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Huawei Mercury Ice Review

Huawei Mercury

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Huawei Mercury Ice Review
Callers were very displeased with the Huawei Mercury Ice, calling it “one of the poorest” handsets we’ve tested. Their complaints were many, but the biggest issues were echo, hollowness and nasally sounding tones. They noted that they had to concentrate to carry on a conversation with us, even though we were both sitting alone in a quiet room. While the Mercury Ice wasn’t the best phone we’ve ever tested, it was a far cry from the worst as their voice was generally plenty loud with good sound reproduction.


Battery:

The 1900mAh battery is rated for 6.5 hours of talk time, but we found that it drained pretty quickly during our testing.


Service Plan:

One way MVNO’s typically differentiate themselves from the competition is by offering unique services, or discounted rates. Unfortunately Radio Shack offers none of that, and as far as we can tell their plans mirror Cricket plans exactly. Ultimately, this appears to be a re-brand right down to the phone offered (Cricket offers the original, black Huawei Mercury, albeit at $50 more). Unlimited plans are $50 and $60, with the extra $10 bumping you from 1GB of un-throttled data up to 2.5GB and the ability to tether. If you want the Mercury than we can understand going with Radio Shack, as it’ll save you $50, but with identical plans and phones like the iPhone and HTC One V available from Cricket we fail to see what Radio Shack’s play here is.


Conclusion:

In the end the Huawei Mercury Ice is a rather unspectacular phone; its performance is sufficient but the operating system outdated and call quality suspect. At just $150 with no contract the price is right, but in the growingly competitive pre-paid space there are better phones with better networks available on better plans. Some MVNO’s start things off with a bang by offering ultra-competitive plans or high-end devices; Radio Shack chose to do neither with their plans nor the Huawei Mercury Ice. As a simple re-brand this MVNO might be a bit easier to operate, but we have to ask: with no special services or devices, why bother?

Android 2.3.6
Build M886V100R001C431B899SP02

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Pros

  • Camera can take good pictures in the proper conditions
  • At $150 with no contract, the price is right

Cons

  • Touchscreen is unresponsive at times
  • Still running Android 2.3
  • The plans don’t offer a compelling reason to sign up with Radio Shack
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Huawei Mercury

Huawei Mercury

OS: Android 2.3.3
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PhoneArena rating:
4.5Average
Display4.0 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
0.5 GB 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

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