Huawei Ideos, launched on September 2, 2010, is the first handset to have Android 2.2 (Froyo) pre-installed and also the cheapest Android phone of the world. The global launch of Ideos U8150-B, with price range of $100- $200 (depending on your location), will definitely bring Android to masses. Ideos packs almost all the features of a high-end phone yet priced so low that it can penetrate into masses, especially Asian market. We also managed to get our hands-on the phone to bring you the exclusive review of the device:
Ideos has 2.8-inch of capacitive touchscreen powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor. The screen is very responsive and processor is powerful enough to avoid any delay or glitches. The device has Android 2.2 (Froyo) pre-installed along with many Google applications like Maps, Voice, Navigate, Search and so on. It has a 256 MB memory, 512 MB ROM and supports microSD of up to 16 GB. It has a 3.2-megapixel still camera and support for video recording, however, you need to have an microSD card to use the camera. Other features include GPS, A-GPS, accelerometer, proximity sensor, FM radio, Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n and supporting GSM / GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA.
Ideos has a very prolonged battery life; the 1200mAh battery (easily replaceable) can give about 5 hours of continuous use of GPS, WiFi, Music and other task running simultaneously in background. The battery also takes very less time to recharge. You can recharge the device using the adapter or though a computer via USB-cable.
Android 2.2 Experience
Personally having used IOS 4 and Android 2.2, I feel that both the OS are neck-to-neck in providing maximum user experience and productivity. The device easily handles multitasking i.e. running many applications simultaneously. We experienced no performance cut while running Music, Mail, GPS-Navigation and eBuddy in the background along with getting continuous weather and news feed in the background. We totally recommend this device for Foryo.
About the 2.8-inch Screen Size
Okay this may be a negative point for a smartphone, but you have to give the credit to device for packing so much into a smaller/smarter design that cost you at least half of a high-end smatphones. The fact that I can type easily on an on-screen keyboard makes it easy to believe that it ain’t that small. As a by-product the phone gives good performance on Froyo and fits nicely into your pants.
In the Box
The contents of the box are the device itself, ear-phones, an adapter for charging and dual purpose USB-connector cable. This standard cable connects your phone to computer for data transfer (and charging) as well as to adapter if you want quick charging.
if you’re an YouTube addict on iPhone or similar screen size, there’s a slight drawback for you in this phone. The 2.8-inch screen with a resolution of 320×240 pixels doesn’t give the best video experience. Ideos lose some points on screen resolution (not screen size), they could have done better with the resolution keeping the same screen size. Another thing you may not like about the phone is about 25% screen-less area with only 3 sparsely placed buttons (something not common to high-end smartphones). The built/finish quality is not that of an iPhone or HTC for that matter, but we give an okay to that as well considering the price of the device. Also, camera is could have been better, we’ll soon review it’s camera.
We definitely recommend this phone to those users who want to get full android experience without robbing a bank. If you’re purchasing your first smartphone, go for it. However if you’re switching from iPhone, you may not like the media on this phone. Android 2.2 definitely gives an productivity edge on iOS and suits well for business users and travelers. If you can spend 3 times more (without contract) for iPhone and/or high-end android phones, go for that, for everyone else Huawei Ideos is a reasonable deal.