The Good Huawei's Ascend Y smartphone has an attractive design, a comfortable feel, and a very low price tag.
The Bad Its Android 2.3 OS is outdated, the camera is poor, and 3G data speeds are very slow. Call quality is lacking.
The Bottom Line The Huawei Ascend Y is an inexpensive foray into Android, but U.S. Cellular offers better phones at similar costs.
Inexpensive, underpowered Android
If there's one thing that U.S .Cellular does very well as a carrier, it's offer smartphones at very affordable prices. The Huawei Ascend Y Android handset costs only a penny in 3G areas, and $29.99 in markets with 4G.
And yes, you can consider price this Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone's most compelling feature. Beyond the outdated version of Android, the Ascend Y is 3G-only, and comes with basic hardware features, including a mediocre camera without a flash, a slower processor, and a smaller battery. The low-end feature set is intentional; smartphones cost a lot to make, and budget models like this lower the barrier for entry that faces those on tight budgets.
However, that doesn't mean the Ascend Y beats out its fellows. For instance, the much more developedcosts the same up-front price on a Web special at the time of this review. is also a good deal, and is 4G-enabled.
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