Movistar Huawei Ivy, in-Depth Analysis – Part II: Hardware

Checked the well nourished applications that comes Movistar Ivy in the first part of the website dedicated to the Software, in this second part to see how it is physically the Movistar Ivy and how it behaves its hardware. We have also prepared five new galleries of images only for this item. As a result you can make you a very accurate idea of what this new terminal for low-cost Android.

In the first part we will see a “Unboxing”, reviewing the secrets that brings with it the packaging of the device, will then see features and the size of the terminal with the opportunity of to be able to visually compare it with other 3 Android handsets of the market. We will put to the test your GPS system y your photos/video camera under different conditions. And, finally, the Huawei Movistar Ivy will them be face to face with what is no doubt his great rival in the market. Let’s start.

Packing of Movistar Ivy, brief but sufficient

Of the two models that will sell Movistar, the black and white, We have tested the black model. Opening the box of the Movistar Ivy first thing we find is the terminal with its battery of Li-ion 1150 mAh capacity inside. Unfortunately it only brings a plastic protector on the screen only as a shelter, does not include cover. Under this tray you can find the rest of the packing.

The terminal will accompany a cable micro USB, a power adapter to the quoted cable, and some headphones miniJack 3.5 mm with control of incoming calls using a button. It will also include a 2 Gb microSD card gift. We note that also come a couple of simple manuals of initiation to Android and use of the device. There is also a booklet where various precautions are indicated to be considered by the users of the terminal. The inclusion of a stylus is Miss much or spike to handle with ease the resistive screen.

There is no CD or DVD that includes the different drivers in order to connect the device to the PC, but already saw in the first part of the analysis, that his absence is due to drivers and other applications they are included in the phone’s own memory. So we save physical material.

One of the welcome in the construction of this terminal is the inclusion of the microSD card port to one side of the same, without any kind of metal hatch or anything similar, so, to introduce it or remove it just remove the terminal cover and press on it, avoiding removing the battery or damaged by accident any moving part of the mechanism.

You can observe the components included in the package and see the SIM and microSD ports in the next photo gallery.

See complete gallery» Unboxing Movistar Ivy (4 photos)

Materials, ergonomics and the material quality of Movistar Ivy

The impression that given the quality of the materials used in this Huawei, is precisely that of a low-cost terminal, i.e., they are not very poor materials, not very robust, but in some respects is something wrong stands, for example, in its resistive screen.

The small screen TFT 2.8 inch and 240 × 320 pixels resolution will cause the touch feeling that bends too under the finger, that is not very accurate and that actually respond poorly on many occasions. Ironies of life, the screen is a very important part in this phone.

Still, I insist, with a stylus experience will improve enough. Anyway will continue having one or another problem, where do we hold the touch pen when we are not using it? Comment found under the screen three tactile buttons you are HOME, MENU and back. They are part of the screen itself, therefore respond just like this.

In ergonomics you will it be really satisfied with Movistar Ivy, and it is that their rounded shapes and their successful curves they make take it in our hands really comfortable. His touch is smooth., without any kind of texture (at least in the black color version).

Other positive highlights of Movistar Ivy include the physical buttons that includes, as the lock/off button, camera button, controls volume, the pick up button, the button hanging, a directional trackpad in form of a circle and a large central button. It also includes a port microUSB and a headset port Jack 3.5 mm.

The other visible elements that remain are logical calls, microphone, speaker and by its rear part, a camera 3.2 megapixel with autofocus and a small metal mirror, a LED flash, a microphone for the audio from the camera and other speaker, of which, we should highlight your great sound quality When it comes to playing music, the FM radio incorporating mobile (connecting indispensably earphones included for use as an antenna) or other content sound when necessary.

The your battery life 1150 mAh capacity is another interesting point, since, without much abusing connections to internet 3G or other intense activities, it has last I reached around 2 and a half days without problems.

It must also take into account that this terminal is not a high power device and usually will not have a very high consumption, but there is also that drawn in eye regarding the use of funds cartoons, games, and above all, the shine we give to the screen.

In the next Gallery You can see in more detail the size and physical differences clearer of Movistar Ivy against other three Android handsets: the HTC Hero, the Samsung Galaxy I7500 and the Nexus One Google.

See complete gallery» comparative of size Movistar Ivy (9 photos)

We test the Chamber of Movistar Ivy

We have already mentioned the inclusion of a camera of 3.2 megapixel with Autofocus and LED Flash, but, What if we prove it?

We have taken a couple of videos: one with the light of day and other evening. We are going with the daytime video:

You can now check how it works the Movistar Ivy when recording a night video (Offtopic: and probably the most nostalgic will recognize immediately the monument/icon that appears in it):

The conclusions are quite clear: the videos have a very low quality, You can see perfectly in the daytime video how the image is very with the simple movement of the camera.

We have also taken four images of day and four images per night, so you may prove the differences that may exist between one or the other. You have the images at full quality in the next Gallery:

See complete gallery» images taken with the camera of Movistar Ivy (8 photos)

As you can see the results are the logical for a camera of 3.2 Mpx, being a little better in broad daylight the day, y eso que by the corners of the images it gives a certain sense of blur. At night, the LED Flash is really useful if the object is near (the night text can be read clearly), it is far off, is another story. Although the camera has Autofocus, using this will be most important for the reading of QR codes for image capture: when I took the picture of the two androids in macro mode, the result did not leave me very satisfied due to its low quality, as you can see in the corresponding picture.

However, the use that many will give you this type of camera will be purely testimonial, Since you can not cope with so much ease as to consider a camera to take into account in our day to day.

We tested several data connections of Movistar Ivy thanks to Google Maps Navigation and GPS

Better way released new feature Google Maps Navigation in Spain what testing the capabilities of a new terminal? The same day as the release of Maps Navigation in Spain we took to the road to prove how unfolded Movistar Ivy with their GPS and their data connections 3g and HSDPA Movistar.

After updating Maps Navigation in your terminal, we can install package called recognition and voice playback Speech Synthesis Data Installer, that requires the use of the microSD card to install data, but it is not mandatory. Without it we can not give nor receive voice orders.

To start the GPS application for the first time, the device It takes some time to detect the signal, but on the following occasions won’t find greatest problem, and the answer in addition will be very good, being indistinguishable from the the other terminals that appears visually compared on the images in the gallery below, the Nexus One and Samsung Galaxy I7500:

See complete gallery» Google Maps Navigation at Movistar Ivy (6 photos)

By the size of the terminal, how GPS I would recommend its use by voice, by the Visual prompts, rather since straining to look at a screen so small and so unclear While we drive you can be dangerous.

Comment also the fluidity of connections 3g, HSDPA and WiFi. The first two, the 3G and the HSDPA will be interspersed among them According to vary the coverage that has the terminal at that time. Theoretically, HSDPA is faster, but I personally I could not see much difference real. Maps Navigation maps were unloaded quickly and without much problem during the trip. The WiFi connection at home also perfectly fulfills its mission.

And speaking of connections, the connection Bluetooth 2.0 It also works perfectly in its mission, excluding some other strange that made me initially. Already said it it in the first part of the analysis.

Movistar Ivy vs. HTC Tattoo, two phones, a choice

If at this stage of the analysis it sounded you much Movistar Ivy style and you didn’t know what it was, here is the answer: Movistar Ivy is a clone of the HTC Tattoo.

A clone of Championship, since they are virtually the same phone, same processor Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz, Same screen size, same memory 256 MB RAM, same type of connections and connectivity, same weight 113 grams approximately, same dimensions, same outer appearance, etc..

The differences that exist between the two are: the inclusion of changeable in HTC Tattoo against the fixed of the Ivy shells, the superior quality of the screen (and most materials) of the HTC Tattoo opposite of the Ivy (although both are resistive), the ROM memory HTC Tattoo is 512 MB and the Ivy is 300 MB (we assume that this will come from that part of it is used to host the drivers for PC), including only physical buttons in HTC Tattoo against various tactile buttons that have the Ivy, the port ExtUSB HTC instead of the microUSB in the Ivy, and the LED Flash and the Autofocus in the Chamber of the movistar Ivy than they are not in HTC Tattoo, Apart from a higher capacity battery 1150 mAh Movistar Ivy against the 1100 mAh of HTC.

What is better then? Because it depends on, and depends on several factors:

  • In terms of quality, such as, HTC WINS long on Movistar Ivy, of course. The finishing touch, materials. HTC Tattoo is much higher in that sense to Movistar Ivy. The screen of the HTC Tattoo is another world for the Movistar Ivy, works perfectly well with the fingers, in the writing with the virtual keyboard (which, remember, is the same size at Movistar Ivy), gives a sense of having higher hardness, be better optimized and is more clear. Android is more fluid in HTC Tattoo that in Movistar Ivy, and that it is an earlier version (specifically Android 1.6 Donut), but can that this is due to that it will be better optimized Eclair in Movistar Ivy, and that, simply put, a terminal as Movistar Ivy can not smoothly run a system like Android 2.1 with that small amount of RAM who has.
  • And now comes the other side of that “depends on” that blew before: Movistar Ivy has better camera (has autofocus and LED Flash), an operating system most updated (even knowing the disadvantages that you) and, the most decisive reason, and precisely the principal that Movistar Ivy there is: your price. A price that almost total certainty will be less elevated to the HTC Tattoo, although both are similar, and, although it may this change with according to that new offerings on the market, a priori the Ivy is the economical choice, It intends to or not.

Whoever that carry the top terminals of small size and low cost Android market (recall is also the Vodafone 845 on the road), the truth is that all comply with virtually the same role: Offer Android way, cheap and simple those who do not need excessive technology on their mobile phones to communicate on a daily basis.

Below you can see a comparative Gallery between HTC Tattoo and Movistar Ivy, where to find the few aesthetic differences that separate one from the other. Anecdotally, you can check up to get similar results in the application of so-called Qualcomm 3D performance test Neocore.

See complete gallery» comparison of Movistar Ivy vs. HTC Tattoo (9 photos)

Final reflection

After all, and at the end of this analysis, already only it is recommend that You examinéis well the details of the two parts of this analysis, and visit the post where we aclarábamos the rates that is put on sale Movistar Ivy, and this is how you can reach the conclusion of whether it really is the terminal “Low-Cost” that you’ve been waiting for.

It seems to me that for many people will be it. If not, keep looking. We at least hope I have been able to help as best as possible in this regard with this analysis.