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Huawei Blaze U8510 - IDEOS X3

http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_u8510_ideos_x3-3840.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWBO6MUJuak

You might not have heard of them before, or even know how to pronounce their name, but Huawei sure know how to make a decent blower, the first of which is the Huawei Blaze, a mid-range Android piece that offers top-notch functionality without breaking the bank. Running Gingerbread 2.3.5 and sporting Huawei’s rather nice user interface, the Blaze offers both performance and style.

3.2 Megapixel Camera

Adobe Flash 10.1

Bluetooth technology

Document Viewer

Google Maps
All this is packed into a steamlined aluminium alloy unibody measuring just 11mm thick and weighing in at just 110g, in fact, it’s so svelte you’d hardly believe that they managed to shove in a 3.2" HVGA display into the thing. Add to this a 3.2 MP camera, bundled web browser and media player you’ve got yourself quite a media savvy blower.
Sounds good yeah? Well it’s not just about looks though as there’s a 600MHz CPU powering it all along, 256MB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity and a microSD slot that can take cards up to 16GB. It’s certainly got the media moves as well as the style. The Blaze is sure to set the mid-range Android market on fire.


t&cs state extra £10 put on from Dec25th:
13. Christmas 2011

FREE £10 Topup

Offer and promotional handsets subject to availability and withdrawal without notice.
Customers purchasing a Smartphone on pay as you go will receive £10 top-up as a gift from Phones 4u.
Top-Up will be loaded directly onto customer's handset from 25.12.2011.
Top-Up may take up to 48 hours to load, subject to network and coverage.
Promotion available direct from phones 4u between 16th November and 24th December 2011.
The minimum criteria for a mobile device to be a Smartphone is the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard - keypad or touch-screen (virtual keypad or hand writing recognition) open operating system (including Blackberry devices) and the possibility to write, send, receive E-Mails including viewing and opening of attachments (E-Mail Client).



Set Up and Get to Know Your New Android Phone
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#121
Just bought one instore for £49.95. Gave them PAYG number of a family member and went through no problem.
#122
Cheers HKphooey for the review!

I might have to get one now! more quick reviews please! glad to see people getting this this for £49.95 including a tenner credit!

also nice to see this deal getting hotter each day... seems to be a good and cheap way to get into the android smartphone world
#123
I ordered one, hope the build quality is ok.

£70 paid less £10 back from £20 sim credit included using simrefund.co.uk and less £7 TCB = £53 delivered
#124
Orcinus_orca
I ordered one, hope the build quality is ok.

£70 paid less £10 back from £20 sim credit included using simrefund.co.uk and less £7 TCB = £53 delivered


Mate whats this simrefund thing bud???
2 Likes #125
nigelbutler
Cheers HKphooey for the review!

I might have to get one now! more quick reviews please! glad to see people getting this this for £49.95 including a tenner credit!

also nice to see this deal getting hotter each day... seems to be a good and cheap way to get into the android smartphone world

No prob NB, i always go on a bit of a mission when i buy tech (this is for the wife) to sus the BEST bang for my buck, before year or bit ago i found that the Sammy wave was best buy after doing lots research but nowadays with Android about there is some great bargains to be had and this phone really is the BEST bargain for pocket money available!!!


I went through ALL the sammy's Y, galaxy mini etc etc and seems they are punting them out for punting sake...When tickled up this kit for £50 notes is a no brainer considering no bloat ware and free apps available to make it look cool and work nicer for end user.

Don't get me wrong this is no benchmark sizzler but for the notes guys buy it long term wear we will see but who cares for the notage really???
#126
hkphooey
Orcinus_orca
I ordered one, hope the build quality is ok.

£70 paid less £10 back from £20 sim credit included using simrefund.co.uk and less £7 TCB = £53 delivered


It gives you around 50% paypal money for your credit so £10 credit equals £5.15 to your paypal account within hours. I think the website is simrefund.co.uk and I used them the other week and worked perfectly.


Mate whats this simrefund thing bud???
1 Like #127
Got one today! Put me money where my mouth/post is...

Good little phone... very responsive with Android 2.3.5 on it. I picked instore for £49.95 but gave two old Orange numbers but wasn't eligable for upgrade... in the end went through my phonebook and quoted a mates number and got it that way!

Unlocked for use with any sim regardless of which number you quote for upgrade price, Latest android, No bloatware ie Orange pre-installed apps which slowed the San Fran down so much, this seems just as fast as my 800mhz galaxy ace. Looks like a HTC wildfire but half the price, build quality seems good too.

I was told and given the leaflet that states £10 credited to the number you give them for the upgrade only for purchases between 16 dec - 24 dec..... my advice is get this from Fri 16th dec for £49.95 with £10 added to your old sim on xmas day!

So the phone is effectively £39.95..... definitely recommended for anyone wanting to get into android

Edited By: nigelbutler on Dec 14, 2011 22:43
#128
Seems you need to be on Orange, Vodafone or Tmobile for 49.95 - on pay as go and topped up in last 6 mths. You don't seem to have to quote the registered address of the sim card, so just tell them any friends number and get it for 49.95
#129
nigelbutler
Seems you need to be on Orange, Vodafone or Tmobile for 49.95 - on pay as go and topped up in last 6 mths. You don't seem to have to quote the registered address of the sim card, so just tell them any friends number and get it for 49.95


Thanks for the update OP - I'll be buying on either Friday or Saturday dependent upon my schedule. :D
#130
Will a sim only number qualify or does it have to be PAYG?
#131
zAndy1
Will a sim only number qualify or does it have to be PAYG?


It's my understanding it has to be a PAYG number but you could always try and see what response you get with Phones4U. :D
#132
Think its PAYG only, but I quoted them 3 numbers - all Orange active with credit but not topped recently before giving them a friends number that worked.... good luck
#133
Actually seems to be 16 november onwards for free 10 quid top up

13. Christmas 2011

FREE £10 Topup
Offer and promotional handsets subject to availability and withdrawal without notice.
Customers purchasing a Smartphone on pay as you go will receive £10 top-up as a gift from Phones 4u.
Top-Up will be loaded directly onto customer's handset from 25.12.2011.
Top-Up may take up to 48 hours to load, subject to network and coverage.
Promotion available direct from phones 4u between 16th November and 24th December 2011.
The minimum criteria for a mobile device to be a Smartphone is the inclusion of a QWERTY keyboard - keypad or touch-screen (virtual keypad or hand writing recognition) open operating system (including Blackberry devices) and the possibility to write, send, receive E-Mails including viewing and opening of attachments (E-Mail Client).
#134
ok, this is almost certainly the best budget phone right now (damn what a headache, i can't believe how many Android phones are out and reduced this xmas!). next step up would be SF2/Vivacity for £110 (higher res screen, but not much faster) then the Liquid Metal for £140 (higher res and faster!).

about ROMs
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=19246491

basically: root is available, CM7 might be using U8650 ROM , unclear.

btw the U8650 Sonic ... seems to be £150+ and not that much better? underlining what a great deal this one is.
http://www.gsmarena.com/new/compare.php3?idPhone1=4205&idPhone2=3840

i assume network unlocking is possible too, or it's supplied unlocked?



Edited By: Smiff on Dec 15, 2011 01:51: blah
#135
can't find anyone still on PAYG with one of these networks, doh (i've been moving everyone i can to giffaff). ordered for £70 and maybe quidco and simrefund can bring this down to £50 ish later.
cheers, good spot, not sure how i missed this phone as it's clearly better then the Alcatels, Samsung etc for price vs build quality.


btw, trying to get hold of phones4u on their 0800 number is an absolute joke. really annoying.

Edited By: Smiff on Dec 15, 2011 13:41: blah
#136
simrefund works really well, no dodgy things, simple and quick. Mines arrived today and this is very, very good for the money. No cheap glossy plastic is the major plus and it is quite nippy so far and it feels nice in the hand, and is extremely light.

It comes unlocked and alternative back covers too. I paid £70 less £7 TCB and will get 2 x £5 from simrefund, so for £53, bargain!!
#137
Guys so on xmas day the sim will get another £10 on it??? do i have to stick it in a phone??? at the mo the sim is just laying on my desk, i take already with a tenner on it? so come xmas day they will stick another 10 sobs on it???
#138
Yes I think so hkphooey
#139
another company with no phone support, only web chat that takes ages.
i suspect this is because the web chat people (like o2) have to deal with multiple customers at a time.
does anyone else find it strangely tempting to say something obscene in this web chat support? must be all that IRC in my youth.. ;)

glad to hear this is better quality than the Alcatel :)

going to try to confirm my order and then get a case..
update: seems stock is fine and takes 3-5 days so should still make it for xmas.. i hope.

anyone know if sofiz.co.uk (casesss.com) ship from uk? they have a lot of colours 0_0

http://www.casesss.com/product.aspx?model=15&pid=140
http://www.casesss.com/product.aspx?model=15&pid=156


Edited By: Smiff on Dec 15, 2011 18:34: blah
#140
Smiff
...anyone know if sofiz.co.uk (casesss.com) ship from uk? they have a lot of colours 0_0


Went through to the checkout and it's singapore post which adds £2.50 to price But they also have a cheap second battery

http://casesss.com/product.aspx?pid=149&model=15

and screen protector

http://casesss.com/product.aspx?pid=208&model=15

that only add pennies to that £2.50 -> actually £2.64

so maybe worth ordering the case if you also wanted the other stuff.

You can get a similar case from here

http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Silikon-Case-fur-Huawei-Ideos-X3-U8510-schwarz-Silicon-Skin-black-Hulle-Bag-/110767556715 (delete spaces)

...though to my mind it's a bit expensive for a bit of extruded rubber.

[edit]

On the battery front £4 for a 1200mah from a uk seller seems the cheapest deal - the blaze/u8510 isn't specifically mentioned in the description but it seems to be the same battery:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-High-Capacity-Battery-Huawei-U8150-IDEOS-U8120-C8500-V845-/280768945371

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/High-Quality-Battery-Huawei-U8150-Ideos-U8120-C8500-V845-1200mAH-/290636888466

I'm a bit dubious about buying high capacity batteries off ebay but there is this one

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GOLD-2430MAH-HB4J1H-BUSINESS-BATTERY-HUAWEI-U8150-IDEOS-U8120-C8500-V845-/190579975889

or this one from HK:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-2600mAh-Battery-HUAWEI-C8500-U8150-V845-T2010-U8120-Free-Ship-UK-/260871863464.

Think I'll try one of the £4 ones...

Edited By: o_t_e on Dec 15, 2011 20:21: additional info
#141
thanks yeah gone for a £4 one too, not sure what the make is actually but it's fairly cheap and should arrive by xmas :)

got link for cheap uk screen protector? don't want to pay £4.
3.2" screen? can probably find compatible if i can be bothered..

Edited By: Smiff on Dec 15, 2011 23:27
#142
Smiff
thanks yeah gone for a £4 one too, not sure what the make is actually but it's fairly cheap and should arrive by xmas :)

got link for cheap uk screen protector? don't want to pay £4.
3.2" screen? can probably find compatible if i can be bothered..


For the moment I'm making do with the protective film cover that covers the screen when you buy it; once I get a look at the soft cover I'm getting (the german one) I'm just going to get an iphone sized screen protector and cut it back to size - something like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/APPLE-IPHONE-4-4S-CLEAR-LCD-SCREEN-PROTECTOR-GUARD-/220915043245

if you do a search for 'screen protector iphone' in the advanced search box with Completed Listings ticked, and £0 to £0.10 in the price range it gives you an indication what you can get for pennies...

eg here is a uk listing that went for a penny:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-X-CLEAR-SCREEN-PROTECTOR-COVER-APPLE-iPHONE-4-4G-/120825744771

[edit] clicking on a random link pulled up these samsung screen protectors:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-x-Screen-Protector-Guard-Samsung-Galaxy-Ace-S5830-/250879197018

Not suggesting paying £2 but makes me think you might be able to find a more popular (maybe older?) android phone protector that would be a natural fit for the blaze.


Edited By: o_t_e on Dec 16, 2011 00:51: add info
#143
lol @ 1p delivered.

modaco forum for this phone (i think. someone correct if wrong!)

http://android.modaco.com/forum/538-huawei-ideos-x3-x3modacocom/

this deal should be much much hotter imho. this is like the OSF of Xmas 2011 :) (or the Liquid Metal is, depending on your budget!)
it's an Android phone for everyone still on feature phones or wanting basic knockabout phone with a great OS and app support.


Edited By: Smiff on Dec 16, 2011 01:00: blah
1 Like #144
Same here i am using the screen protector already fitted!!!! yes thats right is already has one on it, what about that NEVER seen a phone company do that fit the protector for you lol.

Its defo a protector and NOT just packaging as it is sooooo well fitted and smooth as.. Got a pink case for missus off ebay for £3 fits lovely she will be well pleased.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Black-Gel-Skin-Cover-Case-Huawei-U8510-Blaze-IDEOS-X3-/300629904053?pt=UK_MobilePhones_MobilePhonesCasesPouches&hash=item45fef04ab5

Edited By: hkphooey on Dec 16, 2011 07:47: Cos
1 Like #145
awesome. next day delivery and a nice box to give as a gift too.

first impressions: great. it's a very slim little phone, solid. comes with white and pink backs in the box.
not 100% sure it's new, some marks on the screen protector. starts and ready to go immediately, no android first run setup?

glad i didn't get the £40 Rapport though, this screen is small enough!


Edited By: Smiff on Dec 16, 2011 14:16: blah
1 Like #146
Damn HUKD!!! :p I went and bought one as a PAYG upgrade and I'll be charging it up tomorrow - it's a sealed box, so I'm happy with that - did laugh though at the amount of people queuing at Phones4U in Chiswick looking to buy one! X) lol
1 Like #147
Just bought one in Chester as a Christmas present, instore price was about £70 and they didn't seem to know anything about a lower price, but kept pushing and when they checked system it came up as £49.95 as an upgrade :) Very happy with that, leaves a bit extra for other odd presents!
#148
How long is this deal on until?
#149
Tumello
How long is this deal on until?


I did ask about that instore today but the Sales Assistants couldn't confirm when it would finish. :(
2 Likes #150
Orcinus_orca
I ordered one, hope the build quality is ok.


it's more than ok. showed someone and he thought it was HTC.

edit: I also like how it's unbranded (on the front), Huawei and Google branded on the back (quite subtle on the black cover)



Edited By: Smiff on Dec 17, 2011 16:12: blah
#151
Thanks again scotty boy..I'll pop in tomorrow, hopefully it should still be on.
#152
Tumello
Thanks again scotty boy..I'll pop in tomorrow, hopefully it should still be on.


I'm pretty sure it will still be on tomorrow. :D
#153
ah simrefund.co.uk only gives you about £5 back for £10 credit, that sound right?
http://simrefund.co.uk/tariffs.php

and can i use it twice on the same sim i..e. for the credit now, then again after xmas when they stick another £10 on it.

btw, this phone is supplied with the sim in and credits itself. surprised me a bit.




Edited By: Smiff on Dec 17, 2011 00:25
1 Like #154
Still loving this phone... most people think its a HTC wildfire

Doesnt seem anyone is unhappy with this.... its perfect for facebook, twitter, news, weather

not suitable for playing big-ish games

I have following apps - app killer, juice defender, android assistant, seesmic, quick settings

juice defender is great as turns off internet and gps when the phone is timed out/ on standby


Edited By: nigelbutler on Dec 17, 2011 16:15
#155
hkphooey - yeah the screen protector already fitted on is a great idea, I didnt notice it to start with...

anyone taken it off? does it leaves marks or make the screen more vibrant?
1 Like #156
Okay I took the plunge, as was in desperate need of a new android phone. Can't complain for the price. It comes unlocked, the screen protector is brilliant(its the little details), and was ready to, text,surf, download, as soon as entering sim, no setup required. For a basic user, you cant go wrong with this

Edited By: Tumello on Dec 17, 2011 18:31
#157
On a side note though..I did not get my complimentary £10 credit? What do I do?

Edited By: Tumello on Dec 17, 2011 18:33
#158
Tumello
On a side note though..I did not get my complimentary £10 credit? What do I do?


I thought you didn't get that until Christmas Eve/Day??? :| But saying that I could be wrong though!
#159
Ah okay..how is it issued? You should really get payed lol
#160
The credit should/will be added xmas day to the sim card £10 hopefully to whatever balance you already have...

you got to wait to xmas day! hopefully santa will add the credit at some point, i'm not too bothered though the phone is still a bargain

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