I tend to like TechnoBuffalo‘s reviews, but this one just made me snicker a bit. Their overall impression of the Huawei Mate 8 were incredibly positive, citing build quality, speed, and battery life as the major advantages over this phone. Their one negative: the software is crap. They went so far as to say that you should probably buy it from a store that has a good return policy, just in case you can’t handle the software “quirks.”
There has been an ongoing discussion for a while now over Apple’s software issues, but Apple’s quirks don’t even begin to approach the problems I hear Android reviewers bring up all the time in their reviews. Here’s a sampling of ultimately positive Android phone reviews from the last few months:
My colleague Mark Burstiner also ran into plenty of bugs. He tried installing a third-party launcher, but couldn’t set it as the default. He also noticed that some settings automatically revert to default each time you set them, which meshes with my own experience. We reached out to Huawei, but haven’t heard back about either of these two issues yet.
Photos also have this weird dreamy look to them, and I don’t care for it. It does have HDR support, but the software is too buggy and slow right now to justify giving it positive vibes. If part of the schtick with the Robin is its ability to back up your photos, it has to take great photos.
I wanted to tell him to do it [buy a Priv]. But I couldn’t. There are enough software bugs and slowdowns that I had to tell him to hold off and see if BlackBerry could finish the job it started here. Take those good ideas and buff off their rough edges, make the software just a little more stable. Because as a first effort at an Android phone, the Priv is remarkable, and I couldn’t wait to see what a second push would do for it.
Obviously some phones have more bugs than others, but reading through some of these really put our Apple complaints into perspective. Apple should be held to a higher standard than just about anyone else and they certainly needs to work harder on improving their software, but it doesn’t look like changing sides is going to get you a bug-free experience.