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Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.33 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Low price point
  • 5MP camera
  • microSD slot
  • Clear screen

Against

  • Emoition UI annoying
  • Slow speeds
  • Poor keyboard layout
  • Wi-Fi issues

Contacts

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

The contacts app on the Huawei Ascend Y300 is similar to almost all the smartphones we've tested. After opening the visually obvious contact app you will be presented by default with a list of all your best buds and two other main tabs across the top of the screen.

The other tabs are groups and favourites, with the former allowing you to bundle your contacts together, or find where you contacts came from. For example, we pulled a lot of our contacts from a Gmail account and this was clear to see in the groups tab. Meanwhile over in favourites you can allows you to quickly call people you contact most.

When pulling our contacts from Google we were pleasantly surprised to find contact images for a small percentage of contacts who presumably have a Google plus accounts with their image stored, providing a small but useful positive.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

The contact page layout felt very familiar with available fields for just about every contact option required, including phone number, email, webpage etc, and was easy and intuitive to use.

It must be known that the Huawei Ascend Y300 does not provide native Facebook or Twitter integration. This means that the contacts used with these apps will not be as easily available as you Gmail contacts as the infrastructure isn't built in.

Calling

Making a call on the Huawei Ascend Y300 is easy peasy, there is nothing new to learn here and it's all very straight forward.

The obvious phone icon app opens the dial pad we are all accustomed to along with your recently called and received numbers all in one screen.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

When you start to scroll through your recent contacts the dial pad disappears and the list becomes full screen, bringing the dial pad back is as easy as tapping the dial pad icon at the bottom of the screen.

When you start typing a number on the Huawei Y300 the recently called contacts disappear from above the dial pad, and instantly produce suggestions for the number you are inputting.

This is done in two ways, the software either suggests the number of a corresponding person, or it uses the letters associated with the number you are inputting, to suggest the name of matching contacts.

Its really easy to use and we had no problems locating contacts quickly.

Calls over the device were clear and loud, and turning on hands free didn't produce any problems for the receiver of the call. Overall the Ascend Y300 matches its competitors for voice quality.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height124.5 mm
Width63.8 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
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