Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
Seeing that it lacks a physical shutter key, we're resorted to navigating to the camera application in order to launch the app. Once that's done, we find ourselves in the familiar stock camera interface that's mostly clutter free – thus giving you more focus on what you're shooting. Obviously, there aren't that many manual options compared to other devices, but we're still presented with the usual ones like focus modes, scene modes, color effects, and white balance. Taking a photo is accomplished by placing your finger on the on-screen shutter button, which kicks in the auto-focus, and then releasing your finger to take the shot. In our experience, the handset takes some time to focus and shoot the image – which means that it requires a steady hand during the process.
Having in mind that image quality is subject to change, we'd still like to note that with the prototype, quality with its 5-megapixel camera is somehow abysmal which is most evident indoors where noticeable amounts of noise can be found. Outdoors though, it's a little bit more tolerable, but we wouldn't consider it as a replacement to your usual point and shoot. Specifically, we're subjected to shots that are muddy looking, soft in tone, and with bland color production. And even though it manages to pack on an LED flash, it doesn't seem effective on subjects that are more than 5 feet away – not to mention the drab and monotone colors it produces.
Surprisingly, the Huawei IDEOS X5 packs the ability to shoot in 720p which isn't something we necessarily find gracing most mid-range devices. Although we're jubilant knowing that it offers it nonetheless, its quality is anything but far from rewarding since what we got out of our prototype lacked any distinguishable details. Even worse, it shoots it at the slow as molasses rate of 16 frames per second which translates to a choppy recording. We really hope that by the time the handset will come to market, its photo and video capturing capabilities will be enhanced so that they live up to today's high standards..
Huawei IDEOS X5 Sample Video:
With its stock Android music player, it displays all the usual items on-screen when playing a song – such as the album cover, track information, and controls. However, it's able to differentiate itself ever so slightly by offering a variety of equalizer options. Using the default setting, audio from the speaker is neutral in tone and lacks any vibrancy. Switching to the “SRS WOWHD” equalizer setting, it drastically injects some low frequencies which translates to an overall more powerful output when it's placed on the loudest volume setting.
Internet and Connectivity:
Being the GSM device it is, it'll more than qualify to run on a variety of networks around the world, but its 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi will get you faster data speeds when you're outside the presence of a carrier's reach. Additionally, it features aGPS to get a fix on your location and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to get your casual set of wireless devices to connect with it.
Praising Android 2.2 Froyo primarily because it brings forth support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, the web browsing experience with the Huawei IDEOS X5 is tastefully satisfying. Meaning, it's able to load pages identically to what you find on a desktop PC. Pictures render perfectly while text will automatically adjust to the specified zoom level. Altogether, the experience is more than enjoyable, but we do notice some evidence of slowdown with pages that are heavy with Flash content. Nevertheless, it doesn't adversely detract from the overall good experience it has to offer.
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.