Summary: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a worthy and welcome attempt at creating a must-have smartphone, but it's not quite enough to keep up with the leaders of the pack - it's not as pretty as the HTC One or the iPhone 5, and not as powerful and spec-strapped as the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Huawei Ascend P2 hands-on review: possibly the world’s fastest phone
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a solid mid- to high-end smartphone with some decent features and pleasing array of specs. It doesn’t quite have the build quality of the iPhone 5 or HTC One, nor does it have the same snappiness as the excellent Galaxy S3 and the Emotion UI may not be every Android fan’s cup...
Summary: Premium or mid-range? The Ascend P2 fuses a large screen and a powerful SoC underneath its black plastic casing. It is not quite clear what the device aims to be: Upper mid-range or lower premium sector. Compromises have to be made in some areas. Find out just where in this review.
Pros: Battery runtime, Powerful SoC, Bright screen, LTE ready, Good primary camera, Build quality, The smartphone copes with all demands and provides enough power for all applications.
Cons: Memory cannot be expanded, Too low contrast, Tight working memory capacity, Non-removable battery, Load temperature, The screen would be a real buying argument for the Ascend P2 if it had a Full HD resolution and a higher contrast.
Conclusion: All in all, the Huawei Ascend P2 is an okay mid-range Android smartphone. It is far from being the ultimate device of this class, but it gets the job done and it doesn't have any major drawbacks, save for the inexplicable lack of a microSD card slot.
Pros: Beautiful 720p display, Slim and light, Support for 150Mbps LTE speeds, Rich video file format support
Cons: No microSD card slot for storage expansion, 1080p video looks average at best, Power and volume buttons are a bit uncomfortable to press
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.
Pros: Great screen, Slim, attractive body, Affordable 4G
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a phone that will live or die by its pricing. It’s set to sell for 399Euro, but exactly what that’ll translate to in the UK is up for debate. The Huawei Ascend P2 a solid, well-made phone with solid specs, providing everything most people need without the arguable...
Summary: The basics With the Huawei Ascend P2, the Chinese mobile upstart hopes to break into the elite ranks of smartphone stars like Apple's iPhone, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4, and on paper, it's got the specs to do it.
Pros: We're rarely used to high quality parts from Huawei, which is better known for its budget Android phones with grainy screens and bobbins camera sensors, but the Huawei Ascend P2 impresses even us jaded gadget experts. The 720p display is crisp and bright, with great colour reproduction: though it...
Cons: It's hard to go wrong with Android at this point: it's fast and app-packed, with some essential built-in services likes Google Maps, Google Drive and Gmail. Yet Huawei's still managed to muck it up somehow, overlaying the operating system with its strange software skin, which gets rid of the sepa...
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a decent midrange Android smartphone with a fine screen, impressive camera and pretty good processor. It may not have the kudos Samsung or Sony but it certainly isn't outclassed by them.
Pros: Classy looks, fast processor, fine screen, good camera
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.
Excerpt: B illed to be the ‘world’s fastest smartphone’ by Huawei, the Ascend P2 skips along when browsing but leaves a bit to be desired in the processor department. The Ascend P2 was debuted at Mobile World Congress as the world’s fastest 4G LTE smartphone; that’s speedy browsing rather than a speedy...
Pros: Super-fast browsing, especially on 4G, Excellent imaging from camera in daylight, 1080 video
Cons: Processor slows when gaming, No external memory slot, Needs a special tool to access SIM slot