Huawei Vision review: Farsighted
Huawei Vision 360-degree spin
The Huawei Vision is one of the more compact phones to feature a 3.7" display. At 118 x 59.9 x 9.9 mm, it's a good fit in the hand. The slim unibody is very pleasant and comfortable to hold, and reasonably lightweight at 121 g.
Design and build quality
Looking at the Huawei Vision, parallels to the HTC Desire S are inevitable. Thanks to the unibody design, the overall look and feel are too similar to ignore.
But once you're past the first impression, you'll see that there are some major differences, especially at the front.
We're pleased with the ergonomics of the Vision - it's compact and easy to operate, while it still manages to offer respectable screen real estate. For comparison's sake, the Vision is shorter than an iPhone but offers a bigger, 3.7" screen.
Compared to its Huawei siblings, the vision fits right between the Honor and the Sonic.
The Vision's LCD screen has WVGA (480 x 800) resolution and pixel density of 255 ppi. The contrast was a pleasant surprise but the screen is a little short of brightness. Add the reflective coating and you get less than stellar outdoor visibility. Other than that, this could easily rate as an above average screen and we're happy with its behavior indoors.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Motorola RAZR XT910||0||215||∞||0||361||∞|
|HTC Sensation XE||0.23||172||761||0.64||484||752|
|Samsung I9070 Galaxy S Advance||0||185||∞||0||326||∞|
|Samsung I9103 Galaxy R||0.51||407||806||0.92||785||858|
|Samsung I9001 Galaxy S Plus||0||251||∞||0||408||∞|
|LG Optimus Black||0.127||332||1228||0.65||749||1161|
Under the display you'll find four capacitive keys for Menu, Home, Back and Search. They light up upon touch and are placed at a safe distance from the touchscreen to not get in the way. Above the screen there's a video call camera, a proximity sensor to disable the screen during calls and an ambient light sensor.
The right side of the handset is bare - exactly like in the HTC Desire S, whose unibody styling the Vision uses as an inspiration.
On the left you'll find a single-piece volume rocker.
Where the Vision disagrees with the original is the USB port placement. The HTC Desire S has it on the side, a position, which favors landscape use. On the Vision, the microUSB port for both charging and file transfers is at the bottom. That's where the mouthpiece is too.
The top features the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the power/lock button.
There's a secondary microphone for active noise cancellation at the back of the Vision. That's where we find the speaker grille, the 5 MP camera lens and a single LED flash.
The plastic bit at the bottom slides open to reveal the SIM card compartment and microSD slot. As soon as you pop the cover off, the phone shuts down automatically, meaning the microSD card slot isn't hot-swappable.
The Vision is a very pleasant device to hold and operate. It has a nice solid feel - we wouldn't call it premium but reassuring and seemingly durable. We liked the compact size too. Those who aren't too obsessed with smartphone display size will be more than happy with the Vision's 3.7" touchscreen.
The unibody borrowed from HTC is nothing fresh or original but the Vision doesn't feel like a cheap replica. It's lucky to do without the cheap gloss of the Huawei Honor.