Huawei has launched the new version of Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro in India which is the successor of the previous first generation IDEOS X5. The X5 range has been quite a good value for money and has been quite popular with Android phone buyers in India which the reason why Huawei India has decided to use the same name for the new device instead of giving it new branding. In this article, I will share my experience of using the IDEOS X5 with you and its strengths and weaknesses considering the price segment it has been placed in.
Huawei IDOES X5 U8800 Pro Hardware, Software And Performance
First lets talks of the hardware which is quite impressive for the price segment we are talking about which is under Rs. 15,000 ($300). The phone has a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with brilliantly sharp and crisp display at 480×800 pixels which is quite high end for this price segment. It has a scratch resistant glass which does not attract fingerprints or dust which is a good thing especially for dusty environments.
It supports 2G (quad band)/ 3G / HSDPA (dual band), WiFi (b/g/n) weighs about 130 gram which is decent and is quite slim too at 11.6 mm. Talking of processor, it has a 1GHz single core Qualcomm processor and 512 MB of RAM which is not low by any standard. In fact it has got very good CPU, RAM and display configuration in its class. 1500 mAh Li-Polymer battery is also impressive and lasts full day with moderate to high usage (does not include heavy gaming) which is decent for an Android device. It runs Android 2.3 which is a slight disappointment, but the update for 4.0 ICS is expected by Aug or Sep 2012 as per technical team at Huawei.
Talking about the software, the user interface which has been customized by Huawei is very impressive, practical and easy to use. There are features like Streams which lets you see all your social media updates on home screen in a widget, special cloud storage by Huawei which backs up all your data and setting even as little as alarm settings. It also provides safety features to recover lost/stolen phone and remotely erase all data from the phone if it gets stolen. Using multiple application on the phone with some applications in the background did not create considerable lag or slowness which we see on most android phones in this segment.
One small thing which bugged me though is typing experience, for a guy with large / fat hands using the keyboard especially in portrait (holding upright) position can be tricky. Edges of your palm touching the screen is also sensed as input at times while typing, however typing in landscape mode is comparatively comfortable as the letter are far apart. I tested the phone with multi-touch tester app from market place and discovered that this screen senses only up to 2 touch points at a time which is a small let down as much cheaper phones now a days come with 5 touch points for better input detection. But this is a small negative considering that almost everything else about this phone is quite good in the price segment.
Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro Video Review
What We Like In Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro?
- High value for money
- Good battery life
- Good performance
- Backup / Cloud / Messaging features
- Form factor
- Fast and efficient processor and sufficient RAM
- Good sound quality
- FM Radio (not all smartphone comes with it these days)
What Could Be Better In Huawei IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro?
- Average (not-so-pleasing) camera quality
- Typing can be difficult with large fingers or fat hands
- Headphones quality could have been better
Huawei IDOES X5 Picture Gallery
Closing Words on IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro
With so many strong points in its favour and some negative points, the IDEOS X5 U8800 Pro is one very good value for money Android phone for most users who use their phones for staying connected to Internet, occasional use of camera (as camera is average), using apps, and listening to music.