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How the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is Holding up in 2020?

The Mate 20 Pro was Huawei’s flagship phone from late 2018. Featuring the full suite of Google apps, unlike the newer Mate 30 Pro, it is a fully featured flagship, even in 2020. But the big question is how has it been supported in the UK? Well here is the low-down…

Unlike some Chinese phones the Mate 20 Pro has been kept updated fairly well, certainly if you count security updates. It took a while to get Android 10, which personally I don’t mind as long as the security updates keep coming, which they did. EMUI 10 based on Android 10 came around January for the UK, however some got it earlier and later. My device is unlocked, so this may explain the middle ground.

The current state of play as of Mid April 2020 is:

Operating System: EMUI 10 based on Android 10.0
Android Security Patch: March 2020

The Huawei’s Battery life is still very good, but a little down from the “great” battery life I had before. Probably due to the hundreds of apps I have on my phone. I am a bit of an app hoarder! The battery capacity from new was a huge 4500mah, and with, the still modern today, 7nm based Kirin 980 chipset, battery life isn’t a concern. The included 40w charger is ridiculous too if you need a topup. Literally 5-10 minutes and you have enough battery boost for the rest of the day. Basically with the Mate 20 Pro you don’t have to think about battery. And that is all I want from a phone. This is especially true if you dive into Huawei’s battery saving settings. For reference, I leave the OLED screen with its always on display and have the phone on Huawei’s “balanced” performance which lowers the resolution to 720p (ish) when the battery is sub 20%.

So what about general speed? Well everyday tasks never stutter. This is down to a combination of the superb Kirin 980 as well as 6GB RAM and the UFS 2.1 storage. EMUI has a useful knuckle gesture to use the split screen mode and it really works nicely for multitasking. The Mate 20 Pro is a great performer for games too. Everything I have put on it, from Call of Duty to Mario Kart, have been flawless and on highest settings. You get a smooth 60fps on most games and the look great on the OLED. I have also used PlayStation Remote Play streaming with my Dual Shock 4 via both cable and bluetooth (since the Android 10 update bluetooth is enabled for remote play). This really shows off the screen, however the weight of the phone is a bit much for my controller holder. At 189g its a chunky phone, which I like in everyday use, however if it was a few grams lighter that would be great.

So what dont I like?

The curved screen. I DETEST curved screens on phones. They have no advantage bar looking nice. Give me a flat screen anyday. Because of the curved screen I sometimes get mis types and gestures which is infuriating as it is such a simple fix. I am also not keen on the in display fingerprint reader. It is good but its nowhere near as fast as my normal one on my old P20 Pro. The face unlock is nice though but it raises questions about its security.

The best bit?

Its a premium Huawei, so of cause its the camera. Is it a massive leap from my previous P20 Pro? (Click here to see our comparison between the P9 v P20 Pro for a true generational leap) On paper no, however in reality it is a step up, if not a leap. The inclusion of the ultrawide was the main reason I bought this phone. It really changes my photography, and I find myself using it about half the time I take photos. The selfie camera however is massively improved over the P20 Pro. Its not at the same quality of the rear cameras, but not a huge gap, like on the P20 Pro which had a very average front camera. The main 40mp camera has incredible colour and detail, and my favourite is the 3x optical zoom camera. It allows you to go to 5x zoom with hardly any detail loss, and in good light even 10x. It has made my pocket travel Canon camera nearly redundant. And if you want to take a bunch of photos and by an app hoarder like me you have 128GB AND expandable storage which is a rarity on a flagship device. Nice!

Overall the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is an excellent used buy in April 2020. You can pick them up for around £300 which it absolutely decimates the competition for its camera and premium build. Only a Pixel 3a camera comes close at this price point, but it lacks ultrawide and telephoto. The Pixel is a cheap phone (both build and feeling), has just 64gb storage and a weak mid range processor. If you can find one in like new condition it is well worth £300 and you wont get anything that performs this well everyday for that price.

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Samsung S10 Lite for £399 in UK

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is not like the old “Lite” range from Samsung. This in fact is arguably the best version of the S10 in the UK. Featuring looks form the S20, and an upgraded Snapdragon 855, which outperforms the UK S10 in nearly every metric, you are getting a proper flagship phone with a 20% off discount code to make it £399, or even cheap if you trade in a phone!

You might of missed the Galaxy S10 Lite, but it actually only came out in February 2020. It is a new line of the S models deisgned with a mix of S10 and S20 deisgn cues. It looks elegant and subtle with a small hole punch front camera, and the back has a very S20 camera bump while its not made from glass like its big brothers. It is a large phone but the gestures of the latest One UI 2.1, as of the April 2020 Android OS update, do help out a lot. The new firmware has build number G770FXXU2BTD2 and it comes with the Android security patch dated April 1, 2020. This software update also brings along new features to the Galaxy S10 Lite, which include Single Take, Pro Video, Quick Share and Music Share.

It has a 6.7 AMOLED screen and is nearly as big as the Note 10+! Its a great big screen and is clear in sunlight. It also comes with a huge 4500mAh battery, and combined with the SD855 processor, 6GB of RAM and the 25w fast charger it has all the power and endurance you will need.

The camera is a slight downgrade form the full fat versions, but its more of a change than a true downgrade. No telephoto lens here, but you still get an Ultrawide offering 128 degrees and a 48MP pixel binning Main camera. The standard HDR is really impressive on the main camera. Colours and sharpness are great in bright or dark conditions. However you probably want to use the night mode on the ultrawide for dark images. There is a macro lens too which I wouldn’t really use but it works well. The front facing selfie camera is good. It’s a 32mp snapper which does well with edge detection. Video quality is good, and the Snapdragon 855 means you can add the Google Camera app for even better HDR+ results in theory.

The S10 Lite is not really a “Lite” as you can tell. It is a great phone designed to take people away from the cheaper Chinese models flagships. If you are unsure about or cant get hold of a Xiaomi or Oppo, then the UK warranty, high-street store availability and familiarity of the Samsung Galaxy S10 name will do you well at this price. At £399 the only mainstream rivals are the Google Pixel 3a (soon to be replaced by the 4a). The Pixels have a top end camera, but only 64gb of storage, no SD slot for expansion and a far slower Snapdragon processor. Even the Pixel 4a only has a 730 series Snapdragon.

Basically with this deal from Samsung direct you are getting the best of both world. A near top end phone, that looks good, performs superbly, backed up by latest Android updates and a UK warranty direct with one of the biggest manufacturers. For £399 or even less if you trade in your old phone, that is a great deal. If you want more information check out the link or the GSMArena video review.

Use code “Samsung20” for 20% off. This is one of the best deals this month for a quality phone that will last you a very long time.

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Komodo MHL to HDMI – Micro USB Cable for Android Screen Mirroring

This simple adapter by Komodo allows you to screen mirror everything on Android, from the OS to Games and Movies. Sure its not wireless, but it is only around £5 which is a bargain. Check out the video review of this adapter using a Sony Xperia SP. It also works for a large variety of Android phones and tablets for full screen wired mirroring. This makes your Android device a great potential retro game console.

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List of Compatible Phones and Tablets (Basically any with a 5 pin micro USB):

HTC: EVO 3D, One, One S, One X, Sensation, Sensation XE.
Samsung: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy S2.
Sony: Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX

Please Note: This will not work with Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, LG Nexus 4 For an S3 etc model click here

 

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How to force update Nokia Lumia 800 to Windows Phone 7.8

As you know some of us have had no luck getting the official update. So here is a guide to update.

http://www.windowsphonehacker.com/articles/want_windows_phone_7.8_now_try_this_easy_tool-01-31-13

It does three separate updates. Takes about half hour to do all, just leave it be until it says “All Done”.

 

Read the instructions. They are easy, but their is a disclaimer as with anything like this. Basically you need to download the program and then the Microsoft updater (it does this for you). Extract the updater, and install the 32/64 bit version depending on your windows, and run the original program.

I was shocked by how much extra screen real estate the update gives. I have to admit I didnt like the look at first, but once you resize some tiles and make it your own, it is a vast improvement. It worked for me using a bought unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 on T-Mobile.

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Windows Phone 7.8 still not updating for T-Mobile UK customers

Yesterday I wrote about how D-Day for Windows Phone 7.8 was finally here, and also whether it was all a big joke to get people going on what has been a never ending saga. Well as of 1st Feb, it still has not arrived for T-Mobile UK customers Nokia Lumias. I have checked on the Nokia website and it displays a newer firmware edition to the one on our Lumia 800, but it still does not show as an update in Zune or on the phone. Nokia have since said the update will be spread over three weeks across territories.

 

Find out your firmware here

Hopefully it will be here over the weekend.

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Nokia & Microsoft Announces via Video Windows Phone 7.8 Available Today in UK (Or is it?)

Announced on the Nokia blog and via their You Tube channel, Windows Phone 7.8 is officially available from today across Europe and the UK. It is compatible with the all Nokia Lumia models including the Lumia 800, Lumia 900, Lumia 710, Lumia 610 and Lumia 510. However as of 2pm today UK time, many people, including myself can see no update available on our Zune software!

UPDATE: As of 4:15pm UK time, still no update. Rumours are it will be after 6pm.

UPDATE 2: 7:30pm, still no 7.8 update. Is it real???

This will change (unless they are joking with us) so here are the steps you need to update to Windows Phone 7.8 and to get the Windows 8 style start screen and more…

1.You have to make sure your Zune software is up to date.

Settings > Software > General > Update.

2. Then attached and sync your phone.

3. Once sync is complete update the phone by going

Settings > Phone > Update

4. Follow on screen instructions.

5. Enjoy customising that start screen once more.

There are also some new Nokia apps to play with although nothing outstanding. The main benefit is the start screen which allows you to use the full screen and see more from the Live Tiles as a result.

 

Here is the announcement video from Nokia and Microsoft.

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Ubuntu Phone OS Video Demo CES 2013

Many have been waiting eagerly for all the latest phone tech at CES, and Ubuntu Phone OS is one of the items I really look forward to. Shown at CES 2013 in Vegas today this video shows how Ubuntu Phone works hands on. Obviously this is still a prototype but it looks silky smooth already. Ubuntu Phone is aimed at emerging markets, so this high end smoothness could be achieved on a lower end phone.

The video shows navigating through picture galleries to be very intuitive, and excellently presented. Ubuntu desktop has always looked very modern and clean, and the phone version looks to build on this. For those that do not know, Ubuntu Phone OS is designed on the EXACT same system as the PC OS, meaning you can plug in a monitor, mouse and keyboard and you have a fully fledged PC. Add in a remote control and HDTV and you have a Smart TV media center, with all the available apps on your traditional PC. Ubuntu seem to be the first to combine all the features we see in Android , iOS and Windows phone but placing the inevitable merge of operating systems in one place.

It uses a launcher similar to Unity on the left. Some Ubuntu users really disliked Unity when it first arrived, but this looks very intuitive and smooth when used with touch.

The main rival for Ubuntu Phone could be Firefox OS, which again is aiming at emerging markets, specifically South America. Both OSs look very smooth and if they can get phone manufacturers onboard they could be an excellent way to get into the smartphone market. Not only that but current Ubuntu users may relish the chance to have all their current setup transferred over to a phone. Personally I think this will be a great Tablet OS.

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Samsung Galaxy SIII UK Sim Free Unlocked Smartphone – 16GB – Marble White

 

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