Looking back almost 5 years ago on my first modern phone, after using flip phones and my blackberry for years. My first Straight Talk Phone Samsung Galaxy Proclaim which let me tell you I did love that phone. Not as much as my Note 5 which I an for the last 2 years and now my current Galaxy 10+. Yeah, I’ve come a long way. So let’s go back in time and let’s talk about a phone I had after the Proclaim. Yup, I’m talking about the Huawei Ascend Plus.
- Talk Time: up to 6 hour
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
- 4″ touchscreen
- 5-megapixel camera and video recorder
- microSD card slot supports up to 32GB (not included)
- 3G/WiFi connectivity
At my local Wal-Mart, they don’t seem to carry the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim Android Prepaid Phone (Net10) anymore. Even now I still see the phone listed on their website I’m pretty sure it’ll be replaced. It’s just a better phone then the Proclaim for the same price. So how about we get into why it’s a better phone.
First, the phone is larger, there is more screen place so playing games like Angry Birds, etc you have more room to see what you’re doing. Also, it comes with Android 4.0, which gives you access to a whole list of apps that you didn’t have access to on 2.3.6. The camera is 5 megapixel and it also has a front-facing camera so you can use Skype Video calls.
It has 2GB of memory built-in, 1 GHz processor (single-core) and has a macroSD slot which can handle up to 32GB. The RAM is also standard, at 512MB which isn’t too much but for a low-end device, it’s good enough. So far, having access to Android 4.0 puts this phone over any other past phones that Straight Talk had for $149.99 price range. It’s right up there with the Showtime, which is $199.88.
The camera is alright, it’s not the best camera and it doesn’t have a flash. To be honest between the $149 and the $199 the only difference is a flash on the camera. So this does knock off points for the Huawei Ascend Plus. It this phone had a flash, it would be a downright amazing pickup.
Another awesome feature is the phone comes with a built-in FM Radio, which you can only use when you have a head-set plugin. But it’s nice to have. The phone works off Verizon so if you’re in an era where you can get Verizon, then you’ll be able to pick up this phone.
Overall I give the Huawei Ascend Plus a 3.8 out of 5. I knocked off points for not having a flash and the phone does seem to be sort of slower when access pages and apps. If you turn off the animations the phone is lightning fast. I also feel that while the phone is rather solid for a starter phone.