Straight Talk Huawei Ascend Plus Model H881C Full Review

The Straight Talk Huawei Ascend Plus is a moderately priced CDMA device carrying a 1ghz processor. This is a vast improvement over the Huawei devices of old. First, the plus comes with the afore mentioned 1ghz processor and second (most importantly) it comes with the most excellent Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating syste.

Carrier Straight Talk

Release Date May 2013

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Huawei Ascend Plus Specifications


Android Operating System

Gingerbread Android version 4.0

Phone Processor Speed

Phone Dimensions
4.9"x 2.5" x .47"

Phone Weight
4.8 OZ

Form Factor
Candy bar touchscreen

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

Battery Life:
Up to 6hrs talk time, Up to 16 days stand by


Camera resolution:
5.0 MP main rear/2mp front facing

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, no SD card included
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Huawei Ascend Plus Features

1.0 ghz processor, large 4.0" screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 5mp camera, Attractive design.

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If you're thinking this is just another basic run of the mill Huawei, then you may be in for a surprise because this represents an excellent upgrade from previous Huaweis that all came with crappy 800/600 mhz processors and pedestrian styling. You see, the Huawei Ascend Plus comes with a 1.0ghz processor which really flies when paired with Android 4.0. Additionally, the screen is a nicely sized 4" diameter class. Finally, the phone really looks like a solid high end device. The design is quite attractive and sleek compared to previous models which kind of looked cheap. What's nice about this phone is that it is priced under $200 which is an excellent price considering specs like this typically cost you at least 200 bucks.

A walk around reveals what is now a pretty prototypical design for phones of this class. Namely in the form of the 3 Android button layout which are capacitive touch so no cheap physical push buttons on this one! The layout is pretty standard with the power/lock button on the top left, volume buttons on the right, charger/data port on the bottom and headphone jack on the top right. What's nice about this one is that there is no plastic trim bezel to speak of so the phone really looks quite sophisticated and sleek specially for Huawei. I really dislike the cheap plastic bezel that makers put around screens so it's nice to find one without that. Instead of the bezel, you find a rubberized front and sides which make the phone feel nice in the hand.

Overall, I'm really impressed with the quality and design of this phone. Not because it's anything new but because Huawei finally made a phone that would be a pleasure to own even on a moderate budget.

Features And Performance

In the feature department, we find all of what we love about Android including Google Play, Google Maps, GPS, Social networking, etc. The main selling point here is the super quick Android 4.0 Operating system which makes this phone an excellent performer. Coupled with the 1ghz processor, this phone really flies so you will be able to use just about any app out there unlike older Huaweis which would sometimes not even start up an app. The last Huawei I owned wouldn't even start up Netflix, no such problem here. The Ascend Plus not only start it up it plays beautifully smooth. The screen resolution looks great on the phone. While the phone doesn't come with a ton of extras, everything is pretty much standard, it does come with a built in FM tuner so you can listen to the radio even in emergency situations where there may be no cell phone signal.

Perhaps the nicest feature on this phone is the nicely sized 4.0" screen so this phone will make for a really good multimedia device. With the Android 4.0 and 1ghz processor you can watch movies and videos without any problems. One thing to note is that it's got a rear facing speaker so sound quality was not the best so headphones are highly recommended here. Additionally, this one comes with a 5.0 mp camera which takes pretty nice shots and a lower resolution front facing camera for video chat, etc. Overall, I was really impressed with the performance of this phone. It does everything you ask it to without breaking a sweat. I might be beating his horse to death but it is a far cry from any other Huawei I've tried out before.

One item of note here is the standard browser address bar which I found to be really annoying. It hides after a while then is hard to get back as you have to flick it down from it's hidden position. Most of the time you just end up with the notifications instead of the address bar. Luckily, it does come with the Google Chrome browser which works great and doesn't have that problem. That said, typing in general is very accurate and a highlight on the phone.

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Wrapping it Up

The Huawei Ascend Plus is light years ahead of previous devices from this manufacturer. It's got some awesome specs yet stays below the $200 price tag. You get some excellent specs here that perform like a champ. I really liked this phone and highly recommend it if you're looking for a higher end phone at a moderate price.