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Launching the camera app on the Huawei Ascend P2 can be done quickly, either via the lock screen shortcut, or by double-clicking the camera shutter key. Yup, there's a dedicated camera button on this device, which does make snapping photos easier. The shape of the handset, on the other hand, isn't ideal for the purpose, so one has to be careful while holding it in landscape mode. The camera UI is definitely not short on features and the arrangement of its menus is easy to get used to. With its 13MP camera, the Ascend P2 can take panoramic photos and 10 full-res shots in 1 second. There's also an HDR option for both photos and videos, although we weren't very happy with the results.

As for the photos taken with the Huawei Ascend P2, they are mostly okay, as long as there's enough light to work with. The high-resolution sensor can capture objects in detail and the presence of digital noise is kept well under control. Color representation is on the neutral side, which is good, but the dynamics could have been a bit better. Shooting in low light yields photos that are definitely noisier, with lifeless colors, while the LED flash struggles with providing enough light to illuminate the frame.

We've definitely seen better 1080p videos out of other 13MP cameraphones. Captured at 1080p resolution, the Ascend P2's footage is passable, but could have been smoother and with more detail. Indoor videos taken in low light are noisy and sometimes out of focus.

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The music player installed on the Huawei Ascend P2 matches the functionality of many other stock apps of this kind. It can list all loaded songs by artist or album name, and display album art as well. The mandatory lock screen controls and home screen widget are also present. There are several cool tricks thrown in as well, such as lyrics support and the ability to set any song as ringtone. The built-in Dolby Digital Plus feature serves as an equalizer with lots of presets.

With its single loudspeaker, which is positioned on the back side, the Huawei Ascend P2 provides average volume output. The sound is clear and undistorted, but should have been louder. We gave the stock earphones a try, but we weren't impressed. The sound is okay, but lacks in both the low and high frequency spectrum.

The best thing about the Ascend P2's video player is that it handles any video file format we throw at it. All our video sample files, from MKV and DivX to MPEG4 and QuickTime, ran perfectly at up to 1080p resolution. With its large, pretty screen, the smartphone is definitely suitable for watching video. The video player application, however, is extremely basic and has no advanced features whatsoever.

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