Expert Review of Huawei B199
Ever since the release of the first Samsung Galaxy Note, the term phablet has latched on to the smartphone world so tightly that the segment has become a rage among the consumers. And since smartphone manufacturing firms went on to cash in on the demand more often than not, it became a benchmark for every firm to have a flagship phablet model. Huawei is another firm that has made sure to have a gadget in the phablet category, which is affordable for most but still offer formidable specs. Huawei B199 comes with a 5.5 inches HD IPS display that gathers a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels and has a dual SIM facility where one SIM slot supports GSM technology while the other supports CDMA. Android Jelly Bean 4.3 operating system takes care of the software side of things ensuring many games and applications are played.
Then, there is 1.6GHz quad-core processor with a beefy 2GB RAM to provide the overall operational scheme of the gadget a massive boost for faster functionality, even in times of heavy multitasking. The device comes with a 32GB microSD card slot that can be used in case the 16GB internal memory exhausts. The specified memory is huge though and can keep a massive data collection of songs, games, images and videos. The smartphone has dual SIM facility, thus picking up the utility quotient and ensuring two tariff plans are used with ease and comfort. A powerful 13 megapixels primary camera is provided at the back of Huawei B199 for clicking pictures at a hefty resolution whereas the front camera is beefy as well with 5 megapixels snapping pictures at a resolution of 2592 by 1944 pixels. LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging are just a few among many features that the primary camera provides to the user.
The device, Huawei B199, is not that flashy on data connectivity and covers just basic features like Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. Data downloading and web surfing is quick even when it comes to the high buffering websites like Facebook and YouTube. There is USB port and Bluetooth whereas NFC and Infrared remain absent with the gadget. The battery backup is impressive with a 3000mAh standard lithium-ion battery, which is good enough to make the gadget last for more than a few days even after loads of multitasking. The web usage however drains the power more than required and can deplete the usage time by quite a margin.
User Interface and UI functionality
Huawei B199 mobile is driven by a massive screen size of 5.5 inches, which displays images at a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels and has the backing of HD IPS technology. The device has a decent swiping speed and runs on sensors like accelerometer and proximity sensors.
Watching videos on its big 5.5 inches HD display is extremely entertaining and Huawei B199 provides the same via video player. There is a music player too, to provide the users the best in the world of music.
Pictures and Video quality
A colossal 13 megapixels primary camera is a great addition to Huawei B199 enabling beautiful image snapping. Photography lovers would enjoy features like LED flash, geo-tagging and autofocus, which are absent from the front camera that has a 5 megapixels strength. The resolution for the front camera is 2592 by 1944 pixels and works with 3G technology for making video calls. The front camera also provides a means to take selfies.
Huawei B199 comprises of Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser in the Internet segment that in totality, deliver a decent downloading speed and a formidable web surfing speed. SNS intergration is also preinstalled in the gadget for accessing popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Internal and External Memory
Huawei B199 comes with a 16GB internal memory, which is very large and has enough capacity to fill in loads of games, images, movies and songs. If the memory does get used up completely, then the user can make use of the 32GB microSD card slot for augmenting the external memory. We are happy with the 2GB RAM, which is a real speed booster and complements the quad-core processor very well.
Applications and Gaming
Huawei B199 has a healthy appetite for providing games and apps with Android Jelly Bean 4.3 acting as its operating system. The user can download Commando, Contra, Fruit Ninja among many other games while Viber, WhatsApp and other applications can be used for interacting with friends over the web.
Huawei B199 is backed up by a 3000mAh standard lithium-ion battery that has all the capability of carving out an impressive talk time and standby time. We can expect healthy figures for multimedia and Internet usages as well.
Huawei B199 comes with a USB port that can charge the gadget and help users to exchange data with other compatible devices via USB cable. Bluetooth works wirelessly for data exchange operations where the data may include songs, games, images and videos. For web connection, there is Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. The device runs on frequencies of 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz for 3G SIM and 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz for 2G SIM respectively.
Huawei B199, when compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 3, has a smaller display of 5.5 inches for the former and 5.7 inches for the latter. Huawei B199 has an IPS HD display while Samsung Galaxy Note 3 runs on a Super AMOLED display and features a stylus pen as well, which is missing in Huawei B199. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has support for 4G technology while the same is not true for Huawei B199. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Huawei B199 have an identical primary camera backed by 13 megapixels each but the secondary camera is stronger with the latter offering 5 megapixels as compared to the 2 megapixels secondary camera of the former.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has Android KitKat 4.4.2 as its software platform, far more updated than the Android 4.3 operating system of Huawei B199. Huawei B199 has 2GB of RAM as compared to 3GB RAM for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 while the microSD card slot potential is also more with the latter by offering 64GB capacity, which is double of the 32GB capacity in the former. The internal memory versions of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB while Huawei B199 has an internal memory of 16GB. The processor for Huawei B199 is quad-core while Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has two quad-core processors. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 runs on a 3200mAh standard lithium-ion battery, slightly edging out the 3000mAh standard lithium-ion battery of Huawei B199.