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Huawei Hodor 4X Review – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

A Normal Person’s Review on Huawei Honor 4X
What? Huawei Honor 4X
Where to buy? Online or the mall, everywhere
How much? 7,990php

The Story

I love smart phones. I find it’s one of the best inventions ever made. It connects us and let us do anything, anywhere. But I have an unusually bad kind of luck on owning them (trying to change it!) It’s either I lose it or I break it. So I replace my phones 2-3x a year not because I’m a gastadora but because I have to. Just like how I broke my Xperia Z3 Compact when it fell down the toilet (it is NOT waterproof as they are claiming it to be). I needed to be connected FAST so I was on the lookout for an affordable smart phone that is less than 10,000 pesos, has a decent camera, and great battery life. 
Oh and why I call it the “Hodor Phone”

The Specs (from gsmarena.com)

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2014, October
Status Available. Released 2014, October
BODY Dimensions 152.9 x 77.2 x 8.7 mm (6.02 x 3.04 x 0.34 in)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~70.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– Emotion 3.0 UI
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat) or Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 620
Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPU Octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-450
Adreno 306
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP, 720p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– DTS sound
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 200 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 15 h (3G)

The Good

  • Great camera for its price. It takes bright highly saturated pictures. Only con is it leaves a slightly greenish tint to most photos. It has great focus too.
  • It has a monstrous battery life. I mean, I took it out today and went on playing games, browsing the internet, instagram, facebook, taking photos and videos. After 4 hours, Geof and I went home and it’s still on whopping 80%
  • Large Screen
  • Lightweight

The Bad

  • It has a small internal memory and can’t handle a lot of applications. I had to uninstall a few because I get the message “Internal memory full” 

The Ugly

  • After using it for 2 weeks it suddenly lags like crazy. I open a few apps like my favorite Summoner’s War, Instagram, Browser, or Facebook and it can’t handle it all. It can only handle one application at a time for it to run smoothly. It is a very simple-minded phone, like Hodor. He can only say one word, Huawei’s Honor 4X can only run 1 at a time.

Sample Photos taken by Huawei Honor 4x

On bright natural daylight
Photo taken indoors

The Phone (photo taken by LG G4)

If you need a decent budget phone and don’t need many applications unlike I do I recommend this phone. It’s cheap na for it’s specs, has a great camera and a long battery life. I aptly named it Hodor because it’s big, strong, but slow. I’ll be reviewing my current phone, the LG G4 next week so stay tuned. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
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