TEST: Ascend P1 is a surprisingly good Android smartphone that despite a few flaws, well able to compete with HTC and Samsung. Read fight test of Huawei Ascend P1.
I am the first journalist in Denmark, which has gotten Huawei Ascend P1 in the hand, and over an extended period of time, I’ve tested the smart phone.
P1 is the first top-smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer, which is ready with a product that will compete one on one against HTC One s. And out from the first impression to judge, it has, in fact, a fair chance, to be a particularly dangerous smartphone, for competitors.
When you look at the specifications of HTC One S and Huawei Ascend P1 it is thought-provoking, how close together they are.
Processor 1.5 GHz (dual-core), 8 megapixel camera, Super AMOLED display at 4.3 inch etc. etc. One would almost think that Huawei had been inspired quite heavily from HTC.
Styreystemet is the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Thin, lightweight, simple
On the thinnest stead is Ascend P1 only 7.69 mm thick, which is a bit thicker than Huawei P1 S, who in January was announced, but which will probably not come to Europe.
It is always a bit special with the goals that the 7.69 mm do not keep all the way through. On a “bump” at the bottom is the thickness right under one centimeter. In addition, there is a raised platform around the camera lens. But regardless of the goals, is Ascend P1 a mobile that looks thin out, and therefore not chubby or thick.
Weight is down to 110 grams, which is 9.5 gram less than HTC One S.
The phone is in the genuine plastic but there is no crackles around the buttons or other creak noises. Click the response on the physical buttons is good, and you have no doubt as to whether or not you have pressed or not.
Under the plastic shell is reinforced with an aluminum frame, your phone in order to make it more stable, which also seems to be P1.
You must not start to bleep Backboard when it is glued together, which also means that you cannot gain access to the battery. Default SIM-card is mounted at the top, and micro-SD memory card is inserted in the right hand side, protected by a small plastic flap.
The most annoying is the USB connector, which is also used for charging, sits at the top, which on absolutely all ways, is a lousy location. Such connectors must sit at the bottom – while the connector for headset should sit at the top, which it does, in this mobile.
The back is quite easy raw and rubber-like, which causes it to put good and stable in the hand. Unfortunately back incredibly quickly VERY greasy to look at.
Otherwise, this is a very simple design, without major surprises. I think, however, that it is nice and stylish, although I had seen a material other than plastic, but it is taste.
Nice screen with pang colors
Choice of Super AMOLED screen type means a screen shot with power on contrast and colors, but some can be all over the place annoying fasts, which, however, is a common feature of mobiles with this type of screen.
Resolution is 960 x 540 pixels at with 256 pixel density of ppi, which perfectly matches the screen on HTC One S. Surface is protected by the break strong Gorilla Glass from the company Corning.
P1 has a built-in light sensor so screen light adjusted according to conditions around a. The sensor is, however, not as aggressive, as one could wish, and which could easily save more monitor power, by turning the brightness down anymore, when you find yourself in a dark environment.
The lowest lysdvale-time is in fact 30 seconds, while the highest is 30 minutes. I miss in this case, the ability to choose 15 seconds as the timeout option for the screen.
Summarized says Huawei on screen part, certainly not back to its competitors.
Almost pure Android user interface
In some ways reminds Ascend P1 on Nexus-the phones that are running with the pure Android user interface without adaptations from manufacturers.
That can be said for and against the skins from the manufacturers, and no doubt that interfaces as special HTC Sense, Android has lifted significantly. Many LOVE HTC Sense, and with good reason, since it made Android more user-friendly.
Android has since grown, and the need for an alternative interface is minimized, which Huawei has realized. They have thus not used development time on a whole lot of special adaptations.
The most eye-catching is probably the lock screen that comes with four quick shortcuts; call log, lock up, camera and Messaging. Immediately these fixed, and cannot be changed by the user himself.
Huawei has also contributed a few widgets and backgrounds. But the application menu, the shortcut to settings in topgardinet, is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as it is.
Camera application is a little different than what Google itself has delivered. But the adjustment here, makes good sense.
If you think the user interface is “dull”, who saved a little eyecandy: press ‘ menu ‘ on the front page, and select ‘ 3D Home page ‘. Now there are new 3D widgets, and more opportunities to rummage in the icon layout, transitions, etc.
There is no question of anything Huawei itself has created, but a 3rd party launcher, which has, however, I couldn’t figure out.
I don’t even use this layout in everyday life, as the basics of Android is much better, cleaner, and more fluid – well, actually QUITE liquid. As I have previously written, functioning Android just better when not being tampered with it.
Good battery life
Huawei places even weight on good battery life, and has in the past to our site stated that a smartphone should be able to keep power in two days. But there must be a future innovation, since P1 does not reach this level.
The phone is not in the stores yet, therefore, is expected to get 1-2 extra updates before consumers have P1 in the hand, and in that light, is it good for the battery at 1,670 mAh.
A full day from early morning to late night, you come through very well, without charge.
P1 is good to “sleep”, so do nothing when it just is. The result is a long standby time, and there is nothing that it at night just lies and empty the battery for no reason.
That, however, it will erode at the battery when using the phone, and some days are up against 10 percent outta here before I have come out of the door in the morning. The rest of the day, however, the cell phone barely works so hungry — even though I use it a lot.
When the graph is checked in fact somewhat mysterious experienced. The phone looks to charge itself, which is obviously not happening. From Huawei, I’ve got a long technical explanation, which summarized is that it is as a fuel Calculator in a car; If you are running uneconomic reports the car to a smaller number of kilometers left in the tank than if running economic – and therefore change the car so the estimated mileage.
Exactly the same with the phone, says Huawei. I still think it’s strange that battery graph rises.
Huawei has added a power steering option called “power save mode”. Here you can choose between battery saving timeout, balanced and performance.
Battery saver turn WiFi off when the phone is in sleep mode, unless the power supply is set to.Furthermore, the processor shall be limited to a maximum run 1.2 GHz plus some other small items.
Only when the “allowance” is enabled run the processor with maximum performance.
All in all, the battery and power consumption approved. But out from Huaweis earlier statements about the battery life of their products, I am not with her arms up. I hope it will be better when the final software is ready.
Foreseeable to SMS but bad keyboard
SMS Inbox has a simple structure, without a lot of things that flutters in all directions. Only the icons to “create” and “search” are promoting on the screen, which gives a good overview of the messages, which are grouped in threads from each sender.
Under “menu” + “settings” can different parameters such as delivery reports adjusted. The reports obtained as a small text field briefly on the display when a message is delivered to the recipient, and next to each message, a small icon indicates whether the message is delivered.
MMS messages look great, and a picture appears in the message list in the mini version, after which it requires only one click to open it at full size. If you want to save an image, it can only be done from the message history, by keeping on it and press “Save”, after which it can be found in the gallery.
When I previously tested Huawei Honor was one of Appeal points, to the Danish keyboard, had poor placement of ÆØÅ, and who is listened to the criticism. In P1 is “Huawei Input Method” as introduced.
There is talk about a true Danish keyboard layout, and Hooray for that, but the dictionary line looks like something from an eye doctor, and am not particularly nicely. In addition, SPACEBAR impossibly small, and the risk of a sentence instead of the spaces, is a part of one’s everyday life. There is no option to choose other, than the full keyboard layout, so T9-the people must either way, download and install a different keyboard.
I simply do not understand why you do not conclude an agreement with a good keyboard app, to include this in the product, so you do not need to invent their own stuff – or the deep dish twice.
I chose to install the Smart Keyboard application from Google Play Big, and then came again in the keys.
Also the original exists in Ascend P1 keyboard from Android 4.0, but this has not Danish dictionary.
SMS on this smartphone will be first of all a good experience when an alternative keyboard installed, then Huawei must back on the horse.
Exchange support with missing
On this smartphone, there are a myriad of choices for mail box setups, so everything from old-fashioned email account, Gmail over Microsoft Exchange is supported.
Gmail part is perfect in all areas, and offers all the features that Google has released in the official Gmail application, as the phone is born with; It also means that can synchronize contacts and calendar with the Gmail’en, entirely without problems.
A little harder going for support of Microsoft Exchange or Office 365.
Calendar and contact sync fails nothing, but it makes the mail box.
The most disastrous is that messages cannot be displayed in threads but only as single emails, then you have a greater correspondence runs end with one or more people, it becomes a unmanageable list of mails which are hard to find around.
When accessing mails there is no problems, it is manageable and that can even zoom into the text. It is also possible to set up signature, while auto answer/vacation replies, not possible to enter from your phone.
If Huawei is dreaming about getting hold of the business users, they should look a little on the HTC’s One-series, which has the best Exchange support, I have seen on a mobile.
Camera and great pictures
It is a pleasure to take pictures with Ascend P1, which not only is quick to start up, so you can take the first picture. It is also quickly ready for the next photo.
There is no dedicated camera key on the device, but it should be clarified by making a shortcut on the home screen. The shutter release is thus also on display, with the pros and cons, there are about it.
P1 has touch-to-focus, so that it can focus on a particular area, by tapping on the screen – and it is very accurate in its focus of foreground and background, making it easy to take creative photographs.
The settings and filters, many of, as well as the option of HDR function. But a few unfortunate translations confuses a lot. The “Best Photo”, as is known from HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S (III), which makes it possible to choose the best photo from a series, called “Group”. “Burst mode” with ten pictures in a row, is translated “Detonating”. I wonder if “Google Translate” should be put on the shelf with Huawei?
But it weighed up by the good image quality, which makes it even more fun to take photos with your phone, however, have a problem with the lens, where P1 images often becomes very dark. The camera is 8 megapixels.
You can record video up to 1080 p HD, but here is our test mobile hit by software errors that occasionally get the screen to Flash in a weird way. The video camera has autofocus, Auto-re-focus on your subject, when it moves in front of the camera, but I think it’s annoying that there is no touch-to-focus as in photo camera.
The music lacks power
Huawei Ascend music player in P1 are good, and creating their own playlists, happens with very little pressure. The graphical layout is neat, and a widget to the main page, making it easy to switch songs, without having to completely into music app first.
When your phone is locked, is a music control widget filed under clock, so one should not completely into the P1 before a new song can be chosen.
In our test package provided with not a headset, so we have no opinion on this, other than we hope, there is one in your final sales package.
With an alternative, but good headset, I have listened intently to my music. The sound quality blows me away, although not Dolby Digital has been responsible for the lydoptimerings portion. I can best describe the sound as “average”.
The most troublesome has been that the sound level is not high enough. A little more output power, would be preferable.
The speaker is located on the back of the phone, and thus easily smothered the sound, if P1 is loaded in a sofa, or on any other soft surface. The sound quality from your speaker is approved, and not quite as horrible, as in many other smartphones.
Conversation quality is in order
The sound quality through conversations is always very difficult to describe, especially because all persons experiencing sound differently.
However, I have had no problems with them to hear what I have spoken with has said on the phone, nor at the other end, there have been complaints.
Calls that come at inconvenient times may be rejected, and is answered with a standard message via SMS that can be customized under “call” – “quick reply” in the menu “settings”.
As an added bonus feature that not many mobiles supports, so can this smartphone, record phone conversations that are saved on the SD card in a “Record” folder. The audio file is called the person’s name, date and time of the conversation added.
You can also add more people to a conversation, and thus have your own conference call system.
I have in the testing period had no problems with connections to headsets via Bluetooth, which can only be described as extremely stable.
Conclusion: Ascend P1 – a good buy
Huawei says that Ascend P1 must compete against HTC One p. is a sharp statement, up against an established producer on the Android system.
But I must say that P1 surprises a part. I like very much the pure expression of the Android system, which with a few exceptions, is “pure Google”, which means a fast, smooth and efficient smartphone with good battery life.
HTC has a better design, and HTC Sense interface which is placed on top of Android, makes for a great many mobile owners any good. But Huawei shows that Sense is not an absolute necessity, you can easily get used to doing things in a different way.
There not included memory card in the sales package (microSDHC) but up to 32 GB are supported on the phone. Currently, I have however, 1.7 GB user memory available, which means that it is necessary to give yourself time to take pictures and put a little music on. The internal memory just now 1.8 GB free, so there is enough space for applications.
Huaweis trump card is also the price currently is about 3,200 dollars without subscription, according to our site, which is slightly less than the good 3,800 crowns that HTC One S costs.
You don’t get a stripped Chinese-model, but a full-blooded smartphone, as I personally dare to buy, and recommend to others. Yes, let me just say it like it is: “It is an unimaginably good Android smartphone that shows that Huawei is serious when they say that they will occupy Europe”.
As it can be read in this test are not perfect – P1 but there is not as glaring error that you either can’t live with it, or fix it. And the price taken into consideration, it is well done.
I am already looking to test the top model Huawei Ascend D-Quad, is released after the summer.
When I have tested a few weeks before the P1 when out in stores, the software can still achieve that change, which is probably not before the worse.
Huawei Ascend P1 deserves its five out of six stars.
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