Another thing you’re stuck with: Magic UI 2. That’s Honor’s own take on Android 9 Pie and it’s… Huawei-y. Though not as blatant of a ripoff as EMUI on Huawei phones, Magic UI still looks inspired by iOS. By default, Magic UI 2 sports a home screen grid like iOS without any app drawer. You can put the app drawer back in, but it’s the old button-based version pre-Android Oreo.
In 2019, I would generally say I can live with most custom versions of Android like Samsung’s own TouchWiz, but it’s also 2019 and seeing such an abundance of duplicate apps and bloatware pre-installed tainted my first days with the View 20.
Granted, many of the pre-installed apps like the Booking.com and Honor shop app are easily un-installable, I still don’t like having so many apps pre-installed. I’m aware that many people really aren’t bothered by duplicate apps (i.e. email, gallery, etc.) and expecting companies to adopt stock Android is wishful thinking, but a lightly modified version of it like OnePlus’ OxygenOS would still be better.
Battery life on the View 20 is also looong. With a 4,000 mAh battery capacity, the View 20 often lasted up to two days on a single charge with light to moderate mixed usage. But with my heavy usage, the phone mostly made it through a full day with about 20-30 percent battery left to spare.
As unsexy as battery life is to test and write about, it is one of the most important features many people consider when buying a phone so it’s great that Honor delivers tons of it.