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Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

The Huawei Ascend Y300 arrives with Google's Android 4.1 operating system on board, with no word if/when it will be upgradeable in the future.

On top of this is Huawei's own creation – the Emotion User Interface - which takes some getting used to but is over all is not too much of an awful addition.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Although we do have to admit, stock Android beats Emotions UI hands down. We say this because stock Android is on average less buggy, easier to use, and nicer to navigate.

Presumably Huawei finds the tiled homescreen feature essential, as it is the dominating feature of the homescreen, with the possibility of only limited customisation.

For example, we could remove the picture album widget and replace it with the bigger music player, but what if we didn't want any of these options at all?

It all feels a little bit too forced, however we did use the quick call contact widget quite a lot when we tested this device and found that to be very useful.

Of course you can always easily delete this widget if you don't fancy looking at it every day.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

We found the Emotion UI on the Ascend Y300 slow to load after exiting apps, and the device would often take several seconds (on occasions up to 10 seconds) to load the home interface, leaving you staring at a blank page.

The default set up with the phone needed to be changed instantly, we decided to remove the pages off empty space containing only four apps, and reshuffle the remaining items into some sort of relevant order, grouping relevant apps into folders.

The phone comes with 5 preinstalled themes, which were gladly appreciated whilst tinkering with the handset. The default theme in our opinion was borderline appalling and didn't feel 'grown up' in terms of icons design.

The device is aiming for a younger market, which is obvious from the instant viewing of a smiley faced messaging icon.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Thankfully themes are readily available to download and install from many websites online with a quick Google search. Although it's worth noting they needed to be downloaded to a computer and transferred to the phone before they could be installed.

The phone came with a few preinstalled apps from Google, including Gmail and YouTube to keep you connected and entertained.

Accessing the notifications area is as easy as swiping down from the top status bar, You will then be presented with a familiar screen of toggles for commonly used settings and notifications of recent activities.

Overall the experience of using the Huawei Ascend Y300 is slightly sluggish and we found the device to be slow and unresponsive at times, which we put down to the lack of processing power in the 1GHz dual-core chip and the hefty ever-present Emotion UI.

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