This is a HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro and if you’ve been on YouTube much in the past few months, you’ve probably seen this phone before. Or, maybe you read some suspicious user reviews. But despite Huawei’s best efforts, nobody in the US has been able to buy this phone until just this month, when it went on sale unlocked in a handful of places, like Amazon or Best Buy.
Now, there’s a whole backstory about HUAWEI trying to break into the US market with this particular phone, and how it’s been completely unable to get any carriers to support, despite coming awfully close. Now that might be due to some factors that are outside of Huawei’s control, such as a distrust of the company by the US government.
But it got me wondering, is there 10 pro a phone anyone should buy? Even if HUAWEI had been able to get it on AT&Tor Verizon or any other US carrier, would anyone have bought it anyway? In terms of hardware, the $799 Mate 10 Pro has almost everything you’d expect from a flagship phone in late 2017 or early 2018. It has a metal and glass body, with the great build quality and tight tolerances.
It’s water-resistant, it has a tall aspect ratio screen with minimal bezels. It has stereo speakers and, of course, a dual rear camera system. Inside of the phone is Huawei’s own top of the line processors, six gigabytes of RAMand 128 gigabytes of storage. There is a huge 4,000 milliamp-hour battery that can keep it going all day and then some. It even has an IR blaster, so you can use it to control your TV or other electronics.
And like many other high-end phones, it doesn’t have a headphone jack, but HUAWEI does provide both these ear pod knock-off headphones and a USBC to3.5 millimeter adaptor in the box. It also doesn’t have wireless charging despite the fact that it has a glass back. But those are fairly minor complaints, if there’s a hardware feature you want, the Mate 10 Pro probably has it, and for the most part, the hardware works really well.
The Mate 10 Pro is as fast as any recent android flagship, the hardware’s nice to hold and like I said before, it has terrific battery life. It doesn’t have any obvious annoyances, like a poorly place fingerprint, sensor or extra button for voice assisting you’ll never use, or a notch that covers up part of the top of the screen. The six-inch display is a lower resolution than many of its peers at only 1080p, but I haven’t really had an issue with that.
Its OLED, so it has deep blacks and vibrant colors and has excellent viewing angles and it gets bright enough outdoors for sunny days. I really like the Mate 10 Pros speakers, which automatically switch from mono to stereo when you turn the phone from portrait to landscape,and while I wouldn’t say that the Leica-branded rear cameras as good as say, like, a Pixel 2, or an iPhone X, it’s certainly a capable shooter with fast focus and performance, good detail and pleasing, if maybe a little bit saturated colors. whatever your subject happens to be. My favorite mode is a monochrome option, which only uses data from one of the Mate 10 Pros camera sensors, produces some of the nicest blacks and white images you can get from a smartphone.
But as good as this hardware is, Huawei’s software never lives up to the hardware’s potential. Now the Mate 10 Pro does run Android 8.0 Oreo, but it has Huawei’s EMUI interface on top of it, and this is about as far from a clean version of Android as you can get. The best way I can describe it is, it’s a poorly made knockoff of iOS.HUAWEI has customized almost everything about Android and often it’s not in a good way.
For example, you cant expand notifications on the lock screen as you can do with every other Android phone, so deleting an email or marking a to-do complete can be done without unlocking the phone. The Settings menu and the share sheet have been lifted right out of iOS, and most of the apps for sharing are hidden by default for some inexplicable reason.
Sure, you can change some of those things by downloading a different launcher or messaging app or whatever, but you can change things like the quick settings menu that On top of that, there are frustrating bugs. Even when I did download another launcher and attempted to use that, theMate 10 would frequently reset the default to Huawei’s own launcher.
This just isn’t the kind of software experience I expect on an $800 phone, especially when there are already so many better options available. It’s bad enough for me to say that nobody should buy the Mate 10 Pro, especially not at this price. You can get all of the hardware performance with none of the software headaches from any number of other Android phones available unlocked or through carriers.
Then I think about what would’ve happened had Huawei been able to launch this phone with AT&T, and how worse everything would’ve been with carrier’s bloatware loaded on top of it I think that HUAWEI has done a lot right with the Mate 10 Pros hardware, and if it wasn’t so expensive, I could perhaps excuse some of its software issues.
And how it’s been completely unable to get any carrier support, despite coming awfully close.- [Male] You guys are spies!- Trying to do work here, Eli.