The Good The Huawei Activa 4G has LTE support, a decent camera with a dedicated camera shutter button, and sells for a good price for a prepaid handset.
The Bad The Activa 4G's design is bulky, and there's no Android 4.0 upgrade in sight.
The Bottom Line There are plenty of trade-offs for those considering the Huawei Activa 4G, but if LTE is your priority, it'll get you there without busting the bank.
Huawei Activa 4G (MetroPCS)
MetroPCS is slowly growing its LTE network, and the Huawei Activa 4G is the latest smartphone to advance its 4G agenda. In fact, the handset is also a first for Huawei; it represents the Chinese phone-maker's first LTE phone in the U.S. It may be shaped like a brick (and feels like it weighs as much), but there is a case for Metro customers to buy this phone, LTE aside. The 5-megapixel camera takes some decent outdoor shots, and the handset has a front-facing camera for video chats. In addition, the $149 price tag (after a $50 mail-in rebate) is half of what you'd expect to pay this carrier for its top prepaid Android phone, and is fair for what you get.
Unfortunately, the Activa 4G has plenty of warts, including poor battery life, disappointing video capture, and a smaller screen. It'll also remain at Android 2.3 Gingerbread for perpetuity. Still, the Activa 4G is a good Android option for those looking for an affordable prepaid LTE smartphone.
Visually, the Huawei Activa 4G is a throwback to the days when a smartphone's brains were proportional to its bulk. I can't keep my eyes off its thick, heavy slab of a body. At a hefty 4.9 ounces and 0.4 inch thick for a handset that's only 4.8 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide, it's a beast whose weight I immediately notice when I drop it into my purse, and whose size fits uncomfortably into my front jeans pocket (but hey, pockets come in all shapes and sizes.) On the positive side, this is no glass slipper of a cell phone that will crack at the shortest drop. No, I'd expect a fair amount of durability from the Activa.
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