Another one of my Samsung phones bit the dust (physical damage). The Galaxy S3 was probably my favorite phone of all time, but after the S3 I noticed Samsung phones changed quite a bit. Samsung started to try to imitate Apple by giving you no external storage options and a non-removable battery. Not only were changes made on hardware, but TouchWiz progressively became more closed as they introduced Knox and continued to lock it down.
The problem is that only Apple can really pull that off. Apple makes the best locked down devices. You don't buy an android phone to have it locked down. You buy android for it's versatility. If I wanted a dependable locked down device, I would go with an iPhone. They are just better for that type of application.
Anyway, a coworker of mine showed me the Honor 8. I read some reviews on it and the price for the hardware is pretty amazing. 4GB of Ram and an octacore processor in the same league as the Galaxy S7 for half the price. After reading many positive reviews. I found a brand new one on Craigslist right down the road from for $150 cheaper than retail.
My first impression of the phone was that I picked up an iPhone. Huawei's flavor of android is very similar to iOS from the layout to the menus. Apple users would definitely feel at home. I am in not a fan of no app drawer so I installed my favorite launcher right off the bat. Ok cool, I am back to a familiar place. The flavor that the Huawei is using is pretty damn secure. I had to give everything permissions even system apps like phone, internet browser, etc which is something I really love. It also does a great job of killing apps in the background. If an app like facebook or amazon randomly start running in the background you get a pop up and option to close it. Now that feature I love! It was a constant battle with 3rd party task killing apps before. You always needed root for them to work they way you wanted to.
As far as performance. This is hands down the fastest phone I have ever had. Even though the S7 is slightly better on paper and wins out in categories such as camera, TouchWiz is a bloated beast that slows it down.
The screen reminds me on iPhone screen. It is very sharp and beautiful. My S6 screen had great resolution, but the colors didn't pop like the iPhone screen or the Honor 8.