Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Another affordable handset sneaks out of Huawei

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With the Huawei Ascend Y300 you will be able to read and send messages in a variety of ways, and thanks to the Google Play store we had access to all the messaging apps we needed.

After downloading a few social messaging apps, such as Whatsapp, which alongside the pre downloaded Gmail app and standard the SMS app we were firing from all cylinders in terms of messaging our contacts.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Starting with the built in messaging app on the Huawei Ascend Y300, the first thing we instantly noticed was that the space bar is quite small. We found ourselves hitting the period button more than once per text message if we were trying to type quickly.

Overall the keyboard was just too small and really lacked any ease of use. The keys with dual-purpose sound good on paper, but in reality slow down the speed of writing a message, as you have to stop, pause and hold a key for a few seconds to active the dual functionality.

The large keyboard icon across the top allows for the selection of the input method, it takes up a lot of space on the keyboard is annoyingly positioned.

The slightest brush against this icon opens a menu for different European languages input languages. On average, a person will not need to change their input language very often and we thought it was just a frustrating and awkward place to put this button.

The Y300 supports spell check powered by Google, but it does not provide auto correct. It will point out basic errors with a red line, but it will not correct something as basic as 'can.we' where the period was obviously inputted by accident instead of a space between the words.

There is a default email account on the Huawei Ascend Y300, but we did not use it that often as it was not the best interface to deal with and experience.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

We ended up using the Gmail account because of its ease of use, and navigation.

The Gmail client was what you would expect on the android device. It was quick to load and simple along with intuitive to use, there were no problems here when viewing and replying to the emails in our inbox.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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