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So I Upgraded to a Huawei P8 Smartphone in the End Hardware 10 MAR 2016

A week or so ago I accidentally knocked my old (but awesome) Huawei Ascend P6 off my work desk here at home, with it landing neatly on its back on the screed floor. On closer inspection though, I noticed a razor thin, hairline crack across the front of the screen – the vaunted Gorilla Glass had at last given in!

At this point, I wondered to myself whether or not I was yet due a Vodacom smartphone upgrade – a quick check on their nifty My Vodacom app revealed that both Chantelle and I have been due an upgrade since August last year!

And so began the hunt for a new Vodacom contract-supported smartphone, made particularly tricky because I a) don’t particularly want to pay a premium price and b) want a reasonably good phone that is better than all these ‘lite’ mid-range phones!

huawei p8 titanium grey smartphone

As luck would have it, Chantelle spotted that Vodacom had discounted the Huawei P8 on their Smart S contract to R299 a month, more or less in my intended budget but more importantly, despite being a six months or so old model, a damn good premium phone at a very good price.

The upgrade process was of course a tedious and drawn out affair, but the end result was Chantelle and I walking out of Somerset Mall’s Vodacom branch, clutching a Mystic Champagne model for her, and a Titanium Grey model for me.

As expected, the all metal build quality is once again phenomenal, the phone is light (weighing a ridiculous 144g!), thin (6.4mm), and a beauty to behold. It comes with a 5.2″ FHD screen, boasting a 1080p (1920 x 1080), 424ppi and 16M colors display. Driven by a Hisilicon Kirin 930, 8-core 64bit, 2.0GHz CPU with 3 GB of RAM and a (slightly disappointing) 16 GB ROM, the Huawei P8 is thus far pretty snappy and runs most apps and games without any noticeable lag.

All the usual suspects in terms of connectivity are available (including LTE support), and the normal array of sensors such as Gyroscope sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass, Accelerometer and GPS are all accounted for.

Sound and video quality is great, and the photo taking abilities ring in with a nice 13 Mega Pixel main camera, dual color temperature flash (great for low light photos), and a 8 mega pixel front camera for selfies. (Which the kids always love and appreciate!)

The built-in battery comes in at 2680mAh, and so far battery life seems pretty adequate – essentially at the same level as what I’m used to in any other smartphone these days. The Huawei P8 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, and uses the pretty pleasant Emotion UI 3.1 skin overlay.

Oh, and for a change, I now have a phone that supports NFC. (Not that anyone actually uses that mind you!)

huawei p8 smartphones

So yes, in case you can’t tell, I’m more than just a little pleased with my new phone!

Related Link: GSMArena | Huawei

How to Reboot a Frozen Huawei Ascend P6 Android Phone Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 15 JUL 2014

Annoyingly, my Huawei Ascend P6 android phone (a really good phone just by the way), froze the other night whilst browsing digg.com, remaining in its locked, unresponsive state for far longer than what I was comfortable to wait.

Of course, this smart phone has a built in battery, so unlike what I used to do with the Samsung Galaxy Ace, I couldn’t just pop off the back cover and remove the battery in order to force a reboot, meaning that I needed to locate the appropriate soft reset option for my Huawei device.

huawei-ascend-p6-take-screenshotAs it turns out, the same key press combination used to take a screenshot on the phone, as well as force a hard reset/factory reboot of the device, is also employed if you need to do a simple device reboot: To summarize, in order to reset your frozen Huawei Ascend P6 android phone, simply press and hold both the power and volume down buttons simulataneously, for about ten seconds, until the screen goes black, the phone rumbles, and then reboots (you can let go of the buttons when the screen goes black).

Note that key combination will work regardless of whether or not the phone is frozen – if it is frozen, then the phone will reboot, if the phone isn’t frozen, it will first take and save a screenshot, before eventually triggering the reboot operation (don’t let go of the key combination during the screenshot process).

(As a bonus, if you do actually want to do a full wipe, in other words factory reset of your device, first turn off the phone, and then simultaneously press the power and volume down rocker. This will power up the device and allow you to select the factory reset option from a boot menu.)

Problem solved.


How to take screenshots on the Huawei Ascend P6? Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 23 MAY 2014

I’ve had my Huawei Ascend P6 (on a well priced Vodacom contract) for more than just a couple of months now, and I have to say, this definitely was one of my better choices when it came to selecting a follow up phone for my aging Samsung Galaxy Ace towards the end of last year.

huawei-ascend-p6-take-screenshotEssentially the Chinese-made Huawei Ascend P6 can best be described as a well priced, upper tier mid-range Android smartphone. It features a gorgeous full metallic body that is ultra thin and ultra light, and features 1.5 GHz quad core processor supported by the Huawei K3V2 chipset as its internal guts. It is powered by Android Jellybean 4.2.2 and has 2 GB RAM, 8 GB of storage capacity (internal), with microSD card memory expansion of up to 32 GB.

All the generally expected connectivity options are there, and like I said, this gorgeous, generously proportioned smartphone is genuinely a pleasure to use.

Anyway, the point of this quick note to myself is how to take screenshots on the P6 – seeing as I need to generate a presentation based on Touchwork’s newly developed app which obviously could do with some pretty pictures.

As it turns out, the method of taking a screenshot remains a pretty stock affair. Simply place a finger on the down volume rocker and another on the power button. Press and hold simultaneously for about 3 seconds, after which you’ll hear the shutter sound and a preview of the captured screenshot will appear. This quickly disappears, leaving you back in the application sandbox, as if you had never left it in the first place.

The screenshot images are saved in the internal memory, under /Pictures/Screenshots, so use them as you will.


Easy as that.

Awesome Win: Me and Afrihost Mobile Data Hardware | My Life 11 SEP 2013

So I was a pretty lucky boy recently – entered a Twitter competition and won a prize: A free Afrihost-branded Huawei MiFi device with a 5 GB of mobile data thrown in for a couple of months as well!

If you’re an Afrihost fan like I am, then undoubtedly you will by now know all about their leap into the world of mobile data – basically they’ve extended their already significant use of MTN infrastructure by now offering Afrihost-branded SIM cards for mobile data use, jumping into the mobile connectivity pie with some very attractively priced packages and devices – for those of us looking for decent Internet connectivity anytime and anywhere.

Anyway, after a short wait after first hearing the news, I received a call from one of the Milkrun courier drivers informing that they were on their way – so I got together the requisite RICA documents (basically a copy of your ID book and latest proof of address) and awaited their arrival.

After handing over my documents for verification and receiving in return my cardboard clad package, I walked back inside, plonked down on the couch and unboxed my very welcome prize, yielding the following contents:

afrihost mobile data mifi huawei 3g modem device

I have to say, getting it up and running is ridiculously simple. Snap the provided SIM card and the battery into the device, close it up and hit the power button – that’s it, nothing else to do. Enable WiFi on your phone or tablet and connect to the Afrihost access point (the password is printed on the inside of the device casing) – right, and that’s it.

Dead simple.

The device is a Huawei E5331 MiFi, basically a 3G Wi-Fi device that sports a five hour battery life (if you don’t want to connect to a power source), capable of supporting 8 device WiFi connections and with a maximum supported download speed of 21 mbps. It’s sleek, it’s pretty, and it works like a charm.

And the network connection is pretty usable as well I might add. I’m getting between 5 and 10 mbps download here in Gordon’s Bay, much faster than the 1 mbps uncapped Afrihost/Telkom line I currently have installed here at home.

So overall I have to say I’m impressed. Afrihost’s Clientzone makes managing your package a breeze and the device plus network really deliver in terms of connectivity, just as they are advertised to.

In other words, a damn nice prize to have won! :)

Related Link: http://www.afrihost.com/landing/mobile_data/