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Would you buy a Galaxy S 2-grade phone if it was made by Huawei?

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:13

Huawei was among the first companies to introduce their latest handsets at this year's CES. What grabbed our attention, though, was the fact that this is probably the very first time the manufacturer is actually coming up with a true high-end phone, namely the Huawei Ascend P1 S...

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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:16 3

1. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:25 4

21. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Huawei make a large qunatity of the mobile broadband modems we sell and for the most part they are reliable and good quality. I still voted id rather wait for reviews though and intial releases before even considering the phone

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:19 1

2. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I dont know enough about Huawei...I'm skeptical of battery life, signal, and materials on most phones. So untill I have feed back about those things I cant go just on spec sheets.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:19 4

3. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I feel like Kyocera and Huawei are the Kia and Hyundai of the phone world. They may have good specs and have cheap prices, but it's just not a reliable brand.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:26 3

5. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

We will see about the reliability in the long-run for Kia and Hyundai. For a car, most people would at least be looking at about 15 years of usage/200,000. For a mobile phone, let's say 2 years? Buyers switch phones way faster than a car. Even as if the phone breaks down, technology moves so fast, today's hottest become a low-end the next year or two. If it breaks, then let it breaks.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:28

6. knights4life03 (Posts: 131; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

well said waka! lol

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:24 2

20. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

Actually, Samsung is the Kia and Hyndai of the phone world.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 19:23 2

25. ningaman999 (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

Personally Samsung delivers the best quality phones, I don't want to sound stereotypical, but sometimes name brands do matter. Would you rather buy a Sony TV or a Sylvania TV (Look it up)? Samsung is more of the Infinity or Jaguar and Huawei is more like the Mercury. In the end for any product, every brand has their high and low quality.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 19:42 3

27. cheetah2k (Posts: 1735; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

In Australia we have Samsung branded TV's, and Kogan branded TV's with Samsung panels at less than half the Samsung TV retail price.

Sure the Kogan TV's don't have the exquisite looks of the Samsung TV's, but I'd be keen to give them a go just to save some coin knowing they've got the same quality parts in them...

Huawei phones will be pretty much the same IMO. Quality parts, but Huawei branded.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 02:25 3

42. diverdude (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

I agree that samsung is terrible. Have an s1 captivate, and the frame cracked (keep it in an otter box), the speaker keeps going out, and the GPS has never worked despite days spent trying all the fixes and apps. The first two problems are due to the cheap frame that flexes in the pocket under poor design and not from dropping or abuse. Love android, but next phone will probably be iphone as their phones last (if you don't break the screen). Sure technology is moving quickly but I don't believe in the $600 disposable smartphone model. It doesn't work with people who are not on a postpaid contract system.

As far as huawei, they can pack a punch at value, but battery is aweful and reliability has been poor on their other products. I live in Kenya and even the Kenyans think they are poor quality, but buy them because of their budget smartphones (the ideos was an instant hit but people have stopped buying them because they don't perform as they look on paper). I have had a couple of their 3g modems burn out in less than a year. After a couple months they start getting hot and slow down. Hopefully they will improve like Hyundai and Kia have done, but you won't find me as an early adopter.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 11:17 1

50. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

a samsung captivate is about 2 years old!! how do you expect for it to be in perfect condition!! really?? ive had 2 S1 vibrants and ive dropped them plenty of times and have never had any hardware issue at all.. Why dont you try the newer samsung phone for example the GS2 im pretty sure you wont be complaining..

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 19:39 4

26. cheetah2k (Posts: 1735; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Hyundai and Kia have turned out more reliable than Toyota these days, and during the GFC invested 5 x more $ on R&D than Toyota, Ford and GMH put together.

So @christianqwerty, tecnically, your argument is a bit daft.

Huawei have been around for many years making 3G USB, laptop and wifi modems for ages, as well as having budget targeted reliable but low spec'd mobile phones. I'd give them a chance, providing they were initially cheaper than the others.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:14 2

31. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

obviously you dont pay attention to cars. hyundai's are now rated higher than many toyotas and hondas. toyotas are having tons of problems. I drive a hyundai sonata. It's the nicest car ive ever owned by far and ive had quite a few nice cars. 100% reliable, well built, excellent interiors, decent power, and the most features per buck.
You should drive one before u scoff at it. I used to do the same thing until my wife bugged me to try it. Best decision i could have made. I know your young and it may not have the "cool" factor that other cars have.. but it also doesnt have the "repair" factor either. lol

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:33 1

33. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

Did you have the steering problem? That was kinda a big issue on the sonata.. assuming if you are driving the 2011

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 22:07

37. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no i bought an 09 when they came out with 5 miles on it (in 09 they changed the interior, in 11 they changed the exterior).. 3 were from the test drive. had an odd clutch issue in the first like 200 miles that was fixed quickly and for free, but other than that its been a dream. hyundai treats you better as a customer than any other car company ive delt with in the what.. 15/16 years.. that ive been driving? they really pamper you.

my next car is going to be a sports car, and ive been looking at mustang and camero V8's as well as like 370's.. but with the news that they are going to drop a 350hp engine into the Genesis coup for the 2013 model, i might give that a test drive too. my friend and i laugh at each other. he just traded his stang in for a 2012 sonata because he liked mine so much, and im lookin at trading in my sonata for a stang since i want something faster. lol

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 14:55

53. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

I just went to motortrend.com and looked at the 2013 of the Genesis coupe, and it looked like a MAZDA to me... 2013 changed the front fascia... I will stick with the 370s. Mustang boss 302 seems nice.

I have to say the 2012 Sonata do look very nice indeed. I see this car everywhere (Chicago). I checked out the website and adding the $3000 package into a SE turbo. The total after tax and everything will come out around $28-30k. Good deal!

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 12:40

51. Dinged (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Jan 2012)

IMO the chinese branded Huawei is nothing like Kia or Hyundai. Hyundai Sonata, for example, has won numerous awards - it's not only fair priced, but it differentiates itself by good innovative design, both inside and out. Toyota on the other hand has lagged in it's interiors and outdated exteriors.

Huawei business model is different - it doesn't innovate, Instead, they make popularly spec'd devices at cheaper prices by manufacturing cheaply (cutting quality in hardware, support, R&D or testing). Although this article states that the Huawei is spec'd the same as a Samsung, don't expect performance to be on par. Driver implementation(affecting phone stability and performance), audio noise, battery life, phone reception, gps accuracy and availability of future updates and support all come into question beyond the scope of this article.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:24 6

4. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I will consider just because they went the extra mile and put the lastest Android version on it... unlike lazy "known" carriers... that rush the product and dont take their time to put ICS on it... (if Huawei can do it why not the rest?)...and lastlyif they get rid of the "Samsung" trademark plastic cover

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:45 10

9. Ray.S (Posts: 383; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

I agree with you. it really is mind-boggling to see the Ascend P1 S run ICS, while something like the LG Spectrum is unveiled with Gingerbread... Then again, it's also important to see exactly when these handsets are going to launch. Huawei might be showing an ICS phone now, but if it fails to launch it before, say, the second half of the year, then big deal that they were first here.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:53

14. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

Absolutely! Everything we see at this moment are pretty much work-in-progress. ICS will eventually keep rolling out. Will they be able to deliver before Samsung, HTC, Sony or Motorola and hit big in the American market? We will continue to spectacle.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 18:06 2

17. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

These handsets are the 2nd or 3rd Huawei devices with ICS. Huawei already introduced a ICS device that can be downgraded to Gingerbread. Huawei is not a fly-by-night OEM -- it's one of the top cell phone makers in the world.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 19:46 1

28. cheetah2k (Posts: 1735; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Or worse still, it could end up like the Motorola Atrix which was released, praised and awarded @ CES this time last year, was released with Froyo with the "promise" of Gingerbread - which never ended up happening until some 11 long months later when the phone had almost reached end of life...... eeeeekk!

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 22:01 2

36. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Who gave you your information? the Atrix GB update rolled out in july, 6 months, not 11, after it showed up at CES last year. Not only that it was one of the first devices that didn't launch with gingerbread to recieve it.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 22:41

40. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

actually my bad it wasn't in july6th, closer to the end of the month but still july...
However it just dawned on me that you're probably talking about the european model? In which case my bad, I forgot they even sold the thing anywhere else.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 02:45

43. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Agreed with Jimstar. I remember when that update happened because I literally bought the phone the next day or so after the update started rolling out. I didn't even have the phone for more than an hour before I got it home and updated it. Jimstar is also right about the timing of the Gingerbread update vs. many other phones on AT&T especially. Gingerbread had only been out for a couple of months when the Atrix was released.

The reason why the Atrix was exciting was because it had a dual core processor by Nvidia, which has been a HUGE name in computers for years because of their graphics cards, along with internal memory that rivaled (and still rivals) the iPhone, a fingerprint scanner, and the laptop dock, which is slowly becoming a successful expansion of Motorola's product functionality.

No offense, Cheetah, but you could have done your homework better on this one.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:16

32. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

As long as they stand by their warranty and promise me quick updates and unlocked bootloaders, i can give anyone a try.

GalaxyS2 class device though? nice sensationalism but .. naaah.. no exynos or super amoled. thats what makes an SGS2.. an SGS2. Lets call it a droid class device :)

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 10:30

49. Ray.S (Posts: 383; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Believe it or not, the P1 S has a Super AMOLED screen... and it's processor isn't that bad either.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:35

7. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

They've made some decent phones for T-Mobile and such, and obviously millions of people have already bought the made-in-China iDevices by even smaller manufactuers than Huawei and ZTE, so I would expect/hope that this somewhat-unknown brand would be accepted

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:37

8. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)

Huwaei does a lot of background communications development. The are like a servicing company that sets up networks well too my knowledge.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 17:47

11. Ray.S (Posts: 383; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Yep, they are very big in the telecommunications equipment and services business, but their phone business is yet to make any serous strides.

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