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Hands-On: Huawei Ideos X5

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Jan 6, 2011, 6:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Huawei announced a new Android device at the Consumer Electronics Show, and though it didn't say which U.S. carrier would offer it, the Ideos X5 supports AWS bands. Can this slim slab compete with the best Android handsets out there?

source: Huawei

The Ideos X5 is a simple slab-style Android handset. It doesn't have many fancy bells or whistles, bit it still manages to look elegant and refined. It uses traditional black and silver colors, which put forth a conservative vibe to this unassuming Android phone.


The Ideos X5 feels good in the hand, and the soft touch paint on the battery cover gives it a great, grippy texture. The controls on both sides of the device work just fine, and didn't come off feeling cheap.

There is a 5 megapixel camera with flash on the back, as well as a back-facing microphone for improved sound capture.

The X5 runs Android 2.2 and can be upgraded to Android 2.3. It's the stock version of Android 2.2, and doesn't have any special skins or user interface elements to set it apart. That can be either good or bad, depending on your point of view.

The X5 is a very vanilla Android smartphone. I'd expect this to take on the bottom position of any carrier's Android stable, as the major manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola are kicking out some seriously exciting hardware of late.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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Jan 6, 2011, 8:55 PM

I hope t-mobile is getting this

An android phone with just android on it. No wiz or blur or sense. It is... refreshing. Who knew I would have to go to China to find one.

To bad the so-called big manufacturers can't do the same rather than skin up their devices with things I don't want and cannot turn off.
They won't be unless they stop using sim cards.
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