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Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone press shotFollowing 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!

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone screen

It might be one of the more affordable smart phones around, but it certainly doesn't look it

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.

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone rear

The 5-Megapixel camera provides impressive results, both in low-light and bright conditions

Snap happy

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.”

Huawei Ascend G300 Android smartphone port

Plug your headphones in and you won't be disappointed by how your music sounds

Awesome audio

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.

What do you think of the Huawei Ascend G300’s great price and feature-packed specification? Will you be trying one for yourself? Give us a shout and let us know below.

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  • http://twitter.com/NorthernCoyote Kassim

    Anything regarding the very bad speaker quality?

    • Alex Bentley

      Hi Kassim. Tim found that the speaker quality wasn’t the best he’d ever heard, but he said that sound via the headphones was surprisingly good and much better than he’d expect for a phone in this league, which went a huge way to compensating. Hope that helps. I guess it all comes down to whether you regularly play music out loud or prefer using headphones.

      • Mick002

        or whether as a telephone you expect to hear the ring tone or the voice on the other end,  thankfully this was addressed in the first upgrade.
        Some of us are still having trouble with mic volume – I have to cup the phone with my hand or shout into it, using on speaker in a call improves the mic but is not always possible.

  • 2graemerjones7

    Fantastic phone but too expensive to buy outright. If I could buy it along with a monthly pay plan I would.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.walsh.754703 Jack Walsh

    I would only use this phone with decent quality earphones, or my studio beats, wud it be good with such a good quality pair of headphones or is it just the phone in general that doesnt have a very good sound quality with headphones ? Thanks 

    • http://blog.vodafone.co.uk/ Vodafone Social

      I think generally speaking, you get a better experience through a headset. The sound is directed right into your ears, resulting in less audio loss.

      Tim mentions above that “The audio quality is a joy” giving “an almost concert sound”.

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