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I am not much of a tech-savvy person, even in my previous stint as a programmer. I would rather spend money on books, clothes or shoes. Back then, I did not even use a computer after work. I love being a programmer; I love solving puzzles. But I am less fond of the machine itself; I am less enthusiastic about the hardware or its capabilities.
But, I am interested in Huawei.
Huawei is a Chinese telecommunication giant that manufactures consumer electronics. In 2019, the US banned trading with China resulting in Huawei releasing their newer phones with no Google Apps.
Now, a bit of a disclaimer. I am not promoting Huawei, and I am also not trying to make a political post. I am aware that some people have strong political opinions, but this is not the place for it.
I am curious to find out if a phone with no Google apps could be worth our time and money. I am trying to see if it is possible to go without YouTube, Gmail, and Google Play.
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First, I would like to thank my friend for letting me unbox her phone and use it for a few days for this review. She asked me about Huawei Y7a, and I told her that it has superior hardware, but it does not have any support from Google. Undeterred, she purchased the phone and lent it to me for a few days.
The box contains:
- The Y7a handset
- A USB-C cable and charger
- A pair of earphones
- A jelly phone case
- A sim key
- Instruction manual
- Warranty card
Right off the bat, the handset is a thing of beauty. It has a sleek and polished profile; I love the Blush Gold color.
Performance-wise, my kid can play Mobile Legends without any problems. I am not sure if it counts; I do not play games anymore. I no longer know the requirements for gaming. The phone does have a 4GB RAM that can handle most games.
I do like the camera. It has a 48MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth rear camera, and an 8MP wide front camera. It could zoom in at 6x and can still take clear pictures at 3x zoom at low light.
Another thing I like about the Y7a is the screen. It has a 6.6-inch display that is soft in the eyes.
Now time to address the elephant in the room, the app. What good is an Android phone without the apps? The Huawei App Gallery houses most of the well-known apps. It does not have Facebook, but you can install it via 3rd party installer. I used the Share-it app to send the Facebook APK and other apps from my phone to install it to the Y7a.
I tried to install the Gmail and Google apps but to no avail. But, I did manage to sign in to my email account in the preloaded email app. Other than that, I never encountered any problems with the apps that I install via 3rd party.
The Huawei Y7a is an inexpensive phone with powerful hardware. It has a superb camera, excellent for those who love to take pictures, and has enough RAM to support gaming. It has a display that is easy on the eyes. The drawback is that you have to know a bit of technical know-how to work around the lack of Google support.
Is it worth it? For me, yes – it is somewhat worth it. My friend even agrees with me. If you are looking for an inexpensive phone and you know about APKs then, try Huawei Y7a. If it is not for you, then it is okay. It is not like I am getting paid to promote this.
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