While the full review is a little way off, here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store.

The IDEOS is a diminutive 3G/HSDPA-capable Android 2.2-powered handset with similar form factor to the HTC Wildfire.

It’s small, easily fits in the hand – and while it might lack some of the hardware polish of a more ‘name-brand’ device, the IDEOS – as you will soon see – holds its own, especially considering the bargain-basement price of $159 outright on the Crazy John’s network. It’s quick, snappy, functional, and importantly, performs well as a mobile phone as well as a mobile data device.

Pros:

  • Bleeding-edge Android 2.2 out of the box.
  • WiFi tethering built in.
  • Comes with a 1gb micro-SD card in the phone, and a 4gb micro-SD in the retail packaging.
  • The price – it’s $159. It’s CHEAP.
  • Considering the small screen, touch input is accurate and responsive, and the screen is easy to read.
  • All things considered, it’s fairly quick… but…

Cons:

  • … it does only have a 528 MHz CPU – CPU-intensive tasks, such as installing apps, can be a little slow.
  • The case is all plastic – it doesn’t have the nice metal touch of higher end phones – however the casing is solid – it doesn’t creak or rattle, and it feels sturdy.
  • 2.8″ QVGA screen – it’s small.
  • First batch of IDEOS’ released do not have Crazy John’s APNs pre-programmed – consumers will need to insert these themselves – not a difficult task, but not for the novice either.

More to come!

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[MuffinMan]
[MuffinMan]
9 years ago

Hmmm… I’m torn between getting this or ordering a motorola defy from clove for about $450 (and yes, I realise the defy will most probably never see froyo).

Button Face
9 years ago

I can confirm the review unit supplied by Crazy Johns is unlocked. Loaded up my Telstra Business SIM with no issues.

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Button Face
9 years ago

I can confirm this is awesome.

nobodyatwp
Reply to  Button Face
9 years ago

does it have a whole bunch of crappy telstra apps that you can’t get rid of without rooting?

Button Face
Reply to  nobodyatwp
9 years ago

Hi Dave,

There are no carrier specific apps on the IDEOS – it is stock, vanilla Android 2.2.

Aryan
Aryan
9 years ago

Yepp, the first batch that Aus Post is carrying is unlocked, and selling for $159, and comes with a 4GB Micro SDHC card. The Dick Smith ones come with a 1GB card, and are selling for $229.

I repeat, the current Aus Post stock is unlocked, and selling for $159. You won’t find a better bargain at this price.

ed
ed
9 years ago

The first batch of this item is UNLOCKED. Me and many in whirlpool forum confirm this!

coder
coder
Reply to  ed
9 years ago

I can confirm that the secret was safe with me!

Peter
Peter
9 years ago

Dick Smith stores all carry this, even the small ones/Tandy stores. $229 outright and it is currently on promotion.

Gary W
Gary W
9 years ago

Looking forward to the full review. I have a Huawei wireless modem and it has done sterling service for 3 years, so it’s not a dodgy Yum Cha manufacturer. This is definitely the leader in low-end Android phones and I’d buy one today if my dumbphone was dying/dead. Might prefer a slightly larger screen, I dunno…

Button Face
Reply to  Gary W
9 years ago

Hi Gary

Look forward to it being posted probably *looks at calendar* probably early next week. It’s mostly written, but I want a few more days to really put it through its paces 🙂

C

Gary W
Gary W
Reply to  Button Face
9 years ago

Take your time! The closer you look, the more you have to report on 🙂

Adz
Adz
9 years ago

“Bleeding-edge Android 2.2” ??

Looks cool. The ex is looking to get rid of her old Samsung and I am trying to get her onto a Wildfire, so this might be the deal-maker…except I know she really likes the size of my Desire. And I will leave that statement open for interpretation, lol…

Nathan
Nathan
9 years ago

Just onces I’ve love for one of these cheap phones to do 320×480. 320×240 is just too low.

Tim
Tim
Reply to  Nathan
9 years ago

I think the LG Optimus One is HVGA. But that’s not nearly as cheap as this. Cheaper than the Wildfire possibly.

Mianos
Mianos
9 years ago

I just saw two on the shelf behind the counter at Surry Hills post office.
> Capacitive
yes, 100% The touch sensitivity is excellent. (no multitouch though)

> QVGA? thats 320×240, I hope that is a typo.
No typo, it’s like a wildfire.
I’ve got one. It’s still very readable. Some apps won’t install because of it. (Not many, only really games).

tomascivinod
tomascivinod
Reply to  Mianos
9 years ago

and engadget…..
My life…..
IS RUINED!!!!!

coder
coder
Reply to  Mianos
9 years ago

Despite same CPU MHz as Wildfire, the U8150 CAINS the Wildfire in performance! Also the smaller screen size means you don’t notice the individual pixels as much as you do on Wildfire. Aaaand the screen isn’t as white as the Wildfire (so blacks are blacker on the U8150). To me, it seems HTC best be releasing 2.2 for the Wildfire damn fast to try and compete.

tomascivinod
tomascivinod
Reply to  coder
9 years ago

JIT is excellent for power.

Tim
Tim
9 years ago

QVGA? thats 320×240, I hope that is a typo.

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Tim
9 years ago

It is indeed QVGA

Duncan
Duncan
9 years ago

Yes capactive
$229 outright, $159 if you get a prepaid $29 plan.

random1006
random1006
9 years ago

can anyone confirm which AusPost stores have this in stock? thanks

Buzz Moody
Reply to  random1006
9 years ago

I’m not sure on specifics, so I’m guessing any major Aus Post store.

mobuksh
mobuksh
9 years ago

Capacitive?

Buzz Moody
Reply to  mobuksh
9 years ago

Affirmative

Simon
Simon
9 years ago

I love how cheap Android phones are getting!

Buzz Moody
Reply to  Simon
9 years ago

I’m with you on that.