Let me start this review by stating up front that I am an iPhone lover. I’ve owned an iPhone since the iPhone 3G was released 5 years ago, and I’m still in love with my shiny iPhone 5. It’s comfortable. It does what I need, I know where everything is. I like it. I’ve tried Android phones, but I can’t get on with them. And now there’s a new kid on the smartphone block – the Windows phone. I was asked if I would like to review the Huawei Ascend W1 windows phone, and the part of me that loves playing with new technology said “yes please!”, whilst the part of me that sees nothing wrong with my trusty iPhone sat back and said “what if you hate it?”.
I found the Huawei Ascend W1 was easy to set up, and I quickly connected it to my social media accounts. It was also easy to connect it to my Gmail accounts, which gave me access not only to my email but also to my contacts and calendar, so I was up and running very quickly indeed. I actually quite like the Windows phone interface – I could find my way around pretty easily. I also like the icons on the home screen giving quick access to all my favourite apps, and it’s all so easy to configure. Even my two-year-old son found the phone easy to use.
The Ascend W1 is a budget smartphone – it’s available on O2 pay as you go in the UK for just £129.99. Yet it doesn’t feel like a budget phone. It feels well made, it’s responsive. The only downside of it that I have found is that it suffers from the same issue as all other phones running Windows Phone 8 in that the selection of apps available is small if you’re used to iOS or Android. That said, I do see new apps coming out regularly, so I hope this is just a short-term issue.
You can see more of the Ascend W1 in my video review here:
Disclosure: I was sent a Huawei Ascend W1 Windows 8 phone for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own.