The Good The Huawei Ascend II has an appealing, compact design, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It comes with a microSD card preinstalled and the price is great.
The Bad Unfortunately, the Ascend II is saddled with a slow processor, a mediocre camera, and disappointing battery performance.
The Bottom Line The Huawei Ascend II comes at an unbeatable price for an Android smartphone, but the trade-off is getting lower-end features that sometimes underperform.
Huawei Ascend II (U.S. Cellular)
It's been a long time since I first laid eyes on the Huawei Ascend II, last spring at CTIA. Compared with the original Huawei Ascend, it's much sleeker and more modern, and, of course, it runs the much more recent Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
See this phone for what it is, and it isn't a bad entry-level device. Android brings a standard for communication, Google services, and applications. Yet the 5-megapixel camera is frankly mediocre and the 600MHz processor is pokey. The price is the Ascend II's saving grace, just a penny at the time of this review, when you buy with a two-year service agreement. If you're buying the Ascend II prepaid, it'll ding your bank account $139.99.
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