Honor 6 Plus – Speaker and Call Quality
The loudspeaker of the the Honor 6 Plus is placed along a thin strip on the bottom left corner of the phone’s back and it’s surprisingly good.
It’s a great audio unit for enjoying videos and music when you don’t want to use headphones. Voices in action movies can be heard clearly, while music has a good level of tonality. Unlike most phones, the speaker on the Honor 6 Plus manages to output a respectable level of bass for such a small unit. Most phones are too top heavy or quiet, but we would happily listen to music from the Honor 6 Plus on loudspeaker if we didn’t have a Bluetooth speaker available.
It was easy to hear callers as well as being heard by them when taking calls on the Honor 6 Plus. We also didn’t experience any dropped calls or signal issues during our time with this phone, which is a great sign.
Honor 6 Plus – Battery Life
The Honor 6 Plus has a significantly larger battery than its sister phone, the Huawei P8, packing a 3,600mAh capacity battery, compared to 2,680mAh.
It’s one of the largest capacity cells among the flagship phone fraternity, shaded only by some of the plus-sized variants of rival phones such as the Huawei P8 Max. But as far as leading phones currently available, the Honor 6 Plus is one of the most well-equipped in this area. In use, we managed to get two days’ use comfortably. But used conservatively the Honor 6 Plus can really last and will rarely leave you caught short.
The phone can charge from critical to full in 2.5 hours and barely loses any charge when idle. Watching videos will deplete the battery by around 5% for every 30 minutes, while listening to music will only consume 5% of the battery for every hour of music. Videos and 3D gaming will cost you about 10% of battery for every hour of play. As someone who travels a fair amount, it’s great finding a phone that I know can endure extended use on a long journey and not desperately need a charge at the end of it.
We mentioned some of the smart power management capabilities of this phone in the software section. You’ll get a lot of joy out of the Honor S6 Plus’ battery if you use the tools available to manage it wisely. Adopting some of the power saving suggestions, such as restricting unnecessary power-hungry apps when the screen is off makes a big difference.
Should I buy the Honor 6 Plus?
The Honor 6 Plus has some cracking specs for a sub-£300 handset – heck, these specs would be impressive on a phone around the £500 mark. This is part of what makes the Honor flagship so interesting. Its octa-core processor, high-quality Full HD display, large battery and solid design put it in the same league as the big boys. At least within touching distance.
If you want a high-performance phone in a slick and tough frame, the Honor 6 Plus is one of the best buys we could recommend right now. This is a phone for people who are tired of the usual suspects and want a phone that stands out without needing an uber-expensive curved display.
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As a first serious introduction to the European and UK markets, the Honor 6 Plus, backed by Three mobile, should help it acquire the following and recognition it deserves.
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Score in detail
Battery Life 9
Calls & Sound 9
Screen Quality 9