Huawei nova review: worth buying?

Created date: 09/30/2018, 14:20:25, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 08:21:14

Detailed review of Huawei nova's features

What are the great and not-so-great aspects of the Huawei nova? We reviewed it across a wide range of variables by level of interest. If you're wondering whether or not you should get the Huawei nova, we recommend that you read this article!

Summary of Huawei nova performance and functions

The size and weight of the Huawei nova

The body of the Huawei nova is 2.7 inches (69.1 mm) wide, 5.6 inches (141.2 mm) long, and 0.3 inches (7.1 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 5 inch, and it weighs 146 oz (146 g). Holding the phone and viewing the screen is as easy as for an average smartphone. It weighs roughly the same as an average smartphone. Though noticeable, the weight is acceptable and easy to handle.

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ColorPrestige Gold/Mystic Silver/Titanium Grey/Obsidian Black/ / // /
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.7 inches (69.1 mm) x 5.6 inches (141.2 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.1 mm)2.8 inches (70.9 mm) x 5.7 inches (145 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.0 mm)2.9 inches (72.6 mm) x 5.8 inches (146.8 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.5 mm)
Weight146 oz (146 g)144 oz (144 g)147 oz (147 g)
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Display of the Huawei nova

The Huawei nova has a IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

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Display size5 inch5.2 inch5.2 inch
Display typeIPS LCDIPSIPS
Screen resolution (width x height)1080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 1920
Pixel density440 ppi423 ppi423 ppi
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The battery life of the Huawei nova

The Huawei nova has a battery capacity of 3020 mAh. The battery's capacity is slightly larger than standard smart phones.

The processing capability of the Huawei nova

The Huawei nova uses the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 CPU with 2.0GHz×8(OctaCore). The memory capacity is 3GB. With a CPU of quite high performance, it has processing capability way above normal smart phones. It is hard to find cases where its performance is lacking from the perspective of CPU performance, and you can even say it is excessive. In addition, it has slightly more memory, which is more than adequate for general use. Most games can probably be comfortably enjoyed. Although I feel it may be slightly inadequate for 3D games, overall, there is no problem.

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ChipsetQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625Huawei Kirin 955Huawei Kirin 650
CPU specs2.0GHz×8(OctaCore)2.52GHz+1.81GHz×8(OctaCore)2.0GHz+1.7GHz×8(OctaCore)
RAM size3GB3GB2GB
Storage size32GB32GB16GB
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The camera of the Huawei nova

The Huawei nova has a back camera with 12 MP. The front camera has 8 MP. Its rear camera has slightly better performance compared to normal smart phones. While there are times when I feel it is lacking, it is able to take pictures with satisfactory quality almost all the time. The front camera performance is also roughly the same as a standard smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos.

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Rear-camera resolution12 MP12 MP13 MP
Front-camera resolution8 MP8 MP8 MP
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Review of the product design of the Huawei nova

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an Huawei nova, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the Huawei nova around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The Huawei nova is a size that can easily be held in one hand. Even when holding it along with other things such as a wallet, its size makes it difficult to drop accidentally.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the Huawei nova in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The Huawei nova has a size that makes it relatively easy to keep and take out. While it sometimes get caught when sticking out of the pocket, I think it is just a matter of getting used to it.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The Huawei nova is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the Huawei nova by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The Huawei nova is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The Huawei nova is a slightly heavy smart phone so using it with one hand for a short period doesn't cause any pain, however when used for long periods continuously it can hurt your hand. If you add a case and accessories it feels even heavier. It is preferable to use the phone with two hands and a proper case.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Even when used with one hand, the Huawei nova has a size which allows buttons on the edges of the display to be operated. However, people with small hands may lose their grip if they try to press the buttons at the edges.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons displayed on the Huawei nova are large, and therefore it is difficult to press the wrong ones. While some buttons may look small depending on the app, you probably won't feel that stressed when you actually use it.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

You can type easily on the Huawei nova even with a tight grip. Even when typing at high speeds you can type freely without having to loosen your grip.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the Huawei nova with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the Huawei nova is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

In general, the Huawei nova displays characters and pictures in sizes that are easy to see. While some characters may look small depending on the app, they are not really difficult to see. Therefore, it can be said to be more than adequate for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the Huawei nova displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The screen of the Huawei nova can display pictures and videos quite vividly. This makes it great for enjoying videos and games dynamically. It has a very beautiful screen.

Ease of writing sentences

For the Huawei nova, the on-screen keyboard covers part of the screen when typing, but there is sufficient space for operation. Its size is suitable for entering long sentences, but I feel it may be a bit clumsy when editing office documents.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the Huawei nova provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

If it is just SNS such as Facebook and Instagram, and some internet searches, the performance is enough. As a result, you will hardly ever find yourself frustrated or annoyed when using this phone.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

Even if you start multiple apps at the same time or switch between apps frequently, you will have smooth performance. It can be said that the performance is more than enough if you just do research and SNS.

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