Huawei has released three Android smartphones under the Ideos brand name in the Indian market, with entry-level and mid-range units. Not to be upstaged, Lava has also released its very first Android phone in the form of the Lava S12. Today’s match pits the Huawei Ideos X2 versus the Lava S12.
The Huawei Ideos X2 boasts a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, with a resolution of 320×420 pixels. Four physical buttons aid navigation, but the engravings indicating their function may be a little difficult to see. An optical trackpad certainly helps for scrolling through webpages. The phone weighs about 4.06 oz, slightly lighter than the Lava S12.
The Lava S12 also has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display, with a similar resolution of 320×480 pixels. Four standard Android navigation and menu buttons occupy the front face. Zooming is certainly easier with the Lava S12′s pinch-to-zoom function. The phone’s appearance is rather stylish, complete with a leather texture, allowing a good grip.
With an internal memory of 512 MB, the Huawei Ideos X2 has a slight advantage over the Lava S12′s own 120 MB. Both phones can be expanded up to 32 GB.
The Huawei Ideos X2 has a basic 3.2 MP camera. The Lava S12 tops with its own 5-megapixel camera, however there may be a bit of a delay between pressing the capture button and the actual time the picture is taken. It often results in pictures being taken after you’ve lowered the camera, creating offset photos and blurry shots.
Both phones run Android 2.2 Froyo, powered by a 600-MHz, single-core Qualcomm processor.
The Lava S12 handles the load of its heavy home launcher quite well. The function to turn your homescreen into a 3-dimensional space, all the panels joined together to make a 3D shell, is certainly a treat. It is capable of up to 16 home panels, all customizable. Rather impressive, given its 600 MHz processor. Multi-tasking, however, is not its strongest point, especially when it’s got a few other apps running simultaneously.
In terms of battery life, the Huawei Ideos X2 is rather disappointing. It has a talk time of 3 hours and a standby time of 280. Heavy users will have to charge this phone by the evening.
The Lava S12 however, does much better at 10 hours talk time, and a standby time of 650 hours. Users who make and receive a lot of calls can definitely benefit from this phone.
Although at two different retail prices, these Android smartphones need quite a bit of debating over.
The Huawei Ideos X2 sells at about US$170 (Rs 8,999), which is a good starting phone for those who want their first Android experience. It may not be very strong in terms of battery life or performance, but the optical trackpad and the larger internal storage are definitely shining gems.
The Lava S12, with its sluggish but more powerful camera and its 3D user interface, is slightly more expensive at about US$188 (Rs 9,990) but is definitely worth it if you’re looking for a phone packing lengthy talk time.
These two Android phones look like good and capable entry-level units. Which of the two do you prefer?