Huawei Vision Review

Fri 24 Feb 2012

Filed Under: Huawei, Mobile Phone Reviews 

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Welcome to the 2012 Huawei Vision mobile review.  The new Huawei Vision is the brand’s first reasonably high end mobile phone at an affordable price. Well that’s what the marketing materials say anyway. The price of the Huawei Vision is under $280 – which is pretty much the cheapest Android based phone with a 1Ghz CPU on the inside. Read on if you want an honest opinion.

Construction quality of the Vision is overall quite good. Its pebble shape does differentiates it from the latest batch rectangular smart phone slabs. The rear panel reminds us of what HTC does with its backing which is quite stylish. The Vision in the hand is pretty good too.  It’s nicely weighted  and sized not too big or small. Unfortunately despite the real metal like the rest of the phone still doesn’t look like a premium phone like the iPhone. That said and in terms of aesthetics even Samsung can’t seem to produce a case that is a match for the iPhone.  If you want a decent case go for Nokia or Motorola. Regardless overall very good quality for a reasonably priced phone just needs some creative artists and designers to give their phones ‘it’ factor. That said there is very little wrong with the Vision and probably one of the best in the price range.

In terms of hardware the Vision has mostly up to date technology, featuring a separate graphics processor, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and even a FM radio. The headphone and loud speaker sound good but flat. The only thing really missing is more mobile frequency bands which means it won’t work on all phones networks, specifically Telstra. Admittedly while the resolution of the screen is great it is still a little small – we think 4 inches is just about perfect for a touch screen mobile phone. There’s plenty of memory on board for extra apps and the expandable memory means you will have

It terms of operation the Huawei Vision which runs the latest version of Android and works really well.  There does not seem to be any enhancement apart from the 3D menu system which is the same SPB skinning or ‘desktop’ software you can download from the Android store.  The software works really well and we did not encounter any errors or problems.  Everything about the way the Vision works was great for a reasonably priced phone.  As usual we won’t go into the details as there no additional features worth mentioning.

The main question we asked ourselves when comparing the less known brands is: Is it as good as a mobile phone with similar hardware specifications but with a better known brand eg. HTC or Samsung?  The answer is yes! The only issues would be reliability (being relatively new to the market) and whether there are any hidden ‘features’ that enable hackers or the government of a foreign country to take over your phone…:-) Just joking!

To conclude we like the Huawei Vision as a reasonably priced mobile phone. It’s all about out-right price and in this respect we can highly recommend it. There’s not much else in this price range that offers so much for so little. If you’re on any network apart from Telstra the Vision would be the perfect for those who want it all as a fair price then go for it – definitely a best buy model. Even if you’re looking for a cheaper mobile phone we think you should stretch to this one – worth every cent!

Specifications

  • Huawei Vision
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/2100
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    Not mentioned data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Resistive Touch screen
  • L120 x W60 x D9.9 mm 120 x 60 x 9.9mm
    Weight 130 grams
  • Display/s
    External 3.7 Inch TFT 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera
    5MP
  • Video Camera
    Yes – no specifications
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V2.1
    Micro-USB
  • CPU
    1 Ghz
  • Memory
    Up to 512MB available to user
    2GB MicroSD card included
    Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    A-GPS
    AndroidApp Store
    FM Radio
    Li-Po 1400mAh battery
    Up to xxx hours Standby
    Up to xxx minutes Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $280 AUD 2012 (Out-right)

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