Huawei Impulse 4G
A phone for the masses
Let’s hear it for the first Android Smartphone by Huawei called Impulse 4G. Starting September 18th, this new 4G phone has entered the market with a very attractive offer by the American company AT&T – only $30 on a 2-year contract for $15 per month for 200 megabytes of data. If you are interested by this phone you can follow our test performed for this review.
Powered by Android 2.2 FroYo
We believe the initiative is very well received and appreciated, as Huawei is launching a product designed to attract by its un-expensiveness and ease of utility. To be more specific, not only does the phone have a price way below all the Smartphone market, but it also features an older version of the Android, the 2.2 FroYo, meant for beginner users of the new technology; mainly, its first customers will probably be transitioning former users of the feature phones, who have upgraded to the Android, or, why not, children, whose parents find it easier to purchase a phone which is less expensive and easier to handle. Or, the simple fact that you just can’t afford a fancy $300 phone will do it.
800 Mhz Qualcomm processor
This way, we dare say, the Huawei Impulse 4G reveals itself as an extremely convenient and affordable phone, aimed at the Android newcomers. This implies that if you already own a 2.3 Gingerbread Android phone, it is highly improbable you will ever enjoy its older version available with the Impulse.
Also, in terms of features, the Impulse 4G does not bring much innovation to the market, compared with other smartphones tested for our reviews. The first Android Smartphone manufactured by Huawei sports an 800 Mhz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of ram, a 3.8 inch WVGA (800 x 480 resolution) touch display and a 5 megapixel camera which can record 720p video.
Weak battery life
You will appreciate for sure the 2GB micro-SD card included in the default configuration of Impulse 4G, which is included in the price as well as a micro USB cord and a wall jack. And of course, one will be benefitting of the regular GPS and Wi-Fi with mobile hotspot features.
However, one important downside we have discovered during our tests is the battery life, which can only give you a whole 2 days of functioning provided you barely use the device. Otherwise, with a few open applications, the Wi-Fi turned on and an increased screen light it will last for half of that.
When it comes to external features, our team salutes the simple design of the 4. 72in x 2. 56in x 0. 46in ( 120mm x 65mm x 11. 6mm ) phone, as much as we (and you will most probably ) appreciated the nice and soft back cover and the delicate aluminum frame on the front.
In conclusion, all these internal and external features are introducing a phone for the masses, at an affordable price, easy to buy and easy to own, with a common, discrete external design. The phone meets the needs of the regular mobile user, making it possible to stay online, watch music or film videos or keep tuned within social networks at a very low cost.
The review conclusion is that the Huawei Impulse 4G is announced to be the first of the twenty Android handsets and tables that Huawei intends to produce by the end of 2011.
|* Operating System: Android 2.2 (Froyo)|
|* 5 megapixel camera w/ AF, flash|
|* Dimensions: 120mm x 65mm x 11.6mm (4.72in x 2.56in x 0.46in)|
|* 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) HD video recording|
|* 3.8-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) touchscreen|
|* Upgradeable to Android 2.3 after release|
|* HSPA+ network|