Huawei Y6 II Compact - budget phone - review

I was totally desperate the previous weekend, on my way for a weekly travel, when my old Nexus 5X decided to give up. We had no spare phones at home since we nowadays use them until they physically breaks down. Where do I get a new mobile on a Sunday and I was I'm going to be able to decide what to buy? I do need a lot of time to decide, read reviews, ask people etc. I was so frustrated. This was my spare phone but the number is widely spread and I really needed to bring it. My demands finally turned out to be:

  1. Double SIM cards
  2. At least 16 GB internal memory
  3. Cheap! Since I didn't have time to plan my new buy I wanted something for little money.
  4. The smaller the better. Around 5 inches.

I ended up with a Huawei Y6 II Compact, so how does it compare to other phones?

What I instantly feel is that the built quality feels cheap. The back is plastic and it doesn't fit tightly. I do need to keep this phone away from rain and water. It makes squirky noices when I slightly presses it. The front glass has gotten a small scratch even though I have been very careful with it. A screen protector was included in the original packet, but I failed to attach it, so I have to wait for a new one to arrive. My impression is that the phone feels like an old fashioned model. It does fit nicely in my hand since it's light and nicely shaped.

LG Nexus 5X vs. Huawei Y6 II Compact
LG Nexus 5X vs. Huawei Y6 II Compact
LG Nexus 5X vs. Huawei Y6 II Compact
LG Nexus 5X vs. Huawei Y6 II Compact

The Android version is Lollipop (5.1) med Huawei's own user interface EMUI 3.1.Although the Android version is quite old, the EMUI-interface adds some nice functionality to it. Everything works fine. The screen is surprisingly sharp even though it's not as bright as the ones I'm used to, which adds to the old phashioned impression. The processor isn't the fastest: The mobile sometimes feels a little bit slow and sluggish, but not so bad that it's annoying. 

There are three slots for cards: 2 for SIM cards and 1 for a SD card. As usyally, only one SIM card can use 4G and the other uses 2G. The battery is changeable.

The summary is that I got lot's of a phone for little money. I do feel that I need to "cover" it with cases and screen protectors. Otherwize, it will be really interesting to see how long it works.

I made a really qucik photo shot session a late dusky winter day. One shot indoor and one shot outdoor.

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