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Huawei Blaze U8510 review

Andrew Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Neat design
  • Excellent Value

Cons

  • Slow processor
  • Picky soft keys
  • Rubbish camera

Key Features

  • 3.2in 320x480 pixel screen
  • Android 2.3 OS
  • 3.2-megapixel camera
  • 600MHz CPU
  • 256MB RAM
  • Manufacturer: Huawei
  • Review Price: £99.99

You may not have heard of Huawei, but it has already sold millions of Android phones. Not in Japan or Korea either - its phones have been very popular in the UK. However, up until now they have borne the branding of other companies. It made the T-Mobile Pulse and Vodafone Smart, but is finally going it alone with the Huawei Blaze. It's a budget Android smartphone aimed at the pre-pay crowd that matches the feature sets of some much more expensive phones.

Once upon a time, buying a budget smartphone was fraught with issues. They normally used unresponsive resistive touchscreens, were too slow to be much fun and occasionally even missed out key features like 3G. Phones like the Huawei Blaze prove those days are more-or-less over. It doesn't miss out anything essential, doesn't look too shabby and costs less than a hundred pounds on a pre-pay deal.

Its attempt at a premium look is all for show, though. A band of silver runs between the glossy black screen surround and soft-touch back - it desperately wants you to believe it's made of metal, but it is plastic. As far as metallic impersonations go, it's impressive, but its budget ways are there to see if you look hard enough. The screen frontage is also plastic, offering very little scratch resistance. Using a case or screen protector is strongly recommended.

Huawei Blaze 4

Approach the Huawei Blaze with a slightly less critical eye and it’s a success without serious caveats. It's slim at 11mm thick, feels reassuringly dense - there are no superfluous millimetres here - and its soft-touch plastic back is very pleasant on your palm. The tri-tone design of the area below the screen highlights quite how large the area below the bottom of the screen is, but it isn't just dead space, being home to three touch sensitive nav buttons and bonafide old school clicky button, which acts as a Home key.

Huawei Blaze 6

On-body connectivity is basic, limited to a microUSB slot and 3.5mm headphone jack, but this helps to keep the phone's edges relatively free of interruptions. The sides are particularly clear and empty, occupied solely by the obligatory volume rocker. To call the Blaze a beauty would be overstating it, but it's miles better looking than the comparably-priced Vodafone 845 - which was also made by Huawei, and had a face only a mother with little regard for the truth could say she loved.

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Dirk1959

September 24, 2011, 7:43 pm

The point is that most reviewers say it a bit 'behind the hand', but all Android-phones are similar. Google has set some hardware requirements and almost any Google-phone is complying.. So, having a SanFrancisco (hacked etc of course) I'm having the same phone as someone sporting a SG II bar the higher specs. But in essence, it's all the same if you buy a cheap or an expensive model, they all can do the same ...

hally303

October 19, 2011, 3:54 am

The huawei Blaze looks awesome but where do I buy it from in the UK?

lainey

November 4, 2011, 11:15 pm

on the phones4u website it now says it has a 1GHz CPU and Adobe Flash 10.1

Alex1967

November 12, 2011, 7:10 am

I bought it and I will return it asap to Phones4u. There's NO Adobe Flash Player support and you will never be able to install it as the CPU is ONLY an ARMv6 600Mhz. I advise not to buy it as Phones4u gives wrong specs in his website for this mobile

Cameron Holmes

May 11, 2013, 9:25 pm

Is anyone else suffering from major screen scratches after a couple of months???

Kosal

August 27, 2013, 8:57 am

I have bought this phone for more than 1 year and now it touch screen has been broken. I have tried to buy one but I cannot buy one now. Who can help me?

Aaron

October 24, 2013, 7:02 am

Good one have it for the past 18 months it nice and very much fast even the touch screen is cool. Bought in Australia that's the difference using in India. Over all good

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