Following the fantastic response from the press at the launch of the Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone, our eForum experts have got up close and personal with this feature-packed £100 handset to tell us what they think.
When Nabil Kabbani and Tim Jones – or Nabs and thesoupdragon as they’re known to their pals on the Vodafone eForum – first tried out the Ascend G300, they were blown away by just how many premium features Huawei has packed into this ultra-affordable phone.
And they were just as impressed by the high-quality design, great usability and speedy performance. After a week of living with the Huawei Ascend G300, are they still so enamoured?
If anything, they like it more than ever!
Built to last
The smart, resilient design was what stood out the most, as Tim told us that, “The Ascend G300 feels very well made, with a pleasingly reassuring weight that gives it a very comfortable fit in the hand.”
Nabs agreed, adding, “The handset has been manufactured to a very high quality. The strong casing and Gorilla Glass screen give it a premium finish that makes it easily mistakable for a much more expensive phone.”
Once powered up, the swift performance of the Ascend G300 took over, as Nabs points out, “The 1GHz processor makes easy work of running several apps at once with no noticeable slowdown on display at any time.”
“For £100 it’s an amazing amalgamation of features and abilities.”
“This phone is no slouch,” added Tim. “It runs Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 and this is probably one of the best installations of the operating system that I’ve seen.”
But what’s the point of speed without great usability? We were keen to hear Nabs and Tim’s thoughts about the Ascend G300’s 4-inch capacitive display and how the Huawei software responded to their touch.
“The screen is bright and reacts quickly, without being too sensitive,” Tim enthused. ”This could suit first-time smartphone buyers, as it is ideal for anyone not used to using touchscreen devices.”
Nabs had some interesting observations on multitasking too, pointing out that “while the Android 2.3 OS supports multitasking, it doesn’t provide any easy way to switch between running apps.” However, an update to the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software is due to come to the Ascend G300 via Huawei’s website later in the year, adding precisely this feature.
Flipping the phone over, the Ascend G300’s sharp 5-Megapixel camera occupied a lot of Nabs and Tim’s time. The results were good too.
“The still camera works well in both low-light and bright conditions and gives good quality sharp images”, Nabs told us. “You can take pictures in quick succession and recorded video looks great on the 4-inch screen.”
“The Gorilla Glass screen makes it easily mistakable for a much more expensive phone.”
“Its WVGA video matches the phone’s screen resolution, though”, he went on, “so while it looks nice and sharp on the phone itself, video could look a bit grainy when viewed on a big screen PC, tablet or home HDTV.
Tim was pleasantly surprised by the G300’s camera controls, calling them “intuitive with a friendly interface” and adding that, “photo quality is excellent” while, “for this price, video quality is much better than the competition on the market.”
Even the Huawei Ascend G300’s sound quality exceeded expectations. Tim told us, “I plugged in the headphones and was transported via the built-in ‘Live Effect’ experience, to an almost concert sound. The audio quality is a joy.”
Summing up his impressions of one of the most affordable Android phones to date, Tim said it would suit “any person wishing to give Android a try for the first time, without having to commit to a lengthy and expensive contract.
“One of the best installations of the Android operating system that I’ve seen.”
“For £100 it’s an amazing amalgamation of features and abilities and when you consider that an Ice Cream Sandwich update is on the way, it is a very attractive proposition.”
You can check out the Huawei Ascend G300 for yourself and find out more about its fantastic features.
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