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Huawei Nova – New Smartphone in Test

At the IFA 2016 in Berlin, Huawei presented the Nova. The mid-class smartphone is intended to offer a very good equipment at a moderate price, which would be expected in the upper class. The basic data: a 5 inch full-HD display, a high-quality metal body, Octa-Core processor, 3GB RAM and 12 megapixel camera with 4K video recording. The Huawei Nova is also one of the medium size phones in current Android smartphones and would like to appeal especially to users; many other current devices are too large.


Smart and high quality


The Huawei Nova is delivered in a smart cardboard box. The foil, in which the nova is wrapped up, gives some initial information about setting up and using the SIM card format. In addition to the smartphone, you will also find a power supply unit with USB connection (output: 5V / 2A) as well as a USB Type C cable, which can be used both for charging and data transmission. A simple stereo headset is also included.




When I first had the Huawei nova in my hand, I was directly taken by the handy and high-quality case. The device consists largely of metal and is rounded to the sides. The display glass is also very rounded ("2.5D glass") and is therefore not only chic, but also beautiful to touch. Maybe the nova with its 5 inch display is a little too small for some users, but for most users, it would be a good compromise of display size and handiness. A small detail is the nova often noticed: the power button is the only button on the edge with a thin red strip, which looks very beautiful according to the angle of view.




Highlight: the display!

Besides the successful design, the display is the absolute highlight for me at Huawei Nova. It is a 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The representation is extremely sharp and the colors are very lively. Due to the slight rounding to the edge and by the very good luminosity, the display sometimes appears as printed. By comparison with expensive high-end smartphones like the Apple iPhone 6s, Huawei Nova is still very compatitive!   Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core processor and 3GB memory, the operation is very smooth and fast - just as you would imagine. The nova is still based on Android 6, but an update to Android 7 will probably follow soon. I like the EMUI user interface very much personally, because it offers significantly more functions in contrast to the "pure" Android and comes without App Drawer, ie the individual app icons are stored on the start screens.




The unlocking of the display is secure and reliable thanks to the fingerprint sensor attached to the back. Now, of course, you can argue about whether a fingerprint sensor should be positioned on the front or on the back of a smartphone, but I personally find the sensor with the Nova on the back useful and practical.  


Basically, I was very satisfied with the software on the Huawei Nova as I said, a negative point I have found in the Huawei EMUI 4.1 UX however: contacts cannot be filtered so that only contacts with telephone number are represented. So I have some contacts in my Google Account, which are stored only with e-mail address, which I would not listed in my Smartphone telephone book. Other smartphones - including older Huawei smartphones - offer this filter option, here Huawei should update to fix it.





Good camera with 4K video recording

The two cameras of the Huawei nova are widely advertised and are to score with a good picture quality as well as a large range of functions.   The rear-view camera offers a resolution of 12 megapixels in a 4: 3 aspect ratio, and it does not stand out from the case, but fits seamlessly into the glass cover, which also incorporates an LED flash and the NFC antenna. Compared to other current mid-class smartphones, the picture quality can really be seen, not only in sufficient (daylight) light, but also in darker environments. The images are sharp and colors are displayed naturally. If you want to get more out of the camera, you just have to leave the automatic mode and then you can make various settings in professional mode. This includes, for example, the ISO value or the trip time. With a tripod you can for example also easily realize long-term exposures. The operation of the camera software is basically very simple and uncomplicated and in addition to the professional mode, there are many other functions, such as for panoramic, HDR or slow motion shooting.




The following photos were taken with the back camera of Huawei Nova. Clicking on the picture opens the original photo. Tip: best open in a new browser tab!




The Huawei nova together with the sister device nova Plus is the first Huawei smartphone, which can record video in 4K UHD resolution. Up to now, Huawei devices could record a maximum of 1080p (Full HD). However, you have to configure this in the settings, because the device is only set to 720p HD.




The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels in the 4: 3 aspect ratios and is very good for selfsies. The picture quality is good and the software gives you various possibilities to influence "your own appearance". For example, you can use a slider in 10 steps to adjust how much the image should be "after-treated". The higher grades seem to me very artificial. What I do not like is that both the frontcam and the rear camera are the 4: 3 image format of the sensors. Rather, the images are viewed directly on the smartphone display (16: 9 format), the PC screen (16: 9) or the TV (also 16: 9), but you have a black bar every time. Sure, you can adjust the image format manually in the settings, but then the full resolution of the sensor is not used and you have a smaller image section available.  

LTE Cat7 with 300 MBit/s

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset in the Huawei nova is a so-called SoC (system on a chip). In addition to the processor, further chipsets such as the modem are integrated. The modem is a Qualcomm Snapdragon X9, which supports not only GSM and UMTS with up to 42.2 Mbps but also LTE of category 7. With a suitable tariff, up to 300 MBit/s can be reached in the downlink, uplink theoretically up to 150 MBit/s are possible. The high LTE speed is made possible by the carrier aggregation technology, also known as channel bundling. This channel bundle can even be switched off in the settings of the Huawei nova - but there is no reason for the shutdown possibility.  




The reception in my test was perfect, especially in the LTE network around 1800 megahertz, which is extensively developed. The Huawei nova is also available in a dual SIM version. Network operators and service providers, on the other hand, offer the single SIM version, which has also been used for this test. In the case of the dual SIM version, you have to decide between the use with two Nano SIM cards and the use of a MicroSD memory card, because memory card and second Nano SIM use the same slot. Also note: only one of the two SIM cards can be used with UMTS and LTE, the other card is limited to 2G/GSM.    


The voice quality in the telephone was perfect, both directly at the ear as well as over the integrated loudspeaker. The loudspeaker is also good for music playback, it provides a loud and clear sound, without overstepping.  




Of course, the Huawei nova also supports WLAN, but unfortunately only in the frequency range by 2.4 gigahertz. In the meantime, the support for dual-band WLAN in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency range along with the current radio standard 802.11 ac would have been the case here for a high-level smartphone.

Battery pack

The battery in my test with normal to strong use always lasts a whole day, often even a little longer. For a full two days of use, it will be a bit tight, but for most users, the smartphone comes anyway every night, so the Huawei nova with its 3020 mAh capacity is definitely well equipped!  By the way, the USB type C plug eliminates the usual trouble with the connection, since the plug can be plugged in both directions, which one very fast to appreciate.  


Huawei Nova could become a huge success for Huawei since compact smartphones are in high demand and the choice of such devices is manageable. The nova is perfectly processed, is very good in the hand and offers a very good price-performance ratio. In particular, the display and the camera are convincing and could be installed in a more expensive premium-class smartphone. It’s a pity that Huawei nova doesn’t support for WLAN in the 5 GHz frequency range and WLAN ac radio standard. Sometimes you may want the camera a slightly faster release time. At least the latter can might be improved through a firmware update in the future.  


Actually, there is another mobile smartphone from huawei at the same level to Huawei nova: Honor 8. This provides even a little better equipment, however, is also slightly larger and has a glass back, so is more vulnerable to falls. If you want to know more Huawei new smartphones, welcome to check here:  


Netgear Aircard 785s 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

With the Netgear AC785S 4G mobile LTE hotspot, you can connect up to 15 devices with the LTE network via Wi-Fi everywhere. The configuration has been kept as simple as possible and a color display is always showing the current status of the network, the data consumed etc.




Netgear aircard 785s Main Technical Specifications:

  • 150Mbit/s download speed on cat.4
  • Support LTE/4G/3G/HSPA+/2G multi-mode networks
  • Dual-band WLAN 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, 2 × 2 MIMO
  • Multiple SSID/guest WLAN support
  • Support up to 15 wireless terminals
  • LCD color display
  • WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)
  • 5cm color LCD
  • Removable Li-Ion battery (2000 mAh)
  • Dimensions: 109.9 mm (L) x 68.9 mm (W) x 14.6 mm (H)
  • Weight: 127 g






The Netgear aircard 785s is very simple. You just need remove the battery cover behind and inserted the SIM card under the battery. Subsequently, the Aircard 785s mobile router is turned on and after a short boot process; the most important details are showed already on the color display. Here we find information about the battery level, network signal strength, the used data and also the Wireless Passkey, allowing us to connect our devices to the Netgear hotspot.  




Once connected to the WiFi, users can log in the admin setting page through browsers. The AC785 can provide a guest network on request, so that any stranger did not have to be directly connected to the private network. The little device provides dual-band Wi-Fi for a maximum range and sends thus on 2.4 and 5 GHz.   I would naturally also insert a few screenshots, where you can see the nice interface. But if you want to do some settings, an administrator password is necessary. (Password). Once logged onto the network of AirCard, enter the admin, password and you will have the settings are listed pretty.  




Apart the settings of the mobile hotspot from the browser, some basic settings can also be made easily via the mobile phone using the NETGEAR AirCard app.


Netgear Aircard 785s HOTSPOT


If you have a docking station for the aircard 785s, the aircard 785s could have LAN ports and antenna port, where user can connect an external MIMO antenna. On the hotspot located behind two flaps for the connections for the external antenna and the microUSB connector for use on the docking station.




The battery of Aircard 785s could work for 10 hours on a single charge according to the manufacturer. I personally don’t think the battery is enough in most cases, there are many 4G mobile hotspots from other vendors with large battery capacity, which can also charge other devices. The Huawei E5770, Huawei E5771 and ZTE MF903 are the typical models with large power so that they can work like a mobile power bank.


Netgear Aircard 785s (2)




In summary, we have to say that the Netgear Aircard 785s is not one of the cheapest, but it comes with some special features. Firstly LTE is supported on Cat4 with peak download speed to 150mbps. Secondly, multiple devices could connect to it for internet access. And the features of aircard 785s could meet all our requirements from the mobile router. The pity is the decent battery of netgear 785s.   Actually, there are many more new 4G mobile hotspots from Netgear, such as Aircard 810s (LTE Cat12, 600mbps) and Aircard 790s (LTE Cat6, 300Mbps). If you like them, welcome to check on  

Netgear Aircard 785s (3)


TP-LINK M7350 4G LTE Router Test

Every month, there are new models of 4G mobile routers available on the market. It is an interesting proposition especially in summer when we choose to have a vacation in different places. The mobile hotspot may not be necessary where there is access to a WiFi network. Everyone has a smartphone or tablet today and would like to use it even during the summer tour. However, if you want to save power for the phone, a 4G mobile router may be necessary. The router supports 4G LTE will provide quick internet access for several mobile devices. Such a device is TP-LINK M7350, which will tell you today.




The TP-Link M7350 router looks elegant. A small, rectangular design can be mistaken with a smartphone from a distance. Especially, the M7350 router is black. On the upper surface mounted display - it is not large, only 1.4 inch, but it is sufficient to provide information on the calls, battery status, and of course the menu. Under the display power button, it is shaped in such a way that it was easy to find it without looking at the router. On the top edge placed the start button menu, while the bottom has a microUSB port, by which the device can be charged.




As I mentioned, TP-Link M7350 router supports 4G LTE, and it have a memory card slot. Since it is a portable device, it’s also equipped with a battery. We will find them under the bottom cover. Unfortunately, the design is not very good, which will easily remove the cover. You have to gently pry and then we choose the battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. The battery has a capacity of 2,550 mAh and can therefore provide a long service life for the router. TP-link M7350 is lightweight and small size, which allows put it into the pocket without problems (unless you walk in tight jeans).


 The body material is made of good quality. I would prefer, however, the memory card slot was drawn out. If we want to change the memory card, we must remove the battery and disconnect the network. If a socket placed on the side, we could do it without interrupting operation. Of course, this is only useful if you frequently change (or want to change) memory card.



Check below the TP-Link M7350 Mobile Hotspot Features:

Network type FDD-LTE Cat4 (800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz) DC-HSP + / HSPA / UMTS (900 / 2100MHz) EDGE / GPRS / GSM (850/900/1800 / 1900MHz)
Ports 1 micro USB port to charge the device battery slot for a SIM card slot for Micro SD card
Buttons Switch Menu Button
Antenna Inside
Transmission speed Getting up to 150Mbit/s send up to 50Mbit/s
Power Built-in rechargeable battery 2550mAh
Dimensions (W x D x H) 106 × 66 × 16mm (4.2 × 2.6 × 0.6 inches)
Micro SD card reader up to 32 GB
Display Statistics data, the state of Wi-Fi network, number of users, the type of network (2G / 3G / 4G), signal strength, access to the Internet, the battery meter.


WiFi Frequency 2.4GHz and 5GHz
wireless standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
EIRP <20dBm
Security of wireless transmission Hiding the SSID, MAC address filtering, encryption, WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK
DHCP DHCP server, DHCP client list


Certifications CE, RoHS
Contents of the package Portable hotspot M7350, LTE-Advanced Micro USB cable adapter Micro SIM> Standard SIM Adapter Nano SIM> SIM Standard Power Installation
System requirements Windows 8/7 / Vista / XP, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Windows Phone


As you can see, the M7350 router does not support the latest standard 802.11ac, but allows you to work in the 2.4GHz or 5GHz network. It is very important that the first frequency is very popular, and in addition has a small number of channels, which can sometimes cause problems with coverage, interference, etc.. Of course, the main advantage is its support for 4G LTE networks and it could supports almost all the LTE networks in Europe and most carriers in Aisa. And up to 15 wireless devices could connect to TP-Link M7350 mobile 4G router.



And the higher speed transmission on 4G LTE network is also attractive. Based on LTE Cat5, TP-Link M7350 can achieve download speed to 150mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps. And 3G DC-HSPA+ and 2G GSM networks are backward compatible. If the 4G LTE network is not available, the router would automatically switch to 3G or 2G network. But before turning to the use and performance, one more feature should be remarked. I mentioned earlier that the router does not support the 802.11 ac. Why we are concerning on this feature, you should look at a table below:

Standard Transmission speed
802.11 n Getting to 150 Mbit/s
802.11 ac Downloading up to 500 Mbit/s
4G LTE Downloading up to 100 Mbit/s

Source: Wikipedia



As you can see "n" is enough to cover the demand on the transmission, and 4G technology is available at high speed. Of course you can argue that this is the theoretical speed, in extreme cases 4G may be faster than the WiFi. We still think the “AC” feature is very important for future.   Starting the TP-link M7350 router is very simple. After placing the SIM card in the device, simply press the power button. After a few seconds, the system will work, some may take longer to log on to the GSM network. WiFi connection is very simple - just select the appropriate option in the menu and all the information needed - SSID and security key to connect to the network, which will be displayed on the screen. Then you only need a browser, enter the corresponding IP address, enter your login and password (the default is admin / admin) and can do all the settings for the router.




Interface prepared by the manufacturer is very simple. In the upper part, there is a bar, which is equipped with icons that quickly inform us about the state of the battery, received SMS, connected devices, etc. Following are the main menu consists of four positions: Wizard, Status, SMS and Advanced. With their help, we can run the setup wizard, check the status of calls and statistics, see SMS and ... ultimately configure the router. When selected, on the left it will display a new menu, which allows you to set network security, DHCP, restore factory settings, etc.




Tests conducted using a SIM card with the Vodafone network. The wireless connection listed the notebook Dell Vostro. Below I present the results of measurements, but notes that the result may be different from other places. The link speed depends on the level of the network in place in which to combine. And the distance between users and the M7350 Router, the speed also varies. The farther you move away from the router, the transmission speed will be lower. Throughput tested by sending files with 1GB and 4GB. The achieved results presented in high speed on LTE network.




As you can see, the results achieved are not bad. Compared to stationary routers that have external antennas offering improved efficiency in promoting and receiving radio waves, TP-link M7350 mobile router performed not quite bad, especially in the short run, and it performs better than 4G USB modems with whom I had so far to deal with.  


When testing the performance, we connect the M7350 router with mentioned the notebook, two Samsung smartphones (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S5) and two Huawei new smartphones (Huawei Nova and Honor V8) through WiFi. For all devices I browsed the Internet, download files, and I played video on YouTube. I did not notice any special delays. The tests I conducted both in the open areas and in the rooms. In any case, I had a stable connection.



At the end, we note just the battery. As I have written before the battery has a capacity of 2550 mAh, which is quite a few. Since 4G is faster standard, users have great demand for a larger battery. Many other TP-Link’s competitors in China had presents the new 4G pocket WiFi with very power capacity, the new pocket WiFi can even charge other electronics, which is very very attractive and useful feature. The typical models include Huawei E5770 Mobile WiFi Pro, Huawei E5771 MiFi Plus and ZTE MF903 Mobile Router etc..






TP-LINK M7350 is a good 4G mobile router, which it is worth to obtain. It is true that it is not cheap, but will provide fast transmission speed as the manufacturer promised. Simple connection to the network, a simple menu, simple and fast interface, all this translates into a simple operation. It could be a good partner for business trip or outdoor activities!