If your aim is to get a taste of Android on the cheap, then the Huawei Ascend Y100 might just be what the doctor ordered. Although it may be gearing up to play with the big boys in the Android smartphone market high-end, Huawei still likes to play it well in the low-end. The Ascend Y100 is a prime example of how you can still enjoy many of Android’s great mobile features without letting your wallet bleed too much money.
The Y100 can never be mistaken for a premium device. It comes with a rather small 2.8-inch QVGA screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, and a mostly plastic casing. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is far from the latest version of the Android software, but offers a lot in terms of downloadable apps and third-party software support. It also uses a capacitive touchscreen for its display, which means you’ll have no trouble tapping with your fingers to navigate the menus or input the characters that you want.
While not much for multimedia, the Ascend can at least be classified as a reliable phone. With an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM, you will rarely experience UI hiccups or slowdowns while using it. Onboard support for HSDPA data means you won’t have to endure slow speeds when you want to browse the Internet. And the included 1050 mAh battery is good for up to 2 days of moderate to heavy usage, so you’ll be able to actually enjoy your time using the phone before you have to run to the nearest wall outlet or USB port to recharge.
The Huawei Ascend Y100 is certainly no Galaxy S III, but for just a relatively small sum of money, it can be the first and perhaps even the only Android smartphone that you will ever need.
Need To Know: Huawei Ascend Y100
1. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the default operating system. (The Good)
2. Supports quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS networks, which means it can be used as a mobile phone in most countries and territories. (The Good)
3. Built-in touchscreen is too small for truly enjoyable video playback and may be cumbersome for users with large hands or fingers. (The Bad)
4. The main camera takes washed out photos with plenty of noise, making it far from suitable as a digital camera replacement. (The Bad)
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Huawei released the Ascend Y100 on October 6, 2012.
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Huawei backs up the Ascend Y100 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Ascend Y100 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.