MEET A BLOGGERS NEW BEST FRIEND | HUAWEI P9 REVIEW

Finding the best mobile phone for a blogger is always going to be tough, we all want different things, but one thing we have in common is the need for a great camera. Those must-do flat lays for Instagram, those pensive style shots, or even that cappuccino you just had to share on Twitter, whatever it is, us social influencers without a doubt need a jolly good camera at our finger tips. This is something I have been struggling to find for years until last month I got to take the Huawei P9 up the mountains to Andorra.

First impressions |

Firstly the look of the device is small and sleek in comparison to many phones now on the market. The 145mm long, 70.9mm wide and 6.95mm thick phone, is smooth and easy to hold. It holds host to two cameras built in on the back and one on the front – obviously ideal for those oh, so important selfies us bloggers need from time to time. With a built in Leica camera and dual lens setup, I knew I was in for some snappy happy treats whilst I headed out to the mountains…. plus having seen the Huawei advert with Scarlett Johansson in I knew this was going to be good!

Premium, elegant and stylish are the words that initially spring to mind when looking at this phone. Boasting an impressive 96% colour saturation and high contrast screen, this 5.2 FHD display really does make those images look sleek.


Blogger needs |

As a blogger we want amazing shots super quick, we often don’t have time to sort out the camera settings or if we do we want it to be super easy that we can grab that snap before it’s too late.  Even though, (like any camera) if you dive into the finer details of a cameras setup then they can be a bit more tricky, however if you’re just after a point and shoot situation this phone has it nailed. Remember the option to do more is always there with this phone, including things like shutter speed and even creating a time lapse (which is in my Andorra Travel Vlog). Bloggers not only need something with an awesome camera, a stylish look is pretty up there in priority with the Huawei P9’s metallic casing.



On the road |


My entire press trip went from 0-100 in the space of 5 minutes when I first starting snapping with this phone. I was previously dealing with a mediocre camera that needed serious photo edits to use in blog posts, on to now having photos that were blog worthy and shareable just as they were. My ski action shots, arty blurred focuses, coffee flat lays and epic snow glazed landscapes were all about to become pretty awesome very fast.

Against a white snow setting it is obvious that photos will come out looking exceptionally perfect, but throw in that dodgy low light we often are faced with, unlike other cameras I’ve used, the Huawei P9 seems to work very well under that added pressure. If like me you are in need of a camera that works well in so many scenarios including low light, due to the 1.25ยตm pixel size of the dual 12-megapixel cameras, the Huawei P9 has that sorted. You can also make your images look that bit more professional with settings such as monochrome mode, HDR, or even the wide aperture effect thrown in plus many more to play with. Even better? Try the 8 megapixel built in front camera for those needed blogger selfies!



Not just a camera |

I am mainly focusing on the camera aspect of this phone because that is normally my main focus with blogging, however it is great for actually being a phone as well! It makes and receives calls fine, it loves all apps and sharing my entire life is as smooth as a button. Alongside a camera being a big deal breaker for me, finding a phone with a good battery life is extremely important.

Oh my, how many times have I crawled along coffee shop floors under tables hunting for a plug socket to charge my phone! Too many to even mention, so it was delightful to know I could essentially use lots of ‘power draining’ apps and still have a phone to last the entire day without charging (battery is 300mAh). It does give you a friendly nudge when it knows you are using battery draining apps, and reminds you to close them if you aren’t using them.

Raised the bar |

I somehow feel like my quest is over in finally finding an amazing camera for all my blogger needs, on an equally awesome phone. One has never seemed to fit with the other until now, I’ve either had a great phone but the camera has been terrible, or the phone has been middle and the camera hasn’t blown me away. The Huawei P9 is hands down the best phone I have used in a long time. With the Leica camera built in allowing my photos to be that extra bit special, it truly is perfect for my non-stop blogging life.

Have you tried this phone or found a phone that has an amazing camera?


*Phone from Huawei for press trip*

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30 Comments

  1. February 15, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Wow I can't believe you were given this phone to document the trip that is incredible and it takes amazing photos as well, how gorgeous!

    • February 15, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Yeah! Seriously couldn't of happened at a better time. I have never taken photos like that on a phone. The mountain snaps I took (which you will see in my Andorra post) are from this phone. It was crazy.

    • February 19, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      It is quite incredible , I am due an upgrade and this is a great camera !

  2. February 16, 2017 / 1:53 am

    I've never used Huawei before and this got me interested. I think it's nice that it fits everything that a blogger needs, from a decent camera to all the apps that you're going to need on the go! Sounds like a great phone.

  3. February 16, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Huawei is a new one for me .. and it looks super cool and took great photos. Nice to have everything you need in one sleek & chic gadget!

  4. February 16, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    The pictures look better than the ones I take with me "real" camera!

  5. February 17, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Wow I can't believe all these photos were taken from a phone. I'm looking to upgrade my phone later this year so I'll keep an eye open for this one x

  6. February 17, 2017 / 11:15 am

    I was told several times by several people Huawei is a very great mobile. I love the screen, is so wide, the best ever in my opinion!

  7. February 17, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I have never tried this phone, or know someone who has one, but am very impressed with the picture quality.

  8. February 17, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I've read a lot about this phone, it looks so good! I'm coming up to an upgrade soon so I think this may be on the list of possibilities, I need to wave goodbye to having an IPhone pretty bad! Great post Annie ๐Ÿ™‚

    Emmie
    http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk

  9. February 17, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I've ben using Samsung for ages now, but have been debating changing to something else when my contract is up.. Something with a better camera. You may have just sold me on this!

  10. February 17, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    oh im loving the bath bomb angel my daughters a thing for them at the minute

  11. February 17, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Wow, they are awesome for a camera phone. I am going to have to check this out as I am getting so annoyed with my iPhone.

  12. February 17, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    It's unreal how fantastic the photos are that this camera takes, it's so hard to believe they are from a camera phone! Having this would make a blogger's life so much easier!

  13. February 17, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    This phone looks amazing! Such crisp and clear photographs.
    Iv given up on phones. I either loose them, break them or just leave them at home. I'll stick with my tablet haha

  14. February 17, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Sounds like such a fantastic phone, I love the quality of the photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. February 17, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    wow such an impressive phone, the camera on it is very good quality

  16. February 17, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Oooh looks really impressive, I might consider one of these! H x

  17. February 17, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Oh wow those photos are awesome, i bought my phone based on the camera, i will have to look at this one next time.

  18. February 18, 2017 / 1:13 am

    I love Android phones and currently have a Samsung S6 which was due an upgrade but I still love it. However I am looking at reviews of phones to decide what I want to get next so this was great x

  19. February 18, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Never heard of this phone but the camera feature sounds amazing! We usually go for iPhones due to the connectivity with our Macs but this phone looks cool!

  20. February 18, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    How gorgeous my dear! The camera looks like a very nice solution! All photos are great quality!

  21. February 19, 2017 / 9:44 am

    wow, it takes really brilliant photos! they look professionally done!

  22. February 19, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Wow the photos look amazing considering these were taken on a phone x

  23. February 19, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Wow what a fabulous trip- the photos taken with the phone look fabulous. Its got some great features on for blogging. I have an iphone and doubt I'd change purely because everything syncs together for my work but if not this would be perfect for me xxx

  24. February 19, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    The photos look amazing, I have been hearing do much about the Huawei of late x

  25. February 19, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    That's such a good camera for a phone, those pictures are so clear!

  26. February 19, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    It sounds like it would be the perfect phone for bloggers. I might look into it as I need a phone that takes better picture.

  27. February 21, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    The colours in the photographs are incredible, this sounds like a brilliant phone.

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