Hands down. It’s incredible. I’ve changed from an iPhone to Android because of this phone, specifically its camera.
The P9 has a dual camera, one for colour, the other is monochrome and better at discerning shapes. Together, with some software manipulation, they produce outstanding images which I’ve printed in size.
The best effect it offers is choosing the focus point and being able to blur the background. In this mode, you can’t zoom, but you can retrospectively change the focus point, and you can adjust how blurred you want the background (or foreground). The camera will focus as close as 5cm (roughly), so despite not being able to zoom in this mode, you can photograph food in a way you’d need an expensive 100mm 2.8 macro prime lens for ordinarily.
Black and white is also very impressive. I use Capture One for post work or editing, which lets me manipulate black and white pictures better if I take them in colour first. It has six filters which can be applied gradually and simultaneously (unlike Lightroom or Aperture where it’s on or off, one colour only), plus I can add film grain later so I’d rather take a colour picture and adjust it later. For on-the-go Instagram shots however this is a useful function and the results are amazing.
Other things I like:
- 5.1″ screen, an intermediate between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6Plus, so more scree real estate while still very grippable and you can use it with one hand
- fingerprint sensor on the back works instantly and is well positioned, natural grip ergonomics
- light, noticeably lighter than Apple
- Dual SIM or one slot for micro SD card, which makes file management a lot easier and you don’t have to use iTunes which is one of the worst inventions ever. This is intuitive and file management is easy and intuitive. You just take out the card and put it into your laptop
- good speaker, substantially louder than Apple
- battery life – not the greatest, particularly in Aperture mode (the one that does the blurry backgrounds), the phone can heat up during protracted sessions. Overall it’s fine though and the 2A charger provided does a quick charge, about 40% in 20 minutes
- charging adapter is not standard USB, there is a USB to whatever it is adapter plus a cable provided so you have two ways to charge it. It is a little non-standard though
- Huawei asks you if you want to allow it to store all call data and send it back to its HQ so it can provide a better service. At least they ask. Of course that’s a NO. It’s not a surprise, but I guess it’s one of 700m Android devices that have this backdoor. You can turn it off, though following this article I’m inclined to assume the worst. By contrast, not even the FBI can access a locked iPhone it seems. So that’s one reason for Apple not to get displaced..
- It follows that the battery cannot be removed so if you’re really paranoid, this is not for you
- There’s a compatibility issue between Android and iOS headphones – my beloved Bose noise cancelling in-ear headphones work well but the volume buttons do nothing and merely the middle button can work