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Huawei Ascend G300 review

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

Huawei Ascend G300 review

Huawei has chosen to offer two different styles of keyboard; by default there's TouchPal, as well as the stock Android keyboard. TouchPal remains the default option after upgrading the Huawei Ascend G300 to Android 4.0.

TouchPal offers an enhanced keyboard; long pressing a key to bring up a range of alternate symbols, swiping down on the key to choose the standard alternate symbol or swiping up for capitalisation. It also comes with a numeric keypad and a range of pre-saved emoticons.

Even though the screen is larger than most budget offerings, the keyboard still feels a little cramped. We found that we hit the shift button, and occasionally the capacitive buttons below, a little more often than we would have liked, so you have to be rather accurate.

There are alternate layouts available though: you can choose a standard QWERTY, the more standard 1-9 layout of old, and a QWERTY layout where letters are grouped in pairs. These are accessed by swiping sideways. You can even specify which layout you'd prefer depending on the phone's orientation, which is a handy, if complex for some, trick.

The autocorrect function worked relatively well, but wasn't nearly as accurate as other keyboards we have used, particularly on HTC phones. We also found, annoyingly, that while typing the keyboard sometimes swiped to other layouts.

Huawei Ascend G300 review

One glitch we found with the update to Android 4.0 is a frankly awful internal dictionary. Pretty much every word we typed wasn't recognised, with the Ascend G300 failing to add these new words to its memory even if you specifically ask it to.

Words such as "has" and "not" are underlined in red, as if the phone's had its entire brain wiped and now has a worse vocabulary than a dog.

The SMS system has also been completely overhauled by Google in the transition from Android 2.3 to the new 4.0 update that's available for the G300. Gone is the cartoony speech bubble style, replaced by a simple threaded system presented in a pretty bland manner.

Pressing the little paperclip brings up the attachment screen, which offers up a vast array of options, enabling you pull photos from your phone or record audio or videos live. However, if you select a video clip you've already recorded, the phone won't attempt to resize it for you. You'll just be told it's too big for the SMS service.

Email is handled in one of two ways, depending on your account. All your Gmail is, somewhat unsurprisingly, handled in the stock Gmail app. It's a clean app, supporting multiple accounts, and provides just about everything that you'd get with your desktop version.

Huawei Ascend G300 review

As for other accounts, there is the Email app. This is really just the POP3/IMAP or Exchange Android option, which sets up your email accounts easily, with preset configurations making it as simple as inputting your username and password.

Again, the app has been completely redesigned by Google as part of the update to Android 4.0. So if you've updated your Huawei Ascend G300 to the latest software you'll get the newer, simpler, and rather swish email app.

This supports all the standard features such as a combined inbox for multiple accounts, as well as setting checking frequency and setting mail size limits to ensure that you don't go over any data limits, or use too much credit.

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.

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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.