As the number of Android phones on the market rises and more people want them there is a call for more affordable phones that are reachable for people who don’t want to spend too much on a phone yet still want to be able to find their way into the smart phone world.
The Huwaei Ascend G300 looks to give these people the ability to be able to afford one of these phones yet still offer the functionality of the more expensive phones. When saving so much money though will these phones feel cheap or will they offer the same functionality as the others that are hundreds of pounds more expensive?
With a description of functional this is a phone that is a little creaky when you squeeze it but other than that it does feel quite solid. It feels sturdy with only minimal buttons around the edges; most of its functionality comes through the touch screen interface. The back can be removed to add the Sim card the phone and the battery, featuring a micro USB port at the bottom for use in recharging it also has a 3.5mm jack at the top for headphone use.
The Huwaei Ascend G300 comes with a 5-megapixel camera which is functional but quite weak when compared to its more expensive counterparts. Pictures taken with it look quite grainy and lack the detail; this is of course quite adequate for a phone of this type.
Video quality is at 800x480 but this tends to record quite noisily and blocky. The storage that comes with the phone is around 2.5GB so you may want to upgrade this to 32GB by the use of Micro SD cards which can be added to the back of the phone.
When it comes to budget phones it’s normally the case that you are get what you pay for and this is the case here. The screen is 4-inch in size and quality does manage to be good but you can’t expect the same quality as something like the iPhone 4S. For a budget phone though it’s very good. The touch screen is unfortunately quite poor with response time being quite frustrating at times.
The phone features a single core 1GHz processor so straight away it’s going to lack the performance of the newer dual/quad core alternatives in the more expensive price brackets. The positive side though is that it manages to be quite responsive and slick with use, there is some obvious lag but the phone still manages to run all the latest apps and games without too much impact on usability.
Battery usage is something this phone is surprisingly good at. On standby it can last for days without the need for recharging and even in use you may find it does not need to be recharged every day. This will be dependent on just how much it’s used of course but through tests it seems to be quite good.
Although this is a budget phone it’s actually quite a good one, especially when it comes so cheaply. With its long life battery and above budget screen it definitely is a phone that people should look at if they are looking for one as cheaply as they can get it. Don’t buy it expecting a good camera and the speedy responsiveness, remember how much you are spending but for an entry-point Android phone it’s a very good start.