THE LAUNCH PARTY for the Huawei Vision smartphone was held last night in London and The INQUIRER was there. Here are our initial thoughts on the device.
The phone will be available from Phones 4U on a £25 per month contract, which includes the handset for free. Huawei said that the Vision will be available in time for Christmas.
The Huawei Vision has a sleek design with a uni-body aluminium shell in keeping with rivals such as HTC. Three colours will be available including silver, rose gold or charcoal.
In design, the Vision is reminiscent of the Nexus S smartphone from Google with a similar shape and a curved screen, although the curve is not as noticeable. This is no bad thing and we think the handset looks pretty good.
We found the Vision comfortable to hold with its rounded shape. It's size and weight are 9.9mm thin and just 121g.
For what will be a budget phone, its specifications are reasonable. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded via the microSD card slot. We found performance good, a respectable effort for what is not a high-end phone.
It almost goes without saying that the Vision will come with connectivity such as WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G, but near field communications (NFC) technology is not included.
The Vision runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread like a lot of other smartphones, but Huawei has added its own touch. The home panels can be viewed in a 3D carousel that can be controlled by normal swipe gestures or a scrolling bar.
We like the different approach and the carousel looks and works well. If you leave the screen on a home panel then you get animations of the widgets on that panel. Another addition is the ability to change the widgets on-the-fly and group apps in folders.
Pre-loaded apps will include Angry Birds, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Order & Chaos and Guerilla Bob HD.
The 3.7in touchscreen is a middle of the road size. We found the screen bright enough with good clarity. The one problem we found was a lack of responsiveness, where an on-screen button push sometimes took a couple of attempts.
It was far too dark at the event to test the camera properly, so we'll leave that for the full review. The specifications are reasonable for a budget phone, though, with a 5MP rear facing camera that is capable of recording video in HD 720p resolution.
Another thing we didn't have time to test was the battery. It's rated at 1400mAh, but we'll reserve judgement until we have a chance to test it properly.
Overall the phone could be successful if marketed correctly. It could be one of the best budget-friendly phones this season. We look forward to getting the Vision in for a full test and review. µ