Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Huawei Ascend's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
528MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 operating system (OS).

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
512 MB

Internal memory is 512 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 210 minutes (2G).



If you’re a Cricket fan, or a contract hater, looking for a real smartphone at a reasonable price, the Huawei Ascend is an easy phone to recommend.

- Philip Berne , Phone Scoop 

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)


CNET

A few minor setbacks doesn’t stop the Huawei Ascend to rise up from Cricket’s lineup

from CNET

The Ascend is quite a package. It brings a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen, support, and 3G and Wi-Fi. Build quality is nice, and the handset is sleek and attractive. Yet there are a few gaps in the feature set that you'll have to overlook. Huawei has chosen a 2.5-millimeter headset jack instead of the standard 3.5-millimeter port, and Cricket has choked the home screen and app tray with over a dozen preloaded apps that aren't removable in the Settings application manager. Call quality in our tests left much to be desired on Cricket's roaming network. Despite these faults, the Ascend is easily C... Full review

Phone Scoop

Best of all, in some key ways, like call quality and the overall look and feel of the device, the Huawei Ascend doesn’t feel cheap

from Phone Scoop

The Cricket Ascend is a decent smartphone, but when you figure in the low price of $130 at print time with no contract required, it’s even more impressive. It was a nice phone to use, and even though some features fell flat, the phone overall was a capable and (almost) full featured Android device.

The camera is lousy, and touch response on the screen can cause problems, especially while typing. But most features that Huawei skimped on, like a proximity sensor or multitouch, didn’t cause any real problems. Even better, some of the interface enhancements, like the ni... Full review

PC Magazine

If you want an android and you're on a tight budget, then this is the perfect phone for you

from PC Magazine
No one will accuse the Ascend of being a Motorola Droid X competitor. But this is Cricket we're talking about; the point here is value, and there the Ascend delivers. The Ascend is superior to Cricket's version of the Sanyo Zio, which is $100 more, runs an outdated version of Android, and has a poorly calibrated plastic screen. The Ascend isn't the greatest phone in the world. But it gets you into the Android game at a low price, and that's all many customers will need... Full review

Great phone, great price!!!

So I've had this phone for a little over a month and I still think it's a great phone. This is my first smart phone and so it hasn't disappointed me. I love the google maps app. I'm new to the city I live in so it's a dream to have this with me for help Plus I'm a big music geek and all the free mu... More
So I've had this phone for a little over a month and I still think it's a great phone. This is my first smart phone and so it hasn't disappointed me. I love the google maps app. I'm new to the city I live in so it's a dream to have this with me for help Plus I'm a big music geek and all the free music apps are awesome. The one thing that took some getting used to was the on screen keyboard, but since the phone has swype installed on it made it much easier. It does take a day or two to figure out how to use it. Only thing that sucks is you can't play flash games. One warning though, be aware that with cricket that after you have used 30 minutes on the phone you can't take it back. Less

LOVE IT BOOST WATCH OUT!

I heard alot of bd things about cricket wireless. I just switched from Boost Mobile and found that the Cricket wireless is a lot better. The phone is awesome and affordable
I heard alot of bd things about cricket wireless. I just switched from Boost Mobile and found that the Cricket wireless is a lot better. The phone is awesome and affordable Less

Harder than it has to be....??

The phone is probably great, if you know how to use all the features. : ) I'm having a very hard time finding a manual to learn how to use what should be basic features. So far, I can't figure out how to save a photo someone has sent me and I can't figure out how to set certain ringtones to certain... More
The phone is probably great, if you know how to use all the features. : ) I'm having a very hard time finding a manual to learn how to use what should be basic features. So far, I can't figure out how to save a photo someone has sent me and I can't figure out how to set certain ringtones to certain contacts, etc., things like that which should be elementary... Less

I am having the same problems with my phone have you found out how to set the ringtones? I love my phone i just dont know how to use it lol.

I just got this phone and accidentally found something. If you hook the phone up to a computer via USB cable it gives you some options. After a few seconds a screen pops up asking if you want to install the drivers for the phone on your computer. If you click yes it will take @ 1-2 minutes. Then you can click on the icon for the User Manual. You pick the language and there is your user manual for the phone. Just save a copy to your computer for future use.


The manual is on the phone and you need a PC to read it. But don't worry about that to much because the phone feature as a phone stinks. If you are looking to get a phone to make phones stay away from it. it is very cumbersum. You can't set seperate ringtones. You can't set speed dials. yes the phone has a fast phone list search but after entering the area code and the prefix numbers you might as well just finish enter the last 4 numbers



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 8, 2010
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1700/1900 MHz
Data:
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
512 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Car Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
210 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Silver blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 6.1 x 1.3 cm
(4.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 133 grams
(4.7 ounces)
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 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Trackball, Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Fennec
Javascript No
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WEP
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters 240 x 180 pixels
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei M860

2GB microSD card included
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