There’s so much competition in the mobile market right now it can be difficult to know which device is the right fit for you.
When it comes to smartphone photography, huge improvements have been made in the last few years, and one company is ahead of the pack when it comes to great looking photos in both daylight and low-light conditions.
Huawei has taken night mode to the next level by almost instantly snapping a photo in those low-light conditions without the need to hold your phone steady for up to six seconds like other smartphones on the market require.
There are also loads of innovative additions to the camera including a thing called ‘Golden Snap’. It’s designed to capture the best moments in a shot using AI – recognising posture and facial expressions – recommending the perfect photo that is totally Insta-worthy.
Then there is the ability to remove other people who have made their way into your snap by combining multiple frames.
And if all of that wasn’t enough to get your attention there’s also the option to erase reflections from images.
It’s no wonder that Huawei’s latest flagship, the P40 Pro, has been named the best rated smartphone camera on DXOMARK, a highly-respected and independent benchmarking site.
In our review, I found the phone also has long-lasting battery life, a stunning display, great software as well as the best camera I have ever used on a mobile device. It’s just that good.
So good in fact I decided to head out to show how incredible the P40 Pro is at capturing photos – both during the day and at night. This phone can zoom into objects over 500 metres using a 50x zoom, and optical zoom of 5x.
P40 Pro photography examples
If photography on a smartphone is important to you, then the choice is quite obvious.
Right now you can save up to $200 on the P40 Pro if you grab one before June 30 from Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Mobileciti, The Good Guys, Officeworks and the HUAWEI authorised experience store in Chatswood.
You can find out more details on any of these offers at the official Huawei website.
A Google-free future? Introducing Huawei’s AppGallery
There was one area in my review where I felt the P40 Pro could be even better. And this was with the available apps since the Google Play Store isn’t available on the device, but something that Huawei is already improving.
While Huawei continues to work with Android, they have also introduced the future of software and connected devices with their holistic ecosystem – Huawei Mobiles Services (HMS).
Through HMS, Huawei has been able to launch the HUAWEI AppGallery – an open gateway to that allows you to access the world of apps and services while offering freedom, choice and flexibility.
What is AppGallery?
Launched in 2018, AppGallery is growing at incredible speed thanks to 26 million active users across Europe and 400 million users globally.
In fact, it’s the first real app store alternative in ten years and promises to provide more private, secure, local and premium content.
Huawei AppGallery is available to download from the Huawei Mobile Services website.
Is it really that secure?
The simple answer here is yes. The amount of security checks that Huawei has implemented on AppGallery makes it a very secure platform.
To prevent user information from being accessed, or leaked, all apps go through a robust detection and verification process
- App integrity verification
- AI-enabled safeguards
- Signature verification
- Threat detection
Add to that malicious in-app behaviours like monitoring, tracking, listening and screen recordings are all detected.
When Google launched the Play Store in 2008, the available apps compared to Apple’s iOS were light. This has been a similar story when it comes to AppGallery, however, Huawei is still working with Android which makes things a bit more interesting.
It means apps that work on other Android devices will most likely work on Huawei’s latest phones.
There is a massive investment that is being undertaken by Huawei in Australia to bring new apps and services to local consumers over the coming year. There is also support for developers to assist in creating a dynamic mobile ecosystem, with Huawei investing $4.2 billion.
That doesn’t mean that AppGallery is light on apps. In fact, there are already over 11,000 top global apps available to search and download.
Getting all your apps
While Huawei continues to work with top developers in getting popular apps into AppGallery, there are ways that these can be installed on your new Huawei phone without much fuss. The easiest is through using PhoneClone. This app will copy most of your apps from your old phone across to the new one.
Other ways include using the web browsers to access the app downloads directly and using the web version of things like Facebook, Gmail and your bank accounts.
Another innovative feature that is coming to Huawei devices is called Petal Search.
What is Petal Search?
Huawei continues to place their customers’ experience as the number one priority and the launch of Find Apps search widget, powered by Petal Search Engine, is proof of that.
Find Apps search widget helps Huawei phone owners find things they need easily directly from the home screen, including apps, news, images and more. It is one of three ways in which Huawei users can find and download apps onto their device, alongside AppGallery and Phone Clone.
AppGallery is completely integrated into Petal Search with hundreds of new apps being added each week.
This alternative search experience brings together all the information into the one convenient place and adheres to unparalleled privacy standards set by leading European privacy-by-design search engines such a French-based Qwant.
Another feature of Petal Search is the ability to view the source origin of any result, providing choice and flexibility.
A new era
Now that I’ve been using the P40 Pro for about a month the question is: do I miss Google and the whole ecosystem that comes with other Android devices?
At first, I did because I was so invested in and familiar with the products and services that Google provided. But I quickly found that there were plenty of workarounds and alternative apps that I could use without Google’s Play Store. And I found this to be quite liberating, especially considering the privacy concerns that have been plaguing Google over the past few months.
I still use Gmail, and the default mail app works completely fine to connect to my emails. But there is sunshine after the rain, and Huawei is well on the way to creating another leading choice for consumers – and that can only be a good thing.
To find out how you can get up to $200 off the price of the P40 Pro before June 30, you can head to the official Huawei website.
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