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Huawei Ascend Y100 review

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6/10
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The Huawei Ascend Y100 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great pric...

- Ross Catanzariti, Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great pric...

- Ross Catanzarit, Tech Advisor
Android Tapp

The Y100 is perfect as a ‘my first smartphone’ device. In the short time I had to play with the device I found it easy to use and intuitive, reminding me a little of HTC’s first Wildfire.

- Paul Wilks, Android Tapp
TrustedReviews

Typing feels cramped, text looks blocky and games support is severely reduced.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews


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Common Questions


Huawei released the Ascend Y100 on October 6, 2012.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Ascend Y100 user manual here.


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.



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Screen Size
2.8"

The Huawei Ascend Y100's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7225 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1050mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1050 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 300 minutes.

Ascend Y100 Specs

Overview
Release date October 6, 2012
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225 800 MHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.99 W/kg
Body: 1.23 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1050 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 300 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.6 x 0.6 x 1.1 cm (4.2 x 0.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 100 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 143 pixels
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Multi-touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/e/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Play, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei U8185

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Tech Advisor

If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price

from Tech Advisor

The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price.

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The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price.

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Tech Advisor

A tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance

from Tech Advisor

The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price.

Read full review

The Huawei Ascend Y100 has a tiny screen, a mediocre camera and average performance. However, it's all about the price in this instance. At £59, we can't fault the Ascend Y100 too much. If you're patient and can live with a cramped screen, then this is a fully featured Android phone for a great price.

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Android Tapp

An entry level Android device that’s cheap, cheerful and has a surprisingly reasonable set of specifications

from Android Tapp

The Y100 is perfect as a ‘my first smartphone’ device. In the short time I had to play with the device I found it easy to use and intuitive, reminding me a little of HTC’s first Wildfire.

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The Y100 is perfect as a ‘my first smartphone’ device. In the short time I had to play with the device I found it easy to use and intuitive, reminding me a little of HTC’s first Wildfire.

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TrustedReviews

Affordable with sensible design and decent performance

from TrustedReviews

The Huawei Y 100 is one of the cheapest Android phones around. And thanks to its 800MHz processor, it performs well among its rivals. However, the small, low-res screen has just too many drawbacks to make it seem like a bargain. Typing feels cramped, text looks blocky and games support is severel...More

The Huawei Y 100 is one of the cheapest Android phones around. And thanks to its 800MHz processor, it performs well among its rivals. However, the small, low-res screen has just too many drawbacks to make it seem like a bargain. Typing feels cramped, text looks blocky and games support is severely reduced. There are a few too many capable alternatives around the same price.

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