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Huawei rising

Type it or Swype it

Hard, black plastic

External features

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Even though the Chinese manufacturer isn't well-known in the U.S., Huawei is no stranger to Android phones. Its Huawei Ascend is Cricket's second Android phone. Running Android 2.1 and running $150, it's also a very good value for the prepaid network.
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The Ascend's virtual keyboard comes with Swype built in, which means you can trace letters of the word you want instead of pecking at them. The standard touch-type keyboard is also available at any time.
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"Plasticky" was our impression of the Ascend's posterior, but the remainder of the fit and finish were just fine.
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The external buttons and toggles fit snugly into the burnished silver spines. There's the usual power button, microSD card slot, camera, trigger, and volume rocker, with a shared pivot cover for the 2.5-millimeter headset jack and the Micro-USB charging port.
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A 3.2-megapixel camera is just fine for an entry-level Android phone, though we found indoor photos to be dull and a bit blurry. Read our full review for more details.
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