Straight Talk Huawei Ascend 2 M865C Full Review

The Straight Talk Huawei Ascend II is an affordable yet quality entry level Android device for use with the Straight Talk $45 unlimited plan. The Ascend II is the most affordable device available for Straight Talk and at under $100, you really can't go wrong with this device as it does basically the same as the other entry level Straight Talk Androids.

Carrier Straight Talk

Release Date June 2012

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Huawei Ascend II Specifications

Brand
Huawei

Android Operating System

Gingerbread Android version 2.3.6

Phone Processor Speed
600mhz

Phone Dimensions
4.55"x 2.37" x .47"

Phone Weight
4.23 OZ

Form Factor
Candy bar touchscreen

Screen Size and Resolution:
3.47" Diagonal, 1.95" x 2.90 actual, 320 x 480 pixels 256K color
 
Carrier Technology:
CDMA via Sprint

Battery Life:
Up to 4hrs talk time, Up to 11 days stand by

Signal:
Excellent

Camera resolution:
5.0 MP

Bluetooth
v 2.0

Charge and data cable port
Standard Micro USB

Headphone Jack
Standard iPod type size - 3.5mm

Maximum Micro SD card Support
Supports up to 32Gb support. Comes with 4gb sd card.
 
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Huawei Ascend 2 Features

Attractive Compact touchscreen design, affordable price, 3g data, WiFi, Google Play apps, 5mp camera, Full HTML browser with Javascript support, Youtube, Facebook, and more

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What's Included


What's included
  • Huawei Ascend II
  • Battery
  • Battery cover
  • Charge/Data cable
  • 3.5mm Headphones
  • 4gb microSD card

Comments

The Huawei Ascend II is the most affordable Straight Talk Android phone (as of this writing) so we were expecting a really cheap feeling phone. Fortunately, that's not what we got. The Huawei Ascend II feels every bit as quality as some of the other Straight Talk entry level Androids. In fact, it feels and acts every bit as good as the more expensive Samsung Precedent. There is nothing about it that says "cheap". As one would expect, we find an all plastic body with a gloss black bezzel surrounding the screen and a rubberized battery cover. Finally, we are happy to report that the Huawei logo was left off the face of the phone as seen in some of the stock pictures, it does have it on the back but that's ok.

A look around the phone reveals an attractive effecient design. At the top center we have the 3.5mm headphone jack, on the left we have the volume buttons and on the bottom the charge/data port. If you've noticed, we didn't say anything about dedicated camera button. That's because it does not have one so I guess that's one way to get the price under $100. Of course, you also have the 4 dedicated Android buttons just below the screen. These are of the capacitive touch type which we were not expecting. One nice thing about the Ascend II is that despite being of the compact variety, it has a 3.5" screen which happens to be bigger than the other Straight Talk entry level androids.
 

Features And Performance

Since the Huawei Ascend II is just under $100, you might be thinking "what features did they cut out?". The answer is none as the Huawei Ascend II still has all of the features available on any other Android including the Google Play app market. Now we aren't going to lie to you and tell you this is just as good as a $300 Android because it's not. It is only $100 after all so you do sacrifice performace for price. The sacrifice in performance comes by way of a rather slow 600mhz processor by today's standards anyway. Overall, it doesn't really affect day to day performance but you can see it with the ever so slight hitch between screens every so often. Overall, it's hard to knock the Huawei Ascend II because of it's low price. Keep in mind that this is a $100 which is about as cheap as it's going to get for a new device. All standard features worked well, Youtube played great , Netflix played choppy but then again it plays choppy on other entry level devices so nothing new there.

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Wrapping it Up

Our conclusion is that the Huawei ascend is worth the 100 bucks. The phone performed just as good as the higher priced Straight Talk entry level devices like Samsung Precedent and ZTE Merit. We did notice a slight hitch here and there switching between screens that we didn't notice on the entry level Straight Talk devices. With that in mind, the phone is still well worth the cash particularly if you want the Android experience without spending a ton. A very good device for teenagers and the like.