Huawei IDEOS X5 Preview
calling quality with the prototype to be acceptable thanks to the natural voices heard on both ends of the line. However, we find the earpiece to be lacking in volume which required us to shove the phone closer to our ear to hear voice properly. And with the speakerphone, it reacted the same way because volume output seemed to be lackluster – even at the highest setting. That's one thing that we'll check once more when the final unit becomes available, seeing that Huawei engineers might still have some work to do with it.
Since our prototype only connected via EDGE, it doesn't particularly paint the true telling of its battery life. Though, we have to admit that on normal usage, it managed to provide us over a day of battery life before requiring a recharge. Obviously, 3G connectivity will impact the results more and we'll be able to further gauge its level with the final unit.
First and foremost, the Huawei IDEOS X5 is by far a refreshing departure over the offering we experienced with the T-Mobile Comet – Huawei's last Android powered device for the US market. Positioned to being a mid-range device, we're glad that it dances on the fine line of being a high-end model with its high-resolution display and availability of 720p. Furthermore, the design and construction are vastly superior to the Comet – even though it might come off as being like any other typical touchscreen phone on the market.
However, one thing to keep an eye out for is what pricing will grace this Android 2.2 device. That's because it'll have a drastic effect on winning over consumers – especially in the US where its brand recognition isn't as prominent. If it were given a price tag under $100, it'll easily attract customers with its mix of features and would be able to rival the LG Optimus One as the device with the most bang for the least amount of money. But if it were to tangle between the $150 to $200 price range, it might quickly be overlooked in favor of some of the other well known Android devices out there.
Huawei IDEOS X5 Video Preview:
This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.
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.