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The Vision is Huawei's second own-brand phone, following the Blaze. This is a more upmarket handset, but will it be able to lure folks away from HTC's offerings when you'll have to fork out for a £25-a-month contract to get the handset gratis?
Huawei's Vision makes a great first impression. Its unibody aluminium design may be similar to 2010's HTC Legend in style, but unless you're out for originality, this is no bad thing. The front is glossy black, and the back is anodised metal apart from black plastic sections at the top and bottom.
Although not in the running for slimmest smartphone around, at 9.9mm (at the thinnest point) it feels compact, dense and strong. This is a major upgrade over the Huawei Blaze. To add to the sense of quality, the screen's glass coating is slightly curved. We've heard varying opinions on the usefulness of curved screens, from their comfort factor to their ability to reduce reflections, but whatever your view, it certainly feels nice.
Its body can compete with HTC's best, but excellent build quality is nothing new in mid-range smartphones. Just looking nice isn't quite enough to secure the Huawei Vision mainstream popularity.
The mainstream is where Huawei's looking though. There are no geeky extra features here - no HDMI output, no 3D screen and no top-end processor. What it wants to offer is a high-end feel at a mid-range price. And what's wrong with that?
It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has 2GB internal memory, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 3.7in screen. The Vision could have been a top-end Android back in 2010. Think of it as an original HTC Desire for the 2012 crowd not willing to spend £35 a month for a mobile and you're on the right track.
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It's classy and sensible in most respects, but one of its top features is the custom user interface Huawei has plastered over Android 2.3. Rendered in 3D, it lets you flick through an array of home screens designed by Huawei. It's ambitious as far as custom Android UIs go, but it misses the point of home screens altogether.They are there to let you do a few things quickly, not everything your phone has to offer in a slightly more visually fancy manner.
The look of the interface isn't a patch on HTC Sense either. It's a bit too angular and too busy. Huawei needs to learn the "less is more" motto before it'll stop us from using custom launchers on its phones, wiping out their additions.
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