Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Call quality:

Phone calls made using the Huawei Ascend P2 sound loud, clear, and natural through the phone's earpiece. The microphone also works well, despite sounding a bit sharper at higher frequencies. No static or background noises disturb the conversation on either side of the line.

Battery life:

While battery life depends mostly on how a particular smartphone is used, we think the Huawei Ascend P2 won't disappoint. With its 2420mAh battery, the handset can deliver over 12hrs 3G talk time, which is very good. Stand-by time is listed as 11 days. The battery might last longer depending on what profile the phone is set at. From the Power Manager menu, the user can switch between performance and power-efficient modes, or manage which apps get loaded on start-up.

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. The pretty, 4.7-inch display tops the list of things we like about it, followed by the slim profile and lightweight body, so if these are the features you value the most, then the Ascend P2 won't disappoint.

Of course, there are a number of alternatives one should check out before getting the Huawei Ascend P2. The Sony Xperia SP, for example, is great, similarly-priced mid-range Android smartphone with a large, high-resolution screen and a capable processor. If design and appearance are your cup of tea, the Huawei Ascend P6, also known as the thinnest smartphone in existence, would be an excellent choice. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S III would also be a good pick as you should be able to grab one for as much as the Ascend P2 costs.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 4.1.2
EmotionUI 1.5
Build Number: P2-6011V100R001C00B019


Huawei Ascend P2 Video Review:



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

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless