Honor 8 Smartphone Review – The Best Phone under £400 – Plus Camera Shootout with iPhone 7 Plus

Honor 8

Welcome to my review of the Honor 8 smartphone. The Honor 8 is one of the most beautiful phones on the market, yet it only costs £369 sim free.

And yet its not all about the looks. The Honor 8 shines in so many other areas too. To recap on my earlier posts –

First Camera Shots from the Honor 8 – Plus Video

Night Time / Pitch Black Camera Shootout – Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Honor 8

Honor 8 – Impressions One Week Later

Unlike my previous reviews, I am going to start with my conclusion. The Honor 8 is the best sub £400 phone I have used and consequently highly recommended. To find out why, view my video review below and additional video on the photos. For the latest pricing on Amazon UK – Click HERE.

Video Review

The Honor 8 Review

Camera Shots Video

The Key Specifications

– SCREEN 1920×1080 5.2″ LCD, 423ppi
– OS Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1
– CPU Eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 (four 2.3GHz Cortex A72 cores and four 1.8 GHz Cortex A53s cores)
– GPU Mali-T880 MP4
– STORAGE 32GB plus a Micro SD slot
– NETWORKING 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
– BANDS WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz,LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20
– PORTS USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– CAMERA Dual 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
– SIZE 145.5 x 71 x 7.45mm
– WEIGHT 153g
– BATTERY 3000mAh
– EXTRAS NFC, 9V/2A quick charging, fingerprint sensor, notification LED, IR blaster

Honor 8 hardware

The Honor 8 Lowdown

Following on from my video review, the Honor 8 is a remarkable phone. It looks stunning. It has superb wifi, bluetooth and cellular strength and connectivity. It includes an infra red blaster. The 3,000mah battery lasts a day and a half. The phone is the perfect size for one handed use and fits in all my pockets. The camera for photos is excellent. The camera app includes so many modes to make photography easy and enjoyable. Into selfies, the 8mp front camera makes you look perfect! In terms of video, its performance is not the strongest but it did outperform my iPhone 7 Plus this week. This week I have another 4 videos being published on Gavin’s Gadgets. Three of them were recorded on the Honor 8, the other one and the review of the Honor 8 were filmed on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Camera Samples

Honor 8 - Lightroom mobile enhanced shots

Church of St Michael & All Angels - Spooked #Honor8

Dartmeet - Long Exposure #Honor8

Bellever Tor, Dartmoor #honor8

Delicious Healthy Food #Honor8

Don’t forget to check out the posts linked at the start which contain further camera samples.

Final Words

After a decent android phone. Then check out the Honor 8. It is my top recommendation of 2016.

Useful Links

Latest Pricing and Info on Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/2dCqngz


9 thoughts on “Honor 8 Smartphone Review – The Best Phone under £400 – Plus Camera Shootout with iPhone 7 Plus

  1. It’s a pity if you go only video review way.
    Then I have to go with your sense of time.
    And it’s always too fast or too slow…
    I liked your way to write and the reason i come to your fantastic blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

      Written reviews are staying so don’t worry. I’m just experimenting using video to improve the reviews as appropriate. It’s a learning curve. I never thought about the video speed before, so thanks again for bringing that to my attention.

      Recording videos is a work in progress and I hope to make them better as time moves on as well as write even better written reviews.

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    1. I would say so although there has been some optimisations. However I’m sure the P9 would have had those as well. Plus the P9 has a raw option in the camera app as well as a mode for monochrome and film modes. The Honor 8 can shoot raw but you need a third party app.


      1. Great, thanks for the info. So both are in fact great phones with great cameras. People should be only aware that some faster moving targets could be a problem in less than favorable light conditions..
        Best Regards.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. What can the Voice control do on this phone if you turn it on? Can you wake up the phone and tell it to do something (text, call, set an alarm etc.) by saying a keyword similar to Motorola’s always listening handsfree voice feature?


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