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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

Coming with Android 4.0 as its core operating system means the Ascend G330 features Google's enhanced and updated web browser, which now comes with loads more options, syncing with your desktop Google and Chrome bookmarks plus a handy visual tabbing system for managing multiple windows.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

The G330's dual-core processor does a great job of building and scrolling pages, with text quite readable and clear on its 480 x 800 resolution display.

There's a bit of an issue with the phone's relatively limited 512MB of RAM, though, with big browsing sessions really eating up the memory, meaning the G330 often takes a few seconds to rebuild the home screens once you exit a session.

But in terms of actually using it as a browser, Google's software is excellent. One of the cleverest recent additions to Android is the little floating menu bar, which, once selected, can be pulled up by swiping a finger in from the side of the screen.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

This does away with the URL bar, giving more screen to the sites and allowing quick access to any open tabs.

Chrome users will love the way their desktop bookmarks and folders instantly pop up inside the G330's menu, plus there's support for offline reading - save a page and it'll be stored within the Saved Pages part of the bookmarking area for reading when away from mobile signals and Wi-Fi.

In terms of other little touches, the browser's menu button lets you open a new incognito tab for keeping your internet use private, pages can be shared through any of Android's social apps, email or Bluetooth, plus a long-press on an area of text lets you select text, copy it to the clipboard, share it or search for the highlighted terms.

It's a feature-packed browser that makes web use on the go simple and intuitive, with the G330 packing enough oomph to avoid crunches and slowdown.

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

Entertainment for Everyone!

  • Great 4" Touchscreen and DTS surround sound
  • Class leading 1Ghz dual core processor
  • Preloaded with BBC iPlayer - watch live TV or catch up on the last 7 days of programmes
  • EA Games exclusive offer - 1 free embedded game plus further free trial downloads available for amazing gaming
  • 5MP camera with flash