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Huawei Ascend P1 review

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The Ascend P1's contacts section is the same standard Android 4.0 option as found in the likes of the Galaxy Nexus, which divides your entire social world into three broad sections, accessed through tabs atop the screen.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

The central tab accesses your big list of all the people you know, with the left-hand tab breaking them down into groups where you can group people you know through work, family members or friends, while the third tab lets you quickly access those contacts who have been starred and are considered a favourite.

The favourites page is one of Google's big visual changes for Android 4.0, with the associated mugshots of your bessie mates getting blown up into a huge grid.

Some photos end up looking a bit messy and low-res when automatically scaled like this, but if you can be bothered to take the time sourcing good images of your pals it can eventually be made to look quite flash.

Plus, if you scroll all the way down, there's a 'Frequently Contacted' list populated with the details of people you bother the most.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Each person's contact page comes with the anti-social option to send all their calls direct to voicemail, plus Android lets you select a specific ringtone for each person, add email addresses, instant messaging details, nicknames, plus support for internet calling through video chat apps.

Calling

The dialler's your clean and simple Android 4.0 option. It supports quick dialling for pulling out contact entries once you start typing their names, or there's a shortcut to the contacts section below.

Voice quality on calls was good; nice and loud with a pretty natural feel to voices.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

One nice little touch in Android these days is its collection of calling and messaging shortcut icons for the 'Home' screen.

Add one of these icons to a screen and the OS asks you to pick an entry from your contacts section, granting you one-touch access to phone or text a favourite person.

Huawei's also added in its own security software, the utilitarian Huawei Security Guard.

This lets you block calls, create a blacklist and whitelist of callers, pulling in data from your existing call log to make living out your control fantasies a little easier.

The app also lets you add password encryption to any file on your phone's memory or SD card.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend P1
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Height129 mm
Width64.8 mm
Depth7.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend P1 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineAscend P1
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number0003402620
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

7.69mm slim body

Huawei unique molding&casting technology makes P1 smart as well as fashion.

64.8mm Narrow frame Design

64.8mm narrow frame offers you the most comfortable handle. can easily play it with single hand.

Dual core 1.5GHz CPU

A dual core 1.5GHz cpu, together with optimal software makes P1 the fastest model in class, capable to handle 3D games effectively.

Super AMOLED High definition screen

4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) screen with Auto rotate feature powered by G-sensor. These features provide you with a better viewing experience.