure the screen stays off when you hold the phone to your ear.

Flipping the phone on its face while it's ringing would mute the call ringing. Alternatively, picking the phone to your ear while it's ringing, automatically answers the call. A sea of other customizable gestures is also available, as already mentioned.

The secondary noise cancelling on-board microphone ensures a quieter background for your voice while in call.

The dialer and the call log share the same screen. It offers smart dialing and it works both with names and numbers. It can also be docked to one side or the other for easy accessibility, or, span the entire lengths of the screen.

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Dialer • in-call screen

We put the Honor 7 through our traditional loudspeaker test and it got a Good score, just a hair below the Very Good mark. It was indeed loud across all of our tests and the speaker quality was close to perfect.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Huawei P8 66.7 66 68.5 Average
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 66.6 61.7 75.7 Average
Motorola Moto X (2n Gen) 66.1 66.2 72 Average
Oppo R7 65.6 66.5 73.1 Average
Huawei Honor 6 65.9 64.6 75.6 Average
Huawei Ascend Mate7 66.7 65.7 75.7 Good
Huawei Honor 7 72.0 66.6 77.5 Good
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 73.5 67.7 78.7 Very Good
OnePlus One 74.8 73.5 80.2 Excellent
Meizu MX4 Pro 76.9 73.6 82.7 Excellent


Messaging

The messaging section is business as usual with all SMS/MMS communication is organized into threads. Attaching a photo, video, audio recording or the like automatically turns your message into an MMS.

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The standard messaging app

For email, the Gmail app includes the four inbox options (Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates) that Google recently introduced in their online interface. The default Email app is similar to Gmail, except that it can handle multiple POP or IMAP inboxes, which is useful for when you want to keep track of multiple accounts from one place.

The Honor 7 keyboard features some additional settings thanks to its Swype integration, including themes, split keyboard modes, and keyboard height, but sadly many of them are hidden within the input settings menu rather than as shortcuts from the keyboard like on most interfaces.

Still, there is support for gestures as well as integration of Google's voice typing with their downloadable language voice recognition packs.

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Huawei keyboard with Swype integration

Reader comments

  • PNR

I don't now find my default browser after the update..I'm honor holly 2..how to get it. ??

  • AnonD-653001

I have a security problem honour7. it is not a secure phone

  • paula

pls. honor 7 or p9 lite? tnx