Huawei Sonic review

This cheap Android phone can be bought at Woolworths

The Huawei Sonic is an Android phone available in Woolworths.

The Huawei Sonic is an Android phone available in Woolworths.

Huawei's Sonic is not a super-fast blue hedgehog; it's a cheap Android phone available from Woolworths supermarkets. It costs only $188. It's not a head-turning handset like the iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy S II, but it offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a range of features normally found on more expensive phones.

Vendors often skimp when it comes to the screen on budget smartphones, but the 3.5-inch is large enough to use comfortably. It has a lower resolution than more expensive smartphones — 320x480 pixels — so text isn't as crisp as it is on a premium handset such as the Samsung Galaxy S II. The screen also has poor viewing angles. But having said all that, considering how cheap the phone is, the display is more than adequate for many day-to-day uses.

The phone is loaded with Google's Android 2.3 OS — aka Gingerbread — which is great for a budget phone.

The phone has a slightly tweaked Android interface: There is a 3D animation when moving between home screens and a button to display all five of the phone's home screens simultaneously. There are some tweaks to main menu icons, too.

Read the PC World roundup of the best budget Android phones, including the popular Huawei IDEOS U8150.

The Sonic runs a single-core 600MHz CPU and has just 256MB of RAM. As a result it doesn't offer Flash support while browsing the Web, but it does support multi-touch.

As you would expect, the phone offers GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It also has a 3.2-megapixel camera that doubles as a VGA video recorder. There is no flash and the camera does not take impressive photos.

There is a microSD card slot for extra storage.

The Sonic's battery life is reasonable for an Android smartphone; it will generally make it through a full day.

The phone is sold at Dick Smith, Big W and Woolworths.

Verdict

The Huawei Sonic offers a reasonable collection of features for a low price. It's very hard to beat for value.

Rating: 3.25/5

Original review: GoodGearGuide.

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