Honor 8 Review: Shining Knight: Telephony, Other Apps

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The Honor 8 handles voice calls with ease and sound quality doesn't disappoint. The phone offers powerful dual-SIM manager in case you opt for the dual-SIM flavor, too.

Smart dialing • recent calls • call log

The stock dialer app is a trinity of tabs bundled together - these include the Dialer, Contacts, and Favorites. The phonebook offers all the usual sorting and display options, it supports multiple accounts, and there are lots of fields available for each contact.

The Honor 8 scored a Good imprint in our standardized loudspeaker test. Our impressions from the speaker's sound quality are mostly positive - it produces deep and rich sound, but the default ringtones are rather quiet and you may miss some calls. Perhaps you can load a ringtone of your choosing.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Sony Xperia X 61.3 61.1 65.7 Below Average

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 65.8 66.0 66.5 Below Average

OnePlus 3 62.4 71.0 77.8 Good

Huawei Honor 5c 66.5 71.1 74.4 Good

Huawei P9 72.1 66.6 75.6 Good

Honor 8 67.1 66.2 82.6 Good

Huawei Honor 7 72.0 66.6 77.5 Good

Huawei P9 lite 66.0 71.5 83.2 Very Good

Huawei P9 Plus (regular) 71.7 73.7 81.3 Very Good

Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent

App package

The Honor 8 ships with WPS office, which can be used for some basic document editing on the go. It can handle text documents, spreadsheets and presentations as well as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. It can also export to PDF.

WPS office

Phone Manager is Huawei's do-it-all app for keeping control over your phone. It lets you control all sorts of features from call/message privacy and Do Not Disturb settings to phone optimization and app permissions, to network and battery usage.

The app features a one-touch optimization feature that frees up memory space and gives you settings recommendations for maximum battery performance. It's a hell of a slick feature that few manufacturers offer.

Phone manager

Battery Manager is part of Phone Manager and includes a selection of three power plans with varying degrees of feature limitations. From here you can also control which apps can remain active after you sdiscontinue the phone to sleep.

Battery manager

Huawei has bundled the Honor 8 with its Health app, which tracks steps and calculates calories burnt, but can also supposedly count the number of floors you've climbed. A file manager is also present, and it supports batch actions.

Health app homeclassy screen • week view • file manager • file manager • more tools



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