Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
As much as we'd love to see this running the latest flavor of the platform, Android 2.2 Froyo on the Huawei IDEOS X5 is still an up-to-date experience. With its 800MHz Qualcomm MSM 7230 processor, the IDEOS X5 provides enough horsepower in getting you by all the normal functions of the phone without exuding any evidence of choppy performance. Testing out its processing prowess, it's still quite capable in exhibiting some fluid movements in moving about its homescreen even when activating a graphically intensive live wallpaper. Furthermore, there's nothing wrong sticking to using the stock Android 2.2 Froyo experience since it can potentially minimize the time required in seeing updates.
Since it's running the stock experience, there's nothing new to learn about the platform as everything you'd expect is intact. With the apps panel, it's presented in that all too familiar 3D cube format that carousels items with its slick looking effects. Again, it does it so fluidly thanks to its processor which continues to show off its capable form. And when it comes to personalization, there are an abundant amount of items to modify to make the look and feel of the platform unique – such as the usual set of widgets, folders, wallpapers, and shortcuts.
There's no arguing that Froyo manages to integrate various aspects of social networking into the mix with some of the core apps, specifically, your contacts. Of course, you'll be able to view the usual assortment of information regarding each person, but you'll also be greeted to links and recent posts for their respective social networking accounts. Finally, the handset comes pre-installed with the Facebook and Twitter apps, which on their own, will aggregate information within their respective widget options.
Thanks to the decent amount of real estate offered by the IDEOS X5, sending messages won't pose much of a problem with its on-screen keyboards. In fact, there are three available that you can choose from, including Swype, which is able to keep up with our swift motions. Moreover, you've got the stock Android keyboard and one from Huawei that doesn't stray far from the layout of the stock one. Naturally, buttons are a bit cramped with the portrait options, but switching to landscape accommodates even the largest of fingers.
Stock Android keyboard
There are three available keyboards that you can choose from
The prototype handset is preloaded with a variety of Google branded apps, like Google Maps and Earth, but there are a handful of demo games on board – like Bubble Bash 2, Iron Man 2, Prince of Persia, and Uno. On top of that, we find an augmented reality application in Layar that will provide you a first person perspective of local businesses. However, you can't count out the notion that we'll see carrier branded applications with the final product – which some will or will not appreciate.
1. XProflmfao (unregistered)
It would be definitely interesting to watch how this phone plays out in the USA. Huawei is taking stake by getting serious about their American handsets, as evident by this mid-range smartphone.
2. JJ (unregistered)
Having bought my first smart phone back in January, a Ideos U8150, I instantly fell in love with the whole Android/Google setup (My wife even bought one). Being able to sync all your contacts, birthdays, tasks and calendar with the phone and the web is fantastic. So 2 weeks ago I upgraded to the X5. While I loved the little U8150, the X5 is so much better, not only the larger screen/resolution, but the speed as well. And Android Market is amazing, so many apps, both free and to buy. I've downloaded about 12, including Poweramp, Lookout, Quickpic, Batterychecker, iSyncr to name a few.
At NZ$549 it was the best value for money on the market. This model from 2 Degrees came with a 2gb internal card, and I fitted the 8gb card from my old phone, more than enough room for my photos and music. And no it doesn’t have a radio, but I’d never use it because you need the corded headphones to act as a aerial, I much prefer my Bluetooth head phones (no dam cords to get tangled). If you are thinking about getting a smart phone, don't hesitate, they're not that hard to operate (I'm no spring chicken and I didn't have any trouble) and I would highly recommend the X5 to anyone.
3. Said (unregistered)
4. Boy (unregistered)
Can it be upgraded to android 2.3 gingerbread?
6. georgenz (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)
Yes it can, I recently loaded 2.35 beta and instantly noticed a performance increase, and battery life improved by at least 50% even with gps and bluetooth turned on.
Apparently ful version of 2.35 Gingerbread is due to be released 31st Dec 2011 but the beta works great.
5. Ree1 (unregistered)
I bought the X5 last weekend - quite surprised myself with the $349 spend, but am very pleased I did. My son now has my old phone and I am learning to become a savvy user of the android. I like the smooth look with only 2 external buttons and find the touch-screen responsive and easy to navigate. Camera is great quality although shutter speed is a little slow -maybe I just need to practise more. Love the phone and would recommend to anyone without an iPhone budget. Using 2degrees is awesome too.