Huawei Ascend G330 review

A worthy successor for the popular G300?

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Huawei Ascend G330 review

The G330 comes fully loaded with all the Google apps you'd expect to see on a modern Android phone, with the incredibly slick Google+ tool on here, your usual Gmail, YouTube and Talk apps, plus the fantastic Google Maps to solve all your pizza-finding problems.

As well as offering a great map complete with GPS integration, Google's Maps app also works as a full power satnav tool, taking your current location and using it as a start point to map out any journey.

The G330 managed to secure a GPS lock within seconds, while Google's Navigation tools worked as seamlessly as ever on Huawei's phone.

Google's Navigation app offers much more than simple directions, too. You can scan ahead to the next junction, even firing up Google's Street View imaging app to give yourself a proper picture of what the next corner's going to look like. You also get spoken voice directions, just like a proper satnav.

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The Android Chrome browser has also been pre-installed as part of Huawei's Android 4.0 software, giving users an alternative way of accessing the web. It's very pretty and has a lovely tab system, but we'd rather have the 50MB of storage space it eats up.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

As for other cool stuff to play with, Huawei's put on its own phone back-up solution in here. This can store your personal data, contacts and more to SD card, plus it's also able to back up your apps to its internal storage, should you be planning any ROM fiddling or factory resets.

There's also a rather nerdy AppInstaller tool on here, which lets you bulk-install any Android APKs saved to memory card.

We doubt many people will use it, but it's a nice power-user feature. And there's a file manager on the G330. We all love a file manager.

One of the main problems with budget Android models is the amount of app memory supplied with the phones. The Ascend G330 comes with around 630MB of usable app space, which on the surface seems like quite a good amount.

However, with the likes of Chrome (50MB), Facebook (26MB), Google+ (27MB) and other large apps all pre-installed, you might still find yourself running out of space.

Android lets you shuffle some apps to SD card, which is handy, and something you may well end up doing here to remove the low memory warning from the Notifications pane if you really go crazy with the app installs.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height122.3 mm
Width62.7 mm
Depth11.4 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
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
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