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stanlawren

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Well I couldn't wait for instructions. I happen to have a few hours to kill(almost never happens;) and just had to give it a try, going by the images from the link from wimmetje http://bbs.anzhi.com/thread-9199357-1-1.html. I did it in about 10-15 minutes all seems to be working like a charm:) love this phone:)

Moderators may want to move this thread I am getting a little off topic here regarding Owner's impressions lol.

Just a disclaimer here
please be careful when doing this I had a very easy time doing it but I can see this potentially damaging your phone please do not hold me responsible in any way for your actions regarding this. ( when inserting the Sim/SD card tray back into the phone it was quite tight I am a little concerned how difficult it might be to remove it, I am leaving it as is for a while, I don't plan on changing that particular nano SIM or SD card for anytime in the foreseen future.
Nice pictures and am genuinely considering buying this phone but one thing i can see from the pictures is that we have to choose one particular sim for calls and sms unlike on other dual sim phones i've used that gave me the freedom to use both sims for calls and sms
 

Xybirium

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Nice pictures and am genuinely considering buying this phone but one thing i can see from the pictures is that we have to choose one particular sim for calls and sms unlike on other dual sim phones i've used that gave me the freedom to use both sims for calls and sms

I'm quite sure that you have not used the phone. It is like any other dual SIM phone.

Once you press/select your number to call/sms, the SIM you want to use will appear.
 

zibbi3

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Thank you for your impression's

Im getting this phablet after reading some of the good experience people have, i'm sold. Just one thing i couldn't get a straight anwser for is does the 16GB LT09 come with NFC?

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irkan

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Deciding between Mate 7 , Sony Xperia Z3 (or Z4 if it's within 3 months) and zenfone 2, very different devices I know but for some weird reason those are on my short list for my next phone.

I am holding off until mwc, to see wither it's worth the wait for future devices or just pull the trigger now

I currently have s3 (with cm) 3 years old and still going, but it's time for an upgrade
 

hochui

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Apr 23, 2014
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Nice device , it change me impression on chinese brand. The signal is strong. The screen is good. Some review said the camera not good enough , but however as a smartphone I think the camera is not bad at all.

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vonotny

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Everybody on here seems to be pretty excited about the Mate7. I'm currently torn between it and the OnePlus One, both which seem to be fantastic devices. The decision is a difficult one to make, as both have reasons to go for.

Reasons for the Mate7:
- Much more premium looking design
- Fingerprint scanner
- Larger screen
- Much larger battery
- Expandable storage

Reasons for the OnePlus One:
- Better hardware (faster processor, more RAM)
- Better software (CyanogenMod)

It's a really tough decision, as I like both phones but can only justify buying one ;)
 

vonotny

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Do you consider price as well ?
I've seen mate 7 just for £290 on ebay..
Really worth it..
And check what is vs score btw. One plus one battery and mate7

The 16GB/2GB Mate is ridiculously cheap on eBay Germany as well, can be had below 300 €. And yes, I heard the battery life is fantastic. I'm just a little worried about a) the processor clock (1.8 GHz vs. 2.5 GHz on the OnePlus, which is a benefit for apps that don't use multi-core) and b) the software, as from what I hear the Mate does still have a couple of issues and glitches, whereas the CyanogenMod on the OnePlus seems to be a perfect match with the device.

Maybe I should get both, use each for a while and then sell the one I like less ... :confused:
 

droidbot1337

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i have been considering this device since it came out but i keep hesitating due to its lack of rom development. i honestly cant even consider buying a phone that does not offer me the choice of variety. i have tried many roms on my nexus 5 and like the feeling of being able to change when i feel like it. not having that option makes it difficult to purchase this phone no matter how epic it is. i doubt the mate 8 will be any better. if that aspect were to change i would buy this phone in a heartbeat but it seems that im going to have to keep looking for a replacement for my nexus 5 unless i somehow found this price for less than $300 which i doubt will ever happen.
 

zibbi3

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Excited about getting the phablet today, not sure if i will root instantly but probably will soon. I can´t imagine running an phable-tablet-phone without root, custom recovery, xposed modules. Things i will be installing all require su binary/busybox, I'll want viper4android, greenify, prifi and alot of xposed modules. That makes me wonder how fast will the mate 7 bootloop/softbrick? Any tips on how to optimize the battery, i.e. drain first than charge to 100% or immediatly charge?
 

hochui

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i have been considering this device since it came out but i keep hesitating due to its lack of rom development. i honestly cant even consider buying a phone that does not offer me the choice of variety. i have tried many roms on my nexus 5 and like the feeling of being able to change when i feel like it. not having that option makes it difficult to purchase this phone no matter how epic it is. i doubt the mate 8 will be any better. if that aspect were to change i would buy this phone in a heartbeat but it seems that im going to have to keep looking for a replacement for my nexus 5 unless i somehow found this price for less than $300 which i doubt will ever happen.

If rom is a concern, one plus one would a better choice.


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stanlawren

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I have had to stop the finger print unlock. It works well but bring a tradesman I get duty hands or slightly wet and it won't work and becomes a but frustrating. Very happy overall with this device though

Here's a tip for people like you who have problems using the fingerprint scanner. Trust me I had the same problem till I discovered the secret.
Oh and the fingerprint scanner works great even with sweaty, dry, wet, cold or warm hands, you name it

The trick is not to register your index finger or thumb for your prints. Those fingers are under a lot of stress especially during typing and a ton of other stuff we do with our hands. I suggest you setup your fingerprint id with any other finger except those two I mentioned and watch the magic

---------- Post added at 12:55 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:30 PM ----------

If rom is a concern, one plus one would a better choice.


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Not really. Not everyone likes cyanogen
 
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tixoo

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Using it for a week now

I recently got the phone for my self, been using all sort of phones like the S4, Note 3, Oneplus One and many others in the past years, but since i started using this phone i fell in love with it and i have not had such a great experience for a looong long time with a phone.

The phone build quality is amazing, this is maybe the top build quality i have had in like ... ever. No Iphone, HTC or anything else can surpass it for me for now.
The software has some really useful stuff (of course as all software has some bullish), i am using the calendar, i really love the integrated messaging, contacts and diler apps, i love also the clean UI and the lack of the bloatware (mostly).

Also i would like to say that the phone is really REALLY strong, i mean i dropped the phone twice already and it has 0 scratches on it having in mind that i do not use cases, and i dropped it really hard. My last 2 phones the Note 3 and the Oneplus One were dropped lightly and they had really bad damage on the corners (the fake metal corners, not sure if the OPO has fake metal but it was damaged to in the same place in the lower corners), this one on the other hand has none. Maybe I was lucky, maybe its really solid build not sure but i like it for now allot!

Also the camera is alright, its not the best i have used (coming from a nokia 808 41mp user) but its alright for everyday point and shoot stuff.

I don't really use the fingerprint scanner but i tested it and it works flawlessly, its not like on the galaxy phones, its actually flawless and its the best placement for a fingerprint. For the apple phone you have to twist your thumb on the front of the phone to use it this on the other hand has the fingerprint on the exact place where you finger lies on the back, its just perfect. But still i don't like the fingerprint function in general so i am not an expert or anything like that.
Also having in mind the thin bezels on the phone the 6 inch phone is almost identical to the 5.5 Oneplus One I had and the 5.7 None 3 I recently had. Not to mention that the Mate 7 feels lighter (maybe its not but it feels that way) than my previous plastic Oneplus One, and that's a real plus for a big phone like this for me.

One hand use is really hard as you'd expect from a 6 inch device but not impossible, you have to get use moving(sliding) your phone in your had to adjust it for your fingers (with one hand) but it works if you really want to do so, but i would not recommend that as you can easily drop it as i did haha :) The phone is obviously meant to be used with two hands, and its really really good for that.

Overall the phone is the best phone i have used, i love it, and i was surprised by Huawei with this phone, I think that any one who is planing to get a mate 7 will fall in love with this device.
 

zibbi3

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My impression after having it for 4 days now, a TLDR version.

Nothing wrong with the EMotion UI, but for my use not very practical. Tried using it 2 days without root but couldnt browse the webs without getting tons of ads, even on XDA.
Also noticed just to have a software app that makes your phone reboot or poweroff you need root. But these ad related issues are a general Android problem i believe. Phone battery is really great, the first few days were filled with installing and uninstalling apss and the battery would last me out in terms of stamina. After gettign root and installing busybox most of my xposed framework modules are working except for GravityBox. Viper4android in combination with Neutron audio player all working. No bootloops. Overal impression solid stable phone good battery life, for me it´s a keeper.


Now trying out Smart launcher2, i had to freeze the emo ui launcher to make it stick
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vonotny

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Today, I had a chance to play with both an LG G3 (which I was also considering for a new phone) and the Mate 7. The G3 left me cold, I didn't like it at all, but the Mate ... oh my, what a beautiful device. I'm pretty much sold on it now. It feels great in hand, has a beautiful exterior and I also like the EMUI design.

The OnePlus One is also still a strong contender, mainly because of its better hardware and software, but it's nowhere near as nice as the Mate. Also, I fell that 6" is the perfect screen size for me personally, while 5.5" is already a tad too small (the OPO is 5.5".)

From the threads in this forum it appears that the Mate 7 is rootable, but what about Xposed, does it work with the device? Because I can't live without root and Xposed ... ;)
 
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    Pulled the trigger.

    So I bought this phone, about a week ago, unicom compatible version mt7-tl10. I had actually gone with the mx4 because i wanted a better camera while in china, was currently using my note 3. I returned the mx4 after a day..... it was more buggy than 1.5 used to be haha. Random gcm pushes not happening, app crashing etc, freezes, and battery drains. They will probably sort it out, but I wasn't willing to wait weeks as i needed a functional daily driver so I picked it up at beijing local department store, for 3650rmb, not a bad price compared to what amazon etc are charging.

    So my first impressions of the phone, which came with the flip leather case, is that like the cliche marketing pics of the guy in the sand, it is a classy looking phone. The thin bezels are amazing, and it just feels a lot nicer in the hand than my note 3. Now On my note 3 I have a spigen case, so the flip is definitely a thinner device. Caseless it fits in my hands very well, I have large hands but by no means ogre fists and everything is very reachable. I have been partial to large devices, owning every iteration of the note, as well as the ridiculous asus fonepad lol.
    Watching reviews i was worried about the Nit* level in screen brightness, but the screen is very clear and crisp, pretty good colour reproduction, definitely not the saturated intensity of a samsung amoled screen, but very nice to watch netflix etc on. It is very responsive and has glove mode in the options so when the temperature drops a bit more I will give that feature a try.
    Battery life is insane. Note 3 is no slouch, but this has had days of 7 to 8 hours of screen on time for me, with csip calls, 8 email accounts, 3 on push, wechat, whatsapp, telegram, instagram and a bunch of other daily apps i use... was at 20% in the evening.

    Call quality has been decent although i have only used voip programs to make calls, over vpn. I will note that the wifi connectivity is much more stable than my note 3. I get better signal consistently on wifi, which is nice, as I am dependant on it for the most part for internet connectivity, data rates on a pay as go plan in beijing are murder. That said, 3g, 4g, lte all work great and i get very good signal and asu rates on this phone. I know the radio's are optimized vs my NA note 3 but its nice to have consistent signal all over the city with such spotty coverage.
    So from a hardware standpoint, this phone feels and works like a quality product, which is what I Think huawei was aiming for..

    Now from a software standpoint.. emui is nice, but it's not quite there yet. Without root and xposed modules it's even more of an issue, as there are root fixes for lots of the problems I have experienced.
    Starting with the positives, the overall experience has been fluid and smooth, I have not experienced any of the slowdowns mentioned, video playback is stutter free, memory speed seems up to par with decent load times . I do really like the huawei multi tasking implementation on this rom, as I tend to cut and paste and switch between browser and apps quite frequently. Some of the pro reviews complained about the battery consumption monitor... but I find it to be quite useful, allowing me to micro manage apps if I choose, you can always set it to ignore the app after the first warning. Now that said, you may run into issues with non default apps for things like email (i m currently trying out the boxer client). I was doing push tests as i had my note 3 to compare, on same wifi etc... and emails were not coming through... so what i found is, you have to go in and give third party apps from the google play store certain permissions, the ability to run after the screen is off, to startup when device starts up etc... its actually quite useful to have such easy controls for these things, but if you don't know about them... it created a giant headache for me trying to figure out why push wasn't coming through. I thought it was my install of google play services etc... not allowing GCM push's to arrive. nope, just battery and permission settings, once go through for one app, you can easily do it for all the apps you want. Battery life is amazing as a result, as things like yahoo weather and other apps i used to use, were just killing my battery... now on my note i have better battery stats, gsam, wakelock detector.. the whole enchilada in terms of utils for optimizing battery life because i have had problems, even resorted to watch dog combined with greenify, because the wakes that were hidden from all my utils. On my huawei, i dont have any of the tools, the permissions, battery drain detection seem to keep things in check, and google services etc isn;t draining either. I used to find on other non google play native roms, that play services would run amok with battery. So far so good.

    The most annoying issue presently is the default app selection. On some apps it works bringing up selected apps that make sense, click a picture selection in whatsapp , brings up gallery as an option. Trying to set my profile pic in another app i use, brings up an array of random useless apps that do not really have anything to do with a picture selection. Now without root or Xposed you cannot change the default apps that come up.. so i m stuck with this bug. I tried a workaround by installing a bunch of file managers to see if they could randomly pop up in the list...only es fileexplorer did and not the right option for it of a standard file browse.

    The other major thing i have experienced , and i think it just be me, or my device specifically is finger print accuracy.. now watching all the reviews it looked phenomenal... now maybe its because i have a case on, big fingers or something, but i can only get about 50% accuracy in unlocking my phone with it.. It might be a technique thing too, so I m putting the caveat there.
    The other issue, which is one of the reasons I like android over IOS, is the app drawer. Again without root, i dont think I it comes up. Reading above someone has said that they could not get an app drawer to work..I have not tried to install nova as I want to wait until rooted to use it. I find it is easy to lose track of the apps you have with a whole mess of folders stashed away... I like very open pages, with a few widgets but it is hard to have that experience if you have a lot of apps. Now you can just shove all of them into a single folder but it takes 4 to 5 actions to get to the app you want, that is too much for me. I like 3 actions at most, with nova it was app drawer, scroll, click in, worst case. Now its swipe, search for folder, click folder, swipe, to correct folder page, if you have more than 6 apps in folder. Its not the end of the world, but being used to nova style, it shouldn't have to be this way either.

    One thing about the notification bar that at first was annoying, until i had a aha moment where i realized it was much more clever than i thought. The notification pull down is actually subdivided into two hotzones. On the left is notifications when you pull down, and on the right is shortcuts to system things, like screen brightness, screenshot, data toggle etc. Now at first i thought i was just getting random selections, until i realized there are hotzones at the top for this.. Another aspect i like is the timeline esque notifications, that give you timestamps and a lot of access to actions like deleting emails, replying etc right from the notification bar as an option... saves a couple clicks so it s a nice touch.
    Now another issue I have had is widget display... certain apps do not like to play nice with the grid and end up taking way to much room, and do not adjust properly. One app in particular is network signal info pro the 1x1 widgets take up double the space, and the larger ones block off the screen. On touchwiz i have no issues lining corner to corner with these widgets, so i know its emui in this case.

    Overall I find this phone to be a good experience, as I mainly use email and webbrowsing for work, the mega screen on time, and large viewing space make this a pleasant experience. Everyone uses their device differently so I can't say if its a good fit for me... but vs my note three, one the few niggles get ironed out with updates It will remain my daily device for the forseeable future... and for the price vs the note4 or edge...(although the cool factor of the edge is hard to resist) the battery life and screen size are hard to pass up... granted note 4 has higher res..but that just kills battery life, and the ppi is good enough for my purposes, i dont really notice the difference unless i look really closely..but if you have a six inch phone, that is the beauty, you dont have to face hug it to see things.

    As for other comparitives, i played around with all the other devices listed... the lenovo Z2 pro.. while having an amazing screen and battery as well, and a ridiculously good camera comparitively, the software experience just wasnt there yet, and having used a k900 before, i wasn't optimistic that lenovo's software team is there yet... by next year they will be a major player i m sure, but it will take 6 to 8 months before that new resource and developer allocation makes a dent in user experience. As i said the mx4 was one of the worst software experiences i have had, now, to be fair it was not and international version, so maybe that one plays nice with google services...but mine certainly didnt. Looked at xiaomi... the mi4 is just too small for me, and battery life is a bit suspect, although miui is polished and updated frequently, it feels like all my data is being downloaded to the central servers.. haha, huawei may not be much better, but from my network tests watching wifi traffic, there isn't to many suspicious calls home. ZTE again, software was a bit laggy, same with their luxury brand, nubia... the oneplus and find7 were here, but oppo s marketing strategy lost me.. and comparitively they just dont look as nice as the huawei does... Now its funny because in china huawei has a bad rep as a cheapo garbage phone, with iphone, samsung, sony and xiaomi taking the prestige roles.. but this device has got some looks and questions as to what it is.. and wow really, a huawei lol.

    Hope this is useful in decision making..

    cheers.
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    Hi I am not even sure why it is that I am putting my 2 cents in here, but I bought both the Gold TL10 and the Black TL00. Let's just say I am a bit of a collector owned pretty much every flagship minus the GN4. The Black one is going to my son and I am keeping the gold TL10.

    I just have to tell you this phone is stunning, the best looking piece of electronics I have ever held.
    The gold is far from flashy it just looks unique and precious and an absolute stunner. I need the 3/32G I am a very heavy user. The battery is like no other phone I have ever used, nothing has ever gotten me through a day and this is always still running 20% + by bed time. I need security with this device and value my privacy, the finger print scanner has been flawless for me so far I am blown away with its effective yet powerful simplicity. The power and speed are all there, the dual SIM card is a life saver I may soon just be able to run around carrying only my precious AM7.

    It has taken some getting used to, getting through some of the security and battery management software I'm so used to Samsung software using pretty much all the Samsungs for my daily driver the past 3 years.( I am always running 2 phones one Samy and another maker) , but now that I am getting the hang of of the AM7, I feel in much more in control of the phone than any stock device I have ever owned. My only disappointments so far are having to sacrifice my SD card for the second SIM, and while the look makes up for it, I am a little unsure of it in my hands as the surface is a bit slippery. I am expecting the phone to only to get better and better with further updates as it did with the last, and for the first time in a long time I’m going to hold off a month or 2 before I root this thing when updates to the device slow down and some great ROMS start being developed here(I know the chinese forums are already pounding out he development. For now stock for the first time is keeping me satisfied and away from my tinkering.
    Obviously this all comes with a price and of course frequency band issues are a stopper, until we get some ROMS and modems going in this forum, but just had to get it off my chest reading some of the naysayers here, I personally am over the top with this device. And to prefer it in any other color than the gold is not having held it in your hands. In under a week I could have sold this a dozen times to my acquaintances but that’s not going to happen this phone isn’t going anywhere.

    the latest MT7-T10 B120SP03_120SP07 update just hit OTA updating now 35.5MB
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    Those who already have the device, post your impression / comments.

    I own the TL10 version. It's been a few days in my hands. I can confirm that LTE works in Singapore, Malaysia (just came back from there) and Japan (I remember reading somewhere that it's compatible with most European and Asian networks).

    I decided to get the phone because I'm too worried about Note 4 battery life, Xperia Z3 being too small, unable to get the latest Pantech phones (A910 & A920) due to their recent bankruptcy which scared off my usual supplier and also the unavailability of Vibe Z2 Pro at the time. Those were the other phones I had considered before settling with Mate 7.

    I'm pleased by its slim bezels and thinness. Impressed by its battery life, currently low battery after I pulled off the charger almost 48 hours ago, used it to call and text people, find my way to the airport using Google navigation, listened to music in flight, layover in Hong Kong, another flight to Tokyo, 2 hours transiting in Tokyo subways, then used it for browsing while I rested this whole day. Simply superb.

    Issues I've noticed so far:
    Unable to change launcher (can't remove Huawei launcher from default)
    Navigation bar sometimes freezes, doesn't response, had to hide it and showed it again to make it work (hopefully just firmware issue).
    Haven't found easy way to root it.


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    I'm currently learning chinese but I admit I can't understand by myself a root process. Anyway, I can follow a step by step guide. I found two differents ways to root on Baidu but in both, the comments suggest that it doesn't work, so I haven't tried :(

    I unlocked successfully the bootloader. If you can share any link that can help me to root it, I'll be eternally grateful to you :)

    We are glad to do this for you.

    In two days, we will post a detailed instruction for rooting the AM7, for xda community members.
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    ^ didn't wanted to quote the whole post so .. I think this is the first comment review or whatever u may call it, that I read completely and thoroughly . thanks for your thoughts sir. I can't wait for mine to be delivered. :)

    No problem, just wanted to get it all down so people know what they re in for. I am fortunate in that i have a pretty lax expenditure account in terms of tech upgrades, so if I make a bad choice on a phone, i only have a to put up with it for a few months. But most have to survive at least a year with their device, and I find on a stressful day its the little things, like an email app crashing, or keyboard not responding lol that make the difference between a good and bad day.

    I will add that if you don't read pinyin (i dont) you may have to do some guess and test exploration with the themes etc.. the keyboard is their own version or licensed not sure which, of swype that comes with some very asian themes to choose from the store. The theme store is in pinyin for phone themes but its pretty straight forward to figure out, by seeing the pictures and applying them.
    I cant stress how much i love the battery life, it might be an ocd issue for me haha, but i always worry about phone dying. I have the Xiaomi 10000mah battery and the anker 12000 mah battery, but i dont need to pocket them anymore... so far today 96% battery with 45 mins of screen time (all my morning emails) and an ZRTP voip call (encryption usually works battery harder) for 30mins... pretty happy about that.
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