Pros Very good batt life (for a smartphone)
good display (has gorilla glass, too)
very good call sound quality
very good speaker (best I've ever heard on a phone)
very nice user interface
Cons Does not come w/ microSD installed (has 2GB internal sd memory)
Had to buy a microSD card ... 10 bucks from online retailer for 8GB
Summary First of all the Huawei Mercury is a very good android phone ... I previously owned the HTC incredible, HTC EVO 4G, and my brother has the HTC Rezound (which I am very familiar with). It is a fast as my bro's Rezound ... and if you don't me read Engadget.com review on the Huawei Honor (the sister to the Mercury and is equipped with the same qualcom 1.4gz processor).
Cannot believe the cnet review gave this phone a poor review for the batt. The batt in this phone is awesome for a smartphone. Just go on Android Forums, and you find that the batt is way above average. I can go all day easily on moderate usage, and almost a full 2 days on minimum usage. My HTC Evo 4G never came close to that. Granted, you must be sure to turn off all radios (wi-fi, gps, bluetooth)when not in use. If you have wi-fi on, this phone will suspend it when the phone is not in use(nice feature). The wi-fi wakes up when you turn the phone back on (wake it up).
A couple of other user reviews here mentioned poor wi-fi reception, could not connect GPS, and poor call quality.
As for wi-fi it performs as well as all the HTC phones I've had, and they were pretty good.
For GPS you must turn off wi-fi to GPS (see Engadget review) ... mine gets GPS in a matter of seconds.
For call quality I am in a very good area for Cricket, and haven't had any problems at all.
Bottom Line: I would recommend this phone for anyone who wants a solid android smartphone.
Pros screen/display, easy to root, fast processor, camera, internal storage space, prox sensor, auto brightness, good look/feel
Cons battery life could be a little bit better but it's not bad. front camera could be better but i knew it was vga up front so you get what you get with that.
Summary i've been with cricket for a long time and have had many of their phones. this one is by freakin far the best one they've ever had out. it's fast and comparable to any other high end phone i've seem on other networks. android 2.3.6 is sick and it was very easy to root (for those of you who are in to that kind of thing). it's worth every penny i paid for it and gives me great hope for cricket if they keep getting phones that are on this level.
it's really nice looking as well. before i bought the phone i read there were issues with the gps and wifi connections. i've never had any issues with the wifi. the gps works well but seems at times to have some issues being as accurate as previous phones i've had. seems to get as close as 10 m whereas i've had phones that would get as close as two meters. i realize that's not that big of a deal but i'm just mentioning it. the dts is cool even tho i paid for poweramp and have that tweaked for my musical needs. the screen quality is off the charts, vids are clear and the hq is good too.
the back camera is really good, 8 mp with a good flash and takes great pics in any light. the front camera can be better, takes decent pics outdoors. i guess the more light you have with vga cams the better.
overall it's a great phone and you'll be glad to have it. i sure am.
Pros 1.4 ghz processor
external speaker quality is excellent for audio playback
No contract unlimited everything!
Cons speaker phone function seems quiet
no external quick button for camera
sd card slot placement
Summary I have been a Cricket customer for over 10 years now...you just can't beat the plan prices! That being said I have always taken Crickets phone selection with a grain of salt, something I dealt with in exchange for not signing over controlling interest of my soul to some other wireless provider. With the Mercury I finally feel as though I have a Cricket phone that is not only on par with the times but that I can actually be proud of...dare i say brag about? My very first smart phone was Crickets Blackberry Curve. I loved my Blackberry. I mean LOVED my Blackberry, but after I dropped it in a sink it was time to move on and with no word from RIM about a newer Blackberry model hitting Cricket anytime soon I started to eye my Android options (what is this Angry Birds that everyone keeps talking about?) Muve Music was also a big selling point for me UNLIMITED music downloads? with ringbacks and ringtones included? Yes please! I saw the Mercury. I wanted the Mercury. I wanted Muve Music more and just as I was getting ready to settle for the Samsung Vitality I heard the magic words - Muve Music was coming to the Mercury! I never thought an Android could make me as happy as my Crackberry did but I can honestly say that the Mercury has me not regretting my decision. The 1.4 ghz processor blows away my Curves sissy 512 mhz and the 8 mp camera is (sadly?) the best camera I've ever owned. The front camera is admittedly not the greatest (1.2mp I think?) but a fun function to have. Its taken some time to learn the Android operating system (anyone who's never used a BB think - the difference between PC vs MAC) but ultimately I find it to be fairly user friendly. The Mercury did not come with a memory card but I feel like that wasn't such an issue as most smart phone users by now have a memory card that they've been toting around between phones (I was bringing my 16gb over) granted some headphones would have been nice (my BB came with them!) but overall nothing I'm going to complain about. Muve Music is an online update that comes through and happily only took about 10 min total to update and integrate and not only did it install Muve but it also upgrades the existing Android software. Despite not coming preloaded on the phone I feel as though Muve Music and the Mercury were made for each other. The application runs beautifully on the Mercury and the extended battery life means hours of music downloading and listening happiness! I still experience frustration with the touchscreen keyboard from time to time (I miss my BB keyboard!) but Swype has helped ease my transition into that. the Mercury has met and exceeded all of my expectations and has been a great first foray into the world of Android. I just hope that Cricket can continue on this path of phones so that when it comes time I am equally as happy with whatever I choose to replace my Mercury...which hopefully wont be for quite some time. LOL
Pros none, cheap and useless
Cons Within a few months of usage, all the features start becoming unusable, until the point the touch screen stop working and you cannot even unlock your phone.
Summary HUAWEI is the worse cell phone manufacture on the market. Within a few months of usage, all the features start becoming unusable, until the point the touch screen stop working and you cannot even unlock your phone. If you are lucky and your phone is still under warranty, your carrier may swap it for a fee but you will lose all your data, contacts, missed calls, notes, photos, audio, videos, text messages, everything!!!
Pros this phone is so much better than boost mobile phones please get this phone
Cons nome right now
Summary the huawei mercury phone is fast & much better than boost mobile you own to your pockets by coming over to cricket