Huawei Ascend Y-did-they-do-this?

Huawei is a company that's known in the U.S. for making inexpensive, entry-level handsets. Inexpensive is good, since it reduces the barrier to entry. But in the case of the Huawei Ascend Y, some odd decisions will stand in the way.

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The handset runs on the Gingerbread version of the OS; that's three steps behind the absolute most up-to-date version (4.2), and two steps behind today's most-anticipated updates (4.1).

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Camera

The Ascend Y has one 3.2-megapixel camera, which lacks both a flash and auto-focus. Outdoor shots are the best, while indoor shots quickly turn grainy.

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Look and feel

Its physical design is the phone's best feature apart from price. A soft-touch finish keeps it comfortable, and the accent bar across the back adds some style.

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MicroSD card storage

The bad news is that the phone has very little internal storage. Luckily, it comes with a 2GB card pre-installed. More bad news: you have to pop out the battery to swap in a larger card.

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Small display

At 3.5 inches, the screen size is smaller than most are used to these days, which can make typing on the virtual keyboard a little cramped.

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