Summary: The Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is definitely going to be a force for change in the smartphone market over the next few years. It’s no fuss but tech heavy G330 smartphone is a serious statement of intent.
Conclusion: There are lots of bargain bin Android smartphones floating around these days, but the Huawei Ascend G330 proves that you really can and should expect a bit more bang for your buck. A big screen, more power, decent software: for a mere tenner a month, it’s as good a deal as you’ll find these days.
Pros: While the four inch display on the Huawei Ascend G330 hasn’t been changed, that’s no bad thing: for the low price, it’s as good as it gets right now: it’s bright, relatively crisp and responsive, and easy to watch video from the pre-installed BBC iPlayer app on. The plastic 11.2mm deep frame is solid, if uninspiring - as is the performance. The dual-core 1GHz processor is enough to power through most game and video apps, and the Chrome browser whizzes along nicely. Hu...
Cons: While we’re largely happy with the performance of the Huawei Ascend G330, we’re less taken with the battery life. The 1,500mAh cell is pretty meagre by today’s standards, and you can very easily burn through the battery in half a day. On the plus side, it’s also removable so you could always pick up a spare online. One point worth noting: the Huawei Ascend G330 is only available on contract through TalkTalk. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it does limit your opti...
Summary: The Huawei Ascend G330 adds a faster processor and new features to Huawei's already tempting budget Android phone, offering a mix of low price and usable performance. Here's PC Advisor's Huawei Ascend G330 review.
Excerpt: We managed to get our mitts on the handset, which succeeds the Huawei Ascend G300 that we had boldly called the best £100 Android phone yet. However, on first impressions, the G330 could be about to steal that title.
Summary: People who’ve never heard of Huawei before tend to dismiss their handsets as cheap rubbish (two people at my office scoffed at the G330 without even seeing it!). However, those that have been following the progress of the manufacturer will know that they are very swiftly closing the gap to the big names, and any new handset they release is now worth at least a once-over.
Pros: Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Almost vanilla Android experience (if you want it), Camera, Screen, microSD card slot
Cons: Android Ice Cream Sandwich (bear with me), Bland design, 512MB RAM, Dust magnet
Conclusion: For less than £200 - Huawei tells us it expects this phone to be around the same as the G300 in retail price, although we've only seen it for around £180 - you get an Android phone with a decent screen, a recent version of Android in Ice Cream Sandwich and performance good enough for most people. This isn't the most powerful handset in the world, you're not going to find it as snappy and responsive as a high-end phone, but for the money it's got so much to offer.
Pros: Sensibly priced, solidly built, no excess software or nonsense
Cons: Not that exciting, more expensive than its predecessor