Summary: Huawei has succeeded in delivering an Android smartphone that's very affordable. At a price close to £100 we really don't expect too many bells and whistles. The G510 surprises in a good way by offering such a large screen and excellent battery life, and these two reasons alone might be enough to tempt you into buying. At the same time, the custom user interface takes away more than it gives and the bulk and weight of the phone are also negatives.
Summary: High performance for little money? Affordable yet powerful - this pretty well summarizes Huawei's promise for the Ascend G510. We tested whether the 4.5 inch-entry-level model for a low 160 Euros (~$209) meets this claim.
Pros: Bright LC display, NFC module, GSM quad-band, 5 megapixel camera, Removable battery, Max. 32 GB memory expansion via micro SD card, Good performance, Low temperature, Decent battery runtime, Very low-priced, Despite relatively weak hardware and middling benchmark scores, the Ascend G510 barely exhibits any performance bottlenecks. Minor stutters only occur occasionally in games or on the Android user interface.
Cons: Low resolution, Glare-type screen, Slippery hold despite the ribbed back, Only 1 GB memory available, Occasional, minor stutters when navigating and in games, The 4.5-inch LC display is agreeably large but could do with a slightly higher resolution. The 5 megapixel primary camera only manages a mediocre picture quality.
Huawei Ascend G510 Review – Solid Rival to Established Competitors, Re...
7 July 2013
Excerpt: Chinese company Huawei is one of the “survivors” on the smartphone market. Moreover, Huawei is one of the top five smartphone makers, which is a stunning achievement as the company reached this milestone in just a few years. One of the reasons behind Huawei’s success is the rich experience the company had in the smartphone business prior to entering the market with its own products. Huawei has been manufacturing handsets for other important brands for quite a while.
Pros: The fact that it’s cheap is by far the biggest advantage of Huawei Ascend G510. Moreover, the smartphone offers much better features than its competitors, so if you can get past its downsides, the Huawei Ascend G510 is quite a good deal. It comes with a dual-core processor that makes it pretty fast, and boasts a large 4.5-inch display that offers a great experience while watching movies and playing games. Listening to music on G510 is a real pleasure thanks to the int...
Cons: Even though the Ascend G510 is an entry-level smartphone, I’m still not convinced of its overall build quality. While the phone looks ok, it seems rather flimsy when it’s kept tight in hands. The back cover jogs a little bit, though this might only apply to this test unit. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the large display is barely visible outdoors in strong sunlight. Other downsides that I would like to point out are the phone’s low battery life and the occ...
Conclusion: To say that the Huawei Ascend G510 isn’t great value for money is nothing short of a lie. In the same breathe, so is saying it isn’t without its flaws. For £130 it’s the best big screen on offer. It’s perfect for any price conscious phone user who’s got a Netflix subscription and wants a phone that can supplement their Kindle for occasional eBook reading.
Pros: Large IPS display, Good camera performance, Front facing camera on board
Cons: User Interface is heavy, Occasionally buggy performance, Stutter present when multi-tasking
Summary: Huawei takes their entry-level offering a notch higher with the Ascend G510. It has a large screen, solid construction, really great build, and can deliver above average performance for an entry-level device. It’s not without limitations though, like the small ram and available storage for apps, but for the price of Php5,990 , it surely makes up for that.
Excerpt: A relatively high-spec smartphone, with a 4.5″ display running at 480 x 854 resolution and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, plus the Ascend G510 arrives running Android 4.1.1 — albeit potentially hindered by Huawei only sticking 512MB of RAM inside it..
Conclusion: On paper, the Huawei Ascend G510 sounds like a bargain. In practice, it’s not quite as powerful as it really should be. Something is holding it back, and ultimately, it makes the even cheaper ZTE Blade 3 the better budget option of the two. But hey, if you know you want a big screen and want to stick with Vodafone, go right ahead.
Pros: There was a time when a spacious 4.5-inch touchscreen was the reserve of a flagship smartphone costing hundreds and hundreds of pounds. That time has passed: for less than half the price, the Huawei Ascend G510 gives you as much screen real estate to play with as Nokia’s top of the line Lumia 920 phone. Sure, at a sub-HD 480x854 resolution, it’s not nearly as bright or crisp, but it makes typing easy, web browsing better and watching videos a joy. Then there’s the sof...
Cons: You still expect a few cut corners when it comes to low price Android phones, and the Huawei Ascend G510’s no different in this regard. The plastic frame is tough, but more mundane than magnificent, and the five megapixel camera is pretty pathetic - you’ll need to go hard on the Instagram filters to make your shots presentable. What took us by surprise though is just how slow the Ascend feels. Its processor should far outstrip the single-core chip on the rival, £69 ZT...
Conclusion: Huawei’s Ascend G510 is a bargain smartphone for those on a tight budget. Packing in decent dual-core performance, a surprisingly crisp and colourful 4.5-inch screen and five megapixel camera, it’s far from a budget experience. Only the lacklustre design detracts from a great value package.