Monday, 29 July 2013

Review of the Huawei Ascend W1 windows smartphone

A few weeks ago we were asked if we'd like to review a new smartphone from a mobile phone company relatively new to the UK. It was all a bit secret squirrel and we were intrigued, and sure enough a few days later we received this mystery package containing a smartphone from Hauwei (pronounced wah-wey).

Huawei Ascend W1 windows smartphone

The Huawei Ascend W1 is aimed at teenagers and adults that are new to smartphones, so it suited us fine because we a non-iphone family and  more used to BlackBerrys. It is very competitively priced at £129.99 which for a smartphone is very impressive. It's quite lightweight and slim so easy to handle, and has a 4" screen with tough Gorilla glass. The camera is 5 megapixels with auto focus and flash.

The plan was that we'd take it in turns to use it starting with The Teenager. She was going to use it for a few days, then it'd be passed on to me and Tall Daughter in turn. Well, that was the plan but it hasn't quite turned out that way because we haven't been able to prise it out of her hands, she loves it so much.

Huawei Ascend W1 windows smartphone

So, here is The Teenager's review of it, in her own words.

What I liked: 

  • it looks good and is quite eye catching;
  • most of my friends have commented on it and have tried it out - and they like it too;
  • the windows display panel looks great and is very easy to use;
  • I like the way the photo tile is a slideshow of my photos;
  • the battery lasts a long time, I don't have to charge it as much as my old phone;
  • it's easy to type and text with it; [when I asked her to explain why, she said "It just is" Of course.]
  • I like the layout, which was easy to change around;
  • it's easy to navigate;
  • the camera is way better than the one on my old phone.
  • my mates are all amazed by the price and one of my friends has already bought one.

Huawei Ascend W1 windows smartphone

What I didn't like:
  • There isn't enough choice on the App store, and some of the apps I normally use aren't there (Snapchat, favourite games, etc);
  • my sister keeps trying to take it off me.

Huawei Ascend W1 windows smartphone

So there you have it - the Ascent W1 windows phone is Teenager approved! It's now her permanent phone since we moved her sim card over (the phone is exclusive to O2 at the moment, so this might not be an option for everyone). 

All in all, we think it's a great entry-level smartphone and is ideal for teenagers and young adults (although I quite fancy owning one myself!) 


Disclosure: as mentioned, we were sent this phone for review purposes although all words and opinions are our own.