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: 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
Conclusion: Huawei set some ambitious goals and made some lofty claims at MWC 2012. The company’s numbers are looking up and its brand awareness seems poised to grow further over the next year; we’d say they’re a company worth keeping an eye on. But if Huawei is really angling for a shot at smartphone supremacy, it’s got to do better than the Ascend P1.
Pros: Thin and light, very pocket-friendly, Good battery life, Clear, sharp display, Responsive UI, lightweight & useful skin, Solid 3G performance, Adequate camera
Cons: Unimpressive industrial design, PenTile display will be irritating to some, Nonremovable battery, Slippery, cheap casing materials, Stock keyboard almost unusable
Conclusion: Huawei is certainly on the right track with the Ascend P1 – it is thin, light and stylish on the exterior, while capable on the interior with its dual-core processor. Some tradeoffs are introduced to seal its mid-range faith, like a non-HD screen and 4GB of internal memory, but the Super AMOLED screen is great for watching videos, there is a microSD slot for expansion, and the sealed battery is with quite the endurance, so these are minor quibbles.
Pros: Stylish, thin and light handset, Vibrant Super AMOLED display, Stock Android ICS by default
Cons: Just over 2GB of user-accessible memory, Photos often come out overexposed and with bland colors