Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a strange device. It reminds us of Android handsets from 2011; still rough around the edges with smattering of little bugs that you’d only ever really notice as time wore on. That’s a shame considering Huawei is positioning the Ascend P2 as a more affordable LTE handset. If the company had spend a bit more time optimizating and tweaking the software, then it would have had a great mid-range handset on its hands.
Pros: Great screen, Slim, attractive body, Affordable 4G
Excerpt: The Huawei Ascend P2 was a device we first spotted back in Barcelona some months ago and, finally, it’s here. Inside there’s some pretty decent specs. Decent? No, that’s not the right word. Very good.
Summary: For the price, it’s hard to argue with the Ascend P2, a handset that boasts some impressive mobile broadband speeds, and even comes packing a decent Android experience to boot.
Pros: Category 4 LTE speeds when networks support it, Excellent audio playback through headphones, Feels more like stock Android, Includes the excellent Android stock keyboard with gesture typing, 32GB storage built in
Summary: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a decent mid-range phone. There are a few flashes of creativity, but on the whole it’s a middle-of-the-road device for people who don’t want anything too flashy and aren’t impressed by gimmicks. Its price – £299 SIM-free, makes it an appealing option.
Conclusion: I’m quite a fan of the Huawei Ascend P2. I’m not sure it really needs a quad-core processor, and I’d really like microSD card support. But I am getting used to the lack of an app drawer and it no longer bothers me. The physical design is good, and the screen is pleasing. All of which makes me hanker to get my hands on the forthcoming P6, and I am afraid that, rather than any issues the P2 may have, could be this handset’s biggest problem.
Pros: Smart design, Impressive screen, Fast processor, Category 4 LTE support
Excerpt: The Huawei P1 was a phone we very much liked. It took Huawei away from its fairly safe designs and into uncharted territory. A bold step for a company quite new to selling phones to consumers, and one that worked well
Pros: Decent style, solid battery life, decent camera, good screen, custom UI is pleasant enough
Cons: Not that cheap, a bit laggy and slow, lacks the glamour of even an older iPhone or SGS
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a competent handset that sits neatly in the upper mid-range of the smartphone hierarchy. While there are a few glints of creativity, for the most part it is an unassuming device for people who want an Android phone that isn't too flashy and will do what they want without gimmicks. At just £299 SIM-free, it's a definite contender.
Pros: Slimline design, good specs, decent camera
Cons: Keyboard is poor, no microSD slot, average battery life