Huawei M835 Ideos - black (MetroPCS) review: Huawei M835 Ideos - black (MetroPCS)

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.6
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 5.0

Average User Rating

2 stars 3 user reviews
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The Good The Huawei M835 runs on stock Android 2.2 Froyo and accepts up to 32GB external storage.

The Bad The Huawei M835's 2.8-inch screen is too small for our liking, the camera could be better, and the performance lagged. Battery life was also short.

The Bottom Line While it certainly isn't our top pick, the Huawei M835 is one of MetroPCS' least expensive Android phones.

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If it's a small and simple smartphone you're looking for, the Huawei M835 may fit the bill. The very petite handset is the T-Mobile Comet rebranded, also known globally as the Huawei Ideos . The phone runs the stock Android 2.2 Froyo experience, without much additional fanfare. That's a wise move; for a phone with only a 2.8-inch touch screen, the cleaner design, the better. Still, the diminutive screen size quickly hindered typing and navigation on a handset that already suffers from lag time. Still, it's one of MetroPCS' most affordable smartphones, less than a third of the price of its most advanced model, the $300 Samsung Galaxy Indulge .

The M835 retails for $129, but at the time of this review, you can get it for $79 with an instant $50 rebate from MetroPCS. You'll use a $50-per-month unlimited voice, talk, and texting plan.

Design
We enjoy a petite, attractive smartphone just as much as the next guy, but there comes a point when small is too small. There's nothing wrong with the glossy black smartphone's compact dimensions--4.1 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide. (At 0.5 inch thick, it feels thick for the phone's height. At 3.0 ounces, it leans toward the light side of the spectrum.) It's the Huawei M835's 2.8-inch TFT screen that dances the line. On a display that small, the QVGA 240x320-pixel resolution looks sharp, colorful, and bright (it supports 262,000 colors.) However, the icons are on the smaller side, and navigating icons and browser links may frustrate those with larger or less precise fingers. Even with the Swype keyboard installed by default, our text was riddled with errors. With all the room beneath the display, we wonder if Huawei couldn't have made a slightly larger screen. Like many other cell phones, the M835's display washes out in bright sunlight.


The Huawei M835 is a rebranded version of the T-Mobile Comet and the Huawei Ideos 5.

Below the display are four touch-sensitive buttons to go back, bring up the menu, go home, and search. Below that are tall, narrow Call and End buttons, and a large circular select button whose silver-colored rim also serves as a four-directional navigator. As we said, the M835 has a glossy, plastic black body with curved corners, and a soft-touch finish on the back cover. There's a Micro-USB charging port on the bottom, the volume rocker on the left, and the power button and 3.5-millimeter headset jack up top. There's an indicator light on the face that flashes green when you have a new message or alert, and flashes red when your phone is perilously close to dying.

The camera lens is on the back cover, and beneath it you'll find the microSD card slot. Sadly, the memory port is positioned in a way that you'll have to power off the phone and remove the battery to slide the card in and out, an inconvenience.

Features
Like other smartphones, the M835 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, speakerphone, multiple e-mail accounts, texting, and multimedia messaging. As an Android phone, it also integrates Google services like Google Maps and navigation, voice search, and YouTube, and it has the standard Android music player as well.


Although it's a very compact phone, the Huawei M835 also feels thick, slow, and outdated.

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Huawei M835 Ideos - black (MetroPCS)

Part Number: CNETHWM835 Released: Jul 12, 2011
MSRP: $129.00 Low Price: $35.00 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 12, 2011
  • Talk Time Up to 240 min
  • Technology AWS
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider Metro PCS
  • Weight 3.88 oz
  • Diagonal Size 2.8 in
  • Sensor Resolution 3.2 pixels