Huawei released the Honor 5C a few days back and thanks to the team we got a chance to spend a decent time with the device. Honor phones have always been about performance and experience. Well, to be honest, that is what we expect all devices to be. Honor 5C is one such device which does not have an extremely flashy design or out of the league hardware still it performs. In this detailed review of Honor 5C we will try to find out if the performance is satisfactory or not or if the device itself is worth your hard earned money.
Huawei Honor Specifications
Honor 5c comes in 3 colour variants Gold,Silver and Grey. While the box itself is very minimalistic in design. In the box, you just get the device itself, a charger and a micro USB cable that’s all !
The device runs on Android 6.0 with Huawei’s custom skin EUI 4.1 on top. As usual with these devices, you will not find any app drawer, something we have already gotten used to now. Magazine lock screen feature, that changes lock screen images automatically, is a nice one.
EUI however only offer very little customization. Huawei has included some additions to the UI, like Flip to Mute, a floating dock which, one-hand UI, however, nothing to write home about.
In terms of camera performance, colour reproduction on its 13MP rear camera is really good and outdoor photos come really good. However, the missing focus seemed to be an issue. Even tap to focus did not work great. Indoor photos were not really great either.The images lacked details and there was visible noise. Although the camera modes available on the device are really good and gives users a lot of freedom and power to play with the settings. Attached are some photo’s clicked through the phone:
In terms of performance, the phone is buttery smooth. We played graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8, NFS, NOVA 3. The phone did not heat up as much as its competitors and we found it very comfortable to play games on it. There was no lag and gameplay was just fantastic. The Audio on the phone was loud and clear out of the speakers. However, just to highlight that only the right grill on the bottom has speakers.
You do not see any lag whatsoever thanks to the highly optimised software. However, the moment you start installing more than a few games and app, the phone starts to stutter a bit. The internal storage on the device is 16Gb out of which you normally get around 10GB free space, although that can be expanded using a micr oSD card, but at an expense of the secondary sim. The missing OTG support further limits the memory issues.
If internal storage was a big let down, the fingerprint sensor on Honor 5C is blazingly fast. It is one of the fastest fingerprint sensors and outperformed devices across segments, not just in budget segment but even flagship devices. It recognised 10/10 attempts and we were overall very impressed by this aspect. The fingerprint sensor also doubles up as a trackpad and you can use it to slide the notification menu up and down or event scroll through the gallery images. A dedicated option in settings helps you tweak how you want to use the fingerprint sensor. This added utility makes the fingerprint sensor more functional and it feels like a part of the device which has more to it rather than just unlocking the device.
The display on Honor 5C smartphone also got our attention. You can’t call it the best display on a smartphone but it just helps you get your job done. It had good viewing angles, however, it isn’t the brightest on either. Although this may help in the battery department, at times even after you crank up the brightness level up to the full, it still isn’t sufficient. If you like watching videos or play games on the phone and stay mostly indoors, then the display wouldn’t disappoint you at all. The display on this phone is also a fingerprint magnet and you have to keep wiping the device every now and then.
The battery on the Honor 5C is 3000 mAH and just managed to last a full day during our review. It does not have a fast charging option another let down as the device does take some time to charge up fully leaving you looking either for a charging port every time or carrying a power bank is a must. Although you can reduce the battery drain by using the Doze feature present in Android M, however, nothing significant during the regular day to day usage.
Overall Honor 5C is a very decent device due to its very well optimised software which does not let you feel that you're using a 2GB ram device. In fact, in certain cases, it performs at par to the devices with 3 GB RAM. Having said that, it lacks the X factor to make it stand out of the crowd and you always feel wanting for more. Few issues can be sorted out by the company as they are software issues, however, storage and battery were major letdowns. Unfortunately a tough road ahead for Honor 5C as a lot of other more powerful devices are available at around the same price range.
- Fingerprint sensor
- Perfect screen size
- Clean UI
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