Huawei Ascend P1 Reviews


Huawei Ascend P1 Review at CNET

The Huawei Ascend P1 that so impressed us at CES isn't quite as shiny or new a few months down the road, when other Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones are also trotting out top-of-the-line features. Its design is arresting, but the just-adequate camera and so-so call quality wouldn't inspire me to pay the ballpark $600 unlocked price. Still, it's a handset I'd love to see take root in a carrier portfolio, at the very least for some eye candy and to assess how well the data and voice elements work when tuned to a specific carrier's bands. Moreover, the P1 is a good example of the caliber of phone that Huawei should strive to sell in the U.S., where the brand is still little-known. Read more...

Huawei Ascend P1 Review at Pocket-lint

Despite a slightly average-looking front, the P1 rescues itself with the thin design, and generally being nice to hold. We'd prefer a little more grip on the back of the handset, but this is a small point. The screen isn't so big as to make using the phone one-handed a problem, and we really like that.

The device itself is quick, thanks to that fast processor, and the inclusion of Ice Cream Sandwich is good news, because it's a great OS. There may well be an upgrade to Jellybean in the future, but even if there isn't, this remains a strong phone.

Audio and video both won us over, and this makes for a great multimedia phone. Call quality is good too, and everything is well laid out, even with some slight UI tweaks by Huawei. Indeed, this is one of the closest phones we've used to a Nexus device for purity of Android. Read more...

Huawei Ascend P1 Review at TechRadar

The Ascend P1 is a very impressive attempt at making a high-end Android phone to compete with the likes of Samsung and HTC. It's very, very smooth and fast in operation and great fun to simply poke and use, with more than enough power to handle apps and web use with ease. The camera takes great still shots and produces extremely impressive 1080p footage, plus being able to quick-launch the camera from the lock screen makes quick work of grabbing impulse shots of dogs doing funny things.

The Ascend P1 doesn't quite manage to replicate the same classy feel as HTC's One series or the Xperia S, but it gets very, very close and is a great option for anyone looking to combine serious power and size while also avoiding manufacturer skins and getting a "pure" Android 4.0 experience. Read more...

Huawei Ascend P1 Review at Engadget

It's a sure sign of how quickly things can change in the mobile industry. The Ascend P1 was a top-notch phone -- in January. Five months later, the landscape has changed drastically: Huawei's "Platinum device" will be released in a world in which the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III are available as alternative options. The P1 is a good phone, but it's not in the same league as those big guns.

But was a device like the Ascend P1 meant to be the best of the best? Probably not. Heck, the very same manufacturer that produced this phone will debut the quad-core D Quad as its flagship at some not-too-distant point in the future. Rather, this device seems more practically suited to take on the next tier down -- a place which houses phones like the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR. And at roughly $500 (prices vary by region), Huawei's inaugural dual-core device does exactly that in respectable fashion. It may not be love at first sight, but the P1 is -- at the very least -- a great first impression. Read more...

Huawei Ascend P1 Review at T3

Huawei is still living in the land of the budget smartphone. The specs may be impressive but there’s compromise at every corner, most noticeable in the build quality. If LG can build better looking phones for £99, Huawei should take note. Using the Huawei Ascend P1 for calls, we found the glossy finish made the smartphone difficult to handle and had a tendency to slide against the ear.

Apps and games look great on the 4.3 inch screen but it’s not an all-rounder. More storage, a better battery, better build quality and sharper design should be a given for £379. As it is, the Huwaei Ascend can’t hope to sit on the same shop shelf as an iPhone 4S - it simply doesn’t belong at this price point. Read more...

Huawei Ascend P1 Review at SlashGear

Our final conclusion for the Huawei Ascend P1 was quite favorable. Other than a few design decisions we’d probably change ourselves the phone is promising. Huawei has continued to improve from an OEM brand into a mainstream competitor and the Ascend P1, the thinner P1 S, and the upcoming Ascend D Quad are a fine example of that. It appears they’ve taken some strong hints from Samsung with their smartphone design and direction — and with good reason. Samsung is the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world and their numbers have continued to climb.

Out of the multiple Huawei handsets we’ve had the pleasure of working with as of late, the Ascend P1 is one of the most polished and best devices to date. They are headed in the right direction and I’d love to have this phone be available for a good mid-range price on AT&T or T-Mobile. Overall the Ascend P1 has a vibrant screen, impressive specs, the latest version of Android, a top quality camera, and everything fits in a simple and sleek 7.6mm thin chassis. We look forward to what else Huawei sends to market this year and you can expect the Ascend P1 to be available in Hong Kong and Taiwan this month, followed by Latin America in June, and with Europe getting the handset this summer. Read more...