Let us have a sneak peak of the phone and see how cost cutting does judgment to it.
DesignHuawei X5 has a 3.8 inch WVGA capacitive touch but unlike latest Samsung and HTC phones, it does not have super AMOLED and LCD screen. The touch responsiveness is not extraordinary but it surely gives tough competition to budget phones of other brands.
We can see a bit of cost cutting in the exterior as the phone covers itself with a soft-touch plastic cover. It gives a good grip to hand and the stiff glossy plastic trim bordering the screen is good to look at. There are no hard buttons below the screen but a row of touch buttons which redirects to various features of phone. It has a 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear side, an external speaker and a start button.
User experienceX5 comes bundled with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) minus the customized user experience, where we guess Huawei has saved a fortune. On booting the phone responds with the basic Android screen. The phone gives full power to customize it your way. Installing “Go Launcher” app to the blank canvas dresses up the phone in those elegant ways you could easily find in HTC or Samsung.
FeaturesModes of communication in X5 include quad-band GSM (2G) networks 850/900/1800/1900 and dual-band UMTS (3G) 900/2100. Before buying the phone one thing to keep in mind is, it is incompatible with the Next G portion of Telstra's network. There's also a Bluetooth supporting the standard range of wireless audio profiles Wi-Fi onboard and a GPS receiver. In short, X5 all the must haves communiqué features of a smart phone.
The X5 can play H.264 and WMV video files and MP3, AAC and WMA audio. There is no media sharing app or HDMI output on the X5, therefore a third party app or a built in device must be needed to fulfill the purpose.
While using phone we haven’t come across performance glitches in the phone, it has given solid performance in majority of cases. Call quality and signal reception is great, and earpiece speaker is loud enough to make calls.