I’ve been hearing about Huawei phones for years. I knew the cameras in their phones were supposed to be unrivaled, but I’d never tried one out for myself. Normally I’m 100% team Samsung. I’ve had a Samsung phone for at least 8 years. Recently I was given the Huawei P20 Pro Twilight Edition to test out. So what did I think? Have I been converted? Well, you’ll have to read the article to find out…….or just scroll to the end, but I’m hoping you read it all.
Testing The Huawei P20 Pro Twilight
Afternoon Tea at the Iveagh Garden Hotel
To celebrate the Twilight edition of the Huawei P20 Pro I was invited, along with several other bloggers/journalists, to afternoon tea at the Iveagh Garden Hotel in Dublin. The Twilight edition has a beautiful shiny back cover going from blue to purple. It’s very similar to the Northern Lights or, well, Twilight.
The afternoon teas was held in Elle’s Bar and Bistro in the Iveagh. They had incorporate the Twilight themed into our afternoon tea; the cream for the scones had been dyed blue. There was plenty of bubbly and gin being served. It’s a miracle no one dropped a phone to be honest. The afternoon tea gave us great opportunities to practice photographing food and drink.
It wasn’t just afternoon tea, we also got the chance to make flower crowns. It’s actually harder than you might think, but we got the hang of it after a little while. Then it was time to practice taking portraits as we all looked like forest pixies with our flower crowns.
About the Huawei P20 Pro Twilight
The only different between the Twilight edition and the others is the colour of the phone, which, on a shallow level, makes all the difference. I mean, it’s just damn pretty. The phone itself is thin, lightweight and feels good in the hand.
The Huawei P20 Pro has an impressive set of specs. For me the most important thing is the camera; gotta get those Instaworthy photos. The P20 Pro has a tri-lens camera on the rear – 40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture). If that all looks too technical it basically just means that it picks up details and colour better and it much better for zooming. The lenses are made by world famous camera brand, Leica which is why the P20 Pro camera has gained such a fanbase.
The front camera is a 24MP single lens. It does tend to beautify you a bit even when the Beauty Mode is set to zero. This can be a good and a bad thing depending on what you’re looking for. Using the camera and its various modes is incredibly intuitive. You swipe left and right to change mode and tap various icons along the top or bottom to alter settings in each mode. My favourite mode is Night Mode. It is absolutely incredible for low light situations.
I also LOVE how the quality of the photo is only minimally reduced by the zoom, even when using the X5 zoom. You can see a few examples below. When you’re shooting in the normal Photo Mode the camera will automatically pick up on what sort of scene you’re taking photos of and focus on it, whether it’s food, greenery, blue sky, flowers or portrait. There’s also a Light Painting Mode which helps to capture things like silky water, light paintings and moving traffic. However, a tripod is needed for this mode and I have yet to test it out properly so I can’t show you a personal example.
There are some great inbuilt editing options, the stand out one being Splash which allows you to select a splash of colour in the photo and turn the rest monochrome. You can also whiten your teeth and edit other beauty things such as skin tone and eye sparkle. It’s like an inbuilt Snapseed, plus or minus a few functions.
No doubt I’ll be taking plenty of photos in the future and with 128GB of memory I’m unlikely to run out of space any time soon. And not only that but the battery is one of the biggest on the market at 4,000 mAh meaning a single charge can last for days (depending on usage). I’ve had it on flight mode in my bag for a week, just using it to take photos and it still has 50% battery. Not that charging it would be much of an inconvenience considering it can charge to 70% in 30 minutes.
So I think it’s safe to say I’m in love with the camera on the Huawei P20 Pro. It’s absolutely perfect for what I do. I’m excited to see what Huawei comes up with next. Price-wise you can get the Huawei P20 Pro Twilight for around €600 (on offer) at Three but prices go up to €800 so make sure to shop around for a bargain.
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