Huawei Ascend G330 review

A worthy successor for the popular G300?

TODO alt text
Great Value

Coming with Android 4.0 as its core operating system means the Ascend G330 features Google's enhanced and updated web browser, which now comes with loads more options, syncing with your desktop Google and Chrome bookmarks plus a handy visual tabbing system for managing multiple windows.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

The G330's dual-core processor does a great job of building and scrolling pages, with text quite readable and clear on its 480 x 800 resolution display.

There's a bit of an issue with the phone's relatively limited 512MB of RAM, though, with big browsing sessions really eating up the memory, meaning the G330 often takes a few seconds to rebuild the home screens once you exit a session.

But in terms of actually using it as a browser, Google's software is excellent. One of the cleverest recent additions to Android is the little floating menu bar, which, once selected, can be pulled up by swiping a finger in from the side of the screen.

Huawei Ascend G330 review

This does away with the URL bar, giving more screen to the sites and allowing quick access to any open tabs.

Chrome users will love the way their desktop bookmarks and folders instantly pop up inside the G330's menu, plus there's support for offline reading - save a page and it'll be stored within the Saved Pages part of the bookmarking area for reading when away from mobile signals and Wi-Fi.

In terms of other little touches, the browser's menu button lets you open a new incognito tab for keeping your internet use private, pages can be shared through any of Android's social apps, email or Bluetooth, plus a long-press on an area of text lets you select text, copy it to the clipboard, share it or search for the highlighted terms.

It's a feature-packed browser that makes web use on the go simple and intuitive, with the G330 packing enough oomph to avoid crunches and slowdown.