The 3.7in screen of the Huawei Vision is a near-perfect size. It's large enough to make typing on the virtual keyboard accurate and comfortable, but not so large that smaller-handed people should steer clear.
The 480x800 pixel resolution isn't astounding in these times of super high pixel density screens, but offering 252dpi you really have to struggle to see the pixels here. Images are very sharp and clear, but the basic quality of the panel isn't immensely impressive. HTC's S-LCD displays and Nokia's AMOLEDs offer better contrast and better-behaved backlights. It's worth noting however that these photos show off the deficiencies of the screen a little too much - it looks better in person. We didn't notice any contrast shift in our time with the phone.
Thumbing away on the screen's surface, we found the capacitive touchscreen very responsive. And there was little of the lag that was very noticeable in the Huawei Blaze. This is the 1GHz Snapdragon processor doing its job - it may not be a dual-core model but it's enough to make the Vision fly along. We'll give it a proper workout with some intensive 3D games once Huawei sends a model our way for a full test.
On the phone's back is the 5-megapixel camera, with single-LED flash alongside. It also has autofocus, but we found its performance to be very poor. Focusing took several seconds, reminding us of experiences with HTC's early Android phones. We hope this will improve by the time the phone hits the market in 2012, because it will otherwise ruin the camera entirely.
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The camera can record 720p video, but we weren't able to test the kind of detail it captures, or how well it handled motion. Come back for the full review to find out.
Aside from the somewhat ill-advised custom user interface and the painfully slow camera, the Huawei Vision appears to be a pretty desirable phone. It's strong, has an attractive design and uses the premium materials that have until now been missing from the manufacturer's phones. Available on £25-a-month contracts, it has a lot of strong competition, including the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and HTC Desire S. We think it may need to undercut them to win this fight, but equally this is a phone many people will want after seeing and feeling it.