Huawei Ascend Y635 review
|Review: September 2015|
In a nutshell: The Huawei Ascend Y635 is a budget Android phone with a large 5-inch screen, 4G connectivity and good battery life. It's well-built and practical, and is a good option if you're looking for an entry-level smartphone. Just don't expect too much.
Huawei's Y series phones offer unbeatable value, showing just what a dirt-cheap Android phone is capable of. The Y635 has taken a long time to reach our shores, being announced at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona in March 2015, but it's here now. Let's take a look at what you get (and what you don't.)
Big phone - small price
The Y635 is available on the very cheapest monthly contracts, or for under £100 on Pay as you Go. We're not expecting premium build for this price, but what we get is a very solidly-constructed phone that looks and feels good. Phone snobs won't be impressed by the plastic finish of the phone, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with its build quality. In fact it's surprisingly heavy - perhaps a bit too heavy. Its look reminds us of Microsoft's Lumia range, especially with the removable back that comes in a choice of colours.
It's a surprisingly large phone too. Smartphones are trending ever larger, and in 2015 it seems that mid- to high-end phones require at least a 5-inch screen to make the grade. The Y635 is the first budget Android phone to sport a 5-inch display, so if you're looking for a low-budget, big screen phone, this is the one to choose.
Having said that, the pixel resolution of this screen is pretty low. With 480 x 854 pixels, it's not even HD, and as a result it's not as sharp as we'd like. Still, it's not a terrible screen, and for the price we can't complain. It's a bright IPS display with wide viewing angles. And for watching videos and playing games, the big screen is definitely an asset.
Android KitKat - Huawei style
We already mentioned the long time interval between the launch of this phone and its appearance in UK shops. This is probably why the Y635 is shipping with an old version of Android. It's Android KitKat 4.4, plus version 3.0 of Huawei's Emotion user interface. It's a shame there's no Android Lollipop on board, but we've warmed to Huawei's interface over the years, and the operating system clearly does the job without any major issues.
Under the hood, the Y635 is very much a budget Android phone. With a 4-core processor running at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM, it has pretty much the minimum processing power we'd consider using in an Android device. This set-up ought to be fine for casual users, but isn't recommended if you're a big fan of apps or games.
The internal memory of 4GB is very restrictive, limiting the number of apps that can be stored, not to mention videos and music. There is, however, a microSD memory card slot for adding extra storage at minimal cost.
Pennies have been saved when it comes to the cameras. The main camera has a 5 megapixel sensor, autofocus, flash, and HDR mode, and can record video at HD resolution. Like most entry-level camera phones, this works reasonably well in good light, but struggles in low light conditions.
The phone also has a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for selfies. This is very basic, with fixed focus and no flash.
One nice feature of the Y635 is the fact that it can be used on a 4G network, as well as 3G HSPA and 2G. It has GPS and GLONASS positioning, and also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and a headphone jack.
The battery life of the Y635 is excellent. It comes with a reasonably large 2000mAh battery, and the lightweight processor and relatively low screen resolution are easy on the gas, despite the large screen. Most users ought to get two days of use between charging.
Conclusion - good value
The Huawei Y635 offers value to the discerning shopper. If you're shopping on a tight budget and don't mind trying an unfamiliar brand, then for very little outlay, Huawei gives you a well-built phone with a big screen, 4G connectivity, good battery life, and a decent entry-level experience. There are no bells and whistles, but at this price it's more important to get the basics right, and the Y635 largely does.
We'd like to see the price drop to well below £100 for this to be a truly good option. Other options worth considering are the EE Harrier Mini and Microsoft Lumia 640. The cheaper Huawei Y550 is also an option.
Huawei Ascend Y635 features include:
- Operating system: Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- 5 megapixel HDR camera with autofocus, LED flash and HD 720p video recording
- Front-facing 2 megapixel camera
- Display: IPS touchscreen with 480 x 854 pixels (5 inches)
- GPS/A-GPS/Glonass positioning with digital compass
- Music player, FM radio
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
- Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 with 1GB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 EDR, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 4GB plus microSD memory card slot
- 4G LTE (Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20), 3G (900/2100 MHz), Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Size: 144 x 73 x 10.2 mm
- Weight: 178g
- Battery: 2000 mAh
Got a question? This is the place to ask it!
Please don't ask a question that has already been asked. Duplicates will be removed.
Why does my Y635 LO1 not work a compass app?
Asked by Davee
on 1st Dec 2016
I have loaded several different compass apps on the phone and every one says the phone does not have capability yet the specification suggests that it has. Have I got to have something switched on? The only thing I have knowingly switched off is mobile data.
How do you get one of the higher powered batteries?
Asked by Stephen Dalrymple
from Newmarket england
on 10th Jul 2016
My battery used to last 5-6 days and is now only lasting 1 why?
Asked by Nuttall
from United Kingdom
on 14th Apr 2016
Huawei Ascend Y635 user reviews
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Average rating from 19 reviews:
Reviewed by RG
on 24th Nov 2016
Bought in October from Carphone Warehouse for £69.99 before the Xmas price increase. I can phone with it, text with it, send e-mails, browse the web, use Google maps etc. There is also a camera.
For under £70!!
Bargain of the year but wait until after January for the current price (£99.99) to be reduced to October levels.
Reviewed by Ben
from New Zealand
on 13th Nov 2016
One of the worst decisions I've made in my life is getting this phone.
I have 3 apps on my phone that I personally have installed, two of which are on an SD card (which does nothing) and those apps add up to about 1/2 a gig. I am almost to a point where my phone can't even receive text messages. Whenever I delete an app, I still keep about a third of the space that app took up. This phone is useless.
Reply by Gary
on 16th Jan 2017
If buying a cheap phone is one of the worst decisions you have made in your life I envy you.
Reviewed by Dave. H
on 9th Oct 2016
Had my Y635 over a year now with no problems the battery life is very good. The down sides are it is a little on the heavy side & the memory could have more capacity so you will need a sd card.
Reviewed by Bill
on 30th Sep 2016
Just got this phone yesterday (Sept.29/16.) Managed to figure it out in 1 day, (had iPhone before) ,downloaded all the apps that I wanted with ease. Battery life is amazing, screen size and brightness is excellent. Not a professional photographer, so camera is fine. Would replace this with another Huawei when the time comes .By the way, I turned 75 in June.
Reviewed by Stephen Dalrymple
from Newmarket england
on 10th Jul 2016
Cannot get the tethering to work.
Reviewed by debster
on 25th Jun 2016
I have never had a smart phone and this is my first . Being over 50 , I love the large screen icons and it wasn't too hard to work out especially for a technophobe like myself !on the whole I think its a good allrounder and does everything that my tablet does , music , downloads , an ideal travelling companion as well as phone.
Reviewed by jk
on 22nd Apr 2016
The Huawei Y635 phone itself is great, hardwarewise. Considering its price, it's amazing. Fast sensitive wifi and ditto gps. Screen is brilliant, crisp and clear in spite of not beeing hd. It has a removable battery and takes micro sd.
The catch is your sd card is useless in the phone, it is blocked. Only G**gle and manufacturer Huawei are allowed to use the sd card.
This is a "feature" of the Android KitKat os imposed by G**gle. Applies to all phones all brands with KitKat os. Insane.
(Just G**gle KitKat sd card and you´ll see).
Reviewed by jd
on 6th Apr 2016
Bought a 16gb sim card but refuses to transfer any downloaded application "insufficient memory" i.e. internal memory. Have tried uninstalling everything I can but to no avail.
has anyone else had this problem ?
Reviewed by Grey Ann Delas Alas
on 3rd Apr 2016
Very nice and comportable im using huawei Ascend y635.
Reviewed by Ryan F
from New Zealand
on 25th Feb 2016
Even though it's only a cheap phone there are some expectations I had of this phone that it just doesn't meet. For example the display isn't HD, the 4g cuts out, the SD card expansion doesnt work for anything over 16gb and the brightness is too bright for use at night.
Reviewed by von
on 21st Feb 2016
does the job and its 4g
Reviewed by Des Hewitt
on 25th Dec 2015
Sold by Carphone as an open to all sim cards. Well, it doesn`t take talktalk sim card so the Salesperson either lied or doesn`t know his business. Will be back in the shop tomorrow.
Reviewed by disappointed
on 19th Dec 2015
Excellent phone for the first 10 days then turned itself off never to turn back on! Not happy.
Reviewed by zafar ullah khan niazi
from pakistan (mianwali)
on 17th Dec 2015
This is the best cellphone in this price,
All basic qualities in such a low price,
Battery time is plus point,
Applause for Huawei company for this product.
Reviewed by Paul Cope
on 13th Dec 2015
Got it from carphone £39.99 on an o2 upgrade good value and easy to use.
Reviewed by Maidog
on 21st Nov 2015
It does what I expect from a phone, at a very reasonable price.
Reviewed by Gazzer
on 7th Nov 2015
If you need google play, dont bother as this phone dosnt support it. Found out to late to return the phone. So, if you need google play, try another phone.
Reply by john
on 23rd Mar 2016
are you sure? I checked it from a list with all phones that supp google play and that phone was in that list (sry for bad english).
Reviewed by alemayehu limeneh
on 14th Oct 2015
it is very good product but the internal storage must be improved.
Reply by Kathryn
on 17th Jul 2016
This is an entry-level, low budget phone, what do you expect?? If you want more internal storage you have to pay more, that's just common sense!
Reviewed by tonya
on 5th Oct 2015
Got this phone as a second phone was needed for work and so far have no complaints screen size is great and clear for a budget smartphone you can't go wrong quick and easy to use.