Some of the technology seen in the P6 is also here, such as Dolby audio, which adds several options to make your music sound better when sent out of headphones.
We tested this with a pair of wired in-earphones from AudioFly, and found that the P2 sounds almost as good as our Beats-powered HTC One, and in some cases better, since you can change the settings of Dolby to match the music you’re listening to, something that isn’t possible from HTC’s handset.
The camera on the back is also decent, with 13 megapixels possible, though the front-facing doesn’t see the massive selfie shooter that was in the P6, with only a 1.3 megapixel here.
Let’s talk mobile speeds, because really, that’s where the Ascend P2 lays its cards on the table.
We’ve already mentioned this in the review, but for this phone to really work, you need a carrier and plan that lets you make use of a category 4 LTE connection, and in Australia right now, those options are limited.
To try and solve this, we’ve been testing the handset day to day using a Vodafone SIM for Category 4 testing and then a Telstra SIM, our regular way of testing, even though there is no Cat 4 LTE on Telstra in Sydney.
When it comes to mobile speeds, this phone flies. It really, truly does.
For Telstra, we managed speeds from between 30 and 76Mbps, which from past experience, is essentially the mid to high end of 4G mobile broadband speeds.
All of these are on Category 3, however, the regular 4G that Sydney-siders receive, since Telstra lacks support for Cat4 in GadgetGuy’s home testing city.
With Vodafone’s high speed 4G, we found Category 4 working best outside Central Station, where we found our speed test reached as high as 112Mbps for a split second, before settling to a much more regular 94Mbps. Not too shabby at all.
Regular testing showed Vodafone was better at keeping speeds between 40 and 70Mbps, but all in all, it’s not a bad effort altogether.