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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 camera is one place where Huawei's done quite a bit of customisation, giving the imaging tools a simpler appearance and cutting back on the features somewhat.

You get a simple menu system that lets you select the white balance or activate a handful of useless image filters (negative, solarise, posterise and more), plus there's the option to shoot single images of have the G330 attempt to build a composite panorama image.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

The G330's sensor is rated at 5-Megapixels, with images coming off the camera at 2592 x 1944 resolution.

Pics taken outside in good light are quite crisp and clear, capturing grassy detail well, but inside it struggles more.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

Low light photos are quite noisy, plus the camera takes longer to focus and shoot when lounging about indoors in the semi-darkness of winter.

The digital zoom lets you get 4x closer to your subject, and as long as you're not viewing the images at full size you can live with the results.

One big improvement over the G300 is the addition of a front-facing camera, which shoots at 480 x 640 resolution. It doesn't produce the clearest shots in the world, but is a nice thing to have in a phone at this budget price point.

It's a nice and fast camera to use, though, with the option to access it direct from the lock screen making it a little easier to whip out in a hurry when your dog does a funny face.

If you want to jazz up the photos a little, there's an image editor accessed through the Gallery. This lets you add retro filters like a vignette and film grain, or crop and flip photos, edit red-eye and rotate your shots a little to straighten them up.

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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