Strip away a carrier's contract subsidy price, and you realize that smartphones are expensive electronics, often costing $300 for a midrange device and $500 or $600 for premium units. That's why the Huawei Premia 4G, $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, is such a find.
The Premia 4G's construction is basic, and totally adequate. It won't win points for slimness or style, but but it does have a bright 4-inch display (800x480-pixel resolution) and a slightly rounded back to contour to your palm.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich flavors the Premia 4G. It isn't the newest version of Android, but it also has the most important features. Huawei has only added a light skin to what is overwhelmingly a stock Android experience.
Overall, Huawei's Premia 4G offers a great off-contract price for this Android 4.0 handset. However, it isn't my top MetroPCS pick and there are some negative aspects you should know about if you're considering this smartphone. You can read all about it in my full Huawei Premia 4G review.