Huawei Ascend II review: At least it's cheap

Don't expect too much from the Huawei Ascend II and you won't be disappointed.

Huawei Ascend II (U.S. Cellular)

The right price can paper over many a flaw.

That seems to be the case for the Huawei Ascend II , a recent addition for U.S. Cellular (and a phone that Cricket has had for some time.)

Thanks to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Ascend II can perform all the basics with communication, connectivity, and downloading apps. Unfortunately, weaker internal features like a laggy 600MHz processor and a camera without autofocus make the Ascend II hard to recommend for anyone but the newest smartphone user.

Or the most budget-conscious. The Ascend II costs only one penny with a two-year contract, and that's pretty good for a smartphone--especially if you have patience to spare.

See the camera photos, videos, and all other pros and cons in my full Huawei Ascend II review .

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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