Huawei Ascend G6 - Battery Life, Call Quality and Verdict

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Huawei Ascend G6: Battery Life

Like the Kestrel, the G6 packs a 2,000 mAh capacity battery into its slim body, which as we’ve mentioned before is unremovable so you can’t swap it out for another one. In general use you can similarly push it to get around two days, which is largely on par with the Moto G and the Xperia M2.

In our video playback test running a downloaded video on loop through the Google Play Movies and Video app it manages just over 8 hours, so it’s equipped to get through a day in more intense use.

Charging it back from flat from the power adapter for thirty minutes adds a respectable 25%. To get back up to full charge, you are going to have to leave it plugged for over three hours to get topped up. When you consider that there’s no real notable power management tools on board or power saving modes like the Xperia M2, this is a solid showing for a midrange smartphone.

Huawei Ascend G6: Call Quality and Sound Quality

As much you spend your time WhatsApping and texting, smartphones are there to be able to make voice calls and the G6 does an adequate job without really excelling. Call volume is nice and loud, though like the Ascend P7, things can sound a little boxy and not particularly crisp. We didn’t suffer any signal dropouts and it copes well in busy environments.

When you are watching video minus the headphones, the G6 serves surprisingly decent audio that excels in loudness above anything else. Annoyingly, the sole speaker is on the back and they are never going to compete with the power and richness of HTC’s front-facing smartphone speakers. If you have to listen out loud, they do a decent job.

Should I buy the Huawei Ascend G6?

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Huawei Ascend G6, but at the same time not one feature really stands out. Battery life is good as is the overall performance and Huawei is finally learning that design and build quality does matter even on a midrange phone. The problem however is that in the Moto G and the Xperia M2 you have two smartphones that offer the same features for around £50 less.

Even when you compare it to the £99 EE Kestrel, which is basically the same phone, you are essentially paying an extra £100 for some better looking selfies and photos to share to Facebook and Twitter. That’s it.

The Moto G is still the standout phone at this price point. While it struggles in the camera department in comparison, it matches the G6 everywhere else. It also features a more impressive 720p HD screen and runs on a less fussy, more attractive version of Android.

Verdict

The Huawei Ascend G6 is solid midrange effort but in a Moto G world, it needs to offer better value for money.

Score in detail

  • Performance 8
  • Camera 7
  • Design 7
  • Battery Life 7
  • Value 7
  • Software 7
  • Calls & Sound 7
  • Screen Quality 7
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