- Philip Berne , Phone Scoop
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.
Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)
A few minor setbacks doesn’t stop the Huawei Ascend to rise up from Cricket’s lineup
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
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
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