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Huawei Pinnacle review: Personality, and one big flaw

Kudos to Huawei for imbuing its Pinnacle with some character. Too bad one major pitfall threatens to ruin all the good work.

Huawei Pinnacle
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In an age of clone phones, it's refreshing to come across a handset with a character of its own. It might be just me, but the combination of the aesthetics and its software interface on the Huawei Pinnacle for MetroPCS struck a chord.

With the vast majority of the phones I touch being Android handsets, using the Pinnacle made an impression that recommends it to MetroPCS subscribers who aren't in the market for a smartphone.

Unfortunately, call quality was a major setback in my tests. It wouldn't keep me from using the phone if I already had it, but I have been known to return devices that make my ears ring. On top of the poorer audio, MetroPCS's slower-than-average data network makes looking things up a drag, so the Pinnacle isn't a good choice for Internet addicts.

Back on the bright side, the phone costs just $20 after a mail-in rebate. Check out all the pros and cons in my full Huawei Pinnacle review.