- GSMArena team , GSMArena
It does offer a decent package of capabilities but more importantly offers a below-$300 price range SIM-free, which is a huge plus for people with tight budgets.
The world smartphone market has no shortage of models that come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed. One such model is the Huawei Mercury a.k.a. the Huawei Honor, which ships with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1GB RAM, over 4GB of internal storage, and a 4-inch 480x854 pixel resolution touchscreen display. It’s one of Huawei’s larger Android smartphones and while it looks pretty impressive on paper, real life performance offers something different.
There’s no denying the fact that the Honor is pretty well-equipped. It has an 8-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash, stereo speakers, and a 1,930 mAh battery. Its wireless features include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. And when it comes to wired connectivity, it gets the job done with a microUSB port. Again, it’s not such a bad phone on paper. But its actual performance is just not up to snuff.
Users have complained about poor call quality and lackluster touchscreen performance with the Honor. Apparently, having a speedy dual-core processor is not enough to guarantee smooth operations.
Need to Know: Huawei Honor
1. 4-inch color touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Relatively low price. (The Good)
3. Uses an older version of the Android software. (The Bad)
4. Bad call quality. (The Bad)
Reviews (6.4/10 Avg. rating)
Call quality is pretty abysmal and touchscreen sensor is just awful but it is ridiculously cheap
Here's the thing about the Mercury Ice. It does everything an Android phone running Gingerbread can do, and that's a lot. For $150, you're getting a piece of technology that, 5 years ago, would have practically been magic to someone. They'd have paid $500 or more for a phone like this. That's how fast we're moving. That is incredible.
But this isn't a phone anyone who doesn't need to live with a cheap regional wireless provider should buy. I don't mean to trivialize RadioShack's target market, but this phone is pointed at a decidedly narrow audience. At $50 a month for the 1GB plan wi... Full review
Its performance is sufficient but the operating system outdated and call quality suspect
In the end the Huawei Mercury Ice is a rather unspectacular phone; its performance is sufficient but the operating system outdated and call quality suspect. At just $150 with no contract the price is right, but in the growingly competitive pre-paid space there are better phones with better networks available on better plans. Some MVNO’s start things off with a bang by offering ultra-competitive plans or high-end devices; Radio Shack chose to do neither with their plans nor the Huawei Mercury Ice. As a simple re-brand this MVNO might be a bit easier to operate, but we have to ask: with no... Full review
It's not a budget phone, and it's not a performance handset either
Good call quality, cover feels cheap, and camera is confounding
Good interface, high-resolution display, built-in cloud and back-up features
Probably the biggest advantage of the Huawei Honor is its great value-for-money ratio. It can be bought for about $370 off contract, and at that price point, no other brand name company would be able to match its specs. However, you get what you pay for, so you will have to get used to its not-so-sensitive display and hope that your camera is free of glitches, not to mention that the device feels cheap and plasticky.
If you insist on having a relatively big display, you can also check out the LG Optimus Black and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and if 3.7-inches of display real estate w... Full review
Excellent battery life; mininalist UI; multiple keyboard input options
All in all, for a no nonsense smartphone that's a little easier on the pocket, you can't go wrong with putting the Huawei Honor on the shortlist of candidates.
This solidly built device bodes well for Huawei's upcoming higher-end smartphone offerings when it hits our shores such as the high profile and recently unveiled Ascend D quad. But before that happens, this is the phone for those who want a little more out of their smartphone experience but won't be pushing it to its limits, which would then justify forking out a few thousand ringgit for a high-end performance model.
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The hardware is very well built and the Honor runs rather smoothly
Incredible battery life, great performance for a midrange device, above-average display
A very balanced device
The Huawei Honor is a capable device but it would definitely have a hard time dealing with its “Made in China” stigma.
Huawei is a major telecommunications player and has enough leverage to cut deals with telecoms and we’re sure it will get over the not so noble origin and turn the situation in its own favor.
The brand may not be that popular as a phone manufacturer, but Huawei are stepping up the effort in improving brand recognition as we speak, forgoing past attempts of setting up the Ideos brand as its headliner.
Huawei is yet to establish itself as a major playe... Full review
The Huawei Mercury is the best prepaid smartphone in America right now
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