That means it’s a similar experience, but with some of the flexibility of Android thrown in for good measure, with the whole environment being tweaked and tuned by Huawei to operate cleanly.
For the most part, the performance is one of the better things about the phone, and while we don’t often see different processors in smartphones, it’s nice to see a bit of something else, with the 3.5GHz eight-core chip providing next to no lag on general use of the phone, the device springing to life when you wake it up and allowing you to get stuck into various applications.
There are some catches to the fairly positive performance, because sometimes the P8 just feels sluggish. We found these odd spots of lag usually when we wanted to share websites with friends or jump between tabs in Chrome, which in Android 5.0 open up as individual apps.
In fact Google’s staple web browser Chrome doesn’t appear to play too nicely with Huawei’s EmotionUI throwing up another stability issue when we were scrolling down webpages and having it stall and feel like it would crash.
We’re not sure why this is the case, and this could be something Huawei or Google will fix later on, but this is the first time we’ve seen such extreme issues with Chrome, so we’re going to assume this is more a Huawei issue than anything else since it has yet to appear on any of the other phones we’ve checked out this year.
But the odd spots of lag are only part of the problem with the P8, because while the eight-core processor and generous 3GB supply of memory help the handset with a more than pleasing overall performance despite an underwhelming benchmark, the usability is a little confusing.
Again, we’re back to being an iClone, as Huawei’s EmotionUI does its best to imitate rather than innovate.
Much like Oppo’s ColorOS, the name of this game is to make Android as much like iOS the company possibly could, with a skin that doesn’t offer app menus and widgetised homescreens, but instead is made of app menus that are widgetised homescreens.
It’s scare how similar Huawei has tried to make this, and this isn’t just the look of iOS we’re talking about here, but also functionality.
On the P8, you can swipe down on any of the main screens and get the search bar just like you can on iOS. The camera offers the same swipe to change camera modes, offering time lapse and video as options. There’s even the exposure controller popping up on the side of whatever you’re trying to focus on.
At least you can’t easily remove necessary apps like you could on the Oppo R7, but there’s no mistaking how this phone completely removes all sake of originality from its grasps, leaving this to be an iPhone clone and very little else.
And that’s not something all Android users are going to be happy with either, though we’re sure there are some that will see the copy as being useful if not easier to adapt to.