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Huawei Ascend G330 review

A worthy successor for the popular G300?

Our Verdict

It's a little bit bland and there's nothing to love or get excited about, but for £10 a month you can't really expect glassy backs and spangles and a chassis built by robots on the International Space Station. The Ascend G330 is a surprisingly well made phone with a decent display.

Product features

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

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For

  • Good for web and apps
  • Good battery life
  • Bright display
  • Smooth in use

Against

  • Creaky case
  • Bland plastic design
  • RAM restricts multi-tasking uses
  • Poor video recording

The SMS system in the Huawei Ascend G330 is the same slightly underwhelming layout as found in Google's Ice Cream Sandwich code, giving you simple threaded messages and plenty of attachment options.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

Photos you've previously taken are automatically resized for sending through the limited SMS system, although there's no such feature when it comes to video clips.

The only way to send a video is to take one, live, but then you're only allowed to take a two-second clip. Probably best not bothering.

Huawei's put a custom keyboard of its own on the G330, replacing the TouchPal option found in the G300.

Huawei calls this the utilitarian "Huawei Input Method" and it's a pretty bland, awkward system to use. Alternate characters are hidden away in sub pages, and we found it very unintuitive when trying to switch between different fields.

It does attempt to auto-predict words as you're typing, though, putting them up in an orange bar above the keyboard, and none of the dictionary issues present in the Ascend G300's Android 4.0 update are present here. It's a bit fiddly, but it works.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

Fortunately, the standard Android 4.0 keyboard is also in here, offering a much simpler and more user-friendly way of sticking words into your telephone.

This one also has a line of numbers on the top row of the keyboard, accessed through a long press, plus there's a useful punctuation bar that appears each time you enter a word and a "..." icon beneath suggested words that pulls up loads of extra suggestions. It's much better than Huawei's own effort.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

The email app is the same as found in Google's code. It supports multiple accounts and lets you select options for checking frequency, plus there's even an area for managing a selection of stock phrases, making it simple to spam out easy quick replies by choosing "Insert Quick Response" from the menu button when replying to someone.

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 TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, GPRS, EDGE
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 850, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelG 330
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height122.3 mm
Width62.7 mm
Depth11.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend G 330 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineAscend
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number51054068
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

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  • 5MP camera with flash