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Huawei Ideos X5 Unboxing and Review

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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

AvailabilityAnnounced onDecember 2010
 Release dateApril 2011
BatteryCapacity1500 mAh
 Standby Time300 hours
 Talk Time6 hours
 TypeLithium Polymer
CPUSpeed800MHz
 TypeQualcomm MSM 7230
CameraMain5mp (2592×1944)
 Video720p
CasingColorsBlack
 ColorsWhite
Connectivity & DataBluetoothv2.1 A2DP
 EDGEClass 10, 236.8 kbps
 GPRSClass 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
 GPSYes
 HSCSDHSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
 USBmicroUSB v2.0
 WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
DisplayColors16.8 million
 Resolution480×800 pixels
 Size3.8 inches
 TypeTFT capacitive touchscreen
General2G NetworkGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
 3G NetworkHSDPA 900, 2100
 AliasU8800
 Form FactorSlate
 Price Range 
MemoryCall recordUnlimited
 Card SlotmicroSD, up to 32GB
 Internal2 OR 4 GB
 PhonebookUnlimited entries
Operating SystemTypeAndroid
 Version2.2
Other FeaturesMisc FeaturesAccelerometer, Compass
 Web BrowserHTML
Size and WeightWidth62.0 mm (2.42 inches)
 Height120.0 mm (4.68 inches)
 Depth11.6 mm (0.45 inches)
 Weight130 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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Bharat Nagpal
Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology and loves to help people around him get through the day to day trouble they face with technology. So that, they can love technology as much as he does! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+
31 comments
sid.Trojan
sid.Trojan

does this one have a fm radio...?

143urfriend
143urfriend

thanks for d above..i had bought one for me, could u ecplain were i can uprgrade this to 2.3, u have mentioned cm7, uanble to find on theri website..could u plese provide assistance.

Tyagi Rishi
Tyagi Rishi

pls tell me where to find this fone for 12000

Android newbie
Android newbie

Also where to down load the CyanogenMod 7 for Huwei Ideos x5? a link would be great. i'm thinking of buying this... thanks

Android Newbie
Android Newbie

how fast does the camera take picture? i've read that it takes up to few seconds. can you pls advise.thanks

Er. Rahul Sharma
Er. Rahul Sharma

and should i go with this phone syrely or not plz do tell abt this???????

Er. Rahul Sharma
Er. Rahul Sharma

i have a question about this phn...recently i contacted a mobile shop for price query and they said tht this phone is chinese so they hav stopped selling it.......is this thing is true?????

Hower2010
Hower2010

is it around 12000..?n wat is the custom rom link..?

Rohan
Rohan

Please provide the version of cyanogenmod 7. On cyanogenmod site this phone is not listed. A link would be great.

Business Telephone
Business Telephone

There's no camera shutter button, the microSD card is behind the back cover, and call quality was variable.

Michu
Michu

Hello,Great review. Where I ca download Cyanogen Mod 7 for this device? Could you please provide the link? Thank s in advance

ashish
ashish

IGYAAN, PLZ COMPARE IT WITH SPICE MI410 & GIVE RESULTS. THANX

Jyothish Kumar
Jyothish Kumar

What all cities is this pfone  available at?? Im @4c4dfbb8c16d5c207235c6c644ab9f33:disqus  Cochin....  some useful info will be appreciated..

Rohan
Rohan

Where can i purchase this phone in bangalore

Melosic
Melosic

Where can we get this phone in Delhi?

Sameer SooD
Sameer SooD

Guys.. Does it has FM?. Engadget says it has but gsmarena says it don't.Sameer