Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

There are no ideal products in the world, each of them has flaws. Some can be considered serious, some specifically for you may be insignificant. In the traditional material, we understand what is wrong with the Huawei P30 Pro. This does not mean at all that some minus mentioned below will be such for you, and some things may turn out to be a plus at all, here everyone decides for himself. Our goal is to give you an all-around look at one of the flagships of 2019. But before that, I recommend reading the review of the device, if you have not already done so.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #1. Before us Huawei Mate 20 Pro with minor changes

Perhaps, the main reason that can turn P30 Pro away from those who want and are ready to buy products from Huawei is the presence of the strongest competitor in their own lineup.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Released about six months ago, the Mate 20 Pro has virtually the same characteristics:

  • Same processor;
  • Dimensions and weights are comparable;
  • Same battery, charging standards;
  • Same shell.

But there are enough differences, not all of them are in favor of the new device:

  • The P30 Pro does not have an LED event indicator, instead of a bang there is a neat cutout on the screen;
  • The screen resolution is FullHD+, and it is lower than the QHD in the Mate 20 Pro, despite the fact that the diagonal has grown;
  • In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, as a result, there are no stereo speakers when watching videos;
  • Different camera system, introduction of 5x optical zoom lens in P30 Pro;
  • In the base version, the P30 Pro has 8/256 GB, while the Mate 20 Pro has 6/128 GB.

Given that the cost of the Mate 20 Pro is on average 20 thousand rubles less (comparing the same sales channels), a small number of pluses of the P30 Pro disappear under the onslaught of a more affordable price. Huawei understands this, and therefore - an unheard of thing - they are withdrawing the Mate 20 Pro from the market, stopping its supply. The similarity and proximity of the models played a cruel joke with the P30 Pro, many choose the previous flagship, especially since the Mate series is positioned higher.

Someone may say that this is a matter of taste, but in addition to the appearance of the shell, EMUI and Huawei's approach have another disadvantage that you should know for sure.

Reason #3. Save battery power at any cost

I'm sick of this reason, but from year to year, the priority for Huawei is the operating time of their devices, as a result, extremely aggressive power saving settings are used. Smartphone software kills background processes, restricts data transfer and does it all without user intervention. This gives its result, the smartphone starts to work longer. But there are also disadvantages, for example, in instant messengers, messages begin to arrive not at the moment they are sent, but at the moment when you pick up the phone. Not scary? Maybe so, but I'm used to the fact that not only SMS come with the highest priority, I want to know exactly when someone wrote to me and something. Moreover, even using a smart watch that should instantly notify that a message has arrived, for example, in WhatsApp, I can skip it, it will arrive when the phone wakes up, this can happen in half an hour. Although in the menu the time of receiving the message will be correct.

In the second half of 2018, Huawei made some indulgence for such an aggressive application cutback, now smartphones are trained, they evaluate which of the applications you use how often for the first couple of weeks, and then stop “killing” the processes of these applications. Which instantly leads to the fact that power consumption becomes plus or minus like everyone else. This should be experienced as a natural disaster.

Unfortunately, you can add applications to the list of exceptions in the menu. It may or may not work for the first couple of weeks, this is how this function randomly works.

One of the things that doesn't get better over time and that is endlessly annoying is sending and receiving large files in the background. For example, if you download large torrents or upload videos to the cloud, the process in the background is almost always killed. Where the service does not support resume, everything starts again, and this can lead to a large amount of traffic. As a result, many people simply set a screen timeout of 10 minutes in order to have time to transfer files before the phone goes to sleep.

Reason #4. Bright but dim screen

Adaptive backlighting is set so that the screen constantly dims to a level that can hardly be called comfortable, it is dim. With manual adjustment, when the brightness level should be set according to your request, this does not always happen. For example, you are watching a movie, turn the brightness up to 80 percent, then go to the browser, and the screen clearly fades. We climb into the settings, the brightness slider is not where you left it, and somehow auto-adjust turned on. After about a week of stubborn struggle, the phone "realized" that I would not give up, and stopped turning the brightness down. This is clearly some kind of counter that is trying to reason with an irresponsible user and changes the brightness. As for me, manual adjustment involves only one scenario of work: when the user himself determines how he wants the screen to work, there is no need to decide for him, even with good intentions.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #5. Lack of stereo speakers, poor location of the speaker at the end

Huawei continues to experiment with how phone speakers work. For example, in the Mate 20 Pro, one of the speakers was placed in the USB Type C connector. An unusual location, and when watching movies, when you hold the device in your hands, your hand often covered it. In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, which makes it impossible to use it when watching movies. Only the speaker on the bottom works. The absence of stereo speakers in the flagship, when all competitors have it, is a definite minus. And the only speaker can also be covered with your hand if you watch a movie while holding your smartphone.

Reason #6. No 3.5mm jack

Gradually, all manufacturers are phasing out the 3.5 mm jack. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a USB Type C to 3.5 mm adapter, which was immediately abandoned. If you want to use your headphones, which you probably have, you will have to look for an adapter. Or use wireless headphones. In a word, it is inconvenient, but, alas, the market is moving in this direction. In 2020, almost all companies will get rid of the 3.5 mm jack, but it's good that not all products.

Reason #7. NM Card memory card - the same meaning, but 4 times more expensive

Usually, Huawei did not allow you to install memory cards at all, that is, use the amount that is in the device, period. Now a memory card has appeared, this is a new NM format, which is comparable in size to nanoSIM, is installed in the same slot. There are no speed advantages compared to microSD, but NM cards cost 4 times more for the same amount, and the maximum capacity is 256 GB, which is enough for most. The only inconvenience here is that NM cards are not sold everywhere and they are expensive. For some, this may be an incentive to look at other smartphone models.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #8. Optical zoom x5 - more is better?

Somehow imperceptibly we got used to the race of quantitative characteristics, when more automatically means better. The fact that the Huawei P30 Pro has a 5x optical zoom is very, very cool, this is the first device with this capability. And it's time to ask why I swear at https://cars45.com.gh/dEQyCdV2DxsakqC2lFYLnylI a unique opportunity when, on the contrary, you need praise the apparatus for it.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

The reason is what and how you shoot. It's one thing when you're out in nature and trying to capture animals without getting close to them, the P30 Pro is unique and unrivaled. The fact that stabilization does not always work, autofocus does not always work instantly at such a zoom, can be forgiven, anyway there are no analogues. See how great zoom works when shooting architecture.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

But if you need to shoot portraits of people, then problems begin. A five-fold zoom is not applicable for this, and intermediate values ​​​​are digital, that is, they worsen the picture. For portraits, shooting subjects with background blur, the 2x zoom is more convenient, which is standard for most models.

After the first month with the P30 Pro, talking about the zoom, I caught myself thinking that it's good to have this device as an additional one. But as the main device for shooting, it is inconvenient for me because of the lack of an optical zoom x2. A fivefold increase is not needed as often as it might seem, we are used to shooting everything up close. Perhaps it's time to retrain, but even on a large camera I rarely need a telephoto lens and only in a number of situations (stadium, photo hunting for birds and animals).

Reason #9. AlwaysOn Display

My deceived expectations are exclusively my problems, but it's been more than a year when Huawei cannot finalize the AlwaysOn Display mode to a digestible state.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

In fact, in Huawei smartphones, these are splash screens and a small number of notification icons, and even then not from all applications. The usefulness of this mode is doubtful, and there is simply no comparison with how it is implemented in Samsung smartphones. There you can put your pictures, there are various screensavers, a choice of clocks and backgrounds for every taste. In a word, customization is at a level that we do not even remotely observe here. And this is extremely frustrating, because the flagship should have maximum capabilities in every aspect.

Reason #10. The cost of the flagship from Huawei - price increase

Huawei has adopted an unkind tradition and is consistently raising prices for its flagships. Let me remind you that the Mate line is the oldest, and the Mate 20 Pro appeared at a price of 77,770 rubles. Against this background, the P30 Pro seems to be an adequate offer, it came out at 69,990 rubles. But keep in mind that the price of the Mate 20 Pro has already amounted to 57,990 rubles, and the models are similar. Such a sharp drop in the price of the flagship suggests that the demand for them is not as high as one might expect (the cost on the iPhone, Samsung lasts quite a long time, compare prices in federal retail to understand this point). An increase in the price of initial deliveries and then a marked decline is what is cream picking. Leapfrog with prices shows that the initial price offer does not correspond to the demand in the market, the price should be lower.

Small conclusions

If there was no Mate 20 Pro on the market, the perception of the P30 Pro would be completely different, but this model is there, and it is on the shelves. Therefore, the impressions of the P30 Pro are very mixed, something is exactly at the same level, something has been improved, for example, they have added more memory. Some sores are inherent in most devices from Huawei and are well known, something is specific to the P30 Pro. There are no serious problems in this device, it is a verified, interesting flagship. But what is listed may make someone think, since it can be critical for you specifically.

Traditionally, in the coming days, there will be a material about ten reasons why you should buy P30 Pro.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

There are no ideal products in the world, each of them has flaws. Some can be considered serious, some specifically for you may be insignificant. In the traditional material, we understand what is wrong with the Huawei P30 Pro. This does not mean at all that some minus mentioned below will be such for you, and some things may turn out to be a plus at all, here everyone decides for himself. Our goal is to give you an all-around look at one of the flagships of 2019. But before that, I recommend reading the review of the device, if you have not already done so.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #1. Before us Huawei Mate 20 Pro with minor changes

Perhaps, the main reason that can turn P30 Pro away from those who want and are ready to buy products from Huawei is the presence of the strongest competitor in their own lineup.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Released about six months ago, the Mate 20 Pro has virtually the same characteristics:

  • Same processor;
  • Dimensions and weights are comparable;
  • Same battery, charging standards;
  • Same shell.

But there are also enough differences, not all of them are in favor of the new device:

  • The P30 Pro does not have an LED event indicator, instead of a bang there is a neat cutout on the screen;
  • The screen resolution is FullHD+, and it is lower than the QHD in the Mate 20 Pro, despite the fact that the diagonal has grown;
  • In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, as a result, there are no stereo speakers when watching videos;
  • Different camera system, introduction of 5x optical zoom lens in P30 Pro;
  • In the base version, the P30 Pro has 8/256 GB, while the Mate 20 Pro has 6/128 GB.

Given that the cost of the Mate 20 Pro is on average 20 thousand rubles less (comparing the same sales channels), a small number of pluses of the P30 Pro disappear under the onslaught of a more affordable price. Huawei understands this, and therefore - an unheard of thing - they are withdrawing the Mate 20 Pro from the market, stopping its supply. The similarity and proximity of the models played a cruel joke with the P30 Pro, many choose the previous flagship, especially since the Mate series is positioned higher.

Reason #2. EMUI skin hiding stock Android

Each manufacturer is trying to stand out and create their own idea of ​​beauty, namely the interface for Android. In Huawei, the shell is called EMUI, and at first glance it has all the same features as competitors, and it really is.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

But using Huawei and, for example, Samsung on a daily basis, you begin to realize that the menus are rendered simpler, the animations work differently, there is no feeling of lightness, and some menu items are buried so deep, as if they were deliberately hidden. It's not a matter of habit, it's a matter of convenience that doesn't come with time. A person can get used to everything, but for me it is indicative that Roma Belykh wrote in the review of this shell: “Other notification settings. Hidden here is the “Activate the screen on notification” item. It's good that I decided to write an EMUI review because I was looking for such an opportunity. To find this opportunity, he had to write a review, and most simply did not.

Someone may say that this is a matter of taste, but in addition to the appearance of the shell, EMUI and Huawei's approach have another disadvantage that you should know for sure.

Reason #3. Save battery power at any cost

I'm sick of this reason, but from year to year, the priority for Huawei is the operating time of their devices, as a result, extremely aggressive power saving settings are used. Smartphone software kills background processes, restricts data transfer and does it all without user intervention. This gives its result, the smartphone starts to work longer. But there are also disadvantages, for example, in instant messengers, messages begin to arrive not at the moment they are sent, but at the moment when you pick up the phone. Not scary? Maybe so, but I'm used to the fact that not only SMS come with the highest priority, I want to know exactly when someone wrote to me and something. Moreover, even using a smart watch that should instantly notify that a message has arrived, for example, in WhatsApp, I can skip it, it will arrive when the phone wakes up, this can happen in half an hour. Although in the menu the time of receiving the message will be correct.

Reason #5. Lack of stereo speakers, poor location of the speaker at the end

Huawei continues to experiment with how phone speakers work. For example, in the Mate 20 Pro, one of the speakers was placed in the USB Type C connector. An unusual location, and when watching movies, when you hold the device in your hands, your hand often covered it. In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, which makes it impossible to use it when watching movies. Only the speaker on the bottom works. The absence of stereo speakers in the flagship, when all competitors have it, is a definite minus. And the only speaker can also be covered with your hand if you watch a movie while holding your smartphone.

Reason #6. No 3.5mm jack

Gradually, all manufacturers are phasing out the 3.5 mm jack. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a USB Type C to 3.5 mm adapter, which was immediately abandoned. If you want to use your headphones, which you probably have, you will have to look for an adapter. Or use wireless headphones. In a word, it is inconvenient, but, alas, the market is moving in this direction. In 2020, almost all companies will get rid of the 3.5 mm jack, but it's good that not all products.

Reason #7. NM Card memory card - the same meaning, but 4 times more expensive

Usually, Huawei did not allow you to install memory cards at all, that is, use the amount that is in the device, period. Now a memory card has appeared, this is a new NM format, which is comparable in size to nanoSIM, is installed in the same slot. There are no speed advantages compared to microSD, but NM cards cost 4 times more for the same amount, and the maximum capacity is 256 GB, which is enough for most. The only inconvenience here is that NM cards are not sold everywhere and they are expensive. For some, this may be an incentive to look at other smartphone models.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #8. Optical zoom x5 - more is better?

Somehow imperceptibly we got used to the race of quantitative characteristics, when more automatically means better. The fact that the Huawei P30 Pro has a 5x optical zoom is very, very cool, this is the first device with this capability. And it's time to ask why I swear at https://cars45.com.gh/dEQyCdV2DxsakqC2lFYLnylI a unique opportunity when, on the contrary, you need praise the apparatus for it.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

The reason is what and how you shoot. It's one thing when you're out in nature and trying to capture animals without getting close to them, the P30 Pro is unique and unrivaled. The fact that stabilization does not always work, autofocus does not always work instantly at such a zoom, can be forgiven, there are no analogues anyway. See how great zoom works when shooting architecture.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

But if you need to shoot portraits of people, then problems begin. A five-fold zoom is not applicable for this, and intermediate values ​​​​are digital, that is, they worsen the picture. For portraits, shooting subjects with background blur, the 2x zoom is more convenient, which is standard for most models.

After the first month with the P30 Pro, talking about the zoom, I caught myself thinking that it's good to have this device as an additional one. But as the main device for shooting, it is inconvenient for me because of the lack of an optical zoom x2. A fivefold increase is not needed as often as it might seem, we are used to shooting everything up close. Perhaps it's time to retrain, but even on a large camera I rarely need a telephoto lens and only in a number of situations (stadium, photo hunting for birds and animals).

Reason #9. AlwaysOn Display

My deceived expectations are exclusively my problems, but it's been more than a year when Huawei cannot finalize the AlwaysOn Display mode to a digestible state.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

In fact, in Huawei smartphones, these are splash screens and a small number of notification icons, and even then not from all applications. The usefulness of this mode is doubtful, and there is simply no comparison with how it is implemented in Samsung smartphones. There you can put your pictures, there are various screensavers, a choice of clocks and backgrounds for every taste. In a word, customization is at a level that we do not even remotely observe here. And this is extremely frustrating, because the flagship should have maximum capabilities in every aspect.

Reason #10. The cost of the flagship from Huawei - price increase

Huawei has adopted an unkind tradition and is consistently raising prices for its flagships. Let me remind you that the Mate line is the oldest, and the Mate 20 Pro appeared at a price of 77,770 rubles. Against this background, the P30 Pro seems like an adequate offer, it came out at 69,990 rubles. But keep in mind that the price of the Mate 20 Pro has already amounted to 57,990 rubles, and the models are similar. Such a sharp drop in the price of the flagship suggests that the demand for them is not as high as one might expect (the cost on the iPhone, Samsung lasts quite a long time, compare prices in federal retail to understand this point). An increase in the price of initial deliveries and then a marked decline is what is cream picking. Leapfrog with prices shows that the initial price offer does not correspond to the demand in the market, the price should be lower.

Small conclusions

If there was no Mate 20 Pro on the market, the perception of the P30 Pro would be completely different, but this model is there, and it is on the shelves. Therefore, the impressions of the P30 Pro are very mixed, something is exactly at the same level, something has been improved, for example, they have added more memory. Some sores are inherent in most devices from Huawei and are well known, something is specific to the P30 Pro. There are no serious problems in this device, it is a verified, interesting flagship. But what is listed may make someone think, since it can be critical for you specifically.

Traditionally, in the coming days, there will be a material about ten reasons why you should buy P30 Pro.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

There are no ideal products in the world, each of them has flaws. Some can be considered serious, some specifically for you may be insignificant. In the traditional material, we understand what is wrong with the Huawei P30 Pro. This does not mean at all that some minus mentioned below will be such for you, and some things may turn out to be a plus at all, here everyone decides for himself. Our goal is to give you an all-around look at one of the flagships of 2019. But before that, I recommend reading the review of the device, if you have not already done so.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #1. Before us Huawei Mate 20 Pro with minor changes

Perhaps, the main reason that can turn P30 Pro away from those who want and are ready to buy products from Huawei is the presence of the strongest competitor in their own lineup.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Released about six months ago, the Mate 20 Pro has virtually the same characteristics:

  • Same processor;
  • Dimensions and weights are comparable;
  • Same battery, charging standards;
  • Same shell.

But there are also enough differences, not all of them are in favor of the new device:

  • The P30 Pro does not have an LED event indicator, instead of a bang there is a neat cutout on the screen;
  • The screen resolution is FullHD+, and it is lower than the QHD in the Mate 20 Pro, despite the fact that the diagonal has grown;
  • In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, as a result, there are no stereo speakers when watching videos;
  • Different camera system, introduction of 5x optical zoom lens in P30 Pro;
  • In the base version, the P30 Pro has 8/256 GB, while the Mate 20 Pro has 6/128 GB.

Given that the cost of the Mate 20 Pro is on average 20 thousand rubles less (comparing the same sales channels), a small number of pluses of the P30 Pro disappear under the onslaught of a more affordable price. Huawei understands this, and therefore - an unheard of thing - they are withdrawing the Mate 20 Pro from the market, stopping its supply. The similarity and proximity of the models played a cruel joke with the P30 Pro, many choose the previous flagship, especially since the Mate series is positioned higher.

Reason #2. EMUI skin hiding stock Android

Each manufacturer is trying to stand out and create their own idea of ​​beauty, namely the interface for Android. In Huawei, the shell is called EMUI, and at first glance it has all the same features as competitors, and it really is.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

But using Huawei and, for example, Samsung on a daily basis, you begin to realize that the menus are rendered simpler, the animations work differently, there is no feeling of lightness, and some menu items are buried so deep, as if they were deliberately hidden. It's not a matter of habit, it's a matter of convenience that doesn't come with time. A person can get used to everything, but for me it is indicative that Roma Belykh wrote in the review of this shell: “Other notification settings. Hidden here is the “Activate the screen on notification” item. It's good that I decided to write an EMUI review because I was looking for such an opportunity. He had to write a review to find this opportunity, and most just didn't.

Someone may say that this is a matter of taste, but in addition to the appearance of the shell, EMUI and Huawei's approach have another disadvantage that you should know for sure.

Reason #3. Save battery power at any cost

I'm sick of this reason, but from year to year, the priority for Huawei is the operating time of their devices, as a result, extremely aggressive power saving settings are used. Smartphone software kills background processes, restricts data transfer and does it all without user intervention. This gives its result, the smartphone starts to work longer. But there are also disadvantages, for example, in instant messengers, messages begin to arrive not at the moment they are sent, but at the moment when you pick up the phone. Not scary? Maybe so, but I'm used to the fact that not only SMS come with the highest priority, I want to know exactly when someone wrote to me and something. Moreover, even using a smart watch that should instantly notify that a message has arrived, for example, in WhatsApp, I can skip it, it will arrive when the phone wakes up, this can happen in half an hour. Although in the menu the time of receiving the message will be correct.

In the second half of 2018, Huawei made some indulgence for such an aggressive application cutback, now smartphones are trained, they evaluate which of the applications you use how often for the first couple of weeks, and then stop killing the processes of these applications. Which instantly leads to the fact that power consumption becomes plus or minus like everyone else. This needs to be experienced as a natural disaster.

Unfortunately, you can add applications to the list of exceptions in the menu. It may or may not work for the first couple of weeks, this is how this function randomly works.

One of the things that doesn't get better over time and that is endlessly annoying is sending and receiving large files in the background. For example, if you download large torrents or upload videos to the cloud, the process in the background is almost always killed. Where the service does not support resume, everything starts again, and this can lead to a large amount of traffic. As a result, many people simply set a screen timeout of 10 minutes in order to have time to transfer files before the phone goes to sleep.

Reason #4. Bright but dim screen

Adaptive backlighting is set so that the screen constantly dims to a level that can hardly be called comfortable, it is dim. With manual adjustment, when the brightness level should be set according to your request, this does not always happen. For example, you are watching a movie, turn the brightness up to 80 percent, then go to the browser, and the screen clearly fades. We climb into the settings, the brightness slider is not where you left it, and somehow auto-adjust turned on. After about a week of stubborn struggle, the phone "realized" that I would not give up, and stopped turning the brightness down. This is clearly some kind of counter that is trying to reason with an irresponsible user and changes the brightness. As for me, manual adjustment involves only one scenario of work: when the user himself determines how he wants the screen to work, there is no need to decide for him, even with good intentions.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #5. Lack of stereo speakers, poor location of the speaker at the end

Huawei continues to experiment with how phone speakers work. For example, in the Mate 20 Pro, one of the speakers was placed in the USB Type C connector. An unusual location, and when watching movies, when you hold the device in your hands, your hand often covered it. In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, which makes it impossible to use it when watching movies. Only the speaker on the bottom works. The absence of stereo speakers in the flagship, when all competitors have it, is a definite minus. And the only speaker can also be covered with your hand if you watch a movie while holding your smartphone.

Reason #6. No 3.5mm jack

Gradually, all manufacturers are phasing out the 3.5 mm jack. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a USB Type C to 3.5 mm adapter, which was immediately abandoned. If you want to use your headphones, which you probably have, you will have to look for an adapter. Or use wireless headphones. In a word, it is inconvenient, but, alas, the market is moving in this direction. In 2020, almost all companies will get rid of the 3.5 mm jack, but it's good that not all products.

Reason #7. NM Card memory card - the same meaning, but 4 times more expensive

Usually, Huawei did not allow you to install memory cards at all, that is, use the amount that is in the device, period. Now a memory card has appeared, this is a new NM format, which is comparable in size to nanoSIM, is installed in the same slot. There are no speed advantages compared to microSD, but NM cards cost 4 times more for the same amount, and the maximum capacity is 256 GB, which is enough for most. The only inconvenience here is that NM cards are not sold everywhere and they are expensive. For some, this may be an incentive to look at other smartphone models.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

Reason #8. Optical zoom x5 - more is better?

Somehow imperceptibly we got used to the race of quantitative characteristics, when more automatically means better. The fact that the Huawei P30 Pro has a 5x optical zoom is very, very cool, this is the first device with this capability. And it's time to ask why I swear at https://cars45.com.gh/dEQyCdV2DxsakqC2lFYLnylI a unique opportunity when, on the contrary, you need praise the apparatus for it.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

The reason is what and how you shoot. It's one thing when you're out in nature and trying to capture animals without getting close to them, the P30 Pro is unique and unrivaled. The fact that stabilization does not always work, autofocus does not always work instantly at such a zoom, can be forgiven, there are no analogues anyway. See how great zoom works when shooting architecture.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

But if you need to shoot portraits of people, then problems begin. A five-fold zoom is not applicable for this, and intermediate values ​​​​are digital, that is, they worsen the picture. For portraits, shooting subjects with background blur, the 2x zoom is more convenient, which is standard for most models.

After the first month with the P30 Pro, talking about the zoom, I caught myself thinking that it's good to have this device as an additional one. But as the main device for shooting, it is inconvenient for me because of the lack of an optical zoom x2. A fivefold increase is not needed as often as it might seem, we are used to shooting everything up close. Perhaps it's time to retrain, but even on a large camera I rarely need a telephoto lens and only in a number of situations (stadium, photo hunting for birds and animals).

Reason #9. AlwaysOn Display

My deceived expectations are exclusively my problems, but it's been more than a year when Huawei cannot finalize the AlwaysOn Display mode to a digestible state.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

In fact, in Huawei smartphones, these are splash screens and a small number of notification icons, and even then not from all applications. The usefulness of this mode is doubtful, and there is simply no comparison with how it is implemented in Samsung smartphones. There you can put your pictures, there are various screensavers, a choice of clocks and backgrounds for every taste. In a word, customization is at a level that we do not even remotely observe here. And this is extremely frustrating, because the flagship should have maximum capabilities in every aspect.

Reason #10. The cost of the flagship from Huawei - price increase

Huawei has adopted an unkind tradition and is consistently raising prices for its flagships. Let me remind you that the Mate line is the oldest, and the Mate 20 Pro appeared at a price of 77,770 rubles. Against this background, the P30 Pro seems to be an adequate offer, it came out at 69,990 rubles. But keep in mind that the price of the Mate 20 Pro has already amounted to 57,990 rubles, and the models are similar. Such a sharp drop in the price of the flagship suggests that the demand for them is not as high as one might expect (the cost on the iPhone, Samsung lasts quite a long time, compare prices in federal retail to understand this point). An increase in the price of initial deliveries and then a marked decline is what is cream picking. Leapfrog with prices shows that the initial price offer does not correspond to the demand in the market, the price should be lower.

Small conclusions

If there was no Mate 20 Pro on the market, the perception of the P30 Pro would be completely different, but this model is there, and it is on the shelves. Therefore, the impressions of the P30 Pro are very mixed, something is exactly at the same level, something has been improved, for example, they have added more memory. Some sores are inherent in most devices from Huawei and are well known, something is specific to the P30 Pro. There are no serious problems in this device, it is a verified, interesting flagship. But what is listed may make someone think, since it can be critical for you specifically.

Traditionally, in the coming days, there will be a material about ten reasons why you should buy P30 Pro.

Ten reasons not to buy Huawei P30 Pro

There are no ideal products in the world, each of them has flaws. Some can be considered serious, some specifically for you may be insignificant. In the traditional material, we understand what is wrong with the Huawei P30 Pro. This does not mean at all that some minus mentioned below will be such for you, and some things may turn out to be a plus at all, here everyone decides for himself. Our goal is to give you an all-around look at one of the flagships of 2019. But before that, I recommend reading the review of the device, if you have not already done so.

Reason #1. Before us Huawei Mate 20 Pro with minor changes

Perhaps, the main reason that can turn P30 Pro away from those who want and are ready to buy products from Huawei is the presence of the strongest competitor in their own lineup.

Released about six months ago, the Mate 20 Pro has virtually the same characteristics:

  • Same processor;
  • Dimensions and weights are comparable;
  • Same battery, charging standards;
  • Same shell.

But there are also enough differences, not all of them are in favor of the new device:

  • The P30 Pro does not have an LED event indicator, instead of a bang there is a neat cutout on the screen;
  • The screen resolution is FullHD+, and it is lower than the QHD in the Mate 20 Pro, despite the fact that the diagonal has grown;
  • In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, as a result, there are no stereo speakers when watching videos;
  • Different camera system, introduction of 5x optical zoom lens in P30 Pro;
  • In the base version, the P30 Pro has 8/256 GB, while the Mate 20 Pro has 6/128 GB.

Given that the cost of the Mate 20 Pro is on average 20 thousand rubles less (comparing the same sales channels), a small number of pluses of the P30 Pro disappear under the onslaught of a more affordable price. Huawei understands this, and therefore - an unheard of thing - they are withdrawing the Mate 20 Pro from the market, stopping its supply. The similarity and proximity of the models played a cruel joke with the P30 Pro, many choose the previous flagship, especially since the Mate series is positioned higher.

Reason #2. EMUI skin hiding stock Android

Each manufacturer is trying to stand out and create their own idea of ​​beauty, namely the interface for Android. In Huawei, the shell is called EMUI, and at first glance it has all the same features as competitors, and it really is.

But using Huawei and, for example, Samsung on a daily basis, you begin to realize that the menus are rendered simpler, the animations work differently, there is no feeling of lightness, and some menu items are buried so deep, as if they were deliberately hidden. It's not a matter of habit, it's a matter of convenience that doesn't come with time. A person can get used to everything, but for me it is indicative that Roma Belykh wrote in the review of this shell: “Other notification settings. Hidden here is the “Activate the screen on notification” item. It's good that I decided to write an EMUI review because I was looking for such an opportunity. To find this opportunity, he had to write a review, and most simply did not.

Someone may say that this is a matter of taste, but in addition to the appearance of the shell, EMUI and Huawei's approach have another disadvantage that you should know for sure.

Reason #3. Save battery power at any cost

I'm sick of this reason, but from year to year, the priority for Huawei is the operating time of their devices, as a result, extremely aggressive power saving settings are used. Smartphone software kills background processes, restricts data transfer and does it all without user intervention. This gives its result, the smartphone starts to work longer. But there are also disadvantages, for example, in instant messengers, messages begin to arrive not at the moment they are sent, but at the moment when you pick up the phone. Not scary? Maybe so, but I'm used to the fact that not only SMS come with the highest priority, I want to know exactly when someone wrote to me and something. Moreover, even using a smart watch that should instantly notify that a message has arrived, for example, in WhatsApp, I can skip it, it will arrive when the phone wakes up, this can happen in half an hour. Although in the menu the time of receiving the message will be correct.

In the second half of 2018, Huawei made some indulgence for such an aggressive application cutback, now smartphones are trained, they evaluate which of the applications you use how often for the first couple of weeks, and then stop “killing” the processes of these applications. Which instantly leads to the fact that power consumption becomes plus or minus like everyone else. This should be experienced as a natural disaster.

Unfortunately, you can add applications to the list of exceptions in the menu. It may or may not work for the first couple of weeks, this is how this function randomly works.

One of the things that doesn't get better over time and that is endlessly annoying is sending and receiving large files in the background. For example, if you download large torrents or upload videos to the cloud, the process in the background is almost always killed. Where the service does not support resume, everything starts again, and this can lead to a large amount of traffic. As a result, many people simply set a screen timeout of 10 minutes in order to have time to transfer files before the phone goes to sleep.

Reason #4. Bright but dim screen

Adaptive backlighting is set so that the screen constantly dims to a level that can hardly be called comfortable, it is dim. With manual adjustment, when the brightness level should be set according to your request, this does not always happen. For example, you are watching a movie, turn the brightness up to 80 percent, then go to the browser, and the screen clearly fades. We climb into the settings, the brightness slider is not where you left it, and somehow auto-adjust turned on. After about a week of stubborn struggle, the phone "realized" that I would not give up, and stopped turning the brightness down. This is clearly some kind of counter that is trying to reason with an irresponsible user and changes the brightness. As for me, manual adjustment involves only one scenario of work: when the user himself determines how he wants the screen to work, there is no need to decide for him, even with good intentions.

Reason #5. Lack of stereo speakers, poor location of the speaker at the end

Huawei continues to experiment with how phone speakers work. For example, in the Mate 20 Pro, one of the speakers was placed in the USB Type C connector. An unusual location, and when watching movies, when you hold the device in your hands, your hand often covered it. In P30 Pro, the main speaker is hidden behind the screen, which makes it impossible to use it when watching movies. Only the speaker on the bottom works. The absence of stereo speakers in the flagship, when all competitors have it, is a definite minus. And the only speaker can also be covered with your hand if you watch a movie while holding your smartphone.

Reason #6. No 3.5mm jack

Gradually, all manufacturers are phasing out the 3.5 mm jack. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a USB Type C to 3.5 mm adapter, which was immediately abandoned. If you want to use your headphones, which you probably have, you will have to look for an adapter. Or use wireless headphones. In a word, it is inconvenient, but, alas, the market is moving in this direction. In 2020, almost all companies will get rid of the 3.5 mm jack, but it's good that not all products.

Reason #7. NM Card memory card - the same meaning, but 4 times more expensive

Usually, Huawei did not allow you to install memory cards at all, that is, use the amount that is in the device, period. Now a memory card has appeared, this is a new NM format, which is comparable in size to nanoSIM, is installed in the same slot. There are no speed advantages compared to microSD, but NM cards cost 4 times more for the same amount, and the maximum capacity is 256 GB, which is enough for most. The only inconvenience here is that NM cards are not sold everywhere and they are expensive. For some, this may be an incentive to look at other smartphone models.

Reason #8. Optical zoom x5 - more is better?

Somehow imperceptibly we got used to the race of quantitative characteristics, when more automatically means better. The fact that the Huawei P30 Pro has a 5x optical zoom is very, very cool, this is the first device with this capability. And it's time to ask why I swear at https://cars45.com.gh/dEQyCdV2DxsakqC2lFYLnylI a unique opportunity, when, on the contrary, you need to praise the device for it.

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The reason is what and how you shoot. It's one thing when you're out in nature and trying to capture animals without getting close to them, the P30 Pro is unique and unrivaled. The fact that stabilization does not always work, autofocus does not always work instantly at such a zoom, can be forgiven, there are no analogues anyway. See how great zoom works when shooting architecture.

But if you need to shoot portraits of people, then problems begin. A five-fold zoom is not applicable for this, and intermediate values ​​​​are digital, that is, they worsen the picture. For portraits, shooting subjects with background blur, the 2x zoom is more convenient, which is standard for most models.

After the first month with the P30 Pro, talking about the zoom, I caught myself thinking that it's good to have this device as an additional one. But as the main device for shooting, it is inconvenient for me because of the lack of an optical zoom x2. A fivefold increase is not needed as often as it might seem, we are used to shooting everything up close. Perhaps it's time to retrain, but even on a large camera I rarely need a telephoto lens and only in a number of situations (stadium, photo hunting for birds and animals).

Reason #9. AlwaysOn Display

My deceived expectations are exclusively my problems, but it's been more than a year when Huawei cannot finalize the AlwaysOn Display mode to a digestible state.

In fact, in Huawei smartphones, these are splash screens and a small number of notification icons, and even then not from all applications. The usefulness of this mode is doubtful, and there is simply no comparison with how it is implemented in Samsung smartphones. There you can put your pictures, there are various screensavers, a choice of clocks and backgrounds for every taste. In a word, customization is at a level that we do not even remotely observe here. And this is extremely frustrating, because the flagship should have maximum capabilities in every aspect.

Reason #10. The cost of the flagship from Huawei - price increase

Huawei has adopted an unkind tradition and is consistently raising prices for its flagships. Let me remind you that the Mate line is the oldest, and the Mate 20 Pro appeared at a price of 77,770 rubles. Against this background, the P30 Pro seems to be an adequate offer, it came out at 69,990 rubles. But keep in mind that the price of the Mate 20 Pro has already amounted to 57,990 rubles, and the models are similar. Such a sharp drop in the price of the flagship suggests that the demand for them is not as high as one might expect (the cost on the iPhone, Samsung lasts quite a long time, compare prices in federal retail to understand this point). An increase in the price of initial deliveries and then a marked decline is what is cream picking. Leapfrog with prices shows that the initial price offer does not correspond to the demand in the market, the price should be lower.

Small conclusions

If there was no Mate 20 Pro on the market, the perception of the P30 Pro would be completely different, but this model is there, and it is on the shelves. Therefore, the impressions of the P30 Pro are very mixed, something is exactly at the same level, something has been improved, for example, they have added more memory. Some sores are inherent in most devices from Huawei and are well known, something is specific to the P30 Pro. There are no serious problems in this device, it is a verified, interesting flagship. But what is listed may make someone think, since it can be critical for you specifically.

Traditionally, in the coming days, there will be a material about ten reasons why you should buy P30 Pro.