The Google Android Phone : IDEOS U8150

This is a personal review of the phone. I have reviewed a few of the phones I’ve had, so far over 8 of them. The torches that could call and text were not reviewed, of course not. Check out the review of the Nokia C3 and the fake Nokla I had. Yes people, I’ve used Chinese products before, don’t act you’ve never done that too.

1. Smart phone

This is the first smart phone I’m having! The joy of having one… indescribable. The best thing for me is the ability to multitask. Which means I can be using multiple apps at the same time, without having to close the app to make a call, receive a text etc. Apps are left in the same state you left them, unless they are continuously updating themselves. You can have any number of apps running, minimizing them to go to other apps. The rest of the features are only possible because it’s a smart phone!

It runs on the Android Operating System (the best really), which is rivaled only by the iOS (for Apple products), Blackberry platform (not sure of the official name) and Windows OS for small devices.

2 .Applications

The Android market has got to be the biggest in terms of applications. I doubt Nokia’s OVI comes close! Anyway, here are a few of the many apps I have, and will be downloading more later:

Gmail: You can sign in with multiple accounts, and every time a new message arrives, you get an alert. So far I’m logged in to four accounts! Including my mum’s.

Email app: you configure any account with yahoo/whatever server

WordPress: you can blog straight to your wordpress.org blog or selfhosted wordpress blog. I mostly use it to read/reply comments. You can copy/paste text from a word document, upload photos and view blog stats.

Documents To Go: this is for reading your documents: Word, PDF, Powerpoint slides, Excel Sheets. With Word documents, it formats them for mobile viewing but it’s tasking viewing pdf because you have to scroll left-right and up-down to read a document. However, if it’s urgent it will do

OppenOffice: Same as Documents To Go

Bible and SDA Quarterly Lessons Apps: these two go together and you can browse the SDA Lessons offline. The Bible has to be online though. I’m yet to get the offline version

Google Chat: You can chat on the phone, for those with java phones you should try ebuddy

Dictionary

Places: this is preinstalled. Tells me exactly where I am via map/satellite. If there is somewhere I want to go, I get directions.

QuickPic/Pic Say: One to view photos, another to edit them. Does most things Ms Picture Manager does, cropping, light intensity etc

Snaptu/Twitter for Android/Facebook for Android/Tumblr/YouTube/Skype

News channels/Weather Apps

Voice search/ voice dialing: they are never accurate unless I’m searching the word FOOTBALL. Perhaps it’s my diction.

I could go on and on. There are thousands of apps in the Android market.

3. cheap

Imagine all that… for slightly over $100. It’s costing Kshs. 8500. I wanted the Nokia E63, which goes for about Kshs. 16000. Double this current phone. It’s definitely value for money.

4. stylish

It’s smaller than the iPhone, Blackberry, and the Nokia QWERTY phones. Slim and stylish. Comes in black/blue/pink/yellow.

The Google Ideos Phone. Image from androids.in

I had a blue one but exchanged the cover with someone who had a pink one. He’s a guy and the teasing was getting to him.

5. 3G/Wi-Fi

In addition to internet access via 3G, it can surf via Wi-Fi. So if you’re at any hotspot (mostly in the office!), you can use the data-intensive apps comfortably!

Just Adding More Info About Internet Use

So with the wifi, it means that even if you don’t have a SIM card you can comfortably surf where there is a hotspot. Cool, no?

Second, there is an option of tethering. To tether is to surf with your comp, the phone acting as a USB modem. Whether using 3G or wifi. All you have to do is go to Settings> Wireless & Networks > Tethering and Hotspot > Turn on Tethering. Then go to your computer and voila, you start surfing right away. No need to edit any settings!

6. The rest that you shall discover for yourself

1GB memory card, synching of all your contacts (phone, email), multiple home screens that are customizable, threaded messages, Notepad, radio, music, Bluetooth… you know, the whole shebang.

Like all things, it has its downside:

1. Poor Camera

The camera claims to be 3 Megapixels, but my previous phone, a Nokia 2700 with 2Megapixels, produced better photographs.

2. Battery Life

This is the problem with most smartphones! You have to charge it twice a day with intensive use, once with average use and I suppose once in two days if your usage is below average. I charge it twice a day!

3. Data Intensive

With the high cost of data bundles, if you have all the apps running at the same time, you’ll sell your car to be able to afford maintaining the phone!

The trick is to shut down any apps that you’re not using.

It’s not really the phone’s fault that we can’t afford data!

  • metobo

    “Voice search/ voice dialing: they are never accurate unless I’m searching the word FOOTBALL. Perhaps it’s my diction.”- its your ‘mchamaa’ accent to blame not the phone. LOL. i like that lesson App wish Ovi had it wud definitely get one.

    which lesson app? And my accent is almost American, thank you very much!

  • fistofmm

    Take a look at the Nokia E7, it makes all other smart phones look ugly.
    One failure if any of this IDEOS is the hardware design IMHO.

    when you say hardware design, what exactly do you mean? I bet the IDEOS can do anything the E7 can and more!

    • Engineer Bishop0

      hello how much it cost in $USD

      • Anonymous

        About 100 USD. Affordable.

  • Pato

    Your desciption of the Android phone seems soo tempting more so the multitasking bit. But I’ll stick to my Nokia E63, its compact and durable I have dropped it many many times and its still intact.

    For half the cost of the E63, the IDEOS is the ish. I would have loved the E63 if the Ideos wasn’t available.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jeffkoinange The fake Jeff

    I sold my Ideos after 3days of use, I did not appreciate the battery life and the camera yet I am a photo’s guy. Replaced it with a Nokia E71. I regret.

    Reading through I kinda feel I should have been patient a little. You may ask why. And I shall explain.

    The Nokia E71 is a great phone that’s for sure, it has all the basics a typical smartphone should have. From QuickOffice to a great 3.2megapixel camera to the so called ability to multitask. In addition you can set up up to 15emails, 10 through the Nokia Email Service and another 5 (I think 5 or more) through the typical messaging menu. You can chat on every single social network you can think of, from Facebook to GTalk to Skype via downloadable apps on the Ovi Store.

    But Ideos does the same.

    And it’s 33% the price of a Nokia E71.

    And the Nokia E71 will not last more than a day with power with all those apps running. Plus it heats up like a furnace with all that, the fact that it has a metallic casing does not help the situation.

    Further more, you do not have the choice to edit the photos and videos.

    But the Android market has apps that will allow you to at least edit the not so concise pics from your Ideos.

    Let it be on record that the Ovi Store does not have the kind of variety you may need. Like the twitter apps there, yawa!

    Thanks for this insight. Someone should also consider value for money when making a purchase. Ultimately, different phones for different people.

    • phillip bwari

      hehe jeff yawa am having that nokia e71 and its battery life is superb i run 11 aplications always and da fons batry will last fo 5 days,wen on standby it goes fo 20 days.the ovi store is not the ultimate store fo apps,try and download the opera mobile 11,and there you shal meet ova 70000 symbian apps,plus thos fo editing videos,surely ideos is nt a fon,how comes a smatphone is so cheap? Meaning its chabby.

      I use the IDEOS, so I know what I’m talking about when it comes to its smartness. The E71 is not value for money, but it’s a good phone.

  • Anon

    This phone’s battery life is its worst prob.I hear they now call it Ideot.

    Yeah, the battery is its worst feature but it has many other redeeming qualities and as long as I have access to electricity all the time…

  • http://joliea.wordpress.com Joliea

    I’ve been using the IDEOS since January/Feb. Love it kabisa. Haven’t regretted one bit!

    Best phone I’ve had so far.. if only its battery could last forever, I’d marry it.

  • http://cesily.wordpress.com cesky cess

    My phone is as dumb as they come. That’s the opposite of smart, right?

    If you have a gadget that has a torch; then what you have is a torch that can call and text, not a phone!

  • http://www.smoother-face.com/ Lindsay

    WOW!! Nice phone. I love the blue one, I think I should replace my old phone to this one. But the battery life is its worst problem. I don’t like to charge my phone twice a day, I love the quality of that phone except for battery. When I buy a cellphone, I want a phone that is comfortable and easy to use, the second one is that have a long battery life,the third one is has a good camera capture and the last one is good audio. Thanks for sharing this.

    If only this IDEOS had a better camera and long battery life!

  • cutiepink

    This phone its seems reasonably well built and is not too heavy. Considereing the price I would asy this phone is outstanding value…Thank you

    You’re welcome!

  • Nicole

    WOW!! Nice phone.. I like the color pink!! I am looking forward to buy a Android Phone. Thanks

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  • Glenebay

    WOW!! Nice phone.. I like the color pink!! I am looking forward to buy a Android Phone. Thanks

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  • ella

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  • Mandloi pradeep

    is google ideos is 3g phone

  • Mandloi pradeep

    is google ideos is 3g phone

  • Arbaaz

    i would like to add something small…if ur using a safaricom line its quite expensive…with the yu unlimited net 3 days = 29ksh..15 days=99ksh…and 30 days=199ksh…u can leave the apps running the whole day and get notified with facebook twitter and ur mails instantly and also update them quite easily…downside is that its a lil slow…but enough to keep u browsing and updating apps….

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the tip.. so a Yu Line would be good right now! 30 days unlimited for 199 bob?! And if you can use your phone as a modem…

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  • DjDeepfixa

    just got myself this phone, so far im loving it, no regrets, battery life a bit down n camera not so bad, good stuff! if money wasnt a problem id probably get a more expensive one but with this economy i think this phone is just wat we need! thanks for the useful info.

    • Anonymous

      Go forth ye and enjoy the Ideos!

  • http://twitter.com/mwixxy7 mwixxy7

    I like my Hindeot..yeah customizable to the pronunciation ;) As far as battery life goes, you can:
    a)Download task managers such as Astrid or Task Manager and close apps you do not need
    b)turn off 4g, in Kenya 3g is sufficient unless you’re downloading lostsa flix or music
    c)turn off background data and accounts synch when not in use, saves a lot
    d)download battery life or juice defender to help monitor and conserve batt life

    For the camera you can download Camera360 or FXCamera for artsy or cooler pics and sharing.

    For that price, i’m sticking with this till i can put 2bob together and get the supremes (HTC, Galaxies etc) =))

    Nice review!

  • http://twitter.com/mwixxy7 mwixxy7

    I like my Hindeot..yeah customizable to the pronunciation ;) As far as battery life goes, you can:
    a)Download task managers such as Astrid or Task Manager and close apps you do not need
    b)turn off 4g, in Kenya 3g is sufficient unless you’re downloading lostsa flix or music
    c)turn off background data and accounts synch when not in use, saves a lot
    d)download battery life or juice defender to help monitor and conserve batt life

    For the camera you can download Camera360 or FXCamera for artsy or cooler pics and sharing.

    For that price, i’m sticking with this till i can put 2bob together and get the supremes (HTC, Galaxies etc) =))

    Nice review!

    • al the younger

      You probably meant turning off 3G and using EDGE. Ideos; 4G haiwesmake.

  • Danie

    Its a Nice phone and I am looking forward to owning one….
    “With the high cost of data bundles, if you have all the apps running at the same time, you’ll sell your car to be able to afford maintaining the phone!……It’s not really the phone’s fault that we can’t afford data!…”

    I Love the Review…

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! Get the phone if you can

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! Get the phone if you can

  • Yves Fabien KARASIRA

    I like this ideos but I can’t found where to buy it while I’m in Rwanda,please help,
    I send my e-mail:yvefaby@yahoo.fr

  • Jonahnoid

    i want to buy one from Kenya, wat is the forex rate with Uganda?

    • Jonahnoid

      i need it ASAP!!!

      • Anonymous

        There may be one available in your country.. ask around and all the best

    • Anonymous

      You can buy one from Uganda too. Anyway, 1kshs=25 Ug shs

      • shabani

        how to connect ideos to internet

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    Oh nice, thanks for share!

  • Weignie

    How do you track it? i lost mine

    • savvykenya

      Unless you installed a tracking app, I think there is no option but to let that one go for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/NiKlas-Profesori-Linus/1770028012 NiKlas Profesori Linus

    savvykenya, will you tell me how i can access my sim card with the Ideos phone?, all the contacts on the sim, any information in the sim cannot be displayed ,visting safaricom ship where i bought it the lady there is just as green as me. the phone is good, can even use it to determine the heartbeat,
    it advantages surely outweighs the disadvantages that alot have concentrated on
    your support will be welcome

    • savvykenya

      It’s in your settings. Go to Contacts, Menu> More >Display Options > Display contacts on the phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/NiKlas-Profesori-Linus/1770028012 NiKlas Profesori Linus

        the difference is just the same! nothing from my sim card is displayed after following your suggested procedures. even trying to import contact from the sim card, the repley is” no contacts on sim card” yet if i use ordinary phones like nokia 1600 and the like i get all the information on my sim!
        propose another procedure please, im gettin irritated coz i cant contact those whose phone numbers i saved on the sim

        • savvykenya

          Sorry for the late reply, are you sure your contacts were not stored on the Nokia and possibly your SIM card is empty?!

  • Anastas Johnson

    Hi, Anastas is my mane and I live in Liberia West Africa. I serve as the PTL technical coordinator with the Allogy Adminstrator System which is installed on the IDEOS phones. I am faceing a porblem with two of these phones. The problem is: When we put the phones on it only display the IDEOS and will not change to it set-up display. It will stay like that for hours and will not go off until the battery runs out of power or removeing the battery. I hope you can be a help in soveing this problem. My email address is anastasjohnson@yahoo.com or anastasjohnson@gmail.com
    THANKS

    • savvykenya

      I’m sorry I wasn’t able to understand your request.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/NiKlas-Profesori-Linus/1770028012 NiKlas Profesori Linus

    IDEOS PHONE IS THE SMARTEST SO FAR; IT HELPED ME ALOT YESTERDAY TO LOCATE MY POSOTION WHEN I WAS TRAVELING INTO THE INTERIOR OF TANZANIA. IT MADE ME SURE OF MY JOURNEY AMID THE RUNNY MORNING, IM NOT DUMPING THIS PHONE AT ALL, THOUGH ACCESSING MY CONTACTS FROM THE SIM IS A HELL ON EARTH SAVVY KENYA COME TO MY AID.GOOD PHONE, I MUST GET ONE FOR MY ANGEL

    • savvykenya

      Hey, sorry for the late reply. To access SIM contacts, go to Contacts->Settings->Press the menu button->More->Display Options->Choose the SIM option

  • daud iidow

    ideos i can say it’s the best phone in the world becouse i have used more than 1year and 2 ideos google

    • savvykenya

      It’s the basic smartphone.. try upgrading to a better Android and you will simply love!

  • Nakasishamsa

    am shamsa am having an ideos but i charge it twice a fay and itis so stressing sometimes it even freezers i like the alot of apps though but the rest damn

    • savvykenya

      The Ideos is a slow phone, the slowest of all Android phones, because it is the cheapest. Maybe you can try the Galaxy pocket, better performance.

  • Nakasishamsa

    my ideos takes alot of battery is there a solution to that minus having juice defender app

  • Niinaa2

    how do i install bible into my phone ideos

    • savvykenya

      Go to the android market/play market, then search for a Bible app.

  • john

    How do I turn on google chat ?

  • ejaj ahemad

    problem with my touchpad …its doesnt working properly,,,,and slow processing everything…….help

  • erty

    I get sms in duplicates. Is it an application problem or mobile provider problem?

  • maurisa

    how do i stay off line but can when someone calls me i can still see who is calling me on my phone via ideos..where do i click…

  • ISAAC

    where can i get a HUAWEI IDEOS ORIGINAL BATTERY HERE IN KENYA NAIROBI AND HOW MUCH

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