The Huawei Ideos X5 turned out to be a shocker, with the surprisingly bright and vivid display the device is a good option in the price range, lets see why.
The X5 has a brilliant shape, almost a square chunk rounded on the top and on the bottom. the device has excellent rubberized plastics throughout the back and the side making it extremely robust and comfortable to hold in the hand.
|Availability||Announced on||December 2010|
|Release date||April 2011|
|Standby Time||300 hours|
|Talk Time||6 hours|
|Type||Qualcomm MSM 7230|
|Connectivity & Data||Bluetooth||v2.1 A2DP|
|EDGE||Class 10, 236.8 kbps|
|GPRS||Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|HSCSD||HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen|
|General||2G Network||GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900, 2100|
|Card Slot||microSD, up to 32GB|
|Internal||2 OR 4 GB|
|Other Features||Misc Features||Accelerometer, Compass|
|Size and Weight||Width||62.0 mm (2.42 inches)|
|Height||120.0 mm (4.68 inches)|
|Depth||11.6 mm (0.45 inches)|
|Weight||130 grams (4.6 ounces)|
Multimedia & Camera
The display on the device is simply stunning, a 3.8 inch screen with a good 480x800px display makes it a very vibrant and eye catching device. Videos play beautifully on the device and almost all types of formats are supported by the device. Audio is loud and clear from the earpiece and speaker phone with deep bass and subtle highs. The phone covers all grounds when it comes to multimedia.
The Camera on the device is a beautiful 5mp camera which does HD video at 720p. The video fared great in comparison with other devices. The pictures from the device are crisp and clear, the camera focuses quick and get get good exposure shots , when ample lighting is available. You simply cannot ask for a better functioning camera from the device. However, we did notice that 3rd party apps improved camera output.
Root and Custom Rom
The easiest device to root, the Ideos X5 was easily rooted and upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread using Cyanogen Mod 7. The device becomes snappier and much more appealing to the user. Heck you can even get the old CRT TV turn off animation when you lock the device. The benchmark scores improve by about 300 points and the overall stability of the device increases.
Phone, Messaging and Battery
The device features a brilliant antenna, we got good network strength even in places where there is usually low network, we faced no dropped calls and overall performance of the device is great. The screen is also great for messaging and features SWYPE keyboard as a standard, therefore making it an excellent keyboard.
The battery life of the device was also more than expected. The device gave us 5-6 hours of talk time on 2g and about 48 hours of standby. 3-4 hours of talk time on 3G networks.
There are not many devices that require such short reviews to become recommended devices, Ideos X5 is one of them. We highly recommend this device, sheer good quality materials and excellent specs, brilliant screen, the ability of root, and Cyanogen mod 7, what else could one want?. This device is sheer brilliance , but it just comes down to the poor service and support for Huawei in India. Making this device a highly questionable one for those looking for long term investments.
Price :INR 12,500/- ( USD 300)
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