Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is a really big business phone. With a 6.1-inch display, it straddles the line between smartphone and tablet, but that huge screen could be a boon for some business users. And the phablet boasts super-long battery life, decent performance and an affordable price point to go along with the big frame. If you can handle the extra bulk, this could be the business phone for you. Check out a full review of the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE at our sister site Laptop Mag, or read on for three features that make it good for work.
At 6.1 inches, the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is a seriously large device. It dwarfs Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, which packs a big 5.7-inch screen, and it's even bigger than monster phablets like the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520. That could be a plus for business users who want to perform screen-intensive tasks, such as viewing and editing spreadsheets on the go. A bit more screen space might also make basic tasks such as managing your email inbox more comfortable. But users with small hands might have a tough time wrangling a phone this big, and it won't fit into your pocket as easily as a smaller device.
Long battery life
The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is one of the longest-lasting smartphones ever. It packs a beefy 4,050-mAh battery that lasted about 15 hours in a test that involved continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That means this phone lasts even longer than LG's G2, which offers about 13 hours of battery life, making the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE a good pick for business users who need a device they can depend on for a day or two. The phone's battery is so big it can even act as a recharging station for another mobile device when linked via a micro USB cable.
Compared to similar phones, Huawei's phablet is pretty affordable. The device is currently available for just $299 off-contract. That's the price you'll pay for the phone, without the need to sign on to a pricey two-year contract. The off-contract version of the Galaxy Note 3 costs about twice as much. The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE isn't the most powerful phablet around, but it does offer good performance during daily use, especially for the price.
Originally published on Business News Daily.