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Huawei Ascend G300 review

Is this more than just a budget phone at a budget price?

Our Verdict

When you initially pull the Huawei Ascend G300 out of its box, the smart design brings a smile to your face, but it's not the only trick up its sleeve.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.33 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Stylish design
  • Sturdy build
  • Flash support
  • Decent battery
  • Bright screen

Against

  • Fiddly keyboard
  • Occasional lag
  • Stuttery web performance
  • Few camera options
  • Low-res video capture

Huawei Ascend G300 review

Battery life

Modern smart phones tend only to last about a day or so under normal use. Huawei has chosen to power the Ascend G300 with a 1500mAh offering, and we are pleased to report that it lasts the usual 24 hour window without getting to a critical level too quickly.

Having the power toggles in the notifications bar, as well as the Android power widget, really helps you squeeze out every drop of power.

The Android 4.0 update has seen Huawei drop some of its own power-saving features, though, so you'll see those disappear if upgrading your Huawei Ascend G300 from Android 2.3 to the new software.

Connectivity

Huawei Ascend G300 review

You'll also be pleased to find that Huawei has made the Ascend G300 very connectable, with Bluetooth (a2DP), 7.2MBps HSDPA, and Wi-Fi connection to b/g/n standards.

Wi-Fi signal was generally very good, often showing two, and sometimes three bars where we expected only one. We can also thankfully add that we didn't find any dropped signal.

The Android operating system, whether you're using the Huawei Ascend G300's older 2.3 software or have updated to Android 4.0, also means that you can tether devices to it, in order to share your mobile internet to your other internet enabled devices, both wirelessly and as a wired modem.

If your mobile network enables you to use tethering, a linked HSDPA connection can be a great way to hook up a laptop when out and about, with the Huawei Ascend G300 saving us from boredom in such a manner very well on a few occasions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.69 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 1900, GSM 1800, GSM 900, GSM 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Battery Talk Time5.33 Hour
Product ModelG300
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height123 mm
Width63 mm
Depth10.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend G300
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineAscend
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number51053145
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

Super Valuable

The most valuable 4.0 inch LCD smartphone with professional metallic & anti-fingerprint design.

Super Powerful

1GHz CPU+512M RAM, 5MP pixels AF camera, Dual MIC noise reduction, G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass.

Super Fast

5-second fast boot, 2-hour quick charging, 7.2 Mbps Internet download.

Super Clear

WVGA IPS hard screen technology enables real-world color display Multi-touch supported.