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Huawei Ascend G300 review

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The Huawei Ascend G300 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Also known as the Huawei U8815, the Huawei Ascend G300 is a budget smartphone running Android Gingerbread, version 2.3 of Google’s operating system.

Its battery offers up to 5 hours of talk time on a single charge and it weighs only 130 grams. The front of the phone is dominated by a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display. Inside, you'll find the expected smartphone features including email and instant messaging support, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, support for up to 32GB of expandable memory, a 5-megapixel camera, and a built-in FM radio as a bonus.

The G300 doesn't offer many high-end features, but it delivers a great overall user experience at an affordable price.

Need to Know: Huawei Ascend G300

1. Offers well-balanced features at an affordable price tag. (The Good)

2. Large, high-resolution touchscreen display. (The Good)

3. Very limited amount of internal storage space and RAM. (The Bad)

4. Default operating system can’t be upgraded to later versions of the Android software. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

Our initial frustration with the Ascend G 300 was quickly quashed, and we soon came to love this unit. It isn’t the best smartphone available, but it’s charming and it proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a proper smartphone. Sadly, the Ascend G 300’s currently only available from Vodafon...

- Andrew Unsworth, Expert Reviews
TrustedReviews

The Huawei G300 is an easy phone to like. It has a smart and robust design, good battery life, a great screen and punches above its weight in the budget phone performance stake. In short, we think that at £100 on PAYG it represents a total bargain and is even better value for money than the likes of...

- Niall Magennis, TrustedReviews
The Inquirer

Huawei didn't cut corners to keep the price low, making this one of the best budget Android phones we've had the pleasure of testing.

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
The Inquirer

Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the che...

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
Wired

For a first trip on the smartphone rollercoaster the Huawei G300 takes some beating, with its large, sharp four-inch screen and fast 1GHz processor. It suffers in comparison with pricier rivals, but against its brethren a notch above the Android entry level, it stands out.

- Dave Oliver, Wired


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Huawei released the Ascend G300 on April 13, 2012.


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Huawei backs up the Ascend G300 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Huawei Ascend G300's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227A 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1350mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1350 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time, 320 minutes.

Ascend G300 Specs

Overview
Release date April 13, 2012
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227A 1 GHz
Internal Storage No
RAM 512 MB
ROM 4 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.988 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1350 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 320 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (Google Play)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei U8815

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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

Large screen and okay performance at a bargain price

from Expert Reviews

Our initial frustration with the Ascend G 300 was quickly quashed, and we soon came to love this unit. It isn’t the best smartphone available, but it’s charming and it proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a proper smartphone. Sadly, the Ascend G 300’s currently only available f...More

Our initial frustration with the Ascend G 300 was quickly quashed, and we soon came to love this unit. It isn’t the best smartphone available, but it’s charming and it proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a proper smartphone. Sadly, the Ascend G 300’s currently only available from Vodafone, but that could give you a good excuse to jump ship to a new provider. If you want a good, basic smartphone, you should check out the Huawei Ascend G 300.

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TrustedReviews

Solid and stylish design, impressive battery life and low price tag

from TrustedReviews

The Huawei G300 is an easy phone to like. It has a smart and robust design, good battery life, a great screen and punches above its weight in the budget phone performance stake. In short, we think that at £100 on PAYG it represents a total bargain and is even better value for money than the likes of the Orange San Francisco II.

Read full review

The Huawei G300 is an easy phone to like. It has a smart and robust design, good battery life, a great screen and punches above its weight in the budget phone performance stake. In short, we think that at £100 on PAYG it represents a total bargain and is even better value for money than the likes of the Orange San Francisco II.

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The Inquirer

We can't think of a better phone to recommend if you want a taste of Android on the cheap

from The Inquirer

Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the...More

Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the cheap? We can't think of a better phone to recommend.

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The Inquirer

Excellent 4in LCD touchscreen and decent performance but camera is poor

from The Inquirer

Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the...More

Yes, it has a disappointing camera, but that doesn't stop the Huawei Ascend G300 from being one of the best budget phones we've ever had our hands on. It puts the Orange San Francisco to shame with its 4in screen, and its design is more HTC One X than HTC Wildfire. Want a taste of Android on the cheap? We can't think of a better phone to recommend.

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Wired

Good specs for the price

from Wired

For a first trip on the smartphone rollercoaster the Huawei G300 takes some beating, with its large, sharp four-inch screen and fast 1GHz processor. It suffers in comparison with pricier rivals, but against its brethren a notch above the Android entry level, it stands out.

Read full review

For a first trip on the smartphone rollercoaster the Huawei G300 takes some beating, with its large, sharp four-inch screen and fast 1GHz processor. It suffers in comparison with pricier rivals, but against its brethren a notch above the Android entry level, it stands out.

Read full review

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Electricpig

A terrible camera, shonky screen, creaky construction

from Electricpig

The Huawei Ascend G300 might not be the top phone on anyone’s list, but in this price range, you won’t find anything more polished, with apps to boot.

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The Huawei Ascend G300 might not be the top phone on anyone’s list, but in this price range, you won’t find anything more polished, with apps to boot.

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TechRadar

An incredibly affordable Android handset

from TechRadar

The Huawei Ascend G300 might on paper look like another cheap and less-than-cheerful Android phone, but it’s a solid buy considering its price. The screen is top drawer, the battery life is epic and there’s enough power on board to perform most tasks more than adequately. Of course it’s not...More

The Huawei Ascend G300 might on paper look like another cheap and less-than-cheerful Android phone, but it’s a solid buy considering its price. The screen is top drawer, the battery life is epic and there’s enough power on board to perform most tasks more than adequately. Of course it’s not perfect – the camera’s poor and the limited storage means you’ll need to invest in a micro SD card – but a £100 phone was never going to match up to the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S IIIs of this world. As it stands, this is a great entry-point into Android.

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TechRadar

Huawei has put in enough tech to make the stylish Ascend G300 very appealing at such a low price point

from TechRadar

When you initially pull the Huawei Ascend G300 out of its box, or out of your pocket, the smart design brings a smile to your face, but it's not one that will last forever. The visually appealing HAP 5.1 custom UI is a nice addition to Android, but we wish Huawei had put a few more features in. T...More

When you initially pull the Huawei Ascend G300 out of its box, or out of your pocket, the smart design brings a smile to your face, but it's not one that will last forever. The visually appealing HAP 5.1 custom UI is a nice addition to Android, but we wish Huawei had put a few more features in. The colours are bright and cheerful, as are the few custom widgets, but they are basic in what they do.

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Cnet

For this price, you'll be hard-pressed to make your money go further

from Cnet

The G300 is the new kid on the bargain block and the first of Huawei's Ascend series -- so expect to see and hear a lot more from the company. Don't be deceived by the price -- it's the new star of the Android bargain basement. You'll be hard-pressed to make your money go further. Huawei's slab o...More

The G300 is the new kid on the bargain block and the first of Huawei's Ascend series -- so expect to see and hear a lot more from the company. Don't be deceived by the price -- it's the new star of the Android bargain basement. You'll be hard-pressed to make your money go further. Huawei's slab of Gingerbread shows budget Androids don't have to compromise on basic usability. It's not super-speedy, super-stylish or super-endowed in the camera lens department, but for £100, you wouldn't expect it to be. If you want a cheap but capable smart phone for apps, Internet, email and more, the G300 is a winner.

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Pocket-lint

The phone is almost indistinguishable from some more expensive models

from Pocket-lint

We love the G300. It might be a little lacking in power, but as a phone it ticks all the basic boxes. We can say, without doubt, that this is by far the best budget handset running Android that we've used. It has the feel and look of a far more expensive phone, and we really enjoyed using it. Th...More

We love the G300. It might be a little lacking in power, but as a phone it ticks all the basic boxes. We can say, without doubt, that this is by far the best budget handset running Android that we've used. It has the feel and look of a far more expensive phone, and we really enjoyed using it. The screen is brilliant, and outshines those found on the Orange San Francisco II or the T-Mobile Vivacity. It's bright, colourful and detailed, and we really found it enjoyable to look at. We'd prefer the touchscreen were a little more sensitive, but it's not dreadful most of the time. The speed is good, overall, and we found the call quality to be excellent. If you're a person who uses a phone for phoning, you'll be very happy with the Ascend G300. We could live without the Vodafone customisations, and stupid game trials, but aside from that, this is a wonderful phone that would happily draw us to the Vodafone network, were we in the market for such a device.

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