The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is an absolutely stunning device. The device is presented in an elegant, large black box. When you take the cover off you’re presented with the stunning Mate 10 Pro (we got it in the blue color). Picking up the device you notice it is cold and heavy. It feels good in your hand and screams premium. When you go deeper inside the box you’re presented with the charging block, USB C to USB A charging cable, USB Type C headphones, and a USB C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, and a soft plastic case. The device itself already comes with a pre-applied plastic screen protector.
You can tell Huawei took a lot of time and care when they worked on presentation. The black box is an excellent offset to the shiny blue of the phone. All the extras are nicely packed underneath in compartments that show you exactly what you’re opening. The little things like the excellent headphones, case, and screen protector also give you all the essentials. You know that you’re getting your money’s worth when you buy this device just from the first impressions.
First Boot and Impressions:
When you first boot up the Mate 10 you’re greeted with a fairly generic Android 8.0 setup. Once you get all your accounts synced, setup the fingerprint scanner, and all that normal stuff you’re greeted by EMUI 8. EMUI is a bubbly interface that isn’t the most visually pleasing but it gets the job done. You get access to an application drawer, your Google Feed on the left most panel, and pretty much all the applications on your phone thrown onto the home screens. This was a little jarring however I found cleaning it up refreshing. The phone was responsive even when I was downloading apps and clearing applications simultaneously.
After I setup the device I started to dabble in the settings. They give you a lot of freedom, including a dark mode which I immediately turned on. I noticed there was no “always on” display mode which upset me because it would work great with the amoled display. Speaking of the display it looks good. Not as contrasty as a Samsung panel but it gets the job done. The display can get very bright and dim which was nice when I tried it out outside. The device is also IP67 dust and water resistant which helped a lot when I had to shovel snow with this device and not have to worry if I wanted to check a message.
Conclusion of First Impression:
I feel at home with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It is a comfortable device to hold and an even more attractive device to look at. The device feels solid on the outside but the software is a work in progress but I’m ok with that. Huawei seems to be very open to criticism and is working to improve the user experience for all markets. I feel like it sets me apart from all the black and white devices in the crowd.
Speaking of black and white I can’t wait to try out the monochrome sensor on this device. I’ll be sure to post many pictures using it many other camera samples in the full review. I’m also excited to see how the battery life performs. I’m an incredibly heavy user with lots of snapchat, texting, and Pokemon Go so we will see if it passes my intensive everyday tasks.
During the review period I will be using the Mate 10 Pro as my primary device. Please feel free to comment anything you want tested. I will be sure to give my full thoughts on the device in the coming days.
We wanted to thank Huawei for sending us out a Mate 10 Pro device for review. It was incredibly nice of them to send this out so we could share it with our readers.