Julie’s gadget diary – I ordered the Huawei P30 Pro

ARTICLE – As Britney Spears would say, “oops, I did it again…” I ordered another phone. This time it’s the Huawei P30 Pro. I know that my score sheet for buying new phones and actually keeping them has been pretty embarrassing for the last year and a half. The last phone that I bought and actually used was the Pixel 2 XL back in October of 2017 and I’m STILL using it today!

I’ve bought and/or tried many phones since then but I keep going back to the Pixel 2 XL. I even bought the Pixel 3 XL but sent it back along with the Essential Phone, iPhone XS Max, and most recently the Samsung Galaxy S10+. I liked all of those phones but just not enough to keep them. I guess I’m getting much pickier as I get older and when features don’t work the way I want them to or they should, I get frustrated and revert back to what does work.

The P30 Pro has all the features I look for in a smartphone:

  • A great camera
  • Always on display
  • Wireless charging
  • Good battery life
  • HDMI out

Things I probably won’t like include the in screen fingerprint reader because I tend to have a crappy experience with most fingerprint readers no matter what tech they use.

I also prefer flat screens to the P30 Pro’s curved display, but I’m just nitpicking now.

I’m mainly looking forward to trying out the P30 Pro’s camera. I was impressed with the Huawei’s P20 camera and got some insanely good pics with it while on vacation in California last summer. The P30 Pro’s 40MP SuperZoom is next level though and looks mighty impressive. I can’t wait to try it.

I’ve ordered the Huawei P30 Pro from an eBay seller since it can’t be purchased directly through Huawei for shipping to the US. It’s supposed to be shipped or delivered by next Friday 4/19.

So does anyone want to start up a pool to see how long it will take for me to send back the P30 Pro for a refund? 😉

I have a good feeling this purchase is going to work out this time. My fingers (and toes) are crossed, but only time will tell.

Updates 04/25/19

I’ve had the P30 Pro for a few days now and I.love.it! Right down to the in screen fingerprint scanner which has been working flawlessly with my cold, dry, alien thumb! So far I only have one small complaint, but I’ll save that for the review which will be coming soon.

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  2. After the U.S. government threw them under the bus, I had to search elsewhere, because I had a good hunch that finding (usa) support in the realm of patches & updates, without having to go through hoops to unlock the bootloader, root, flash a custom rom would be hard. “Back in the day”, I use to flash just about anything on my HTC non smart PDA phones from Roms on XDA and what not, but, since my phone is pretty much an extension of work, after the end of the work day, I rarely touch it. I haven’t done anything but stock, since my first Huawei phone, the Mate2, which was followed by the Mate 8 and Mate 9. LOVED the battery life, stability of the rom, but, getting any support, in the way of updates, or warranty would be pretty hard.
    Shame…great phones.

      1. Hi there Julie,
        I came across your site while deep searching phones. I had been interested in purchasing and I don’t think I would have ever found you if I didn’t use search engines other than Google. Glad to say I’m glad I found you.
        I’m looking forward to your take on the Pro 30 and whether or not it’ll be a keeper. When will your review be coming out?

  3. I cannot imagine how much I owe you, Julie, in restocking fees I have not had to pay, thanks to you trying out phones for us. I look forward to your full review of the Huawei P30 Pro!

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