Though it’s solid enough the P1 isn’t quite built to Samsung standards. The entirely plastic and gloss-finish body feels slippery in the hand and it shows up fingerprints badly. There’s also a very slight rattle from the volume control buttons when you shake it.
Browser and music player
The flaps that cover the SIM and microSD card slots are tough to prise ajar but thankfully the micro USB and 3.5mm audio jacks at the top of the device are open to the air. The P1 lacks anything in the way of an HDMI port but the micro USB socket is MHL-compatible so you can can still watch 1080p videos on your telly.
The 8MP camera is rather impressive - certainly better than I was expecting - and also has some funky effects like a crowd mode similar to that fitted to HTC’s One phones. Take a burst snap of a group and you can swap up to 25 facial images from any of the five images taken making the inadvertent pic-spoiling blink or stuck-out tongue a thing of the past.
File manager and storage allocation
Mercifully there’s little in the way of software bloat just the always welcome Polaris Office, a good file manager and something called Security Guard which is a handy little app for blocking unwanted calls and texts. You also get Dolby Mobile 3.0 which has an impressively positive effect on the sound you get from audio files especially if you are using a half-decent pair of headphones. Though Huawei’s website says the P1 has an NFC radio my sample didn’t.
Curiously the gallery app on my handset wouldn’t sync with my Picasa account so all I could see were locally stored images. I’m waiting on clarification from Huawei about this but hopefully it’s a bug that will be fixed by the time handsets make it to punters later this month. On a more positive note the built-in 1670mAh battery is easily good for a 36 hours of heavy use and and will keep the video player running a 720p file for a pretty impressive 5 hours 15 minutes.
A decent camera and a respectable spec for the price
Despite its slightly cheap body the P1 ticks a lot of boxes. It has ICS from launch and while both thin and light still packs a decent battery. The screen is bright and vivid, it has a microSD slot and the camera is not half bad. The chipset may not be the latest word in modernity but it offers a more than sufficient amount of grunt and the option to use the stock ICS launcher is welcome. If it weren't for the Gallery app sync issue, the mystery of the NFC functionality and a few rattles, I'd happily give it a higher rating. ®
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Re:"Read the link muppet."
I cannot tell you how deeply impressed we all are with posters who fire off ad hominem insults whilst hiding behind an AC icon.
oh yeah, making it rectangular and rounding the corners. Copying bastards!
Still, at least they don't astroturf for apple whilst hiding behind a nameless account. That's truly pathetic.
"Huawei has left Android 4.0.3 pretty much well alone on the Ascend P1"
SAMSUNG, COPY THIS. Stick your "improvements" up your arse.
Re: "Read the link muppet"
Fuck you! Post with a user name and I'll follow your link. I don't have time for AC Apple astroturfing pussies...
And another promising quote
"Mercifully there’s little in the way of software bloat"
Not just Samsung, but ALL PHONE MAKERS, please note there's an app store to get whatever software users want - YOU DON'T HAVE TO PRE-INSTALL ANYTHING BUT THE OS! Stop taking bribes to install crapware that can't be uninstalled.