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Huawei Ascend G300

Huawei Ascend G300

 
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The Huawei Ascend G300 might not have the brand recognition of household name phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5s, but at less than a fifth of the price, yet able to perform nearly every task just as well, this is the perfect phone for the budget conscious smartphone buyer. Huawei might not be well known in the UK, but the company is one of China's largest electronics giants and is well respected by the technologically savvy smartphone buyers around the world.

Design and Build

If, as part of a televised game show, you were asked to put price tags on a series of phones, you'd never guess from the design of the G300 that you could pick one up for less than £100 without a contract. The phone appears more premium than many of the high end devices from household names, with a sleek metallic curved rim and backlit control buttons.

Display

With a budget phone the feature that is typically sacrifice is the screen quality. Yet with the Huawei Ascend G300 you've got an amazing 4 inch screen with a great resolution of 800 x 480, putting this at a respectable 233 pixels per inch. Not quite up to the Retina standards of the iPhone, but not far behind either. The screen utilises LCD technology which gives better colour reproduction meaning images and films on the screen look more natural and real.

Speed

You wouldn't expect a phone with a price tag as low as the G300 to perform particularly well, by the G300 is surprisingly nippy. With a single-core 1GHz processor this wouldn't impress anyone familiar with high end smartphone technical specifications, but in the real world everything runs fast and smooth - whether you're opening up image heavy websites or playing games. The only thing that doesn't work too well is high definition video playback, but as the screen isn't HD there's no reason why you can't just watch the standard definition version.

Camera

The camera is perfect for capturing moments where you wouldn't bring your handheld camera with you, but isn't really anything to write home about. The colour reproduction is good, but with no stabilisation and not being able to pick up details mean the phone is only really good at taking low definition shots - perfect for social media profiles but not great for photo albums or Flickr.

The Nitty Gritty Specs

With a phone this cheap there's always going to be one area that isn't quite up to scratch, and with the Ascent G300 that area is storage. With just 2.5 GB of on board storage available there's barely enough for your apps. Don't worry too much though: the phone has a microSD card slot so you can easily expand it with an extra 32 GB of storage for a relatively low price. MicroSD cards are much cheaper online than in stores, and expanding the available storage to a total of 34.5 GB will only cost you another £15.

The battery is rated at between 1350 and 1500 mAh which given the low power processor should give you at least a days usage out of the phone but not much more. This short battery life something which affects almost every smartphone and is not unique to this device. There's GPS, a compass, accelerometer, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G, so the phone has all the usual components that enable almost any Android app to work perfectly.

Should you buy this phone?

This is one of the best budget phones out there. It's great for those who want a cheap contract or a pay as you go device, and the well balanced specs mean that there's hardly a task that it won't perform as well as high end smartphones at.