Like the P6, the P2’s call quality performance is helped by a secondary microphone. This delivers active noise cancellation to drown out background noise to keep calls loud and clear.
The noise cancelling mic lives up to its impressive billing, as does the earpiece speaker. Calls have good clarity and volume, and we had no complaints from the other end, either.
Huawei Ascend P2 – Battery life
The Huawei Ascend P2 has a non-removable 2,420 mAh battery, which is about what we'd expect for phone of this size and price. It surpasses the battery size of the P6, but falls below the 3,000mAh battery stored inside the 5-inch Ascend D2.
In general use the P2 comfortably manages a day and a half. When you hit critical battery levels and need a quick charge, the P2 picks up power nice and quick. Within 20 minutes of charging, the P2 jumped from 7% back up to 25%.
Should I buy the Huawei Ascend P2?
The Huawei Ascend P2 is a good phone, but it won’t blow you away in any particular department.
The screen is the pick of the features and is up there with the HTC One Mini's screen. While the quad-core processor sounds impressive on paper, in reality there isn’t much difference between the P2 and dual-core offerings like the One Mini and the S4 Mini in terms of performance. In fact, in games it's a little slower.
But it's Huawei’s Emotion UI that could prove the decisive factor. It won't be to everyone’s tastes. It wasn’t for us and we’d opt for the HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or even the Galaxy S3 ahead of the P2.
The Huawei Ascend P2 has a great screen and is fast enough for most, but the software is not as slick as other Android offerings and there’s simply not enough going on to help the P2 stand out from the smartphone crowd.