I have never, ever heard of Huawei before, but what an impression it has made on me. Wow. The Huawei Ascend Mate2 is the largest smartphone I’ve ever had, maybe even the largest I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think they made them this big. It might even qualify as a small tablet.
My husband wondered who would ever want to talk on such a large phone. The truth is, I don’t talk on my phone so much as text, surf the web, and check my email . . . along with take pictures and listen to music. So how does it do? Before you find out, you’ll need to get a micro SIM card. It’s unlocked. I got one of those no contract cards (AirVoice) and it’s worked so nicely.
We can add a micro SD card, but it’s inside the case. I never skip a chance to add memory anywhere, so I put in a 32 GB card. It’s a cinch, but it would be more convenient if the card slot was external.
No problem. I’ve been using it over the past week and got used to the size. Calls are clear for both parties. No one ever has to ask the other person to repeat themselves.
With a screen this big, surfing is a dream. No squinting to read the pages, no zooming to see each word. I mostly surf when connected to Wi-Fi. There’s no lag or anything. It’s all smooth sailing.
Photos come out clear and videos are just fine. No 360° photos and none of that dual camera business, but it has most of the basic functions people want, like photo, video, panorama.
The speakers are located on the back of the phone, so turn it over to use it for music. Not bad for a phone, though. I don’t need to use a Bluetooth speaker unless I want to share the music with a crowd.
The screen is very responsive. It doesn’t hang. Clarity is excellent. It’s a great phone, I love it. Just make sure you have big pockets.
This product was provided for review by Huawei.