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One of the joys of doing what we do, is that we need to research new mobile devices as and when they come out. It’s not playing! It’s hard, dedicated research! Obviously the best way to test any device is to download and play some of the mainstream apps we know and love. But it’s still vital work research, honest!

This month has seen us testing Huawei’s newest mobile offering – the Huawei Ascend Mate. At over six inches long, it’s more like a tablet than a mobile. But we’re not the types to be fazed – we hungrily took it out of its box, plugged her in and started to charge her up!

A good battery charge is vital and takes time, so we had a read through the Huawei Ascend Mate’s hardware spec’s – with a LCD 1280 x 720 241 ppi screen, the Huawei Ascend Mate’s screen might not pack the beautiful retina display of the iPhone 5 or the HTC One, Xperia Z or Galazy S4. But once charged it looks sharp enough, and its large size means I can view full webpages without pinching and zooming – we’ve come to realize that not everyone’s as thoughtful as us App Developers – with our award winning responsive website which automatically optimizes to any screen. We’re just all round awesome guys ?

Powered by a Quad core 1.5GHZ CPU, with 2GB of Ram and utilizing the Jellybean Operating system, the Huawei Ascend Mate has powerful credentials. Coming with all the usual connectivity, camera spec’s, (8mp 1080p rear, 1mp 720 front), and upgradeable micro SD storage as its rivals, we’re starting to like what we see. And when we came across its battery spec – we fell in love!

Huawei claim the Ascend Mate can give up to 24 hours of talktime, yes talktime! We had to test this out!

We went to Wales (you know, the team that won the Six Nations and supplied two thirds of the Lions team in Australia!). Through gaming, talking, emailing, sat-naving and texting, the Huawei Ascend Mate lived up to its claims. Having been used extensively throughout the day and yet still having over 40% battery life left at 10pm, there was only one thing for it – time for a night out!

Ah! That’s where this beautiful story ends. The Huawei Ascend Mate does make the old lunge off challenges difficult, and performing a squat with it in your pocket is virtually impossible! Not only that but its large size simply means it is not a one handed phone. Even my famously large index finger couldn’t reach the top of the phone, meaning that carrying out any kind of function seems to be a constant two handed juggle! Whilst the Huawei Ascend Mate is reassuringly weighty, rigid and grippy, we do feel its build quality may be tested by the hard dance floors of Britain, as users simply struggle to one handed text with it.

Then we stood outside to call a cab. The Huawei Ascend Mate is actually bigger than your face and lights up brighter than any moth can dare to hover near. We found we started to get eyed up by a group opposite. Not in a good, “I want your number” kind of way, but the bad, “Hey weedy geek I want your phone” kinda way!

A few weeks on and we’re seriously debating whether the Huawei Ascend Mate has the processing power which it claims. Some days the Ascend Mate works like a dreamboat – other days it is slooowww! It glitches, it crashes, it lags – it isn’t living up to its quad core potential!

Whilst the Huawei Ascend Mate is of an excellent build quality for the price, it struggles to find who it really is. It’s not a tablet, but it is too big to be practically used as a phone. It has a beautifully large display, but lags and glitches any apps you wish to view on it. So the jury’s still out on the Ascend Mate, and we hope firmware updates rectify the processing issues.

Is this as good as the Galaxy S4? Is it a better purchase than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? Probably not, in our opinion. But hey, what’s that worth after all, here’s a couple of other worthy reviews to read:

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