Huawei recently launched the Mate 8 in South Africa. Just to give you a better idea, the Mate range is the phablet lineup from Huawei. The Mate 8 is a premium device, which you can tell from the R12 000 price tag. A phablet is a very specialised device, and at 6″, you better *know* that you want one. It’s generally aimed at those who want a tablet and smartphone solution in one, because you don’t want to spend money buying both.

The Mate 8 is very similar to the Nexus 6P, which received great reviews. Except it has Huawei’s Emotion UI , which you either like or don’t. Each (Android) manufacturer tends to have their own overlay and unless it’s a Nexus device, you’re not gonna get vanilla Android. The most noticeable thing with Emotion UI, apart from trying to look like iOS, is there is no app drawer; but you can create folders for apps.

I’ve been playing with the Mate 8 for the last couple of weeks, and the biggest challenge was carrying a 6″ device around with me. I tried it in various scenarios, which is what this blog post is mainly about. If you want to read a full on review, you can find plenty of those on the web.


I took it to the spa, and when you want to pass time by reading, the 6-inches are fully appreciated because it kinda becomes a magazine substitute here. The last thing you want to do is squint or zoom in; so I had no problem with the size. Also, I managed to hold it with one hand (which is another issue with large devices), and scroll with the other. To its credit, the Mate 8 has a good design, with chamfered edges, making it easier to grip. The matte finish is great too, you won’t find it slipping out of your hands. The Mate 8 weighs 185g.

One of the first things I set up initially was the fingerprint reader. And I’m impressed at how fast it is to unlock the device – it took about ONE SECOND. In all the times I’ve used it, there was no lag, and no multiple attempts to unlock the device. It would have been ideal if the fingerprint reader was incorporated deeper into certain parts of Android, like when you add multiple Gmail accounts. You have to keep typing your PIN for each account added, despite it being added a minute after each other. When you add more than four accounts, you realise the fingerprint scanner could work great at this point.


If you look at the above pics, the location of the fingerprint reader is ideal. Right in the middle on top, beneath the lens. It’s a very natural position for your index finger to sit. And yes, the pictures are a clear indication that I’m taking selfies. You can choose under Fingerprint ID in Settings what functionality you’d also like it to double up as, in a ‘touch and hold gesture’. They include taking photos/videos; answering a call; and stop alarm. You can use it for all three.

Speaking of taking pics. The Mate 8 has a 16-megapixel main camera, and an 8-megapixel selfie-cam. The main modes are what we saw on the P8 – light painting; beauty; photo; video; and time lapse. You can then choose different settings for photos – panorama; HDR; super night; professional; watermark; and slow mo. You can also choose to set your own resolution, depending on storage space. It’s not necessary to keep the setting on 16MP (4608×3456), even 8MP (3264×2448) will do, which is on a 4:3 ratio, but if you want 16:9 you can get it in 6MP or 12MP. Video mode shoots in 1080p HD; was surprised it didn’t do 4K.

You can do fancy things at night with light painting mode, like the pic below. You can see my fingers in the background, but for the main part, you can see the patterns I made, in my kitchen no less. You can obviously take things up a notch with fancier stuff than just a lighter.


You can also play with car light trails, under “light painting” mode. Other options include “silky water” and “star track” for the night skies. This is an example of car light trails; not in the shot, my Fiat 500 πŸ™‚


Here’s a regular sunset shot – okay not *regular* but taken from a balloon in the sky, in HDR:


This is an example of a shot taken at night with not the best lighting. I took it in HDR mode instead of super night:


These above photos haven’t been colour corrected or edited, just resized. But is should give you an example of what photos it takes. As for selfies, it takes great front-facing pictures, in normal mode; not beauty. I’m not a fan of beauty mode because of how unnatural it is.

If you need to get writing done on-the-go, Microsoft’s Office for Android is excellent. I’m a huge fan of Microsoft Office, and Word is great. If you have an Office 365 subscription, just login and access your content on the cloud, or just save and email stuff to yourself if you don’t use the cloud. Another feature I like is when you’re switching between apps, you can see how much of RAM is being used, and with a single tap, you can free up some space. I usually don’t remember to keep killing apps running in the background, so prefer just freeing the RAM to do this. You can see a little summary of how much was cleared and how much you have available.

The device also comes with “Phone Manager”. This app is great because in one quick glance you can access a bunch of stuff to optimise your handset. You can choose the main “touch to optimise” or go into individual settings and tweak accordingly. I strongly suggest going into “battery manager” first and choosing custom settings. You can choose a power plan (performance, smart, ultra); choose which apps to run when the screen is turned off; view consumption level (after a couple of weeks I was on 46% hardware, and 54% software), amongst other things. Most days ended off with me having 66% of battery left, after 9pm. The battery is a whopping 4,000mAh. So if you’re using the Mate 8 as both smartphone and tablet, which is your primary consumption device, the battery is excellent.

The Mate 8 ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so all the latest features with it is available to you immediately. I couldn’t find the Android Flappy Bird easter egg on the Mate 8 unfortunately but it wasn’t the end of the world. Some of my favourite little shortcuts on the Mate 8 (not relating to Marshmallow), was taking a screenshot by tapping your knuckle twice on the screen;  using the Mate 8 in a smaller view mode; and hiding the network name on the home screen (okay this one is more of a setting).


Overall, the Mate 8 is a very ambitious handset from Huawei. If you look at competitor handsets (Galaxy Note 5/iPhone 6S Plus/Galaxy S7 Edge), it’s the cheapest of the lot. If you’re buying a Huawei handset, you always feel like you’re getting more phone for your money. As for Huawei’s Emotion UI, you’re either going to like it or not.

*Experiences captured in photos courtesy of Huawei. Pics featuring the Mate 8 were taken on the P9. 


I’m giving away a Huawei Mate 8 handset to one lucky Wired to the Web reader. All you have to do is tell me via the comments section why you want/need a Huawei Mate 8. Tweeting about it is optional and *won’t* get you an extra entry. The competition will run until Sunday, 15 May at midday. A winner will be announced on this blog post on Monday, 16 May. Only one entry per person, open to South Africans only.

UPDATE – WINNER: The winning entry for Huawei Mate 8 is Mo… Congratulations!



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  1. Muneer 03/05/2016 at 08:39 Reply

    Finding out about this competition was a blessing in disguise – over the weekend my friends and I celebrated Freedom Day with nothing better than a braai. However while marinating some chicken and meat, my phone fell out of my pocket and the glass casing cracked completely ;( pieces are missing and the worst part about it, it is all around both the front and back camera.

    To make matters worse it is starting to run really slowly and im sure the fall is the reason.

    Please please pretty please πŸ™‚

  2. ejaz_k 03/05/2016 at 10:27 Reply

    Wazzup Nafisa!

    I want/need a Huawei Mate 8 because:
    1) I like things.
    2) As a content producer and Radio Presenter, it will make my task a lot easier on air AND behind the scenes.
    3) My wifey has a Huawei P8 lite and loving it, so I have an affiliation to the brand.
    4) I have a Man Bag that has a designated area that the Mate 8 will fit into perfectly. It’s like destiny.
    5) It looks so cool.
    6) My social media game is on point, so the mate 8 will complement my personality perfectly.
    7) I’m an abstract photographer at times, so the clarity of the pics taken with the Mate 8 will enhance my ability to take better arty pics.
    8) I’ll be the trendiest of my friends..or should I say… “mates”


  3. Muhammad Fakier 03/05/2016 at 10:48 Reply

    Hey Nafisa! #WiredToTheWeb
    I want a mate 8 because I’ll use the handset to its best!
    I want a mate 8 for the camera.
    I want a mate 8 for the design, sleek yet minimal.
    I want a mate 8 to optimize my social networking.
    I want a mate 8 to enhance my career. (I’m an honours student -UWC)
    I want a mate 8 because dynamite comes in big packages #Phablet.
    I want a mate 8 because I love mobile tech!
    I want a mate 8 becUse I love the mate 8!
    I want a mate 8 because I love #Huawei.

    I own a Huawei P7 and would love the upgrade! <3

    I love the #Mate8 #Huawei

  4. Khairunnisa Khan 03/05/2016 at 11:02 Reply

    After reading this blog, I really want the Huawei Mate 8, but I do need it as well. Being an overland traveller for really long periods of time (currently on the road for 13 months) means making smart decisions about what devices to carry and how to cut down the number of devices. This baby will allow me to write and update my own blog on a mountain top without having to lug around my laptop. I could opt to leave my heavy dslr camera behind on the really hot long hikes and use this instead, and best of all I could do walking skype sessions with my mum without having to squint on my little screen ?

  5. Glass 03/05/2016 at 11:10 Reply

    Moving to iPhone has been a surprisingly pleasant experience. I enjoy the fact that everything just works but do miss the open nature or Android. I think Huawei shocked everyone last year with the Nexus 6P, arguably the best Nexus device released.
    The Huawei Mate 8 comes across as a Nexus 6P in disguise and on steroids or Tony Stark wearing the Mark XLIV Hulkbuster armor.

    What better way to experience Android again than on that huge 6 inch screen of the Mate 8.

  6. Katie 03/05/2016 at 11:24 Reply

    I think we are conditioned to think that something bad must have happened to us in order for us to “deserve” something good. The truth is that I haven’t lost my phone, dropped it in the toilet, had it stolen, been mugged, or dropped it and smashed the screen. My current phone works fine. However, I have always wanted to own a top of the line smart phone.I want to be part of the conversation and know what people are excited about when they talk about the newest and best smart phone.
    After rent, food, medical aid, etc etc I have just never really been able to get myself to spend the remaining monthly salary on an expensive, amazing smart phone or smart phone contract. So I have always bought the bottom of the line phone which does the basics and helps me get by. My secret wish is to own a brilliant new smartphone which has the best camera, incredible functionality, amazing apps, that makes my life easier and makes me look cool πŸ™‚
    And that is why I want the Huawei Mate 8.

  7. Mo 03/05/2016 at 11:37 Reply

    Hi Nafisa,

    I really need this phone because things are getting from bad to worse with my 2010 Sony Experia Mini.

    Let me break it down, the ear speaker doesn’t work so I have to put it on loud speaker just to talk which gets a little awkward when I have to tell my wife how much i love her while im at work and people have to hear.

    It gets more embarrassing because when people see me putting the phone at my ear and mouth each time they ask if it’s a dictophone. One director actually asked me to record at a meeting, which I obviously couldnt since the phone restarts every time I put the phone down.

    Deep down i guess i also want the phone coz it reminds me of Hawaii and i’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii ✌

    • Muhammad Nana 10/05/2016 at 21:17 Reply

      I know this guy, I was about to enter until I read this post. Nevermind, give it to Mo he needs it – badly!

    • Nafisa Akabor 16/05/2016 at 11:56 Reply

      Congratulations Mo! You are the winner of the Huawei Mate 8 for the humourous way you told your story! Please mail me on so I can get the phone to you. I hope you get to go to Hawaii one today, too!

    • Khairunnisa Khan 17/05/2016 at 16:30 Reply

      Well done Mo! I read your entry after I entered myself and I laughed so hard, I knew I didn’t stand a chane πŸ˜‰

      • Mo 17/05/2016 at 20:41 Reply

        Haha thanks Khairunnisa! πŸ™‚ It really was unexpected but I’m grateful to Nafisa for such a well timed amazing prize. Yesterday the damn screen stopped responding to touch. My gawd πŸ˜€ Good luck to you on the next competition!

  8. Dreamlife 03/05/2016 at 12:36 Reply


    I doubt whether my case would win out over everyone else, but I’ll give it a shot anyway.

    The main reason is camera. I NEED something with a much better camera than present. Back in the day, I used to think myself an amateur photographer, and I would like to rekindle that interest. Obviously a phone with a good camera is the best option, because you always need to be ready to take pictures, but who actually carries a standalone digital camera with them everywhere?

    My current phone – which I got with budget in mind – works fine as a phone. But the camera depresses me at times. It has a rather crappy 5MP camera…and no flash. So the quality sucks.

    The Huawei reviewed here looks like it produces really nice images – which is exactly what I’m looking for. And Huawei is a brand that seems to be on the up, so I’m sold on the actual quality of the product (unlike Samsung – which costs a lot but has always given me issues after a while).

    You never know – I may end up being a Huawei fan if things work out with this.

    Thanks for your consideration

  9. Jason Stilfontein 03/05/2016 at 13:38 Reply


    I want/need the Mate 8 because I am a kleptomaniac and if you don’t give it to me I will steal it when I see you in future.

    Help me.

  10. Dr-Kabelo TpMalankane Tumelo 03/05/2016 at 17:05 Reply

    I was comparing the specs of phone with other competitors and damn, #HuaweiMate8 its on another level. I think the reason I should win it its because I need to upgrade from my current model of #HuaweiY330, It will be a dream com true for me to get #Mate8. This is a game changer in terms of specs and ill be honoured to receive one and be able to explore it more

  11. Haseena Noor Mahomed 03/05/2016 at 17:29 Reply

    Well. I just want it because it’s a lovely phone, and my xperia Z1 is 2,5 years old. I’m due for an upgrade. And everything I like is expensive, so if I get to have this – I’d have one less expense this year πŸ˜‰ which would be a win, for me at least.

  12. Hempiz 03/05/2016 at 22:03 Reply

    *hummed to the tune of Right Said Fred-You’re My Mate*

    I’ll tell you what I think, I think its just wow
    The battery won’t run down too many times now
    Let’s go take a pic, let’s try light painting now
    Point it to the sky, and see the stars go round

    ‘Cause I need the Mate and I will tell you why
    I need a Mate and I will tell you why
    And in the face of things that I hope to buy,
    I need the Mate and I will tell you why.

    I’ll tell you what I think, I think it got game
    It aint got a 4K but screen is insane
    It got a fingerprint reader, security just for you.
    And enough power to talk for over a day or two

    ‘Cause I need the Mate and I will tell you why
    I need a Mate and I will tell you why
    And in the face of things that I hope to buy,
    I need the Mate and I’ve just told you why.

  13. Nasreen Kathrada Mangerah 03/05/2016 at 22:15 Reply

    Hi πŸ™‚
    This phone is EXACTLY what I need! As a full time stay-at-home mum, I barely have a chance to use my laptop (so I gave it to my brother) or our pc (which has also now crashed anyway!). I use my phone for everything, and it’s now becoming a bit of a schlep with my Sony E1 gone extremely slow and getting bugs! So basically, I would love this phone to do my Word documents, as well as lots of leisure and mommy reading! Of course, the fact that it has such a great camera is an added bonus, 16 megapixels will capture some beautiful family moments for sure πŸ™‚

  14. Mj Khan 03/05/2016 at 22:38 Reply

    I’d want one primarily for consuming video content and books. I think i’m a little afraid of being alone with my thoughts so I tend to constantly scroll through my phone and consume media. the size of the display will hit the sweetspot between a traditional tablet (much to large to carry around), and a typical smartphone with a display that requires a fair amount of resizing/ zooming – I guess phablets is the porridge that’s not too hot and not too cold. Goldilocks would approve.

  15. Mikha'il Hathey 04/05/2016 at 07:41 Reply

    I would love to get a Huawei Mate 8 because all the experience I had with Huawei has been great and since I had my Huawei P6 I was wanting to get a Huawei Mate S which was not available in South Africa at the time. I then tried upgrading the software on my P6 and due to KitKat not being available on P6, I then installed a Chinese Beta version on the phone and even though some applications were in Chinese I was impressed that I could run KitKat on my P6 and it ran much better than with JellyBean. I love the fact that Huawei provides customers with the option to run Beta versions of the software on their devices. Amazing Specifications at a awesome price. The worst part was when my P6 screen cracked, I am glad it still works perfectly but I definitely need an upgrade now ?

  16. cupcakemummy 04/05/2016 at 08:11 Reply

    No idea what to say? Um, I’m entering a giveaway cause I’m kinda desperate? Hahaha. I can sob story about single parent and no budget which is true but that’s so done so I’ll just beg instead ? no seriously. I manage a lot of my work and accounts via my phone but it’s become impossible with a phone that’s pretty much a landline and has like 2 working apps ? I’m a studied photographer and I think the camera on the Huawei has me mini orgasming. Damn the quality! Can you imagine how epic my Instagram account will be with something to motivate? Le sigh. Plus Fysh is dying to vlog and sadly you put the video on mine and it literally shuts the phone off. Okay that’s enough, can I just say I’m holding all the thumbs and toes?

  17. Bianca 04/05/2016 at 09:59 Reply

    No I don’t need it, but Cupcake Mummy does. She is my tribe, she is my soulmate. I doubt she even knows it. So should I win, I will gift it to her. She deserves it, cos working with an Iphone 4 is crap. She can’t afford to buy a new phone and neither can I but I can enter and pray that I win it.

  18. Kat 04/05/2016 at 14:37 Reply

    Hi Nafisa. Love your website and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    I would love to win this amazing Huawei Mate 8 because I have been eyeing it for quite sometime and keeping up to date with all the news about the functions it offers. As a small business owner this phone is out of my budget but it would make my life MUCH easier by allowing me time out of the office while still being able to keep up with work. Basically it will enable me to double my productivity and save from sitting at a desk for too long. I also have a passion for photography but without decent camera, and my current phone situation being terrible I rarely get a chance to snap those special moments! This phone would mean the world to me. πŸ˜€

  19. Dave Max 04/05/2016 at 14:47 Reply

    I am everyone here has a great case for why they should win this phone, so the only thing to do is be honest and give it my all!
    As a busy single dad with a full time job my life requires that I spend a lot of time at the office AND in the car AND at home. Things can get exhausting and pressure mounts. But I am incredibly lucky to be the father of 3 amazing daughters and have a job that keeps me engaged and supports my kids. Owning the Huawei Mate 8 would help me to spend more time at home helping with homework, cooking and driving my kids around because it is a high performance smartphone and will allow me to do emails, reports, research, skype meetings etc. I have wanted one of these phones for quite sometime but alas it has always been out of reach. I hope this chance changes that!

  20. Randy Robertson 04/05/2016 at 17:09 Reply

    Hi Nafisa, I usually carry my work laptop and phone to do my work which is mostly social media based. I had a tablet (big screen) which I thought would be great for events/live tweeting, since my phone keyboard is small. Problem is that the tablet’s camera was generally bad. Fortunately, some swift-handed (not so) gentlemen took it off my hands recently. I’m excited that this opens up an opportunity for me to get something that straddles the – good camera of a phone, big screen of a tablet – line. Something tells me the mate 8 is it, light trails and all!

  21. Roxanne Chutthergoon 04/05/2016 at 17:26 Reply

    It is not even a question of why I want it, more like why I NEED it – Okay, as embarrassing as this may sound, I am still using a BlackBerry phone that uses BIS – you know that Internet bundle from the Dinosaur ages. Yes, that’s me. Needless to say, the Facebook is not even supported by this device anymore, and Instagram never even considered the device as a place to even hang out on! To top that off, Whatsapp and BBM freezes more than it works, my keypad gets jammed and starts typing symbols often so it seems like I am always speaking in hieroglyphics – trust me even the Egyptians from yesteryear would be like WTF??? The cherry on the top has to be the battery life or in my case death because it dies more often than it cares to stay alive! It does not even support wireless email now, like omg! Let me not even mention the fact that I am still rocking a phone that does not have a camera flash and being as dark as I am, taking out pics at night when I go out socializing is not even an option (not that I would even have the guts to take out my prehistoric phone and be embarrassed). The Mate8 is like a dream come true and the phone is simply perfect, apart from it’s amazing features, it would at least allow me to communicate without deciding to either die or speak gibberish on my behalf. This phone is every person’s dream and the mad love I have for it is outta this world, I would even overcome my absolute fear of being in a room of home lizzards by being a room with a 100 if I have to just to get my hands on this device. I will really be praying for this – I just love everything about this genius piece of mobile and would be the happiest woman on the planet if I won πŸ™‚

  22. Nadine 04/05/2016 at 19:21 Reply

    I’m in desperate need of a new phone cause I’m still sitting with a blackberry and how embarrassing is that? *laugh* especially now that I’m a hairdressing student (as well as a broke student) and can’t take proper pictures of my handiworks because of tiny phones with tiny cameras and 101 problems with it. I’ll be so blessed if I could win and absolutely happy.

  23. Fathima Hoosen 04/05/2016 at 20:47 Reply

    I want to win this phone so I can give it to my daughter. She is a young woman who has taken care of me for years, never letting me want for anything at the expense of herself. She has not replaced her phone in 4 years the last one being a Huawaei P1 which is looking very broken down to say the least and keeps turning itself off. I have seen her eyeing the new expensive high end phones on Takealot often, but plumbing issues, doctors bills, and just life expenses crop up again and again, so she places her needs aside to be the responsible head of the household. If I was able I would buy a top end phone to finally spoil her for once after all these years, but winning one to give her seems the only way I can do that. I hope that the Mate 8 will be her surprise gift in the near future.

  24. Mike Lewis 05/05/2016 at 09:42 Reply

    Need one urgently, forgotten what l look like……Mike Lewis

  25. Emma te Water Naude 05/05/2016 at 09:45 Reply

    Dear Nafisa.

    I need this phone to save face. I recently gave away my new Samsung Note to my business partner and moved my Android life over to the BlackBerry Priv. I think I even did a victory dance about it and definitely told everyone I met how I’d just acquired the coolest handset and would never look back.

    Well. Let’s not go there. The keyboard is nothing like the Passport’s (which did change my email-life). I am now left feeling underwhelmed by a phone that is pretty novel but doesn’t have the screen size I need. I also need a way to get a new phone without dealing with the I-told-you-sos and looking like an idiot πŸ˜‰

    If I win I’m happy to send the Priv to one of your readers who is keen to try it out.

    Save my face!

  26. Chris Papayannes 05/05/2016 at 12:12 Reply

    Hey! I’d like to think that I NEED the Mate 8 – I’m head chef at a well known Cape Town restaurant and all of my staff (including junior chefs) are rocking cooler phones than mine! Plus, I also enjoy photographing my food, but rarely post these pics because of my poor camera quality – so, the kickass Mate 8 camera wouldn’t hurt either! Hook me up!

  27. Jayde Nienaber 05/05/2016 at 12:16 Reply

    Dear Nafisa

    I am Emma’s business partner with a new Samsung Note (excellent phone by the way, huge screen). I think Emma should learn her lesson about BlackBerry devices and not be saved. She needs to admit to our clients that she willingly bought a new phone to replace her BlackBerry, and to stop making our mobile agency look like a circus with her BlackBerry fetish.

    TIA πŸ™‚


  28. Queen Mathosa 05/05/2016 at 12:19 Reply

    Hi, I would love to win the Huawei Mate 8.. Hamish sent me and said there was a sure chance I would win just because I am Black. πŸ™‚

  29. Gary Jay 05/05/2016 at 13:37 Reply

    Ahoy Captain!

    I want/need a Huawei Mate 8 because it sounds perfect. That 6 inch screen size sounds just right for navigating the high seas of the World Wibe Web and for being my travelling E-reader companion. That long lasting battery will get me through those harrowing 25 hour days in the lab and it seems it may even be able to act as a digital lab book thanks to a decent office 365 subscription and that 6 inch screen again. That finger print reader will be great for a man who can otherwise not be bothered with a lock screen password.

    Mostly though, I love me some marshmellow.

  30. Waseem Dawood 05/05/2016 at 15:09 Reply

    On the 23rd of January 2015, I took delivery of my Sony Z3 Compact. It was love at first sight, and there was nothing I couldn’t do. We played together, laughed together (Disclaimer: the phone doesn’t laugh), cried together (neither I nor the phone cried), updated Whatsapp together. Great times. Then on 25th of January 2016, a full year after I got the phone, I reached into my pocket to get my beloved Z3 and the phone screen was shattered, unresponsive to touch and dead to the world. It had somehow self-shattered (Cool trick), perhaps sick of the 1000th update of Whatsapp. Feelsbadman. Since the warranty had expired I had to send it in for repairs on my own dime, and the verdict was in, it was inoperable. Ever since then I have been back to my old iPhone 4, a phone which has seen better days and has long been left behind by developers as a forgotten entity, with minimal app support. On the bright side, I can still update Whatsapp. So that’s my story. I’m working on the movie rights.

    TL;DR using long past it iPhone, need new phone pls.

  31. Lesego 05/05/2016 at 18:26 Reply

    I’m giving away a lovely bunch of flowers from Netflorist to one lucky Wired to the Web writer. All you have to do is make me win a Huawei Mate 8 one. Also, I need a Huawei Mate 8 to actually place the flower order.

  32. JC 05/05/2016 at 19:30 Reply

    Hey Nafisa,

    I was so pleased with myself earlier this year when I finally upgraded my old BlackBerry (and I mean OLD) with the Huawei P something lite. My son had been nagging me for over a year to upgrade – he said my BlackBerry was an antique.

    For the first time in years I was going to have a better phone than my son. When he saw my phone he was almost jealous as his Samsung wasn’t the latest. For nearly two months I had the better phone.

    Then he went on holiday and his Samsung got stolen. He decided to get a Huawei like mine as a replacement. So I was feeling pretty good being the trendsetter for a change.

    When he went to the store to get the same model phone, they didn’t have any in stock, but he was told they had a newer Huawei – the Mate 8.

    Needless to say I’m no longer the family trendsetter and my phone old news yet again. I’m a bit envious of my son now (though I’d never admit it to him) and would really love to win a Huawei Mate 8 so that I can at least have an equally good phone.

    Don’t get me wrong, my phone is great, but the battery on the Mate 8 is the real winner – never mind all the other improvements. I’d happily donate my fantastic little Huawei to someone who needs a great phone if I win.

    I hope you’ll be contacting me on the 15th to tell me I’ve won. It will make my year!

    Thanks for this opportunity.


  33. Muhammad Haffajee 05/05/2016 at 20:06 Reply

    Ahoy Captain N

    Mate 8 you say…
    How many people will walk the plank on the mobile high seas for this one..
    The sharks circle, i tell yah

    I have a grow online business and steadily growing social media footprint. The 8 would be the perfect mate if it does all its meant to do.
    Lifes become all about shooting pics, social media and email. Hoping in the near future to design an app for the business too.

    Missed out by seconds when they ran the easter hunt for their phones via Instagram.

    Would it be 3rd time lucky?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this rambling

    The Happiness Factory

  34. Roy Pereira 06/05/2016 at 08:43 Reply

    1 its a Huawei.
    2 its a Huawei mate 8.
    3 its the phone everyone wants.
    4 my name is everyone.
    5 I will give my middle leg to own this phone. Not much more I can say. Huawei, pls come my way.

  35. Jessel Sookha 06/05/2016 at 10:36 Reply

    I only have 2 reasons –

    1 – photography – its always nice to explore a device and its possibilities when creating that next frame – the light trails has always been an admired passion of mine and I could just imagine the many frames waiting to be created

    2 – developing apps – for the last few years I have taught some basics in developing for Android based phones – but since I am an iPhone user – I have never been able to test the examples in a proper live environment – students on the other hand live within Android and have the pleasure of showing me what I have spoken about in class – so having an Android device would add to the excitement of displaying apps on the phone and the chance to interact the programming with the device such that it really makes use of the phone’s apps

    Great contest – may the best reason win…

  36. Masood Gool 06/05/2016 at 10:43 Reply

    Please Nafisa

    I need this phone, ever since my Note 5 got stolen I’ve been living with my old Samsung Galaxy S3

    Can u imagine going from a Note 5 to a S3?it’s like living with the 2016 equivalent of a 3310

    My finger prints haven’t been read in months please can u be my fortune teller and help have my fingers on my palm read again?

    Knock knock? U listening? Oops took a screenshot by mistake lol

  37. Mofokeng 06/05/2016 at 14:36 Reply

    Hi Nafisa

    I’m a freelance writer and would love to win the Huawei Mate 8, to quickly draft stories with Office on the go and read documents that I receive from clients. I’m almost 95% ebook reader for fiction too, so being able to read without having to squint would be nice. And I garden – and would like to be able to take better quality photos for my blog.

    Right now I end up travelling with both my laptop and smartphone. Having both in one devise would certainly lighten my load. Oh, and eh.. my current smartphone is dying on me as we speak. So you’d save me the almost guaranteed expense of having to replace it. Gosh, I sound like I’m in a bad way, don’t I? LOL.


    Damaria Senne

  38. Hanleigh Daniels 06/05/2016 at 14:37 Reply

    I need a Huawei Mate 8 because I am currently using a really outdated borrowed Windows Phone from work and need an awesome phablet. So it’s either I continue on my current way or enter modernity by getting on the Huawei…

  39. Patricia Bev 07/05/2016 at 21:26 Reply

    Hey Nafisa!
    I owned smartphone when I was living and working overseas, but I had to come home for unexpected health reasons which left me a.) without a job. and b.) without the funds to buy myself a new phone when my original one bit the dust. Thus I have been using an old phone which a kind family member donated to me. This thing is so old it is basically a dinosaur!
    I have recently started to work again and as a freelance writer and photographer the Huawei Mate 8 would be perfect for me!
    I would LOVE a smartphone that can run apps again! That can connect to the internet! That can take gorgeous pics! That I can work on! That I can read books easily on! I could go on and on but I think you get the picture…. <3

  40. Monica Dos Santos Guedes 07/05/2016 at 22:11 Reply

    I would really really want/need the new huawei mate 8 because I’m a first year candidate attorney, I’m always on the road to and from court and the office, taking notes, making phone calls, sending emails, and doing research. It would be much easier for me, with all the features it offers, to own a phone like this where battery life wouldn’t be an issue due to long working hours, I could have everything in one place and easy to carry unlike a laptop plus stationery and files.

    It would also be kinda nifty to take great pictures when the need arises !

    In my very young career, which is approximately 4 months old, I’ve found it to be very demanding and one has to be organised whether you like it or not. I feel like this device will help me achieve this !

  41. Kristi de Freitas 08/05/2016 at 13:07 Reply

    So I currently have an iPhone which is completely shattered and which I absolutely loathe. I fell in love with the Huawei when it launched and woah that baby needs a spot in my hand like yesterday! I need to win that phone because I’ve never owned an Huawei phone, my iPhone is just so last year, and the screen is shattered; and for someone who is literally on social media all day long on her phone, I kinda need a phone that lasts two days from one charge (oh yes, I’ve done research!), and has an amazing camera. Also, it helps that it’s super aesthetically pleasing as well.

    If I could be down on my hands and knees begging for you to pick me as the winner, you can so bet I would!

  42. Farhad 09/05/2016 at 07:56 Reply

    Slmz Nafisa
    the reason i need the phone is i’ve been having problems with my current Samsung Note and i think the time has come for me to try a different brand
    Heard some amazing things about the Mate, its time to try it now !

  43. Miss Sarah 09/05/2016 at 12:26 Reply

    Being disabled and mostly housebound doesn’t make me any more or less deserving of this prize, but it sure does increase my need for technology to connect to the world!
    I currently rely on a small laptop and an old smartphone to work, watch media, listen to music, chat to friends, network, read, write, and the list goes on… This phablet would make my life easier, more exciting and all around better! I can only imagine the speed and ease with which all these tasks can be performed will be a million times better on the Huawei Mate 8.
    I haven’t considered getting a regular tablet because i worried that the large size and keyboard would be cumbersome, however this 6″ device would be perfect for reading, working, typing, video chatting and the size would not be too big or too small – it is in the Goldilocks zone of devices in my opinion!

  44. Neil Naidoo 11/05/2016 at 11:54 Reply

    Hi Nafisa.

    Gosh I love this phone. I’ve been using my Huawei Ascend P6 for a while now and I must say, I do like the Emotion UI; it’s a marriage between Android and iOS and seems to me to be the best of both worlds. The thing I really like about the Mate 8 though is the MASSIVE battery. My phone, through virtually continuous use, is on it’s last legs; on a full charge, I can get to about lunch before having to plug it in again to charge. It has a 2000mAH battery, so the 4000mAH battery on the Mate 8 looks so good. It literally is double the size. I’ve also really been impressed with the strides Hauwei has made in the camera department; reviews now line Huawei phones alongside Samsung and Apple’s best. I really love taking photos whenever I get the chance to go somewhere nice and the camera on the Mate 8 has received such good reviews, including your own! It’s really cool, considering that, when I first got my phone, everyone was like “what phone is that? Huh?” Now everyone knows who Huawei is.
    The massive screen is also brilliant – I love browsing and the screen size, together with the 3GB of RAM will be truly awesome. And I get what you say about freeing up RAM, though I think I’ll be better off with the Mate 8; it’s frustrating to have apps freeze on you; in fact, it’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to switch my phone off and on again, just to get the apps running again – mighty frustrating.
    Huawei, I feel, is really making a great effort into giving value to customers – it seems to realise what users want and responds to our needs. And yeah, I really, really need (and want so bad) this phone! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  45. Kristi de Freitas 12/05/2016 at 12:24 Reply

    So I currently have an iPhone which is completely shattered and which I absolutely loathe. I also spend about 99% of my time on my phone updating social media, replying to emails, and really just using it all the time instead of sitting in front of a computer. The shattered screen makes it really hard to do things accurately; and I can’t afford to have t fixed either. πŸ™
    I fell in love with the Huawei when it launched and woah that baby needs a spot in my hand like yesterday! I need to win that phone because I’ve never owned an Huawei phone, my iPhone is just so last year, and the screen is shattered; there’s no way on earth unless if I sold a kidney that I can afford to fix it, and for someone who is literally on social media all day long on her phone, I kinda need a phone that lasts two days from one charge (oh yes, I’ve done research!), and has an amazing camera. Also, it helps that it’s super aesthetically pleasing as well.

    If I could be down on my hands and knees begging for you to pick me as the winner, you can so bet I would! It would mean more than the world to me to have a phone in one piece and would make such a difference to my days!

  46. Kazz 12/05/2016 at 12:57 Reply

    I am a total App, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Web and media addict! No social media or smartphone rehab for me – I want to spend as much
    time exploring this amazing, exciting and thrilling world of technology
    and communication. I feel like we are SO lucky to live in this time in history where connectivity is so easy and fun.
    The problem is that I don’t have a decent device on which to indulge my addiction! The Huawei Mate 8, with it’s large screen, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, superb camera and absolutely beautiful design would make me the happiest addict out there!
    I have a huge passion for capturing memories on video and editing montages for myself, friends and family. Winning this smartphone would help me to take that passion to a whole new level.
    Bring it on! I am SO ready for a powerful device that will let me Tweet, Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope and play my way through life!

  47. SandiSplash 12/05/2016 at 15:28 Reply

    Well with my baby being born tomorrow, I need a phone that takes amazing photos!

  48. Sajeeda 15/05/2016 at 11:23 Reply

    Hi Nafisa,

    Wow, the first unusual personal review of the Mate 8. Have been crushing on this phone since the Huawei Hunt then the launch and still, I do not have it in my hands. *tears*
    Crushes aside, my *need* for this amazingness is more than a want right now since having a mashed up screen (hit the wall and went crashing face down to the ground) is not the ideal thing in the world. Even worse when its an “old” model and they dont stock LCDs that are affordable for them anymore.
    With the price tags so high, which I cannot afford, winning a Mate 8 would be the biggest blessing phone-wise for me right now.
    There’s nothing not to like about the Mate 8 and I am all heart for it. It will make social media and work on my phone interesting again since my spirits have been so lacklustre using a damaged device. Typing without errors have been the most tiresome thing. Partly grateful for predictive text at this moment.

    The camera and features are sublime and what else more can a girl really want. Sigh. I’d love love love to have it. And it would be put to great use!

    Thanks for the opportunity. X

  49. Nafisa Akabor 16/05/2016 at 11:57 Reply

    Thank you to everyone who entered! A winner has been selected. PS stay tuned for more giveaways on Wired to the Web πŸ™‚

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