New Year – New Phone

Water droplets on a CD

I was scrolling through Twitter last week and a sponsored advert jumped out at me (so yes they do work!). Tesco Mobile were offering a Huawei P8 mobile phone free with a €30 a month contract.

Now I’ve just done 4 years with Meteor and I really didn’t want to go down the contract road again but Tesco were giving 500 texts, 500 minutes and 15GB of data for the €30. This compared to what I was paying with Meteor – €46  a month for 100 minutes, 100 texts and a lousy 1GB of data.

Also it wasn’t all plain sailing with Meteor, when I phoned up to cancel the girl was really quite rude, she couldn’t understand how 1GB of data wasn’t enough and was quizzing me on what I was using it for!

Raindrops on grass

Long story short. I did some research on the P8. The camera is the most important part of the phone for me and when I read that it had a DSLR-level Image Signal Processor I was more or less sold. Plus as the phone was free (yes I know I’m paying a contract, but sure I would have had to top up anyway) it really was a no brainer.

In I went to the lovely Bob in Tesco Mobile, Sligo. I found out all about the phone and the contract and headed over to Meteor to see if they could match the Tesco offer – they couldn’t. So 15 minutes later there I am with a shiny P8! First impressions I absolutely love it! It’s very responsive, the battery lasts ages (I got two days out of it and I’m on my phone a lot), the camera is just amazing. The photos on this post are from it – not edited in any way. The Afternoon Tea photos were taken with it too.

Coloured pencils and a blue sky

It’s even given me my photography mojo back and I’m having fun trying out different shots on the camera. It even has a cool ‘light painting’ feature – slow shutter speed basically. So you get car light trails, moving water shots and even starry skies. I’ve only tried this once as you will need a tripod and part of mine is missing.

Light painting mode

It even made me look halfway decent in a selfie shot! A miracle in itself! I’m the one on the right just in case you are wondering.



So that’s just a brief bit about the phone. If you are in the market for one I would highly recommend it. This blog post isn’t sponsored by Huawei or Tesco Mobile.  You can read more about the phone here.

About magnumlady

Photographer, blogger, hooked on social media. Based in Sligo, Ireland. Passionate about Ireland and always looking for the next adventure.

8 Responses

  1. Great shots Val, im gonna be in the market for a new phone soon. My HTC one battery is terrible. Will defo be checking out your recomendation. AA good camera phone is a big must for me too,
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. june

    Hmmmm…I think an upgrade is in my near future. 🙂 I have a Huawei Y550, and it’s excellent, but this sounds/seems even better. I love all the photos you’ve shared here, but the selfie with yourself and Puggley is adorable. )

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