Review: Huawei SnapTo
The Huawei SnapTo is a curious little phone. The hardware is about as vanilla as it gets, but the phone goes in its own direction with respect to the software.
With a 5-inch screen, the SnapTo is a sizable handset. I wish the screen were a bit better. I wish call quality and battery life were better, too. Some users may be disappointed about the sealed-in battery, but the phone does support memory cards. At least it's well put-together.
Huawei's Emotion user interface offers a different take on the Android home screen experience, but that's not a bad thing. Most of the communication tools are limited to the basics from Google. Huawei was very ambitious with the camera software, but didn't quite nail the execution.
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Huawei is selling the phone directly to consumers through its own web site as well as Amazon.com. At $180, it delivers just the right amount of performance making it a good value. But Huawei is facing stiff competition. There are plenty of other phones playing in this space that have better brand appeal with US consumers. The Moto E and the LG Optimus F60 are excellent devices and, dare I say, more visible to US buyers.
The Huawei SnapTo is a fine phone for $180, but I'd only recommend it to those looking for something different.
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