Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G review: Value king

GSMArena team, 11 July 2014.

Web browser

The Ascend Mate comes with two excellent web browsers - the stock Jelly Bean edition and Google Chrome. The two browsers feature similar layout, though we found Google Chrome to be more to our liking - it is simply more up to date than the stock Jelly Bean solution.

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Two browsers out of the box

Thanks to the large 6.1" display of the device, web browsing is a real pleasure.

Other apps

Google Drive is the default office document editor out of the box. It is highly capable and completely free.

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Google Drive

The phone manager app helps users optimize the performance of their device. It has a built-in scanner which identifies problematic areas that need to be tweaked.

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The phone manager app

The calendar features four views - Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Agenda. The app can easily handle several online calendars as well as the local calendar. You can add multiple reminders for each event and search all events.

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The calendar

The clock app supports multiple alarms, each with its own start and repeat time. World Clock, Stopwatch and Timer functions are available as additional tabs.

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The clock app

You also get a Sound recorder. Its interface is clean and easy to work with.

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The sound recorder

The good old calculator is here too - it has big, easily thumbable keys and you can swipe to the left to bring up the advanced functions (trigonometry, square root, brackets, etc.).

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The calculator

Finally, there's the flashlight app. It holds no surprises.

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A flashlight out of the box

Reader comments

  • jlayneman

Had this phone for four years, it has been great. Battery still last for days. Just ordered a Mate SE, hope it is as good a phone. May be the best phone I've ever owned.

  • AnonD-750714

I have had the phone for a couple years now and love it with its big screen but why would I ever buy another Huawei when they don't offer any updates for this phone? Makes me aprehensive on buying another Huawei which I probably will never do cuz of ...

  • AnonD-354514

How's does it stand up to LG's G3?