Pros Love, love, love every aspect of this phone!
Cons Hellooooo, Angry Birds??? The current version won't run on this screen??? However, that's the only Android App that hasn't run properly.
Summary This phone is fantastic! I paid $129 online for it & would be thrilled to have paid twice as much. Cricket coverage is great where I live & the calls sound super. The phone is fast, responsive & beautifully put together. I thought the trackball was going to seem like a throwback to the blackberry & vowed never to use it, but it's been handy. There is a shortage of cool cases for this phone, but I was able to turn an iphone 3g case upside down & it fits like a glove.OK- so, I'm so excited I can't even spell Android... ouch.
Seriously, I couldn't be happier!
Updated on Nov 4, 2010
Pros Android powered, rooted easily and I can use barnacle to share my internet with good speed sometimes getting 1mb download. Syncs easily with my Google account. Cost is great if you prepay for 3 months you get the 4th free.
Cons I bought one of these phones for wife and I. We had blackberrys prior to these. The texting is terrible it can take 8-10 minutes to get a text. If your 3g signal drops you need to powerdown the phone and restart it to get back online.
Summary You ultimately get what you pay for. It is the cheapest android phone, it is the cheapest per month unlimited. I like it for a wifi hotspot but for a phone it sucks. Texting takes too long to go through, voice quality is ok but drops out.
Pros Nice screen distracts from all the bugs it holds
Cons The operating system stutters and can be extremely slow. The battery with no major applications is drained within an hour.
Summary Kricket released a phone that has no warranty past 30 days because they are distributing untested faulty smartphones.
Pros I haven't found anything that I do like about this phone.
Cons Half of the apps out there are not available, finding ones that are is near impossible, of those that you do find, they don't work worth a darn. The phone chooses what features work when it wants to. Blue tooth for one.
Summary It took 3 days and 4 trips to the store to get the blue tooth working and 2 days ago it decided that that feature is no longer useable. I can't even turn it on. Typing on it is dangerous if you are in motion, such as walking. The smart type feature does not recognize many common words. I wouldn't give this phone to my worst enemy.
Pros Fast, handles all Android applications, great feel, and looks great! Runs on the low-cost Cricket network.
Cons Speaker could be louder and the camera could be better.
Summary I was reluctantly about to pull the trigger on a Zio which I tried out in the store even though I didn't really like it (too slow and only had Android 1.6). I went to the Cricket website to order it and they had just put the ascent up for $100.00 less! I figured it wasn't going to be that great either but I felt for the price, I would take a chance. Wow - was I pleasantly surprised! I like it as much if not better than anything else I checked out. In fact, many people I have shown it to has gone out and picket one up too to save on their monthly bills. The Ascend rocks!If I worked for one of the top shelf cell phone manufacturers, I would leave a review like this too! The cat is out of the bag and when people catch on to the fact that they don't have to spend $500.00+ for a nice smart phone, what will Motorola, HTC, and Samsung do? BTW - I think the ZIO was an attempt to make low-cost smartphones look bad LOL.
Updated on Oct 28, 2010
Updated on Oct 28, 2010That update was intended to be a response to another review. The review in question is http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/huawei-ascend-cricket-wireless/4864-6452_7-34192033-15.html?tag=userReviews;summaryList
CNET - you got some improving to do on this review interface!