Sign in with Microsoft

Most should be fine with this, and the software is easy enough to deal with — it’s a direct copy off Apple’s iPhone camera interface, complete with an exposure controller, as well as a few extra bits and pieces — but it’s not the best camera in the world, just an acceptable one.

Image sample from the Huawei P8

Image sample from the Huawei P8


There’s no doubting that the P8 is a good phone, but it is also yet another iClone, and this brings up a curious question: when did all the iClones come out of the woodwork?

We’re beginning to long for the days when phone makers were so afraid of being sued by Apple that they went their own way and designed their own products, not just imitations of the juggernaut that always has a strong marketing budget behind them.

Sadly, Huawei’s P8 isn’t that product, and it isn’t remarkably different from another product that even undercuts it, the Oppo R7.

And that leads us to another point: the price.


At $699, it’s not hard to view the P8 as an inexpensive not-quite-iPhone, but compared to other iClones out there, it doesn’t really nail the price. In fact, while the P8 has better software than Oppo and ZTE, as well as a few more features, you can’t help but think something you might not use is being factored into the price.

We’re talking about the “free screen repair”, which is one thing Huawei promises for the first time you shatter the screen. Forget paying the usual $100 or so, because this is included in the price.

Except for that it probably shouldn’t, and if it’s a policy, it might be one that should be in place and hidden, and that’s because this reviewer can’t help but feel that this screen repair and replacement is being factored into the price, and that seems unfair.

We may well see a whole ton of broken screens out there in the world, but that doesn’t mean the recommended retail price of a product should be penalised for all who might want to buy the phone if they plan to take care of the phone.

Huawei will likely come back to us and say that this has no bearing on the final RRP, and that may well be the case, but it doesn’t feel like it, especially when this phone fetches $250 more and doesn’t feel like it offers that much more in features or reliability over it.

What it does offer is an iPhone-like experience for under $700, even if that iPhone-like experience comes pretty close to an iPhone price.

Granted, this is $300 less than a 16GB iPhone 6, and you can upgrade this memory here, something which isn’t possible on the iPhone. Any iPhone.

If that feature is so important that the money is easily saved, the Huawei P8 is worth looking at, but given that there’s more than one iClone out there, you might want to have a little look before deciding, as Huawei isn’t the only game in town.