A #W1ndows phone for teens!

A few weeks ago a very mysterious package arrived at House of Eljae. What could it be? Possibly a mindmeld from Derren Brown?


But no, it was a very special smartphone for teenagers and it was sent to us for El to try out. It’s a Huawei Ascend W1 Windows phone in a very lovely blue colour. Sherlock not included:


Would it survive the teen stinkeye? Not many things do.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been using this phone. Well, not exactly ‘we’. Basically El has kidnapped the phone and not let Jae get a look in, except for occasionally taking a picture of her with the phone.


(She’s frowning in the second one because she’s attempting to do some homework) And here are some of the pictures El has taken. There are also lots of shots of her friends pulling silly faces but we have omitted those out of courtesy. Also we need them for Facebook.


El’s opinion of the Huawei phone:

It’s a really sleek and easy to use. It looks lovely and I really enjoy having it (although I refuse to give up the Blackberry so I’m double phoning at the mo). It’s really awesome and so, just, brillopads. It’s basically just like those Windows phones in the ads except the brand name is really nice to say: wah-way!

El also showed this phone to her feral teenage tribe and this is what they thought:

Everyone really seemed to like it. Some people thought it was a Nokia and it was mostly referred to as a “windows phone”. But quite a lot of people seemed to like it and a certain someone became obsessed with taking many selfies and changing my lock screen so that every time I turned it on I would be greeted with her face (which I’ve changed to Sherlock because it’s sooo good and omg Sherlock and I might have to blog about it because I have become slightly obsessed).

Jae’s opinion

At first I barely got to see this phone.

In order for El to download apps I had to go to the Windows website and do a thing I didn’t quite understand.

As a Windows phone it does lack some of the apps that I enjoy most – Instagram and Twitpic. And the Dropbox app is read-only and won’t let you upload files, which kind of misses the point of Dropbox somewhat.

But you can’t blame the actual handset for this. As a parent I would definitely recommend this to other parents looking for a smartphone for their teenager. The price is pretty low but it does an awful lot for that. It’s reliable, works well and has a long battery life. The touchscreen is great, really responsive.

What is good about a Windows phone is that it has Microsoft Office, so you can create documents and Powerpoint presentations then access your work later via your laptop or PC. This was useful when El remembered that she had some homework to do when we were away from home.

The phone was given to us with £50 worth of credit and after several weeks of use it’s still got over £35 remaining. As far as we can tell it doesn’t seem to be charging for calls as the rest of the family is on 02 as well. We are mega meanie parents who get El to pay for her phone credits so she is very pleased about this. But it does seem to be charging £1 when El goes on the interwebs even if she does have wifi which is supa dopa annoying.


The Huawei Ascend W1 is available in blue or pink from 02. The screen has toughened Gorilla Glass which is useful for monkeys. It has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with flash. It costs either £129.99 to buy on Pay as you Go, or from free on monthly contracts. We were given this phone for free for the purposes of review.


El & Jae
Smart as phones

June 18, 2013. Reviews.

One Comment

  1. Matthew (@Matth9999) replied:

    Looks like there are some alternative Instagram clients about, with some (Instagraph / Itsdagram) offering close to full functionality, though vulnerable to any changes by instagram (bit like the alternative AOL messaging client war)

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