Summary: Huawei who? That's the question many English-speaking smartphone buyers might ask upon reading the company's logo. While Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Apple, HTC, and Samsung have each risen to prominence as premium handset manufacturers, Huawei is still relatively unknown, but the Chinese firm is dead set on changing that as soon as history will allow.
Pros: Fancy 3D UI if you want it, Stock Android 4.0 if you don't, Snappy performance
Cons: Cheap rear cover, Pixelated display, No standout features
Conclusion: Here we are at the end of another review guys, I know it seems like a really long time since I did a review but there have been a few reasons for that which I won’t go into now but let’s say that 2013 will be a year of hopefully lots of great reviews for you lovely readers.Bring on CES 2013 and MWC 2013 I say!
Huawei Ascend P1 review: First phone from the Chinese giant
6 January 2013
Excerpt: De Chinese fabrikant van telecomapparatuur Huawei is al tijden actief op de Nederlandse markt met professionele en zakelijke apparatuur. Wij testen hun eerste Europese smartphone, de Ascend P1.
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P1 is an interesting smartphone. By no means is it a high-end device, and I don’t think Huawei intends it to be, but for the right price the handset could be a winner. The P1′s quick and responsive hardware, along with a near stock Android experience and above average camera performance, sets the device above some of its competition.
Conclusion: In its favour, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE has a decent camera, good battery life and solid performance. It’s weakest area is definitely its design though with hollow plastic beef paling in comparison to its skinny dense non-LTE counterpart. If you’re prepared to take a hit in terms of design, then the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE is the cheapest Android on EE’s 4G network.
Pros: LTE deliver fast mobile internet, Virtually stock Android UI, Good web performance
Cons: Mediocre screen, Plastic, hollow build, Expensive with 4G contract
Conclusion: So while we could take or leave the design of the Huawei Ascend P1 and there's limited storage on board, the phone is thin, light and memory is expandable. We also really love how stock the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich Experience is, which when coupled with a great camera, makes the £26 a month contract price very reasonable.
Pros: Bright, vibrant display, Great camera, Expandable storage, Thin and light
Cons: Plastic body doesn't feel premium, Design looks uninspired, Poor stock keyboard, Lack of internal storage
Summary: Overall opinion: Not too shabby for a record-setting mobile phone. We have no input on sound quality of the speaker, the exact dimensions beyond the thinness or the battery life, so we cannot give this an overall rating.
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P1 is a pretty good all around phone, however it’s price tag of AED 1,899 puts it directly in competition with the likes of HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3- the current top phones on the Android platform. At that price level, I cannot justify purchasing the Ascend P1. I feel this phone should be closer to the HTC One S as far as pricing is concerned which can be purchased for around AED 1500.
Summary: The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE may look like the best value 4G phone on paper, but it's a false economy: if you must have blazing LTE speeds, you'd do well to pay the extra to nab a masterpiece like the Apple iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3. And if you want a nippy Android phone with a smaller screen, you'd do well to check out the Galaxy S3 Mini instead. Still, don't complain if this turns up under the tree on Christmas Day: it gets the job done and then some.
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P1 is not the fastest device on the block, which I think is due to the time it took to come to market, but it’s certainly respectable and a nice addition to anyone’s Android arsenal. If Huawei had released the phone in January when they first announced it, it would have held its own against the competition, but there are now next generation devices that knock the P1 down a couple of notches in the food chain.