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Huawei Ascend G300 review

Is this more than just a budget phone at a budget price?

The Huawei Ascend G300 comes with a full set of Google apps, from Maps to Gmail and the Play Store. The update to Android 4.0 brings in the like of Google Plus and its Messenger helper, plus Play Movies for managing any films downloaded through Google's web store, Play Books and more.

Maps

Huawei Ascend G300 review

Everybody has at some point played with Google Maps, whether the desktop or mobile version. Google's Android version apes the desktop version pretty well, and this is well shown off on the 1GHz processor.

Two fingered map rotation isn't provided, but sliding two fingers up and down the screen does tilt the map so you can take a different view.

You can also select from a variety of Layers, so you can populate the map how you wish, and even view custom built maps. Google's 3D mapping is also there where available. Connecting to the GPS signal was extremely quick, even indoors.

In conjunction with Google Maps is the sat nav application that Google calls Navigation. We don't expect the same level of functionality as dedicated satellite navigation devices, but Google's version does offer exellent turn by turn directions, both written and spoken.

Apps

Huawei Ascend G300 review

The Huawei Ascend G300 also brings other bundled apps. For starters is the previously mentioned TouchPal keyboard, as well as a weather clock to go with the widget, a File Manager and Documents To Go.

It's refreshing to see a bundled File Manager, as not many phones come with these pre-installed. Documents To Go is only a basic reader for MS Office files, with document creation features available to pay for.

Internal memory comes in at around 750MB, with just over 2GB in an "Internal SD Card". This is a bit frustrating as if you don't initially set up the Huawei Ascend G300 to default install on SD, you will find that you might have to move a lot of apps over manually.

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 TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.69 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 1900, GSM 1800, GSM 900, GSM 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Battery Talk Time5.33 Hour
Product ModelG300
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), SMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height123 mm
Width63 mm
Depth10.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time320 Hour
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend G300
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineAscend
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number51053145
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

Super Valuable

The most valuable 4.0 inch LCD smartphone with professional metallic & anti-fingerprint design.

Super Powerful

1GHz CPU+512M RAM, 5MP pixels AF camera, Dual MIC noise reduction, G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass.

Super Fast

5-second fast boot, 2-hour quick charging, 7.2 Mbps Internet download.

Super Clear

WVGA IPS hard screen technology enables real-world color display Multi-touch supported.