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.

 

Build Quality

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.

 

Specifications

Availability Announced on December 2010
  Release date April 2011
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
  Standby Time 300 hours
  Talk Time 6 hours
  Type Lithium Polymer
CPU Speed 800MHz
  Type Qualcomm MSM 7230
Camera Main 5mp (2592×1944)
  Video 720p
Casing Colors Black
  Colors White
Connectivity & Data Bluetooth v2.1 A2DP
  EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
  GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
  GPS Yes
  HSCSD HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  USB microUSB v2.0
  Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Display Colors 16.8 million
  Resolution 480×800 pixels
  Size 3.8 inches
  Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
General 2G Network GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  3G Network HSDPA 900, 2100
  Alias U8800
  Form Factor Slate
  Price Range  
Memory Call record Unlimited
  Card Slot microSD, up to 32GB
  Internal 2 OR 4 GB
  Phonebook Unlimited entries
Operating System Type Android
  Version 2.2
Other Features Misc Features Accelerometer, Compass
  Web Browser HTML
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.

 

Conclusion

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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 Unboxing and Review Video

 

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