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Huawei M835 review

Consumers looking for a cheaper smartphone that runs Android may want to check out the Huawei M835. If you have not heard of Huawei, you are not alone. They are a Chinese company that is relatively new to the cell phone market in North America. The M835 is small and simple and runs on a stock build of Android 2.2.

The phone features a 2.8 inch touch screen on the front and, like many smart phones, that is where all the navigating and the user experience happens. The screen has crisp text and decent colors when not in direct sunlight but is rather small compared to just about every other smart phone out on the market.

The M835 comes pre-installed with Swype, which makes text messaging a breeze. Surprisingly, even with Swype, errors in text messages are a commonplace which is abnormal for using Swype. Most phones that use it do not have this problem.

Call quality and the speakerphone both underperformed. The speakerphone simply is not loud enough, and calls in busy environments are filled with background noise.

The processor on the M835 also lags behind the times at a paltry 532 MHz. When using the phone you can clearly tell it needs better hardware. Applications take a long time to open, and trying to run several applications at once is not a good idea and can even crash the phone. You would think this weaker hardware might lead to better battery life, but that is not the case either. Battery life compares to the larger and more advanced smartphones.

Need to Know: Huawei M835

1. The M835 is one of the smallest and lightest smart phones around. (The Good)

2. Has access to all the Android marketplace applications. (The Good)

3. Battery life and hardware specifications are way behind the competition. (The Bad)

4. Android does not run very well on this phone. It feels slow and clunky most of the time. (The Bad)

Operating system
528 MHz
Screen Size
3+ MP

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Screen Size

The Huawei M835's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 9 days standby time.

Huawei M835 Specs

Release date July 2, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/1700/1900 MHz
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.82 W/kg
Body: 1.14 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.5 cm (1.6 x 0.8 x 0.2 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Google Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
3+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB+, WAV, QCP, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments 2GB MicroSD card included
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