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