Huawei Ideos first Android to break $100 barrier


It seems like only yesterday that we were claiming that the cheapest 3G smartphone in Australia would cost you AU$129 — in fact, it was only yesterday. Today we discover that Crazy John's is living up to its unstable moniker by selling the Huawei Ideos for AU$99.

If you haven't come across it already, the Huawei Ideos is an Android smartphone running version 2.2 of the platform. Under the hood, Huawei includes HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot for expanding the phone's memory.

Even its low-resolution display uses the superior capacitive touchscreen technology, meaning that while graphics can seem a bit blocky, interacting with the screen is mostly like using a phone worth 10 times as much. We scored the Ideos 8.8 out of 10 when we reviewed it at the end of last year, and that was when we thought it cost AU$50 more.

Crazy John's is selling the Ideos for AU$99 in an online-only promotion, but if you'd prefer to join the Optus network rather than the Vodafone network you can pick up the Ideos through Virgin Mobile for AU$129.
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