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Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

Maps

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

The extremely popular Google maps app is included on the Huawei Ascend Y300 out of the box, and worked as expected.

It was slow to load and wouldn't show the direction we were facing, but apart from that it held its ground against competitors like Apple maps on iOS.

It was easy to search and find several routes to a desired location, and the app supports directions by foot, car, bike and public transport.

Tapping the icon in the bottom left corner turns a 2D map into a 3D scenario with points of interest and buildings rendered in 3D in major cities round the world.

Using the Ascend Y300 for turn-by-turn directions was not helped by the fact the device would not display the direction we were facing.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Hop over to location services in settings to enable or disable a variety of techniques used to pinpoint your location. We would advise you beware of Quick GPS, as it uses data to find your location and you could potentially get stung with a large bill if you leave this selected and maps running in the background.

Opening up the menu in Google maps and you will be presented with options such as Traffic, Public Transport information and Satellite imagery.

All of these options can all be overlaid on top of the map you are currently viewing. It was helpful and a convenient option to have, but we found it just slowed down the phone and made it sluggish when enabled.

Apps

Out of the box the Android 4.1 running Huawei Ascend Y300 comes with a lot of pre installed apps, some more useful than others.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

There's every thing you would expect, like clock (which doubles as an alarm), calculator and calendar.

From Google, you will find its search app, YouTube, Gmail, Maps, Play Books, Play Magazines, Play Movies and Play Music, plus a couple more.

Some may well be used more than others, but if you've got the space on the Y300 there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps to discover in the Google Play store.

Huawei offers some useful, but hardly ever used apps on the Ascend Y300 like the flashlight and sound recorder for those emergency situations.

Organising your apps could not be easier. Hold down on an icon until the screen shrinks, then drag and drop the app where you please. If you find yourself with too many pages of apps, or you just want to tidy tings up, you can also create folders.

Just follow the same process but this time place the app on top of an app you want it to be grouped with, and voila, a new folder has been created and is waiting to be renamed.

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 TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.75 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, 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
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Battery Talk Time5.33 Hour
Product ModelY300
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Front Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Height124.5 mm
Width63.8 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time320 Hour
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend Y300 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineAscend
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number51054700
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing InformationGreat value, stylish and practical
  • A compact phone with a 4 inch screen and a powerful 1.0 Ghz processor that will allow you to enjoy social networking, Games, and even Catch Up TV.
  • 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash and a front facing camera ideal for video calls and Face Unlock.
  • Android 4.0 Jellybean and Huawei's new Emotion UI - giving you a great home screen to put all that's important to you in one place.
  • Comes with 4 Trial Games from EA to start getting you entertained.
  • A large 1,730 mAh battery that will run and run