Ascend W2 - £130
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Huawei Ascend W2
The Huawei Ascend W2 is an entry-level smartphone that runs Windows Phone 8.1. It is a direct update to the Ascend W1 which was released in early 2013. It is a competent offering that combines steady performance with a good user experience.
This phone has a 4.3 inch touchscreen that displays in 217PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Ascend W2 has a 5MP camera and can record video in up to 720p. It does not have a front facing camera.
Performance is provided by a 1.4GHz dual core processor and 0.5GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 32 out of 100.
The Ascend W2 has an estimated battery life of around 9 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1700mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Ascend W2 comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage.
The Ascend W2 has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit) and it has Wi-Fi meaning that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels.
The Huawei Ascend W2 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via the built in Facebook and Twitter Apps and other apps, such as YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Spotify are available to download from the Windows Phone Store. The W2 comes with Excel, PowerPoint and Word installed which is ideal for making last minute adjustments before those important meetings.
Overall, this phone is good compromise between functionality and cost. The inclusion of Microsoft Office for mobile helps to distinguish the Ascend W2 as one worth contemplating if you are looking for a smartphone in this price range.