Hands-On with the Huawei Ascend 2
Cricket tonight showed off the Huawei Ascend 2 at a press event. We had a chance to try out this successor to the low-cost Android Ascend. Read on for our first impressions.
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The Ascend is one of the lowest-cost Android smartphones on the market. Because Android has some decent minimum requirements, it's still a decent phone, in spite of its low price. The screen may be low-resolution and the processor slow, but it can still run most apps in the Android Market, which is a very powerful thing.
So what does the new Ascend 2 bring to the table? Bumped specs and a sleeker design. The display is still quite low-res, but the camera has been bumped to 5-megapixel. Curiously, it seems to be fixed-focus, but that's the price you (don't) pay for a phone this affordable.
The processor has been upped from 528 to 800 Mhz, always a welcome change.
The navigation ball has been removed. We'd complain, but that seems to be the trend across all Android phones.
The Ascend 2 is thinner and lighter, and feels nice enough. It does look sleeker than the original.Software
The interface is even more stock Android than the original. The home screen loses the neat 3x3 grid of home screens from the old model.
The camera interface is one area where manufacturers can differentiate. The pop-up settings menu looks neat, but is one very long list. It's not as usable as it looks, but it's better than some Android phones.
Look for the Ascend 2 from Cricket in the second quarter, for the same price as the first Ascend.
Cricket Announces Huawei Ascend II
Cricket today announced the addition of the Huawei Ascend II, a new Android 2.3 smartphone that has a 3.5 inch display, 5 megapixel camera with video capture, 600MHz processor and support for microSD cards. It comes with all the stock Google services that make up most Android phones.
Huawei Ascend II Gains Access to Cricket's Muve Music
Cricket Communications today announced that owners of the Huawei Ascend II can now use the Muve Music service. Customers wishing to use Muve Music will need to update to the Muve Music plan, which offers the music downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as unlimited messaging, unlimited 3G data, unlimited mobile video, and nationwide voice for $65 per month.
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U.S. Cellular today announced that it will begin selling the Huawei Ascend II starting the week after Christmas.
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cricket 2 droid... much like the LG 'Droids. Memory errors abound!