Have had this phone for one week and can confirm the following, yes it's reasonably priced at £100 plus £10 top up but don't expect it to compete with similar offerings from Samsung or HTC as you will be disappointed, the interface is a Huawei overlay on a gingerbread base and works fairly well in the whole but I've changed to Go Launcher as it runs smoother.
In call volume is excellent and clear whilst ringtones and speaker is sadly so low that you may find yourself missing calls!
Build quality is good for the price point and has more than a passing resemblance to the HTC Desire S, but squeeze the Ascend in your hand and it becomes clear that the attractive shell with looks of aluminium and white porcelain are plastic based, creaking under the pressure of your grip.
The screen is clear, bright and responsive but suffers from wishy washy colour rendition, the capacitive buttons for menu, home and back are sometimes unresponsive and require two or three pushes to respond but the problem is less prevailent using the Go Launcher.
On summary if you are working to a budget then this is the phone for you, costing the same as a two year old second hand HTC Desire, but if you are accustomed to the likes of the galaxy s2, HTC XL, Arc S or other top phones then you will find the Ascend lacking in certain areas, but hey don't forget this is a £100 phone
8 out of 10 for effort and will do better when the ICS upgrade goes live.
An excellent smart phone & value for money, only 100 quid on Vodafone PAYG as i'm already an PAYG customer dont require to up.
reminds me off the htc desire, pretty much same spec but at fraction of the cost. battery is excellent.
cant wait til ics update out for it.
v easy & superb display & plenty of internal memory, great 5mp camera, light & slim. its a no brainy - must buy.
Bought the phone on Friday. Its a bargain, but there are a few niggles:
1. The ring tones, alarms and notification tones are not loud enough, even on maximum.
2. This is a biggie: the screen refuses to rotate when in the Contacts app. This means that, if like me, your contacts have long names, only the first couple of words are visible in portrait, and won't allow me to go to landscape to reveal more words. So if you have lots of contacts which start with "London Restaurant", for example, followed by the name of the restaurant, only "London Restaurant" will be visible. Not much use!!!
I hope that these faults will be ironed out by updates soon, because they really are deal breakers.
Anonymous, 14 Apr 2012Any form of wired tv-out?Unfortunately no wired TV-out or HDMI, but I can safely say, after having this for 24 hours, after a full charge, the battery is performing well, on 50% and that is after downloading apps, using wi-fi etc
You should see a psychiatrist, your phone should not be talking to you, let alone suggesting you have dementia!
Purchased this morning from a Vodafone store for £100 plus £10 min top-up.
Excellent build quality, 2.5GB internal memory and 650MB for apps/move to SD also. 4" TFT screen is very clear, camera takes very clear and focused pictures, video is 720p, ringtone volume is quite low, however - maybe this could be resolved in a future update. The screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass, as quoted on the box of the phone. ALL IN ALL, excellent. Supports Adobe Flash too as phone has 1Ghz processor.
ulzii, 15 Mar 2012what's gpu ? is it possible to upgrade android 4Android 4 update should be available sometime in the spring/summer
It comes out this friday in the uk (13 April) about £100
512 ram, I think. 1Ghz cpu
But can anyone tell me what tft screen is?
compared to lcd and gorilla glass.
Anonymous, 16 Mar 2012it has a 1 GHz CPUwhat about the ram 1 gb 512 mb 756mb