Huawei P8 review: Light in motion

Light in motion

GSMArena team, 12 June 2015.

Two web browsers

Like most droids nowadays, the Huawei P8 comes with two browsers to handle your web surfing needs. The stock browser offers largely the same functionality as Google's bundled Chrome browser, but we found the latter to be a more capable performer. Chrome also lets you sign in with your Google account and access open tabs and history from other sessions.

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The Stock browser and Google Chrome offer similar functionality

Apps and more

Perhaps the highlight of Huawei's homebrewed apps is the Phone Manager. It lets you control all sorts of features from call/message privacy and Do Not Disturb settings, to phone optimization and app permissions, to network and battery usage.

The app features a one-touch optimization feature that frees up memory space and gives you settings recommendations for maximum battery performance. It's quite a slick feature that few manufacturers offer.

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The Phone Manager app houses many important features under one roof

The Huawei P8 comes with Polaris Office, which handles document editing with ease. It supports Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs (both the 2003 and 2007 versions), it also opens PDF files and it doubles as a file explorer.

You do get a proper file explorer too - it has two tabs that divide your content between categories and a file explorer for internal and external storage. The app also handles ZIP and supports batch operations. It comes with a very useful Safe folder, for protected storage. Nice!

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The File Manager

Huawei has included some nifty camera features in the Huawei P8, some of which are accessed as individual apps. The Magnifier is especially nifty for looking at stuff up close, while the markedly female-targeted Mirror apps lets you get a quick look at yourself, with included brightness adjustments and zoom options.

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The Magnifier and Mirror apps offer some additional camera functionality

There are also the standards, such as notes, calendar, world clock with stopwatch and timer and a calculator. Nothing really special to point out here.

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Notes • Calendar • Clock • Calculator

When it comes to getting around, the Huawei P8 comes with Google Maps and Navigation. The app offers much of the same functionality as its web-based counterpart, although you will need a data connection to take full advantage of the navigation features. Street view mode with digital compass enabled is an especially cool trick.

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Google Maps

The best part of owning a smartphone is getting new apps, and when it comes to Android, Google Play Store is the best source for getting your fill. From recommendations to top apps, it features a plethora of ways you can find new apps, and installing an app usually only takes a couple of taps.

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Google Play Store

Reader comments

  • Popcorn

I'm also using the p8, having issues with the 4g network. The 4g is exclusively meant for China Telecom sim cards. Guess you'll have to unlock it to make use of the 4g feature. Great phone and excellent stuff BTW.

  • Khan

My phone is Huawei P8 (B140) (3GB & 16GB) but it doesn't support 4G while in the setting in this phone LTE option is present but its support and shows only 2G... So sir! Please help me out..

  • Anonimous

open adjustments, add google account and search messenger at play store