Straight Talk CDMA Huawei Ascend Y H866c Full Review

The Straight Talk Huawei Ascend Y represents an upgrade over the previous Straight Talk Ascend II. The Ascend Y offers us one primary upgrade, the 800 mhz processor instead of the 600 mhz cpu found on the Ascend II. Also worth mentioning is that the Ascend Y offers a more attractive look to it as it features a metallic look bezel around the screen and an attractive metal look trim just above the battery cover on the back of the phone. The Straight Talk Ascend Y offers a nice Android experience for an affordable price.

Carrier Straight Talk

Release Date December 2012

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Huawei Ascend Y Specifications


Android Operating System

Gingerbread Android version 2.3.6

Phone Processor Speed

Phone Dimensions
4.58"x 2.40" x .47"

Phone Weight
4.20 OZ

Form Factor
Candy bar touchscreen

Screen Size and Resolution:
3.47" Diagonal, 1.95" x 2.90 actual, 320 x 480 pixels 256K color
Carrier Technology:
CDMA via Verizon

Battery Life:
Up to 7hrs talk time, Up to 13 days stand by


Camera resolution:
3.0 MP

v 2.0

Charge and data cable port
Standard Micro USB

Headphone Jack
Standard iPod type size - 3.5mm

Maximum Micro SD card Support
Supports up to 32Gb support. Comes with 4gb sd card.
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Huawei Ascend Y Features

Attractive Compact touchscreen design, affordable price, excellent sound quality, 3g data, WiFi, Google Play apps, 3mp camera, Full HTML browser with Javascript support, Youtube, Facebook, and more

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What's Included

What's included
  • Huawei Ascend Y
  • Battery
  • Battery cover
  • Charge/Data cable
  • 3.5mm Headphones
  • 4gb microSD card


The Huawei Ascend Y represents an affordable entry level device with decent specs. This essentially the same phone as the Straight Talk Ascend II except that the Ascend Y comes to us with an 800 mhz processor instead of 600 mhz. On the negative side, the Ascend Y camera has a lower 3.2 mega pixel camera. All other specs are essentially the same including dimension, screen and weight. The more powerful processor, however, will set us back about 20 bucks over the Ascend 2 even though the camera is not as good.

One item worth mentioning is that the sound quality when the phone is put on speaker is surprisingly strong and quite good. I will go so far as saying this is actually one of the better sounding phones I've experienced when watching Youtube videos or putting a caller on speaker.

A walk around reveals a relatively minimalistic design with minimal buttons. On the left, you will find your volume , on the top left - the power/lock button and on the bottom - the usual micro usb charge/data port. One obvious difference between the Ascend y and Ascend 2 is that the y has only 3 buttons below the screen where the Ascend 2 has the prototypical 4 button Android design. The Android buttons are of the touch capacitive variety and are back lit though I found that back light on the buttons to be somewhat weak. This phone does not have a dedicated camera button in case you are wondering but it does have a pretty slick feature where when the phone is unlocked, you can swipe the onscreen unlocking icon straight into camera mode.

Though the phone is pretty basic, it does feature an attractive design. The Ascend Y has a metal look plastic bezel that surrounds the screen. On the back, we find a rubberized back cover that only goes about halfway up the phone so it's very easy to take off since it doesn't reach the camera like most other phones. Also of note, is a nice metal look trim on the back that almost looks like metal. One design quirk that I did not like is the fact that the power/lock button is on the left side which is actually more comfortable for righties but takes some getting used to. This same design actually makes it a bit more awkward for lefties to unlock the phone

Features And Performance

In the feature department, we find the typical Android features such as Google Play, GPS, WiFi, MP3 music, Google Maps, Youtube, Facebook, etc. While the phone is entry level, all of the main Android features are still present.

Perhaps the coolest feature on the Ascend Y is the forward facing speaker that is of surprisingly good quality. The Ascend Y uses the same speaker you put to your ear when put on speaker mode. I was quite surprised by the sound quality provided by this design. I will go so far as to say this is a very good selling point. The screen is also of surprisingly good quality featuring a crisp bright display.

As far as performance goes, it does a fairly good job of doing all of the main things well. Be aware that this is still an 800mhz which means that the Neflix app won't like it so it will play choppy. Youtube and other streaming services like HBO Go play normally though. On the plus side, navigating between screens is very smooth and seamless. I found the screen to be pretty responsive to even the slightest of touches. Overall, performance was pretty good on day to day tasks but keep in mind that this is still an entry level phone so it won't be up to snuff on more demanding tasks and apps.
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Wrapping it Up

Conclusion is that the Ascend Y is worth the money for what you get. It's a capable device for those who want an affordable Android experience. The Ascend Y is comparable to other Straight Talk device in the same price range. The thing that that sets the Ascend Y on my buy list is the surprisingly good sound quality on both speaker and regular modes. Overall, I would recommend the phone if you are thinking about it. There's nothing about it that I can say is a deal breaker.