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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.

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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.