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All up, it’s a better effort than the performance of Huawei’s quad-core, which, while it isn’t terrible, it’s certainly not the best processor out there.

Combined with the 1GB RAM, you’ll see some lag and momentary slowdowns across the device, consistent with performance of other Huawei products sporting the same hardware.

Some screens take a little longer to update, including the widgets tab which often shows the main apps, and the keyboard which doesn’t always get across what you’re trying to write and delays you by a second or two.

You can tell this isn’t completely a stock Android experience, either, as Google’s search bar just won’t leave our home screen. But hey, at least you can change the shortcuts in the dock, something the Australian Samsung Galaxy S4 struggles with.

Battery life is also roughly the same as others, with around a day of 4G life possible, and that’s while using your smartphone to surf the web, make calls, send emails and messages, listen to music, play the odd game, and take a few photographs using the 13 megapixel rear camera.

You could probably get a few more hours out, possibly even half a day, but you would have to use your phone less, and with a high speed mobile broadband connection the main selling point of this handset, that’s not likely to be something every customer will do.

The lack of a microSD slot might throw some people off too, because while 32GB is enough for many, it might not be enough for all, and you only get 26GB to work with in total.

Conclusion

For the price, it’s hard to argue with the Ascend P2, a handset that boasts some impressive mobile broadband speeds, and even comes packing a decent Android experience to boot.

It’s not without fault, as the system and battery could both afford a little more attention paid their way, but there is plenty in the Australian Ascend P2 to be delighted about.

For a smidgeon over $500, the Huawei Ascend P2 is an easy recommendation for anyone keen to see what’s happening in the Category 4 LTE world, and you’ll even get a decent amount of built-in storage, solid audio, and an Android experience that feels close to what Google has envisioned.

Review: Huawei Ascend P2
Price (RRP): $504 Manufacturer: Huawei
Category 4 LTE speeds when networks support it; Excellent audio playback through headphones; Feels more like stock Android; Includes the excellent Android stock keyboard with gesture typing; 32GB storage built in;
Mediocre battery life; No microSD slot;
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