Smartfren Huawei Ascend W1, Good Performance & Network
DESIGN & SCREEN
With a choice of blue and white color casing looks quite fresh. Yet unfortunately looks not attractive, because of its rigid box with parts of the screen that was pasted. The trigger, on the bottom there is a thicker protruding layer. Plus, the top and bottom of the screen is too wide and reduce the impression of its sophistication.
Buttons and ports are complete. There are power button, 3.5 mm audio jack, volume buttons, camera, and micro USB port. In the back, there are camera plus flash and mono speaker. In front, lined haptic menu buttons below the screen, also front camera and sensors on the top of screen. SlM card and microSD slot located above the battery, and the battery must be removed if you want to remove-install. Its size comfortable gripped in one hand, since not wide and fairly slim. Its width only 6.35 cm with thickness of 1 cm.
The screen looks sharp and bright, though only the standard screen resolution, WVGA 800 x 480 pixels. 4 inch size, was quite relieved when navigating menus and its features. Because IPS LCD technology has been adopted. The display screen also still clearly visible from the side. Response screen also nice and nimble. We can switch menus and applications quickly and comfortably. The screen comes with complete sensor. There were Accelerometer sensor, Proximity and Ambient Light.
INTERFACE & APPLICATION
Dominated by red boxes, initially display look fresh and different compared to other smartphones. Appear simple yet complete, is the hallmark of windows smartphone like this.
Which unique, there’s Kids Corner files made specifically for split applications, videos, games and music specifically for the little children. Your child will have its own Start screen and easily add content there. Your child can access this Kid Corner by sliding to the left from the locked screen condition.
Probably already known, not many apps in the Windows Phone. Unlike Android or iOS which many its applications. Some interesting default features such as Contacts Import to copy the phonebook from another phone via bluetooth. In addition, there is Wallet for storing important personal information, and of course Office that integrated into document storage in SkyDrive internet. All versions of Office documents can be enjoyed well in this phones.
Music player appearance was normal, with song title information, and if there is added the artist name and album name. There was no equalizer or tone booster feature at all. Fortunately, the sound from mono speaker sounds clear and loud enough. Treble tones quite clear dominate here.
The sound is also good, although volume turned maximal. Through default headset, the sound also crystal clear with good stereo effect. However, bass tone not good enough heard here. Despite trying with other headsets, the bass tones still not good.
Camera can be said to be middle class, with resolution of 5 MP, autofocus and flash. There are only a few settings in the camera menu, which is ISO 100 to 800, White Balance, and Scene. The flash can be controlled with the automatic option, always off or always on. The photos outside of room is nice, sharp and bright color.
The existence of physical camera button makes it easy shooting, including when doing focus to a certain point. Camera also supports touch focus via the touch screen, so it is more practical when you want to focus on the area to the edge. However, macro scene that available difficult to get a good objects focus when photographing closely spaced objects.
Inside the room, photo a little down its sharpness especially if flash not used. Similarly the noise which began to appear, although not much. With flash, noise greatly reduced and photo quality improved with adequate color and sharpness. As for front camera only VGA and used for video calls, so the quality is inadequate.
Video record outside the room looks sharp and runs smoothly. However, its video light excessive so the color looks pale. Inside the room, sharpness decreased and color still a bit pale. In fact, there’s no menu to adjust the lighting. In the video menu, there are only setting of White Balance, Scene and Maximum Resolution of 720p (HD). The internal media store 4 GB plus microSD. So no need to worry about storing lots of photos and videos.
PERFORMANCE & CONNECTIVITY
This that stands out from Huawei Ascend W1. Qualcomm 1.2 Ghz Dual Core processor and 512 MB RAM quite capable to handle its features. Its performance feels nimble when switching applications, including heavy enough like watching videos or playing games. Response screen also good so that adds to the convenience of use. What matters more is smartfren internet package ready to use and quite fast. In fact, try on the elevator, the connection still good.
This fast Internet connection very supportive comfortable wear, such as browsing, downloading apps and games, or take advantage of Bing and Lens features. Watch YouTube videos also runs fine without buffering. Technology that supported already EVDO Rev. B up to 14.7 Mbps. However, when tested on mobilespeedtest.com, gained speed of 280 kbps.
Then to activate Internet Sharing feature that’s so easily accessible via the special button, of course previously made a password. Location still the same, the 6th floor in the office. The results more satisfactory. The first speed test to a server in the United States, is 760 kbps (download) and 1.22 Mbps (upload).
Through AnTuTu benchmark test, obtained total score of 8581 and WP Bench score is 779. The strange thing is the dual mode feature which is claimed and promoted in various advertising and brochure, since only one slot only. So, CDMA and GSM numbers can only be used alternately separately.
(+) Fast performance, good camera, internet fast enough
(-) Variety of applications are less, microSD not hotswap, dual mode not simultaneously
Network : CDMA2000 EVDO Rev B dan GSM (alternately)
Dimension/Weight : 124.5 x 63.5 x 10.15 mm, 130 gram
Battery : Li-Ion 1950 mAh
Display : IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, WVGA 800 x 480 pixel, 4.0 inch
OS : Windows Phone 8
Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-core 1.2 GHz, GPU Adreno 305
Camera : 5 MP (front VGA), autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Video 720p @30 fps
Wireless : WiFi, Bluetooth v2.1 A2DP EDR
Wired : microUSB v2.0, jack audio 3.5 mm
Internal Memory : 4 GB, RAM 512 MB
External Memory : microSD up to 32 GB
Messaging : SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Others : GPS/A-GPS GLONASS, SNS integration, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, Document viewer, Photo viewer
Sales Package : Handset, Charger, data cable, headset, manual, warranty