The Ascend II is Huawei's follow-up to its flagship low-end smartphone. With a 3.5-inch display, 3G connectivity, and a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, the Ascend II may not blow you away, but considering that you can get it for free with a contract, it's definitely worth looking into. The Ascend II ships with Android 2.3 and a custom skin by Huawei. Interestingly, you can switch between Huawei's UI and an almost stock Android experience. Huawei's widgets and toggles are still present, but the home launcher is more reminiscent of stock Android.

In this video, Sydney unboxes the Ascend II and gives her first impressions of it. As expected, there was some lag when in the Messaging app and when using multiple apps, but we'll see if that is something that persists and if it's manageable. The phone does not support pinch-to-zoom in either the web browser or the Gallery, which is an interesting decision by Huawei. Overall, it seems to be a decent low-end device, but further testing will show if you should consider it. Check back in for the full video review and written review.

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"Do mid-range phones tarnish Android's reputation?"

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Adam Khana Charsi
Adam Khana Charsi So erm... Samsung make the best Android devices.
Brian Walden
Brian Walden no
Anonymous I have a LG Thrill 4g. It's only 20 bucks with 2 year contract @ Target, prob get it for free online. It is a high end device, for a low end smartphone price. Therefore, i don't understand why people settle for these mid range crappy phones.
Keith Thomas
Keith Thomas From my HTC inspire: yes.
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores Tesa but not all can afford an expensive phone so there shoud be only few mid-range phones
TechnoCentric Actually, no. For people who don't want to pay $199 for a phone, it's fine. Just don't try to shove a resource hog skin onto it and expect it to run smoothly.
Carlos Nava
Carlos Nava Yes
Ethan Shrago
Ethan Shrago They get people to buy smartphones...
Sharang Karve
Sharang Karve As long as the price is reasonable, no.
Jose Pablo Islas
Jose Pablo Islas No, I think they actually help in a lot of ways...
Francisco Cho
Francisco Cho It all depends on whether ppl blame the software or hardware. These days it seems that Android takes credit for so much of the end user experience that ppl seem to forget even the best OS will be hindered if loaded on a calculator
Anonymous Of course they do
Alexander Rojas
Alexander Rojas It gives android a bad name, reputation, and makes it a bad experience for "normal" comsumers
Anthony Dunlap
Anthony Dunlap Yes they do. When someone buys a garbage mind range android device they end up hating a great OS
James Adelan Cowie
James Adelan Cowie Yes there are like over 9000 android phones out there
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie no cos some people wont have the ability to afford the better phones and noone should be unable to have an android phone its not IOS after all lols
Paul Alexandru
Paul Alexandru Yes
Octavius TAE Sylvers
Octavius TAE Sylvers Yes
Bryan Edens
Bryan Edens Yes
Leonardo Gutierrez
Leonardo Gutierrez Yes..
Jonathan Carrera
Jonathan Carrera Samsung. Admire is a high end phone
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro Uh yeah, that's the reason why most people don't like it. But then again I switched to WP7, no lag here.
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo Nope. Even the high end phones lag. Been through three amazes two sensations and they all suck. The radar was much better to honest
Jeremy Whitman
Jeremy Whitman Yes... of course...
Leo Alexandrov
Leo Alexandrov no.
Jonathan Carrera
Jonathan Carrera Kinda. The huawei ascend isint good so it kinda ruins android because it can't run a lot of apps. But I have a Samsung admire and I have it rooted and there will be a rom to. Overclock it to 1ghz. So I thinks its a high end android
Usama Nadeem Chaudhry
Usama Nadeem Chaudhry android never had self respect :p
Rene Saenz Jr.
Rene Saenz Jr. Yes that is why apple and wp7 will continue to grow.. Google has to put minimum requirements on all handsets no matter what...
Mick de Raad
Mick de Raad I consider my SE Xperia Mini Pro as a mid-range android device, but it is not lagging at all or showing any stutter when scrolling trough the menu's. It does however get slow when I'm multitasking alot by having my Opera Mobile browser open and lot's of messenger apps due to the lack of RAM... 320MB ain't enough!
Cody Shawn Sullivan
Cody Shawn Sullivan Oh of course...
Dan Hammen
Dan Hammen Very much so...
Liam Spurr
Liam Spurr I hate that UI so much. It needs to die. Now.
Walter Nunez
Walter Nunez Android isn't bad depends what phone u get. The price u pay determines the quality of the phone. Don't buy a cheap one and expect it to one like a 200 phone
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles How horrible android is
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles Zach you flip flop more than a fish out of water. A month ago you were tired of ios and now you are always commenting on how horrible it is. Even Steve Wozniak said apple has alot to learn from android.
Luis Carlos Diaz Sananes
Luis Carlos Diaz Sananes Android is a mess. It only works on devices that have more processing power than an super-computer. Mid-range Androids become unresponsive and then, as Zach states, Android software and different versions make the apps and the phone run funny over time. Apple knows this from the beginning and controls how apps behaive versus the hardware, Even Microsoft has learned this lesson and is now requesting strict hardware specifications to fit WP OS in a device as well as providing guidelines to app developers.
Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards Mid range, not as much. Low end? Yes.
Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez Carmen is right.... Android tarnished its own reputation. When i bought my first Android phone i was blown away by its performance then less then 6 months an updated version to my beloved Android phone was out. And this has been the story since. To many phones diminish the previous ones. Gingerbread is the first and last update my phone will see and this is another big problem.
Tyler Chamberlain
Tyler Chamberlain Blame the phone manufacturer for fragmentation, not the OS. All of these mid and low tier phones would have no trouble running vanilla Android.
Chris Sutherland
Chris Sutherland Obv why even ask the question?
Zach Cline
Zach Cline No android being as buggy and fragmented as it is tarnishes it
Justin Cartier
Justin Cartier Absolutely, there should be no substandard phones that run Android. Do you see any mid range iPhones ? Didn't think so. If manufacturers only release quality hardware, then we can crush Apple.
John Sanchez
John Sanchez I don't believe that "value" phones tarnish androids reputation. You make the choice based on your financial situation. Some folks don't have the still inflated subsidized price and want an android phone. That being said you should know what you are buying (specs) not many android devices have huge internal memory to hold a million apps and crazy amounts of user controlled bs, they as well do need to be optimized.
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial Android tarnishes androids reputation. Tire of them releasing the exact same phone week after week.
Rob Peña
Rob Peña I think it does, because you don't see Blackberry, ios, nor wp7 doing this.. we think of smartphones as high-end devices
Mike Sales
Mike Sales Yes it does.....
Barry McMullen
Barry McMullen I'm all for spreading Android as far as we can. Even on appliances. I think eventually they will come back to Android when they get a real smart phone. I do respect all opinions though.
Hubert John Abiera
Hubert John Abiera @Brandon, that's exactly why market share does not give a good indication on which OS is the best and should be taken out of consideration when comparing OSes.
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Those lower end phones do in fact tarnish Android's reputation but at the same time they are also responsible for it's marketshare so It's a double edged sword.
Nathaniel Hull
Nathaniel Hull the lg optimus was good for being so low end tho
Nathaniel Hull
Nathaniel Hull yes
Jacob Grumbles
Jacob Grumbles Yeah they do just like any android phone running skins like sense and touchpiss or motoblur. I've had 12 android phones in the last year and a half and only 3 were lag free. Nexus one g2 and my current nexus s . To me if you have any phone with a skin than you don't have a android .
Marquavious Britt
Marquavious Britt @Rajesh has a good point. But you bet your dollar they do. That's why people always act like apple is better. Just look at metro PC's android phones. 1ghz single core ,while quad core is about to be implemented is trash
Danu Carrión Perales
Danu Carrión Perales Yeah, it might for some people but in reality it makes them more available to people, like all galaxy mini, fit, young, they are very cheap and pretty good phones for any normal user
Mark MacCurrie
Mark MacCurrie Yes they do! But when i refer to my phone i say its a high end android device just so people know it aint no piece of shit. Htc Desire S
Rajesh Ramsaroop
Rajesh Ramsaroop Yeah like how shitty Dells tarnish the reputation of PC gaming... You get what you pay for.
Thomas McCracken
Thomas McCracken I wish i knew what use where on about :L
Steve Williams
Steve Williams
Ed Baylon
Ed Baylon Yes. I've owned one and it sucks. I had to put in a Custom rom to get it to work well. They just have to put in the latest vanilla android in there to make it run at an acceptable fashion.
Tyler Chamberlain
Tyler Chamberlain Yes,but the certainly would perform much better if they didn't have all those bloated frameworks. Examples being HTC Sense and MotoBlur.
Antonio L. Lopez
Antonio L. Lopez Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh
Hubert John Abiera
Hubert John Abiera Haha, hell yeah. If the dual core superphones have some lag, mid-range definitely emphasizes them. It would be nice if Google creates minimum specs for the phones, but then that wouldn't make them so open.
Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan Carlos Bagnell yes.
Niall Barr
Niall Barr yessss
Jeumayne Dummett
Jeumayne Dummett DUH!
Cristian Henriquez
Cristian Henriquez Hell yes

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