Day: January 28, 2020

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: Sublime camera, disastrous software

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Huawei started 2019 strong with the excellent P30 Pro phone, but things went downhill from there. Due to concerns that its equipment could be used to spy on the US and other companies, the Chinese tech giant has been banned from using technology from US companies. As a result, it can’t license Google Mobile Services. The Mate 30 Pro, its latest flagship, has no Google Play Store, and no apps like Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube.

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It has the striking appearance of a futuristic slab of aluminum and glass, but I knew I was in for a rough ride just moments after booting up the Mate 30 Pro. Entering the AppGallery, Huawei’s version of the Google Play Store, I was encouraged to download some of its most popular apps: Weibo, WeChat, and the China Drama Channel. It quickly became clear that Huawei doesn’t have much to offer its non-Chinese customers.

One question has enshrouded the Mate 30 Pro since Huawei’s tech ban: Can Huawei, a huge, powerful company with deep resources, find a way to neutralize the loss of Google?

The answer, unfortunately, is no.

The Mate 30 Pro is an exceptional piece of hardware. Its quad-camera setup shoots outstanding photos (sometimes better than the iPhone 11 Pro) a dazzling 6.53-inch waterfall display is the centerpiece of inspired design, and its 4,500-mAh battery goes and goes and goes. But the fiasco that is Android without full Google support makes it impossible to recommend.

Even more galling is the Mate 30 Pro’s price. The phone starts at AU$1,599 in Australia, which converts to $1,100 or £830. (No availability has been announced for either the US or UK.) Yes, it’s a premium phone and premium parts ain’t cheap. But as a proposition to you, the buyer, that much money for a partially functioning phone is preposterous.

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Huawei tries Android without all of Google

Since Android 10 itself is open-source, the Mate 30 Pro still runs Google’s most recent operating system fine. But since Google Mobile Services requires a license, Huawei has no access to the Google Play Store or any of Google’s apps.

Instead, you’ll use Huawei’s AppGallery, which the company says has over 45,000 apps. That sounds like a lot, but I could count the useful apps in the AppGallery on one hand.

There’s no Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Netflix, Disney Plus or Reddit. You won’t find Google apps, like Gmail, Maps or YouTube. (You can log into Gmail through Huawei’s native email app, though.) Even if you do install Google apps by downloading their APKs — the Android equivalent of Windows’ .exe files — they won’t work without authentication from Google Mobile Services. Uber doesn’t work either since the ride-sharing app runs Google Maps. Losing Google’s suite of apps is devastating; losing almost every useful app in the Google Play Store is debilitating.

Of all the apps I download onto every new phone, only one was available: Spotify. When I tried to find Spotify in the AppGallery a week later, however, it appeared to have been pulled. TikTok (which is owned by Chinese company Bytedance) was available at first, then disappeared and then appeared again.

To get around the software obstructions I downloaded APKs from assorted websites. It was a dodgy process and worked inconsistently. Some apps ran fine, others crashed after a few moments and others still didn’t work at all.

It was a total mess.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s camera credentials

If Huawei phones have been known for one thing, it’s cameras. Huawei beat competitors to the punch with dual-lens cameras (P9), a dedicated Night Mode (P20 Pro) and 5x optical zoom (P30 Pro). Photography is undoubtedly the Mate 30 Pro’s greatest strength.

The phone has a fantastic quad-camera setup. The main shooter has 40 megapixels. Then there’s an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, which has a 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom; a 40-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens; and there’s a 3D “time-of-flight” sensor that helps with depth perception.

The Mate 30 Pro has less zoom capability than Huawei’s current flagship the P30 Pro ( $1099.99 at gearbest), which has 5x optical and 50x digital. But it has a bigger, better ultrawide-angle sensor over the P30 Pro. This is a worthwhile trade because I find ultrawide-angle capability much more useful than better zoom functionality.

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Photography isn’t perfect. Thanks to heavy software processing, skin can look artificially brushed in Portrait shots. This processing also makes Night Mode superfluous: Low-light shots capture an impressive amount of light and toggling on Night Mode often results in overkill. I didn’t have the option to shoot a dark photo even when I wanted to because the scene is brightened with software by default.

But despite these issues, the Mate 30 Pro has one of the best camera setups on any Android phone. Photos generally look spectacular, with rich color and crisp detail.

And Huawei packed in another innovative trick, but this time for the video camera. The Mate 30 Pro features stupefying slow-motion capabilities. There are four options: 4x, 8x, 32x, 64x and an astonishing 256x. That 256x option uses AI software to slow things down to 7,680 frames per second.

Slow-motion cameras need more light, so you’ll need a reasonably bright environment to take advantage of ultra-slow-mo. And since 256x slow motion makes 25 seconds out of one-tenth of a second, you’ll need good timing to shoot the split second you want in slow-mo. But I found the feature super fun to play around with. It makes something as little as a water splash look spectacular.

Good parts, bad phone

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In regards to hardware, the Mate 30 Pro is luxurious in every aspect.

Its 6.53-inch, the 2,400×1,176x-pixel screen is beautiful, bright and crisp. Its OLED screen is a waterfall display, meaning it wraps around the side of the phone all the way to the aluminum back. Videos and browsing were a joy, and the glass body felt more luxe to hold than aluminum. The downside is that there are no volume buttons, so I had to tap the side of the display to activate an on-screen volume slider instead. This generally works OK but makes quick volume changes more cumbersome than they need be.

Powered by Huawei’s own Kirin 990 processor and 8GB of RAM, the Android heavyweight felt silky smooth to use. But where the Mate 30 Pro really shines is battery life. Running it through CNET’s battery test — turning the phone on Airplane mode and looping an HD video — it lasted 24 hours, 12 minutes. That’s crazy.

I wish I could say that the Kirin 990 CPU also scored well on Geekbench 5, a benchmark we run to test a processor’s efficiency. Saying it performed well would be a safe bet but, after downloading the APK for Geekbench 5 from four different sites, the app never worked. I could try searching for more Geekbench APKs, but I think this anecdote is an apt encapsulation of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

It’s a beautiful device with powerful parts and a sublime camera. But its software situation is a disaster. Don’t buy this phone.

Originally published Dec. 17.
Update, Dec. 28: Adds video review, comparison to iPhone 11 Pro camera.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Main Features:

  • 6.53 inch OLED full screen for a broader visual experience
  • New generation Kirin 990 chip, 7nm process technology, innovative CPU size core architecture
  • In-screen fingerprints, the operation is faster and safer
  • 40.0MP super wide-angle rear Leica 4 cameras to better record life
  • Built-in 4500mAh large battery, with AI intelligent power-saving technology, deep cooperation between software and hardware, together create a long battery life
  • Front attitude sensor, AI space control, detection of gap gestures, AI screen, intelligent determination of face direction, giving you a comfortable viewing experience


  1. Brand: HUAWEI
  2. Model Number: Mate 30 Pro
  3. Language: Simplified Chinese, Hong Kong Traditional Chinese, Taiwanese Traditional Chinese, American English, British English, European Spanish, European Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Serbian (Latin), Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Arabic, Persian, Dutch, Thai, Malay, Catalan, Hindi, Burmese, Korean, Heber Inscriptions, Galician, Basque, Georgian, Azeri, Uzbek, Khmer, Sinhalese, Urdu, Tibetan, Belarusian, Kazakh (Cyrillic), Bangladesh Language, Lao, Filipino, Javanese, Nepali, Swahili, Maori, Amharic Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assam, Methili, Mongolian (Cyrillic)
  4. OS: EMUI10.0
  5. Service Provider: Unlocked
  6. SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  7. SIM Card Type: Dual Nano SIM
  8. Type: 4G Phablet


  • CPU: Kirin 990
  • Cores: Octa-Core
  • External Memory: 256GB NM Card (not include)
  • GPU: Mali G76


  • WIFI: 2.4G/5G WiFi,802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless internet
  • Wireless Connectivity: A-GPS,Bluetooth,GPS,NFC


  • Screen size: 6.53 in
  • Screen type: Capacitive, Multi-Touch, OLED


  • Back-camera: 40.0MP ( f/1.8 ) + 40.0MP ultra-sensitive camera ( f/1.6, support OIS ) + 8.0MP telephoto camera ( f/2.4, support OIS ) + 3D deeply camera with auto-focus
  • Camera Feature: ultra-high-speed photography, ultra-high-definition, time-lapse photography, super wide-angle, large aperture blur, double King video, super night, portrait mode, professional mode, slow motion, panorama mode, black and white art, streamer shutter, HDR, intelligent filter mirror, watermarks, document correction, AI photographer, dynamic photo, 4D predictive tracking AF, smile capture, voice-activated camera, regular camera, shooting
  • Camera type: Four Rear Caremas and One Front Camera
  • Flashlight: Yes
  • Front camera: 32.0MP, f/2.0

Other Features

  • Additional Features: Alarm,Bluetooth,Browser,Calculator,Calendar,Fingerprint
  • Sensor,GPS,NFC,Notification,OTG
  • Bluetooth Version: V5.1
  • Google Play Store: No
  • I/O Interface: Nano-SIM/TF Card Slot, Type-C, Type-C Audio Out Port
  • Waterproof / Water-Resistant: Yes
  • IP rating: IP68
  • OTG: Yes
  • Sensor: Ambient Light Sensor,Barometer,Camera laser focus sensor,E-Compass,Fingerprint Sensor,Gesture Sensor,Gravity Sensor,Gyroscope,Hall Sensor,Infrared Radiation,Proximity Sensor,RGB Color Revise Sensor


  • Battery Capacity (mAh): 4500mAh, fast charge: phone support 10V/4A super fast charge, is compatible with 4.5V/5A or 5V/4.5A super fast charge, is compatible 9V/2A fast charge. 27W HUAWEI phone also supports wireless charging super-fast, wireless reverse charge
  • Battery Type: Non-removable

Dimensions and Weight

  • Product weight: 0.1980 kg
  • Package Weight: 0.5590 kg
  • Product size (L x W x H): 15.81 x 7.31 x 0.88 cm / 6.22 x 2.88 x 0.35 inches
  • Package size (L x W x H): 18.00 x 10.00 x 6.00 cm / 7.09 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches

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Believe it or not, snoring affects 30 million of us in the UK. That’s 15 million snorers and 15 million more affected by snorers. More men than women snore, and men are also louder snorers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, snoring ruins relationships. A lot of them.

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In fact, research shows that 22% of those with a snoring partner have resorted to sleeping in a separate room, citing the disruption in their own sleep as the reason. If you snore, and you are lucky enough to still have a partner, they will likely have told you more than once that your snoring is a big problem for them. Even if it isn’t for you… But, if you value your relationship, you’ll want to read on.

We’ve been on the hunt for the best anti-snoring device in the UK. The criteria we set were that it had to be easily affordable, comfortable to wear, discrete in design and of course, effective. Our experts have scoured the market and come up with such a product.

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Introducing Snore Circle. It really can save your relationship. In a moment we will take a look at how Snore Circle works and why it can help you. But first, let’s take a brief look at why we snore, and some of the problems it can cause.

Why do people snore?

Snoring is caused by the vibration of tissue in the throat and nose as we breathe. People who snore often have too much tissue here which partially blocks the airway and makes it prone to vibration and the familiar sound of snoring.

What health problems are caused by snoring?

Occasional snoring is not usually a problem for your health, other than the consequences of severely upsetting your partner. However, habitual snoring is very different and can pose a serious risk to your health. One such problem is obstructive sleep apnea which can cause long interruptions of breathing, frequent interruptions of sleep, failure to reach deep sleep, the strain on the heart, headaches, obesity, and fatigue. The list goes on.

How to stop your snoring

There are many anti-snoring products available on the market and we’ve researched and tested a lot of them. Some involve chin straps, others feature mouth guards or devices to place in your nose. Many are uncomfortable or impractical to wear and actually end up disturbing your sleep even more than the snoring. But snore Circle is different. And here’s why.

What is Snore Circle

Snore Circle products detect and correct your snoring seamlessly. There are three versions of Snore Circle available, including the war piece, eye mask, and EMS device. We’ve researched and tested them and in our opinion, the earpiece is the best anti-snoring device available in the UK. It is discrete, and it has been designed to go about correcting your snoring without disturbing your sleep.

How does Snore Circle work?

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The Snore Circle earpiece detects your snoring using advanced sound recognition and bone conduction technology. Because it sits on your ear, this means as soon as you begin snoring it detects it. Then, using 54 possible levels of vibration, it gently but effectively prompts you to subconsciously adjust your breathing, stopping your snoring in the process. Whilst this detection and correction process is not unique to Snore Circle, what sets it apart from its competitors is the fact it really does work.

Some products also detect the sound of snoring but are prone to react to other noises too. Others stimulate you to correct your snoring but wake you up in the process. Snore Circle gets this balance just right. And with continued use, your body adapts to the way Snore Circle works and you naturally begin to snore less. Our resident tech expert, Steve Harper, put it to the test. And he became quite a fan of the Snore Circle earpiece.

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Set up. Set up was easy, it is charged by a standard USB cable and then connects to the snore circle app via Bluetooth. The app recognized the earpiece quickly and easily and it was good to go in no time.

Ease of use. The earpiece is simple to fit the ear, with the little silicone earpiece able to swivel to easily adapt to either ear. Once the earpiece is connected to the app you can then turn the Bluetooth off on your phone as the device records and stores your sleep data, which you can then download to the app in the morning.

App. The app is clean and looks good. Once you have downloaded the sleep data from the night before, it gives you a sleep score. The app shows which times during the night it was activated and for how long it had to work, along with its success rate at stopping the snoring. So, there’s a good degree of useful information in the app and it is clearly displayed, letting you know how you have slept the night before and exactly what happened with your snoring.

Build quality. The build quality is very good. It feels solid and very well made, which is a nice change for this sort of product. There has clearly been a great deal of work on the design and the quality of components, and it shows. The box looks good and is made of quality packaging. The design of the box and the unpacking experience gives you confidence in the product before you even begin using it.

User experience. My general user experience of the snore circle was very good. It is easy to get in the ear and after a short period of adaptation, it was comfortable to wear. Most of the time I was completely unaware of when the noise or vibration was activated and it doesn’t disturb your sleep at all. I was able to experience an uninterrupted night’s sleep, and wake up refreshed.

The Verdict…Well, Professor?


  • Detects And Corrects Snoring Without Waking You Up
  • Great Value For Money
  • Well Made


  • Can Be A Bit Uncomfortable To Wear At First

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Snoring is a big problem for many and brings misery to couples all around the globe. For this reason, we’ve spent some serious time tracking down the best anti-snoring device for you to use. The Snore Circle earpiece is that product and we feel it is great value for money. Then again, it is hard to put a value on your sleep. Or your relationship!


Q. How does snore circle work?

A. It simply monitors your breathing and bone vibrations while you sleep. … While you are sleeping, the Snore Circle is dormant and emits no sounds or vibrations until it detects snoring activity. When you start snoring it emits microsounds (tiny beeps) and vibrates slightly.

Q. What is a snore circle?

A. It looks like a Bluetooth earphone, but actually it’s not. It’s a smart snoring aid that transmits beeps and vibrations into a snorer’s ear to stop snoring when it detects it. The product is called Snore Circle manufactured by VVFly, a technology startup based in Shenzhen, China.

Q. What is the best anti-snoring device?

A. Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Breathe Right Nasal Strips for Congestion Relief. …
Best Budget: Snorepin™ Anti Snoring Aid. …
Best for the Nose: Theravent Snore Therapy. …
Best for Mouth Breathers: Anti Snoring Chin Strap. …
Best Drops: Banyan Botanicals Nasya Oil. …
Best Pillow: Bed Wedge FitPlus Premium Wedge Pillow.

Q. Does the Clipple work for snoring?

A. Made from soft, lightweight silicone, Clipple is an easy-to-use device that promises to comfortably, securely, and immediately improve nasal breathing, prevent snoring and related side effects like dry mouth, and help you sleep better.

Q. What really works for snoring?

A. “Treatment options may include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, an oral appliance from a dental specialist, or even surgery. Fortunately, effective therapy can resolve to snore and improve sleep.”

Q. Why do I snore so loud?

A. Snoring can be caused by a number of factors, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, and your weight. … This increases tissue vibration, which causes your snoring to grow louder. The following conditions can affect the airway and cause snoring: Your mouth anatomy.

Q. Do anti-snore pillows really work?

A. Yes, anti-snoring pillows do! … The main idea about how anti-snoring pillows should work is that after you place your head on it, the snoring ends. However, you must understand that anti-snoring pillows do not cure snoring. They can only reduce snoring.

Q. What to eat to stop snoring?

A. It’s well known that maintaining a healthy diet – and therefore a healthy weight – are top of the list when it comes to what you can do to combat snoring.
How to get a good night’s sleep: foods to help you stop…

  • Tea. …
  • Soy milk. …
  • Fish. …
  • Honey. …
  • Turmeric. …
  • Onions. …
  • Olive oil. …
  • Pineapple.

Q. Where do you apply essential oils for snoring?

A. If you’re looking for something natural to soothe your snoring, try some of EG’s essential oils. You’ll be amazed at how quiet your bedroom will be. Simply dilute a few drops in a carrier oil and massage into your neck and chest before bed, or use a diffuser while you sleep.

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Snore Circle Smart Anti Snoring Device

Introducing Snore Circle. It really can save your relationship. In a moment we will take a look at how Snore Circle works and why it can help you. But first, let's take a brief look at why we snore, and some of the problems it can cause.

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