Huawei Ascend P6 Review: Zen Droid Slim: Multimedia - Gallery, Music And Video Players, FM Radio, Audio Quality

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The image gallery does a remarkable job

Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 comes with an updated Jelly Bean image gallery. The Default view of the gallery is Albums, which is what we're used to seeing - it lists all folders in the phone as stacks of photos.

Besides Album view, you also acquire three additional tabs - Locations (photos are grouped based on where they were taken), Times (grouped by when they were taken), and People (if the photos have tagged faces in them).






The Gallery app

Getting inside an album displays all the photos in a rectangular grid, which is horizontally scrollable. When you try to scroll past the end, the photo thumbnails will tilt to show you that you've reached the end.

When you view a single photo, you'll acquire Share, Delete and More Settings shortcuts above the photo. You can share a photo via DLNA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Picasa, MMS, Google+, Hangouts, Facebook, Twitter, Email and Gmail.





Viewing a single image

The settings menu lets you do simple edits to a photo (rotation only) or go into a more capable editor with a lot more options. The editor offers light adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), effects, color styles, red eye correction, straightening a photo, sharpening and face glow (which detects faces automatically). Most of these options have a slider that lets you fine-tune the intensity of the effect.






A more capable image editor is available too

An app called Movie Studio handles editing videos and it's quite feature-rich. You can add multiple videos to the timeline and trim their start and discontinue points, you can add titles and effects (including transition effects), add music and there are multiple options available when you decide to export the video (resolution, quality, etc.).

It's an app that can completely eliminate the need of a computer for most people when creating videos. Plus Apple charges a fine amount of money for the same functionality with their iMovie app. Same goes for the image editor too.






The Movie Studio app is a feature-full video editor

Capable video player integrated in the gallery

The Ascdiscontinue P6 doesn't have much of a video player - you just open videos from the gallery or the file manager and that's that. On the up side, it handled all videos we threw at it - all the way up to 1080p, DivX, XviD, MKV and even WMV.





Not much of an interface for the video player

We had no problems with sound either - AC3 and Digital Theater System (DTS) codecs give most phones a headache - and there's Dolby Mobile 3.0+ available to enhance the audio.

You acquire play/pautilize and a slider to scrub through the video plus a Dolby on/off switch. That's it.

The integrated video player (just like the Music player) offers non-customizable equalizer presets only when you plug a pair of headphones in. You can pop up the preset list with a tap on the Dolby Mobile virtual switch at the top of the Now Playing screen. In case you are using the loudspeaker, a tap on the Dolby logo will just turn on or off the Dolby Mobile enhancement.



The equalizer presets are available only when headphones are plugged in

Subtitles are supported, you just need to name the subtitle file the same as the video, though only Latin fonts will be displayed properly.

The 4.7" HD display is remarkable for watching movies on the go. In case you need more functionality, you can also download a third-party movie player.

Brand recent music player with Dolby Mobile

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 comes with a brand recent music player designed by Huawei. It offers four default playlists dedicated to your mood, but you'll have to assign songs to the mood playlists manually. There are also All songs, Playlists, Albums, Artist and Folders views.






Browsing the music library

The Now Playing classy screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics.





The now playing interface has simple and extended views

The Music app offers non-customizable equalizer presets only when you plug in a pair of headphones. You can acquire to the equalizer with a tap on the Dolby Mobile key at the top of the Now Playing screen. In case you are using the loudspeaker, the Dolby logo will only toggle Dolby Mobile on and off.



Equalizers

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 has a built-in Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver. It can play through the headset or the loudspeaker, but you'll need to have the headset plugged in as it serves as an antenna. We were disappointed not to find RDS - radio stations need to be named by hand.






The Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio interface

Uninspiring audio output

Unfortunately it turned out that audio quality was one of the things Huawei had to sacrifice in order to fit the Ascdiscontinue P6 in such a slender chassis. The smartphone couldn't even complete the first part of our traditional audio quality test due to its poor output.

There weren't such problems when we plugged in a pair of headphones, but the output wasn't particularly remarkable either. Frequency response and distortion levels were very good, but the signal-to-noise score and the dynamic range were somewhat low, while the stereo crosstalk was only average. To create matters worse, the Ascdiscontinue P6 is one of the quietest smartphones we have tested to date.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 (headphones attached)+0.11, -0.06-78.579.00.0330.060-56.0

LG Optimus G+0.13, -0.11-82.582.50.0092

0.022-81.6

LG Optimus G (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.30-80.880.90.012

0.061-59.4

Sony Xperia ZR+0.11, -0.10-87.889.10.0320.030-88.3

Sony Xperia ZR (headphones attached)+0.45, -0.11-87.788.30.2080.158-56.3

Sony Xperia SP+0.11, -0.10-86.989.20.0590.047-88.3

Sony Xperia SP (headphones attached)+0.38, -0.16-86.788.90.1070.232-55.8




Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.


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