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Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Huawei Ascend P1

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Interface and Functionality:

You’d be surprised to hear this, but it’s precisely Huawei that might have found the golden ratio between a stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich interface as Google intended it, and manufacturer overlays. Simple - it is stock ICS by default but provides a variety of easy to switch themes to differentiate itself if you are so inclined.

There are three 2D “themes” you can choose from – the default stock ICS, then we have Breeze and Dusk, each one with different color scheme, icon art and above all - icon size - so there is something for even the most visually challenged. The underlying stock apps have the same appearance on all, just the homescreen dockand main menu icons change. There is also a 3D interface, which rotates homescreens and menu pages like in a cube, so all grounds are covered.

We liked that Huawei hasn't installed much if any bloatware. It just made a handy “Tools” folder for the homescreen, which nests the calculator, a flashlight app and so on, and also supplied a file browser, simple Notes app and an Office docs viewer. The only other app partnerships seem to be Music+, which adds Folder view to the music player, and SoundCloud.

The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Thanks to the narrow elongated profile and the excellent Android ICS keyboard, typing with one hand on the Huawei Ascend P1 is easier than on most 4.3-inchers. Your thumb reaches across the on-screen keyboard with relative ease, and its nice light blue theme is catchy.

The Android ICS keyboard - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Android ICS keyboard - Huawei Ascend P1 Review


Processor and Memory:

A 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4460 processor is nothing to sniff at, and that's what powers the Huawei Ascend P1 with ease. The simple UI flies with it, and only the PowerVR SGX540 GPU can't measure up to Samsung's Mali-400 or the new Qualcomm Adreno 225 graphics processors. It is still a very capable PowerVR GPU, though, so you won't have troubles playing anything you throw at it.

The phone hosts 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, of which only 2GB and change can be used for files, pics and videos, but thankfully you get an easily accessible microSD slot to add more.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Huawei Ascend P1 3562 6145 36,4
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3871 6409 40,9


Internet and Connectivity:

The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Ascend P1, powered by the TI OMAP processor. Scrolling, pinching to zoom and panning around are all quite fluid, and text reflow takes a split second to fit the article in the screen width for easier reading.

The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Good news for all Huawei Ascend P1 owners is that the phone is pentaband, meaning it will download stuff with up to 21Mbps on just any GSM network worldwide, including T-Mobile in the US. It also comes with a rich set of connectivity options – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio and DLNA, which has a dedicated app to manage the streaming media. It doesn't sport NFC, but nobody is likely to cry over this, are they?

MHL comes standard to fuse the microUSB and HDMI ports in one, in case you want TV-out with the good old cable.

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Huawei Ascend P1

Huawei Ascend P1

OS: Android 4.0.3
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size5.02 x 2.55 x 0.30 inches
(127.4 x 64.8 x 7.7 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)

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