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Filipe Naigulevu
Saturday, March 03, 2018

HAVING to review the new Huawei Mate 10 mobile phone first hand was indeed an exciting experience — with its advanced features that provide a significantly better user experience.

And I'll be honest, having to transition from the traditional "button mobile phones" used in the stone ages to the simple somewhat outdated android devices, I was instantly glued to the Mate 10.

The flagship phone is the latest in the Huawei Mate series, upping the ante and successor of the previous Mate 9.

It was also announced and unveiled in the shadows of Mate 10 Pro late last year.

Its sleek body and sharp screen caught my eye, with its resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and large 5.9-inch QHD screen display, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and front/back glass, aluminium frame body.

It also has a pre-fitted screen protector for the safety of your screen and avoids getting extra accessories to do so.

Over a period of two weeks, I toyed around with the phone, hoping to explore its features which I found applicable to my daily doings.

Like everyone, I was intrigued to first try out the camera — I wasn't disappointed at the least.

The Mate 10 features a dual camera array at the back: a 12 MP camera (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) and 20 MP camera (f/1.6, 27mm) for sharp quality photos.

And like the iPhone 7 Plus, the Mate 10 uses a combination of software known to many as portrait mode through dual-camera array to simulate the shallow depth of field typically achieved with an expensive gear.

This also saw much high quality pictures not only complementing my field of work in the print media but also my social media spaces — namely Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Other in-built features such as its document editor and photo/video editor was amazing — much to the advantage of The Fiji Times online team.

To literally put it into perspective, this newspaper's online team have been recording its daily headline video updates using the Mate 10 on its website, YouTube channels and Instagram — the results are pleasing.

Along with its big screen, the size of the Mate 10 phone is also convenient with an 81.6 per cent screen-to-body ratio — not too big to look like you are carrying around a book or diary.

The other distinctive feature, which was particularly my favourite, was the in-built application — the Mate 10's AI accelerated translator which supports text and voice translation in more 50 global languages.

It even translates, by way of text, in the iTaukei, Tongan and Samoan languages — which was a joke to my colleagues until I let them "see it to believe it".

Apart from getting used to the lone centralised home button, I found ease while navigating through the phone with its fingerprint sensors (front-mounted).

And having to be always on the go, at least during the peak working hours, you hardly find time to charge your phone (that is if you do not have a portable charging pack).

The Mate 10 has a large 4000mAh battery which lasts a day or more and I've experienced this battery durability.

As compared with my experiences to other androids, having your internet mobile data switched on can fast chew your battery life (at least that's my theory), but with Mate 10, the battery life lasted longer than expected.

It is also faster to charge its battery with 4.5V/5A, meaning the phone battery could charge up to 58 per cent in 30 min.

The loud firing speaker on the phone is also a feature to reckon with voice at 90dB, noise at 73dB and ring at 84dB.

I experienced this feature while scrolling through Instagram, during a recent meeting, and behold the loud Mate 10 speakers had to blast out a music video.

In terms of its storage memory, the Mate 10 has 64GB of storage and 4GB RAM, more than sufficient to store multimedia files.

The device also has virtually the same storage, resolution and RAM configurations as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, as well as the LG V30.

Surprisingly, my verdict is that the features outweighed the blemishes.

With the Mate 10, the only shortfalls is that the device, although splash proof, isn't fully water resistant. So I had to be cautious at all times while in areas near open waters.

Also because of the gorilla glass body on the back of the Mate 10, it attract fingerprints readily especially on the darker part of the phone.

So in this case, it is a necessity to at least have a soft case cover to avoid this.

Apart from that, the Huawei Mate 10 — in my view — is the among the top smart phones in the market now and is the BEST value for your money.

If I had to, I would recommend it for anyone who wishes to use it for work, particularly fields involved in the dissemination of quality multimedia files.

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