Some of you may be familiar with the Huawei U8230's corporate cousin, the U8220, sold on T-Mobile UK as the Pulse -- and it comes as no surprise that there's very little different in the new model. Like the Pulse, the U8230 features a 3.2 megapixel cam paired with a secondary VGA piece up front, quadband EDGE / triband HSPA, and a 3.5-inch display. The screen's decent and the system seems snappy enough (for a virgin demo unit, anyway), but the navigation buttons below are all placed along a single piece of plastic with mechanical switches underneath. It's an unsettling, vaguely crappy-feeling setup, but not a deal-breaker by any stretch -- particularly if it holds up over the course of a couple years' use. We doubt we'll ever see this one stateside, but frankly, we'd like to see Huawei work more with US carriers -- this would make a great free-on-contract device around these parts.
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Huawei U8230 quick hands-on