Not all phones need to have large touchscreen displays, always-on Internet access, or a large selection of third-party software. In fact, many users have absolutely no need for these and are perfectly content with more traditional mobile phone functions like text messaging and voice calls. For this, the Huawei U2801fits the bill.
It comes in an easy-to-pocket, candy bar form factor. Although it seems rather chunky at 14mm thick, it weighs only 90 grams so you can be sure that it’s very portable. On the front, you’ll find nothing more than a 1.8-inch QVGA display and alphanumeric keypad with a small number of navigational buttons. The built-in 0.3-megapixel camera with video capabilities is located at the back and an FM radio is added in for good measure.
Overall, the U2801 is a no-frills candy bar phone with simple aspirations. It looks like a decent pick for those wanting a basic device.
Need to Know: Huawei U2801
1. Affordable price tag. (The Good)
2. Easy to use. (The Good)
3. Very limited feature-set. (The Bad)
4. Small screen and terrible camera performance. (The Bad)
Reviews (2/10 Avg. rating)
Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.
Nope. I switched to it on wind because they wouldn't take my L4N from Virgin. From circuitous ways of doing what should be regular and routine tasks, to silence or vibrate-only modes that also silence your alarms, there are many reasons this phone's interface is poorly designed. I'd like to spend most of this review, however, on... The biggest deal breaker: How easy it is to pocket-dial 911 with this phone. Taking a cue from smartphones which can be password locked but need to be able to dial 911 if needed, Huawei programmed this thing to be able to do so as well. This is unecessary, to start: Keypad locking on these phones is just to prevent pocket dialing and you only need to press the two given buttons in sequence to unlock it for an emergency call or anything else. When locked, the top-right button of this phone converts to a SPEEDDIAL for 911, meaning you only need to accidentally press the call button to have a 911 operator listen to your pocket. This is embarrassing, a waste of public resources, and a feature that cannot be turned off. Poor design all-around. This format of phone has been around long enough for this kind of bungle to be a pretty special feat. I'd give it a 0 if I could. I enjoyed smashing the damned thing when I resolved to replace it.Less
What a piece of crap!!!
This phone and it's website support are useless!!!!. I can not install music, it took me an hour to download and the suite to open and yet I have not been able to do a things with it... I am returning this crappy phone tomorrow morning!!!Less
If you are looking for a good phone certainly dont buy this one. Solid feature phone
Horrible camera, and not a very good user interfaceLess
Absolutely the worst cell phone i've ever used (out of 5)
Got it from windmobile. Bad network sensitivity, slow and often stuttery user interface, and worst of all - battery is nearly dead after just 2 month of use, can't hold more that a day in stand-by, tends to discharge very quickly and unexpectedly. On the plus side, it is quite solid build and works - gives it 2 points (out of ten). In conclusion, i expected 50CAD cell phone to be lousy, but this 'phone' ain't worth even that.Less
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Manuals / User Guides
- Huawei U2801 Manual (PDF)
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