While Windows 8 has been set to the battle already for almost a year now for mobile phones, I honestly still find it hard to comprehend the OS to be truly stable and reliable in its today’s state. I may not really answer it that much and support it with evidence, but all I know is that there’s a deep reason why Android and iOS still prevail (or this may be due to the availability of apps/downloadables on their own marketplace?). Nevertheless, for the said mobile field, we knew only of Nokia and HTC to be catering to this said OS, but how about Huawei? Let’s take the company’s attempt in the form of Ascend WI into a more serious look.
Huawei is not really among the biggest brands when it comes to smart devices, yet I knew the company for a while now because of their being a relied hardware manufacturer. It’s my first time to take Huawei as a phone manufacturer catering Windows 8, and so far for my impressions, I think the company did just fine. Well, who would have guessed, the company made this new model so budget-friendly at only $170 more or less, making it ideal for people who would just want to try the said OS.
The Huawei Ascend W1 on its looks and build, in relation to its price, is not really that cheap looking despite the same plastic material. The W1 comes in several colors of dream blue, black, magenta, and white—a feature we are already familiar with the other Windows 8 phones out there. The W1 also feels tight and sturdy enough for its price, and I love the curved edges to make it a bit more comfortable than the ones offered with sharp edges. The corners are also angular, but not that obtrusive enough to compromise comfort.
Luckily, unlike most Windows smartphones of today, the Huawei Ascend W1 is surprisingly friendly that it caters an expandable storage to cope up for its 4GB internal one. The expandability with an SD card can be accessed when you remove the back cover, and therein also, you can find the removable battery and the SIM slot. Thankfully, you learned that the Huawei Ascend W1 comes with a removable battery, and this, I think, is a strong feature to even compliment the big capacity it already has at 1950mAh. As for my tests, the W1 lasted no less than a day and a have with 3G on all the time, and how about if I would bring an extra cell, right?
Features- and specs-wise, the Huawei Ascend W1 may not be the best for its class. Included in the list is a WVGA 4-inch display with IPS, 5MP main camera, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, Adreno 305 for the GPU, 512MB of RAM, no 4G support, BT 2.1 with A2DP, and single-band Wi-Fi. All in all, I’d say the Huawei Ascend W1 is a bit too outdated already in relation to its time of release, but the experience it still caters is more or less plausible for its price. There’s not any hiccup so far with my first experience on the phone, and the difference may be noticed when you use a ‘better’ Windows phone to time an opening of an app or program.
On the other features, I love the display of the Huawei Ascend W1 despite the low resolution. Though I must admit I could really count the pixels at a closer look, the colors are nevertheless vivid and bright enough that almost anyone could fall in love with. The camera, on the other side, may be a bit tricky to use especially on its focusing speed, and the shutter lag is noticeable. The audio quality is at least up to par with my expectations, though still, I’d prefer using a good earpiece for listening to music. Playing games can be fun for a 4-inch display, but if you’d ask, I actually do not see that much significant difference as other low-end smartphones out there.
The Huawei Ascend W1 is a good attempt to make Windows 8 smartphones available to the public at a fraction of a price. The specs are good and the looks of the W1 is also good, but if you want a real performer with a more reliable OS so far, I’d say you can always rely on Android and iOS a lot way far better.
Huawei Ascend W1 Windows 8 Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 8,500.00
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