A solid smartphone but build quality is let down by poor, out-of-date software
Solid build, decent camera, reasonable battery life
Outdated operating system, software additions are detrimental to user experience, slow performance
Processor: 1.4GHz single-core
Display: 4in 480x854 245 ppi pixel density
Storage: 1GB storage
Camera: 8MP rear facing
Connectivity: GSM/HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Ports: Micro USB, MicroSD
Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions: 122x61x11 mm
The Huawei Honor is yet another budget smartphone from the Chinese phone maker that does little to help the company in its ongoing effort to break into the top to medium end western market.
Design and build
The Honor retails for between £180 and £240 sim-free and is available via numerous stores. Despite its modest price, as is the case with numerous other Huawei devices like its MediaPad tablet, the smartphone feels more expensive than it is.
The Honor is nearly entirely made of plastic with everything but its front facing 4in screen being made of the same shiny polycarbonate. Yet despite this the device still looks fairly nice and high-end. This is largely thanks to the mix of finishes Huawei has used on the Honor.
The device's hard line sides and rounded corners hold a shiny smooth finish, while its removable, slightly rounded back plate boasts a textured finish. This gives the illusion that the device is actually made of two different materials and masks the fact that its actually fairly cheaply made.
The Honor's build quality is another nice surprise. As well as being incredibly light, weighing just 140g, the device feels reasonably sturdy with its casing feeling strong and capable of taking a few accidental knocks. The one concern we have with the Honor's case is that, not being scratch proof, it looks as if it may be prone to chipping.
In hand the Honor feels really comfortable. Measuring in at 122x61x11mm the Honor hits that magical sweet spot previously seen in devices like the iPhone 4S and Lumia 800, making it friendly to both small and large-handed individuals.
The Huawei Honor packs a 4in screen that boasts a FWVGA resolution of 480x854 pixels, and supports 16 million colors.
While the screen doesn't come close to matching the displays seen on top-end devices like the iPhone 4S, HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3, it is impressive for the price, featuring surprisingly wide viewing angles and vivid colours.
The Honor's performance outside, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Attempting to navigate the Honor in bright, sunlit conditions is next to impossible with the 4in screen becoming illegible when exposed to direct sunlight.