- Removable battery
- Crisp, bright display
- Dual SIM support
- Good price
- Lackluster camera
- Weak speaker
- Smudge and fingerprint magnet
When it comes to mobile markets, there are few as competitive as the budget market. The Huawei Honor Holly is a new entrant into the fray of who offers the best value. But in an age with ever-increasing specs and a flood of entry-level devices, is there room for another? We’ll sort through the reviews and find out!
At first glance, the Holly is your standard issue budget phone. Its all plastic chassis and wide screen bezels were pointed out by nearly every review. However, reviews also noted that the build, while using basic materials, was sturdy and comfortable to hold.
The phone houses a 5-inch 720p IPS display. Unlike many budget competitors, the screen features no protective treatments or layers. While this leaves the screen prone to scratches or cracking, it has another side effect that Fone Arena was quick to point out. The screen is “very glossy and is prone to fingerprints.” Many reviews noted issues using the phone in direct sunlight due to glare and all reviews complained needing to frequently clean both the screen and glossy plastic case.
Powering the Holly is a quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB RAM. While it won’t win any benchmark wars, it is in on par, if not slightly better, than many similarly priced handsets. Reviews all noted that intensive gaming wasn’t possible on the phone but that it was very much usable for everyday tasks. NDTV said that as a budget phone, the Honor Holly “doesn't disappoint.”
Reviews were quick to point out that the phone included a nearly unheard of 16GB of internal storage. Add in support for microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity and you have an affordable phone that is ready for all the apps, music, movies and pictures you can throw at it.
Unfortunately, taking pictures with the phone’s 8MP rear camera or 2MP front-facing camera was a hit or miss affair for most reviewers. Fone Arena called the camera’s quality “decent, but not impressive.” According to reviews, low light performance, even with the flash, was weak and color balance issues cropped up in a variety of situations.
A final mark on the perks of the phone is its 2000mAh battery. Coupled with the budget specs of the device, this battery charges quickly while still managing to offer respectable. Tech Magnifier found that “a full charge can easily take you through the day with mixed usage.” Even under heavy usage, such as gaming or HD video streaming, many reviews noted a solid 6 to 7 hours on a single charge.
In all, the dual SIM budget phone has a lot to offer. But will it be enough in a market that is already flooded with similar devices? Gadgets to Use thinks so, stating that it “has got what it takes to grab attention in a fiercely competitive market.”
Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)
A budget smartphone that goes big on specs and value
Looks good, performs well
Sensational marketing, underwhelming product
Budget phone without budget performance
Performance-wise, the Honor Holly belongs to the medium category. Its most impressive virtue is its ability to deliver snappy operation quite reliably and without any obvious weak points.
This is an amazing feat for a device that comes in at just £74.99. Given the impressively favorable performance/price ratio, if I was Samsung, LG or HTC I would worry more about competition from Huawei & Co rather than Apple.
In many ways the Honor Holly signifies what most of us require. Fast enough performance, large screen size in lower phablet territory, a decent camera... Full review
Such a good performance for money ratio
Not only the low price of Honor's Holly looked good in the test. It was not least the very bright and high-color IPS screen that, unlike the comparable rivals, even features a HD resolution that contributed to this. Although the casing does not really make a high-quality impression, it is well-built and stiff. The most painful gap in the configuration is the lack of LTE; many users will be able to tolerate the omitted NFC and some sensors like a barometer. There is enough power for routine use and an occasional game, but current graphic smash hits are too much for the sooner relaxed entry-l... Full review
Quick at performing basic tasks
It's hard to be too harsh that's priced as low as the Honor Holly, and it really is good value for money. The Holly is perhaps more impressive at first glance than it is when you turn it on, at which point you'll be working within a slightly outdated UI. But this won't bother people just looking for a smartphone that 'does the job' - phone calls, texting, internet, and non-3D games all work well enough to satisfy the needs of casual smartphone users.
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Cheap and cheerful Android smartphone
Cheap phone impresses
Handle most things well
Not a bad buy
Cost benifit phone..
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