Summary: The Huawei IDEOS X5 was, and still is, the cheapest device around with such amazing specs. I mean you can pick up this device for just under $300 at your local Crazy John’s and you’ll get virtually the same specs as an HTC Desire Z minus the $500 price tag. I’ve been quite excited to get my hands on the IDEOS X5, just to see if it’s not some crappy device that will break or stop functioning within a few months.
Pros: Cheap!, Fairly fast, Android 2.2 (Vanilla), 720p video recording
Excerpt: Huawei is one of those companies that have specialised in the manufacture of mobile handsets, for quite sometime now. They only recently made a debut in the Indian market, but failed to impress the community seeing as their U8-150 budget Android device was far from perfect. The U8800 aka X5 was just launched in the mid-range segment and has the definite potential to redeem the company’s standing. Here’s a closer look.
Summary: Verdict: The X5 is a well-rounded device that packs plenty of punch. It has no glaring issues so if you’re in the market for an Android device and want a lot of bang for you buck, it’s worth a look.
Pros: Good looks, built well, decent overall performance, good web experience, great value for money.
Cons: Limited battery, screen overwhelmed by sunlight.
Excerpt: Finally, the Huawei Ideos X5 , made it to the market - after it was first time showcased at last year's Mobile World Congress as the Huawei U8800 . And unlike many other Huawei Android smartphones, the X5 is the company's first high-end Google experience Android smartphone which still sports Huawei's entry level price point, for what the company is definitely famous for (this about their 3G USB dongles).
VIDEOVIEW: Huawei Ideos X5 Android Smartphone Unboxing and Hands-on
8 April 2011
Excerpt: The Ideos X5 is Huawei 's brand new high-end Google experience Android smartphone with an entry level price point. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU at 800 MHz and runs Android 2.2.1 / Froyo . The X5 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz up to either 7.2 Mbps or 14 Mbps (device dependent) as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and aGPS.
Conclusion: Overall, I quite liked the device. Aside from the mucky camera the rest is rather respectable. Originally the handset debuted at £250, which is a bit steep. You could pick up an HTC Desire for that. However, it has dropped considerably and you can even find it for around £210. For that price it’s worth considering. Huawei have done a pretty good job here and ought to be proud of themselves.
Excerpt: The Huawei Ideos X5, which was first time showcased at last year's Mobile World Congress as the Huawei U8800 , is Huawei's first high-end Google experience Android smartphone with an entry level price point. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU at 800 MHz, the X5 runs Android 2.2.1 / Froyo . Designed for Europe and Asia Pacific, the Ideos X5 will be available in two flavors: as the U8800 and U8800H.