Huawei Ascend G330

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Yet another excellent all rounder from Huawei who regularly offer decent quality and plenty of features at affordable prices

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The Huawei Ascend G330 is the replacement for the highly rated Ascend G300, which was successful because of it's blend of high specification and low price. The G330 is even better!

Main features

  1. 4 inch touchscreen
  2. 5 megapixel camera with flash
  3. Accepts memory cards up to 32 GB
  4. GPS for Satellite Navigation
  5. Automatic Noise Cancellation for clearer calls


Click here to read our full Huawei Ascend G330 review

What? - you have never heard of Huawei? They are in fact the world's largest manufacturers of telecommunications equipment, but are far better known in the USA while in the Far East they are as big a household name as the likes of Samsung are over here. The point here is that this is a quality product from a major manufacturer.

Good build quality, easy to grip casing

The Ascend G330 is better built than would expect of a sub-midrange handset, built of polycarbonate, and the solidly built all black chassis comes with a matt finish rear panel which makes it easier to hold. The back panel curves neatly in at the edges while the chassis has neatly rounded corners, moving away from the sharp cornered look of the similar looking LG Optimus L7 ii which is probably it's nearest rival.

Easy to grip casing

The 11mm thickness also aids grip, in a world where many have become obsessed with super slim handsets which may look great but can easily slip through your fingers. You will find no such problems here, and it adds to the solid feel.

Removable battery and memory card slot

Inside there is room for both a MicroSD memory card slot and a removable battery underneath the rear cover, which is very welcome in a world where even top end smartphones are supplied as standard with neither. You will need the card slot though as internal memory only weighs in at 4 GB.

High quality 4 inch touchscreen

The 4 inch touchscreen has a resolution of 480 x 800 which results in a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch, which is a fairly high standard for this price point and strikes and excellent balance for those who want a decent sized screen and good resolution without having to break the bank for those extra millimeters of screen size or those extra pixels, and the G330 does this very well.

You get a clear and bright screen with excellent clarity for both text and images, though like most TFT screens it is harder to read in bright sunlight and you might want to consider the Optimus L7 ii instead if you use your phone a lot outdoors during the day.

Performance "better than an iPhone"

Performance comes in the form of a dual core 1 GHz chip. At this point we advise that you do not carried away with the numbers too much. Top end smartphones might have chips that are more than double the size but to have an understanding of how quick this phone is in the real world, in tests undertaken by PC Advisor it actually comes out with better results than the premium iPhone 4s!

You will have no problem whatsoever with performance then, with apps opening and web pages loading smartly. We experienced no lag of any kind.

Above average 5 megapixel camera with flash

The 5 megapixel camera is again about what you would expect at this level, great in good light, not quite so indoors. We have always labelled Huawei's cameras as "above average" and this is no exception, outdoors at least, producing clear and bright photos with good natural colour rendering.

A simple to use menu system makes it a great outdoor point and shoot camera. However the quality does drop noticeably when indoors and the autofocus, while never quick, struggles a lot more.

The built in LED flash does help but this is no professional camera replacement. Of course, unless you are printing out giant posters or viewing your photos at the full 2592 x 1944 resolution - that's a better resolution than your 40 inch HD TV produces, to put it in perspective - you will be perfectly happy with the results.

Decent feature set

The Ascend G330 runs a slightly older version of Android, v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but this is infinitely better than version 2.4 it replaces (no, we don't know why there was no version 3 either). Stereo Bluetooth is also included as is Wi-Fi hotspot, effectively enabling the phone to be used as a mini router.

GPS is on board too and other features include active noise cancellation for clearer calls, especially in noisy environments, and good battery life. The battery should last the full day and beyond for average users amongst you, and a power saving option is available when the remaining charge level drops.

Our summary

Huawei consistently produce excellent smartphones and their lack of mainstream recognition in the UK means that they are regularly offered at affordable prices. The Huawei Ascend G330 is no different, and represents superb value for money in a sub-midrange smartphone that again exceeds expectations for a handset at this price level.

A great all-rounder at a great price, we are once again happy to recommend a mobile phone from the Chinese manufacturers which will not disappoint anyone.


Model: Huawei Ascend G330
Available in black
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