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The Huawei Ideos does everything right to create a cheap phone with plenty of smarts. It’s not going to take on the big, beautiful Samsung Galaxy S, but it’s got an even newer version of Android and should only cost about £100 on pay as you go.
The Ideos is launched here but it’s isnt in shops yet, and since Huawei isn’t a well-known brand here, it will probably get renamed by the network that brings it to the India & UK. It should still be called the Ideos, though, so look for it on pay as you go for between £99 and £129 in India for about Rs. 5000 to 6000/-
All the Android
Huawei says it worked closely with Google to make the Ideos, which is evident in the Google logo that graces the back of the phone. This phone is pure Android 2.2 Froyo, the latest version of Google’s operating system. That means you have all the latest features, except one — there’s no Flash on the Ideos. It just doesn’t have the processing power to support Flash, sadly. But it does have all the rest of the goodies that come with the latest version of Android.
That means seamless support for Gmail, Google Maps, email and heaps more built-in features. If that isn’t enough for you, you can download more apps from the Android Market. There can be something of a ‘Wild West’ feel to the Android app store, with amateurs vying with the big brands for the top of the apps charts. But, if you can find the best Android apps, you can make your phone do almost anything you can imagine, from opening Office documents to sending digital postcards. There’s also a great official Facebook app and several excellent Twitter clients, including an official one.
The untouched version of Android and the partnership with Google means we can trust Huawei when it says you will get prompt updates for the phone as soon as new versions of the OS come out.
But don’t think that, just because Huawei has avoided adding its own skin to Android, you won’t be able to customise the Ideos. The Android user interface is so flexible you can personalise the phone every which way. There are lots of wallpapers — including touch-sensitive and animated ones — included, or you can use your own photos. Fill the five scrolling home screens with shortcuts to programs or specific contacts, or with widgets that update with live news and your social network activity. Setting up five home screens may be overkill for some people, but if you like to fiddle with your technology, you’re guaranteed hours of fun tweaking the Ideos.
Cheap and cheerful
Of course, the Ideos does make sacrifices to keep its price down. The case isn’t hideous, but it’s cheap and plasticky. The large, round navigation key — which Google loves to see on its phones — isn’t as sexy as the optical trackpad that you get on the HTC Wildfire. Like the Wildfire, the Ideos suffers from a low-resolution 320×240-pixel screen, which makes things look blurry.
In saying that, the Wildfire costs twice as much as the Ideos on pay as you go, despite its similar budget-Android target. With the Ideos, most of the important features are in place. The screen is responsive when you touch it, and it’s capacitive, so you don’t need to press too hard. The small, 71mm (2.8-inch) screen makes things pretty pokey, especially the on-screen keyboard, but good predictive text means it’s still very usable.
The camera is another place where the Ideos skimps and saves. It’s only 3.2 megapixels, with no LED photo light, but it does shoot stills and video, so you won’t be short of a snapper when you really need one. Android also makes sharing a doddle, with support for uploading video to YouTube and photos to Facebook, among other services. Just be sure to pick up a microSD memory card to store your snaps, because we don’t expect the phone to come with one.
Punching above its weight
The Ideos looks very similar to the HTC Tattoo, a cheap Android phone that we loved when it came out last year. Although they could be twins, the Ideos comes out on top because of its responsive, capacitive touchscreen and its up-to-date version of Android. And did we mention it costs around £100 on pay as you go? That alone could have us cuddling up to the Ideos, and, among its rivals at that price, it looks even more attractive.
On top of the bountiful Android features and apps, the Ideos doesn’t skimp on connectivity. It has the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi standard and 7.2Mbps HSPA for fast Web surfing over 3G. Bluetooth and a mini-USB port both come in handy for swapping files, while a standard 3.2mm head phone jack means you can use any pair of cans.
The Huawei Ideos may skimp on a low-res screen and camera, but it’s made exactly the right moves in bringing Android to the masses. 802.11n Wi-Fi and HSPA combine with the latest version of the Android OS to give the Ideos the leg-up on most other phones, at any price. Although you’ll miss out on Flash Player, you won’t regret saving some dosh on this responsive, usable phone.
- Latest Android 2.2 Froyo
- Responsive capacitive touchscreen
- 802.11n Wi-Fi
- Access to the Android app store
- Low-resolution screen
- Weak camera
- Not very attractive
This Huawei’s Ideos … Android 2.2 running phone has been released by Aircel and is priced at Rs. 8,499. If you are a postpaid Aircel subscriber, you will be able to use up to 2GB of mobile data every month.
[Shenzhen, China, 2 September, 2010] Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced the launch of IDEOSTM, an affordable smartphone powered by the latest iteration of AndroidTM 2.2 (also known as ‘Froyo’ ). The smartphone is priced between US$100 and US$200, depending on the market. IDEOS redefines the “entry-level” concept by combining high-quality hardware and software with a high price-to-performance ratio. IDEOS will be released in a number of countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America.
The ergonomically designed IDEOS provides a variety of ways to access the Internet, as it boasts downlink speeds of more than 7.2Mb/s, offers WCDMA + WiFi dual network support, and offers ubiquitous mobile broadband services. The device also doubles as a WiFi router for up to eight devices at a time, making IDEOS an all-in-one solution for a range of wireless connectivity options.
Available in black, yellow, blue, and purple, the IDEOS, with Android 2.2 pre-installed, not only runs fast, but also supports functions such as voice dialing, voice navigation, and the ability to run applications off the SD card. With more than 70,000 applications available in the Android Market, IDEOS provides a wide range of communication, entertainment, office, and financial management applications.
Kevin Tao, CEO of Huawei Device, said, “The popularity of the smartphone is one of the key tools to bringing people into the ‘Golden Age of Mobile Broadband,’ which is linked to Google’ s mobile Internet strategy.
“We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access.”
The name “IDEOS” embodies creativity and inspiration: the “ID” represents the industrial design-centric hardware platform, the “OS” represents the operating system as the core software platform, and the “E” symbolizes the evolution to mobile Internet.
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|HSDPA 1700 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2010, September|
|Size||Dimensions||104.1 x 55.9 x 12.7 mm|
|Display||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Size||240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches|
|– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
– Swype input method
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|– 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Memory||Phonebook||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Internal||256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 32GB|
|Data||GPRS||Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps|
|EDGE||Class 10, 236.8 kbps|
|3G||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes v2.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|Camera||Primary||3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)|
|CPU||Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Colors||Black body / blue, red, yellow backpanels|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Via third party application|
|– Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
– MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Photo viewer/editor
– Adobe Flash support
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh|
|Stand-by||Up to 288 h|
|Talk time||Up to 9 h|