My new phone

Great value, quality phone with excellent camera

I received this product as part of a review program in return for an unbiased review. Despite being the budget model in the P20 range, the P20 Lite looks and feels expensive. It sits nicely in the hand, light weight yet solidly built. The glossy finish looks great but does attract some finger marks. Initial setup requires a special pin tool to open the drawer that holds the micro SIM card and optional SD card – the tool is included under a flap in the packaging, but isn’t mentioned in the quick start guide, although there are instructions on the back of the phone. Once up and running, the phone is easy to set up, with the included Phone Clone app making it easy to transfer apps and data from another phone. This took under 15 minutes, and was 95% successful, with only a little manual intervention needed. The screen is impressive, with better than HD resolution. It has a distinctive notch at the top that looks very modern, with useful system status information and notifications being displayed on either side of the rear facing camera. There’s plenty of storage, with 64GB of on board memory, plus the ability to add up to 128GB extra via a micro SD card, so plenty of room for apps, photos, video and music. The music playback via the supplied earbuds is clear and powerful, with a surprisingly deep bass response. The earbud lead is fitted with a pause switch, useful if you get a phone call while listening to music. The inbuilt speaker is fine for listening to phone calls but is clearly optimised for voice and doesn’t do so well with music playback. Phone calls are easy to make and clear. However, where this phone really shines is with its photographic abilities, with both front and rear 16MP + 2MP dual cameras. This allows sharp selfies, with a dedicated selfie mode and added ‘beautification’ option. It also allows one of the phone’s party tricks, the ability to log on using face recognition. The main camera features many features – aperture control allows a very fine control of field depth, so it’s easy to have a subject in sharp focus with a blurred background, the ‘bokeh’ effect, also selectable with a dedicated button in portrait mode. Slow motion, time lapse, and downloadable extra features, including a special filter to make photographed food look more appealing, are also included. I’ve only just begun to explore the photographic abilities of this device, and am looking forward to using it regularly, I’ll certainly be taking a lot more photos!

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