Ascend Mate - a decent enough friend [Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)]
(Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Is it ever big enough?
It all started when someone (probably Samsung) thought any smartphone that easily fits into the palm was not big enough.
They started getting bigger and soon people were racking their brains wondering whether what they had was a massive phone or a smallish tablet.
Straddling the cusp between the two, now we have devices that can best be described as 'phablets'.
The Ascend Mate by Huawei, the Chinese challenger to the giants Samsung and Apple, is one such device.
When it was unveiled, the Ascend Mate created quite a buzz not just because of its huge 6.1-inch display but also the humongous 4050mAh battery, and a host of other features, all at a very reasonable price.
The questions then are: What it does well, what makes it tick and is it right for you.
I'll attempt to answer all of them.
First things first, it really is big and most people will need to use both hands to do most things with it.
It does fit into the trouser pocket quite snugly, however.
The Mate looks solid and feels tough thanks to the Gorilla Glass encasing the display.
The build quality is pretty good too.
Weighing in at 198gm, it seems to sit lightly in the hand or the pocket.
The bezel is minimal so you get pretty much all the "frame real estate" in the display.
The screen resolution of 1280_720 pixels delivering 241ppi is very good, though not at par with top-end smartphones that come with full HD panels.
There are no hardware buttons on the front of the device and the Mate uses the on-screen controls to navigate around.
The touchscreen is very responsive but performance is somewhat sticky and jerky.
Most standard apps work perfectly fine on the device.
The Ascend Mate comes with an 8MP main camera at the rear and a 1MP front.
The camera doesn't work as well as those of the top-end (read more expensive) devices, however the images captured are of above-average quality.
The device features expandable storage (microSD cards) up to 32GB, which is good as you only get 8GB in-built and the system uses a big chunk of it.
The massive battery easily lasts a day and more even with heavy usage.
Thankfully, Huawei made sure of this as the battery cannot be removed. Call quality, network connectivity and data speeds are all average to good.
To wrap up, the device features decent specifications that include a powerful 1.5 GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM.
If you want a smartphone with a large screen and good but not great functionality at a reasonable price, the Ascend Mate is a smart buy.
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