Honor SmartPhone 5C 

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Not a name I had heard of until shortly after the launch of the Huawei P9 when I found out this was a sister company, so when I received an invite to a breakfast briefing I accepted, I am not keen on rush hour travel at my age and when the venue is nowhere near a tube station even less and worse still it was held on a day when your umbrella was as much use to keep you dry as a colander.

Honor 5C android Smartphone
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The Honor 5C measures 14.5x7x.7cm and weights 156grams.

The back is brushed aluminium and while the front is black it’s not over shiny so your fingermarks are not that pronounced.

The curved edges make the phone feel comfortable in the hand. The right side has the volume rocker and on/off button. The base has the speakers and between them a mini USB for charging. The left side has entry point for SIM and micro SD card and finally the top has 3.5mm port for headphones.

In the box are two booklets and after a treble take I realise that the thinner and smaller one are the warranty instructions. So yes that means the seven language Quick Start Guide is of a size where a magnifying glass is not required, hurrah.

Also provided are a USB to mains plug face (two pin but I am sure the shipping units will be three pin) a micro USB to USB lead and a pair of earbuds.

So back to the important item the phone which I am told is aimed at the young. The viewable screen is 11.5x6.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 5.2inches. The screen can show full HD 1080x1920.

A three second push on the on/off buttons starts the boot and you are at the home screen after 20 seconds. I know I am a dinosaur as I still turn my phone off but I was amazed at how long this took to turn off I did several times over my test period and all when there was nothing running in the background to slow it down it took a full 10 seconds.

This device uses a Nano SIM and the same tray can take a 128GB micro SD card although I only have a fast 64GB Toshiba offering so that’s as far as my tests went.

As with all modern phones it has front and back cameras the front often called a Selfie camera is a respectable 8MP while the rear camera is mounted 1.5cm down from the top of the back and has an LED flash by its side. The camera resolution is 13MP and takes good images but not up to the superb standard of the Huawei P9 but then the unit costs only 1/3 of the price. There is a tiny lip which might damage a polished surface but that’s the price you pay for squeezing a camera into .7cm depth.

The internal non removable battery is 3000mAh which should last two days of normal use and certainly a full day of heavy use.

The operating system is Android 6 the latest version and overlaid by EMUI 4.1. The gold colour is available for £149.99 with free delivery as per the link below. For some reason the silver and grey colours are £32 more expensive.

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