Huawei Kestrel

79
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

EE Kestrel review: a good low-cost 4G phone, but with a Moto on its back

EE's Kestrel has many good qualities, performance especially, that make it a very fair purchase at £99 off-contract. The camera and display may not suit the needs of everyone, however, and it won't be as competitive a handset when Motorola's LTE version of the Moto G launches imminently.

Pros
  • Superb performance
  • Expandable storage
  • Cat 4 LTE
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • Uninspiring design
  • Camera lacks versatility
  • qHD display resolution may put some off
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4.5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (2000 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB
Memory card
microSD

Connectivity

WiFi
yes

Media

Media playback
yes

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe

Display

Screen size
4.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960, 540)

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion)

Other features

Flight mode
yes