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Review: Huawei Activa 4G for MetroPCS

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The Activa runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with some minor customizations made by MetroPCS.

The Activa offers five home screen panels for customization and content. Four of them are littered with widgets and apps out of the box, but those can all be rearranged/deleted. The main app drawer is a single screen with all the apps displayed in an alphabetic grid. You can also view the main menu in a list, by category, or in a custom grid if you prefer.

The settings are mostly stock for an Android device and allow users to make a wide range of adjustments to the Activa's behavior without too much trouble.

In terms of performance, the Activa is OK but not great. It's pretty obvious that it's running something slower than a dual-core Snapdragon S4. The processor clocks in at 800MHz, and the performance is about what you'd expect from such a chip.

The home screen lags from time to time, apps are sometimes slow to open, and I had to repeat some screen presses thanks to unresponsive apps. It almost gets the job done, but not quite. However, it's important to note (again) that few phones offer 4G and other features found in the Activa for an unsubsidized price of $149.

 

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