Verge Review: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

In 2018 the world of smartphones has changed; Apple no longer became the go-to device and the Android fans were no longer ‘controversial and alternative’. With Google, HTC and the relatively unknown Huawei blowing the iPhone out of the water, the smartphone crown is now truly up for grabs.

I personally have been an apple user since the 3GS, I have a iMac, a MacBook Pro and I am an unapologetic Apple fan. However recently some things (such as the consistent changing of charging ports) have given me wondering eyes and thinking if there is anything better out there. So when I was lucky enough to be given the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and I took the leap and completely made the move – I even resorted factory settings on my iPhone – I wanted to ensure I did this properly.

Bear in mind this is not a tech review so please don’t expect stats and facts! This is simply about how a completely normal, every-day user like me has experienced the Huawei Mate 20 Pro over the past 2 months.

The actual move wasn’t as painful as I expected, as I have heard painful stories about moving between Apple and Android and once I downloaded all of my apps and got everything synced through Google Drive, it was just a matter of getting accustomed to the phone.

Look
The Mate 20 Pro looks and feels expensive, it has a good weight without being weighty and its wrap-around screen with super thin boarders maximises the high definition quality.

Camera
This is by far the biggest difference from my iPhone, the camera quality is honestly insane! Even taking quick shots on the go can look like you used a Canon. You can shoot with up to 40 megapixels but the standard 10 megapixels is more than enough for normal photos. With its three lenses it also has amazing zoom and focus settings which really make your photos look truly professional. You also have to try the night mode; even in really dim light, the Mate 20 Pro can somehow produce light out of thin air and still create great pictures.

Battery
Along with the camera, this has been this biggest change for me; I no longer need to carry my charger around with me all day and I can stop automatically scanning any room I enter for a plug socket! After charging my phone at night, I am pretty much on my phone all day and by the time I get home I have between 20-40% battery left. They also offer a super-charger which can give you a 70% charge in 3o minutes if you do get caught short.

General use
There are, of course, some shortcuts and gestures which you have to learn and become accustomed with when moving from Apple to Android but I picked these up pretty quickly. Without a home button you have to get used to swiping and you can’t shake to undo which I found I missed the most. In contrast the facial recognition is very useful if you have your hands full and it works really fast.

In summary, I haven’t looked back and I really recommend that if you thinking of making the move too, then choose the Mate 20 Pro – the camera will make you look like a professional and the battery life really does make a huge difference. Now I have just waiting for them to launch a computer…