Huawei Mercury review: Cricket's most advanced Android phone yet

The Huawei Mercury slides in as Cricket's best smartphone to date, although it's still got some flaws and lacks the carrier's all-you-can-eat music plan.

Huawei Mercury (Cricket Wireless)
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Score one for Cricket, whose Huawei Mercury is arguably the most feature-rich phone in its lineup.

I say "arguably" because the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone lacks Muve Music, the all-you-can-download music portion of the unlimited voice and data plan for select Cricket handsets, such as the Samsung Vitality .

Muve would be the icing on the cake, but if you're no audiophile, the Mercury is absolutely a phone that Cricket fans should eye. It's got a 4-inch screen, a 1.4GHz processor, and a pair of cameras, one of them 8-megapixels. The camera isn't as good as other 8-megapixel shooters, but it performs nicely outside. Indoor shots were still problematic.

If you care about call quality, you'll be happy to know that both the standard audio and the speakerphone are among the best we've heard in a long time.

Check out the video, photos, pricing details, and other pros and cons in the full Huawei Mercury review .

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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