x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.

Huawei Mercury Ice Review

Posted: , by Brian K.

Tags:

Go to page
User Interface and Software:

The Mercury Ice runs Android 2.3.6, and Huawei utilizes aHome themes to allow for customization of the device. The user can also choose the default Android look, though that only applies to the home screen and the app drawer remains skinned. The notification bar features handy toggle switches for popular options.

The Mercury Ice runs Android 2.3.6, and Huawei utilizes aHome themes to allow for customization of the device - Huawei Mercury Ice Review
The Mercury Ice runs Android 2.3.6, and Huawei utilizes aHome themes to allow for customization of the device - Huawei Mercury Ice Review
The Mercury Ice runs Android 2.3.6, and Huawei utilizes aHome themes to allow for customization of the device - Huawei Mercury Ice Review
The Mercury Ice runs Android 2.3.6, and Huawei utilizes aHome themes to allow for customization of the device - Huawei Mercury Ice Review

The Mercury Ice runs Android 2.3.6, and Huawei utilizes aHome themes to allow for customization of the device


Huawei Mercury Ice Review
As you might expect from a cheap device, the Mercury Ice is loaded up with all kinds of bloatware. Some are useful, like Documents to Go and Swipe, others are questionable like some Gameloft games and a security app, while others are just downright unneeded. You’ll find a few Radio Shack apps, as well as the Cricket Storefront (app store) along with the Muve Music App.

It should be noted that the GSM cousin to the Mercury Ice, the Honor, was updated to Android 4.0 more than 6 months ago, so we don’t hold out much hope for an ICS update to the Mercury Ice.


Processor and Memory:

With half a gig of RAM and a single core 1.4 GHz processor, the Mercury Ice does a decent job of keeping up with Gingerbread. There are some 3D elements to the animations, and the Mercury Ice does not hiccup on them. There is 4GB of ROM, and 2GB of internal storage available to the user. The microSD slot can officially accommodate cards up to 32GB.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Huawei Mercury Ice 2119 4017 3,2
LG Optimus L7 1886 2842 19,2
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 1953 4095 32,4
HTC Desire V 1807 2866 19,7

Internet and Connectivity:

With the stock Gingerbread browser and Adobe Flash the Huawei Mercury Ice can handle most things the internet will throw at you. Speed, however, is not its thing. Scrolling is choppy and slow, and while double tapping or pinching to zoom both work the whole page reformats when you do so. Third party browsers are available via the Play Store, but options are more limited since the Mercury Ice runs Gingerbread.

Web browsing with the Huawei Mercury Ice - Huawei Mercury Ice Review
Web browsing with the Huawei Mercury Ice - Huawei Mercury Ice Review
Web browsing with the Huawei Mercury Ice - Huawei Mercury Ice Review

Web browsing with the Huawei Mercury Ice


The Mercury Ice runs on Cricket’s network, which borrows from Sprint, so the Ice is a CDMA device. It is 3G capable, though only supports the slower EVDO Rev. 0 standard. It has other predictable connectivity options, such as Bluetooth (v2.1+EDR), GOS and Wi-Fi.

9 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:37 1

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Huaweii loves thin phones :)

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:48 4

2. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Nice ''sarcasm'' you got there.. NOT!

Hua Wei made what was to be the world's most thinnest phones.. at around 7mm....slimmer than the iphone 5 and moto razr

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 09:59 2

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


How does Radio Shack expect to sell these in their stores right next to virgin mobile''s $35 plan? Mediocre phone on an expensive plan. Good luck Radio Shack.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 10:29 1

5. AppleIsGod (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


they will probably remove the virgin mobile phones just like Walmart did to remove compitition. they will still have them online though.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:31

9. 2bkrul (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


Actually, Virgin is still offered and people still buy. RS Non-Contract is just as popular in some stores because of the unlimited music downloads and the tethering for $60 a month

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 10:15

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The name 'Mercury ice' sounds sexy, though not very suitable for a handset...but the phone heads the opposite direction of sexy!

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 11:02 1

6. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I think Huawei "Uranus" sounds sexier...lol!!!

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 21:30 2

7. CreeDiddy (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Phones like these are a disgrace to Google, Android, and the smartphone market. Low budget phones should not be allowed to be sold period. It taints the image of Google and have created a mockery of the white SIII. Please ban these phones and any budget phones.

Only phones with Android ICS should be sold to consumers and not Gingerbread. This is why Apple creates larger leads in the smartphone market. Devices like these that don't create value, but frustration because of lack of support in software and hardware because of the cheap price.

Google if you are listening....Please come out with a list of high end manufacturer's that can distribute Android OS. Ban all of the small fish in the pond trying to make a small buck.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 23:57 3

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


CreeDiddy, i would've given you a thumbs down but no, i guess you're sharing your thoughts because you are wealthy enough to buy any high-end device you desire.
Well, that's not the case for others who don't have enough resource to grab their hands on the latest, beefiest hardware... Considering the price point, it is quite fair...and anyone, not rich enough, going by just the numbers of the hardwares would find this acceptable. I know it's not a time for Google to come up with an outdated Gingerbread version of Android, and i know it won't last...but like i said, for some people living a life of economic leisure, this is fine for them. I'm not against you...i'm sharing my thoughts like you.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Huawei Mercury

Huawei Mercury

OS: Android 2.3.3
view full specs
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.40 x 0.50 inches
(122 x 61 x 13 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1900 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

Latest stories