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Huawei Ascend Y100

By Simon Thomas on 24th May 2012


3G Total Score

Pros :
Neat build, excellent battery life, amazingly usable keyboard 



Cons :
Small and pixelated display, mediocre camera

 

Verdict:

 The Huawei Ascend Y100 is one of the smallest smartphones we’ve encountered and offers a budget means of enjoying your usual smartphone oferings. But that small display and mediocre snapper will be a letdown for media fans and photographers

Full Review and Specification for the Huawei Ascend Y100

Huawei’s Ascend Y100 aims to take on the likes of the Orange San Francisco II and LG Optimus L3 in the budget handset market. At £80, it offers plenty of the features you expect from a smartphone – such as web browsing, apps and snapper – but does it offer enough to please the buyer looking for a smartphone at a cut price?

 

Tiny treat


Inside the Ascend Y100’s small body lurks a single-core 800Mhz chip, which is good enough to run the phone and its OS but you won’t be playing any 3D games. In practice we found that even the likes of Temple Run only got as far as the loading screen before it crashed – but basic titles such as Angry Birds Space ran pretty well. The display is pretty small, so it doesn’t really lend itself to a lot of game playing. The screen measures just 2.8 inches – and this is one of the smallest smartphones we’ve encountered.

 

The phone weighs a lightweight 104g, but it has enough heft to feel solid in the hand. It makes it feel more expensive than it is, as does the rubberised back, which proves quite resistant to scuffs.

 

Battery life is impressive – even if you stream media and play apps all day you’ll get a full day out of a full charge. 

 

Small and sweet


The operating system is Android Gingerbread, which runs well, even with that small screen. The display may not be overly sharp, but is really bright. If you want to zoom into a web page to see the text, you’ll see images are pixelated – however it is better than the screen on the LG Optimus L3. Viewing angles aren’t great, and while video streams well, you won’t watch a full-length film. Surprisingly, that small screen doesn’t hamper typing too much, thanks to the fact that the touchscreen is so responsive. There are some nice touches too – you can swipe a letter to turn it into a capital, for instance – and we found it was easy to input quite long messages and emails. There’s a trio of keyboard types to choose from, including a numeric keypad, but we preferred to stick with the QWERTY model.

 

The snapper is a two-megapixel model that can also capture video, but image results are mediocre. Snaps proved blurred and pixelated when viewed on a TV or monitor and there is no flash for low-light snapping. A one or two-second pause between hitting the shutter and taking snap is annoying. If you like taking pictures we’d suggest you go for the Orange San Francisco II instead, which has a five-megapixel snapper.

 

Going online


Surfing the net proves a smooth experience, surprisingly. Even busy websites with lots of images loaded speedily and there was no stuttering as we browsed through them. That small display is not ideal for web browsing, but it’s good enough for quickly checking the news or train times. 

  

Our conclusion


If you’re on a tight budget but want to play with apps, surf the net and take a few pictures, you’d be better off with one of the large budget handsets such as the HTC Explorer or Orange San Francisco II. The display on the Huawei Y100 is too small for doing much more than checking texts and emails. But if you want a small handset, with excellent battery life, which will be okay for downloading a few apps or doing a bit of web browsing, this is good enough.

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Huawei Ascend Y100 Review Scoring

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Huawei Ascend Y100 Phone Specification

GENERAL

Type of device

Smartphone

Operating System

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Dimensions

106x56x10.9mm

Weight

100g

Form factor

Touchscreen

Input

Touch Screen

Processor speed

800MHz

CPU

800MHz Qualcomm processor

Graphic chipset

 

Status

Available

DISPLAY

Screen size

2.8 inches

Screen type

TFT

Resolution

N/A

Display type

TFT

Memory

RAM

Not available

Internal storage

19MB

Memory card slot

 

Camera

Camera

2 megapixels

Secondary camera

N/A

Special camera features

None

Sound

3.5mm Jack

 

Music player

Yes

Audio recording

 

Radio

 

FM Radio description

FM radio

Video

Video recording

 

Video player

Yes

Video calling

 

Video streaming

 

Additional Features

Browser

Android

Games

Yes

Voice control

 

Voice dailing

 

Other

 

Messaging

SMS

 

MMS

 

Email

 

IM

 

Connectivity

Band

Quad-band

Wi-Fi

 

Bluetooth

 

USB

 

NFC

 

GPS

A-GPS

Network

EDGE

 

GPRS

 

HSDPA

 

4G/LTE

 

Other

Colors (Standard)

Black

Handsfree speaker phone

 

Customisable ringtones

 

What's in the box

Charger, earphones

Website

www.huawei.com/uk

Battery

Standby

Not available

Talktime

Not available

Battery life multimedia

 

 


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