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Huawei Ascend G330 review

Andrew Williams



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Our Score:


User Score:


  • Excellent value
  • Reasonable screen
  • Solid array of features


  • More lag than specs might suggest
  • Buggy
  • A little heavy and chunky
  • Shutter lag in camera

Key Features

  • 512MB RAM
  • 4-inch 480 x 800 pixel screen
  • 4GB internal memory
  • Dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Manufacturer: Huawei
  • Review Price: £99.99


Huawei is a Chinese company that excels at producing phones that sell for less than most of the competition. The Huawei Ascend G330 is a follow-up to the Ascend G300, a popular device that provides a solid Android experience, while doing the price limbo under the magic £100 pre-pay barrier.

This phone’s aim is much the same as its predecessor. The Huawei Ascend G330 simply nudges up a few of the phone’s specs, making the most of the tech improvements and component price reductions of the six months since the G300 arrived. Most notably, the processor has been bumped up from a single-core model to a dual-core Snapdragon chip. As with any low-cost phone, it isn’t perfect. But it is stunning value for money.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Design

Value is the Huawei Ascend G330’s strongest suit, making the unremarkable design easier to forgive. At 11.2mm thick, the phone is chunky by current standards, and aside from the glass front, the rest of the handset is finished in plastic.

The Huawei Ascend G330's rear is topped with a soft-touch plastic battery cover, and the sides are glossy black. In other words, it's a largely generic-looking mid-range Android phone, but considering it will be available from just £100 on a pre-pay deal, this is no bad thing. The front soft keys don’t light up and there’s no thumb-friendly physical central button but it’s also refreshingly free of misguidedly stylised touches that might not translate too well between different countries.

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Although it isn’t slim, the phone’s in-hand feel is great. The soft touch rear is smooth, lacking the slightly tacky vibe of glossy plastic, and the phone’s chunkiness and relatively weighty 130g girth lend it a sense of solidity.

There’s just one unfortunate construction niggle. The Huawei Ascend G330’s top edge has a creaky spot, where there’s an expanse of plastic cover that doesn’t secure itself to the phone’s frame. This bit tends to creak away when playing a game in landscape orientation.

We get to use phones of all sizes, and regularly too, and we’ve come to the conclusion that a 4-inch screen phone like the Huawei Ascend G330 offers a great balance between screen size and ergonomic ease. With the larger Samsung Galaxy S3, most people will struggle to reach the phone’s buttons with one hand in play. Here, most adults will easily be able to reach the phone’s power button up top and the volume rocker on the left edge with just the one hand involved. Bigger is often better, but not always.

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There are just two connectors on the phone’s outer body. There’s the usual microUSB charging port on the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack up top – no extra surprises here.

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The Huawei Ascend G330 wins a flexibility point or two for what you’ll find under the plastic battery cover, though. There’s a microSD memory card slot here. It’s a necessity as there’s a relatively paltry 4GB of internal memory on-board – enough for a few apps and games, but woefully inadequate if you want to store music or films on your phone. The microSD slot lets you upgrade the memory by 32GB for under £15.

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Peter Wong

December 22, 2012, 10:47 am

when do i get it?I like to be a agent for Malaysia.


December 22, 2012, 11:23 am

hey ur saying soft buttons dont light up but in many reviews i have seen they do light up :/ are you sure??


February 13, 2013, 4:51 pm

how inch is the screen??

Dona Allison

April 9, 2013, 2:38 pm

Looks promissing... Any idea how much its available for?
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Joseph David

July 2, 2013, 4:05 pm

Been using Huawei phones since April. Had the G600 but it went missing. Got the smaller G330 and been using for a week. For RM 499, it's the best in its price range. Beats all the Samsungs in that price range. The 5MP camera is pretty decent - I have never regarded a phone as a primary imaging device anyway.


July 11, 2013, 4:20 pm

does any1 know abt its non-camera version? if yes then does its backside shows camera point as normal camera mobile used to?


November 29, 2013, 6:08 am

I must DEFINATELY say DON'T buy this phone. The only thing attractive is the price but nothing else. I really writ ethis because someone will benefit from my review.
The Software is buggy. I own the phone for 6 months but it only gave me problems endless.
The phone can be very slow such that almost every app you open , you are prompted to Close or wait. Then I had to factory reset and only to find out that it cannot work with my SIM card anymore. The Service Centre (Agent) in Singapore (IX-Mobile) say there is nothing wrong with the phone. Also they refuse to fix the error "com.process.google.gapps has stopped" constantly popping up every few mins. They also giving the answer nothing is wrong!
The WORST thing about this phone is the battery. The battery level can drop from 45% to 25% in 2 mins of usage !! What phone model does that ? Very weak battery and high battery consumption. You get inferior phone for the Cheaper price ! Is it worth it ? Definately not !!! VERY BAD product and very terrible service. DONT BUY. Would you rather hear good things or bad things about this phone? Ignore it at your own RISK. Don't say you haven't been warned !!
Huawei Singapore doesn't even have a service centre of their own. How can they give good service by asking a third party ? I owned 2 Huawei phones and they were really bad. Save your self problems.


January 15, 2014, 12:05 am

After 12 months use the touch screen was failing occasionally, the phone switches itself on sometimes overnight, the camera appears to photograph several things blue many times. The phone is also slower and programmes are starting to fail more and more regularly. Now the screen of my G330 spontaneously cracked without doing anything to the phone - talk talk, my phone provider says this is not covered by their guarranty and I have to replace the screen at my own cost, then they can replace the phone if other things are failing - has anyone had a similar problem? Thanks.

Graham Benfield-Williams

June 13, 2014, 10:56 pm

For the price, ease of use, and a good REPLACEABLE battery which makes it possible to keep a spare charged battery on hand, its a great reliable phone. You can update to Android Jelly Bean which makes a noticeable improvement in many aspects of an already genuine bargain price smartphone. I've had my G330 for just over a year, and had no problems, despite dropping it numerous times. Having micro SD expandable memory I feel is another big plus point and is still something you don't get on many far more expensive phones. The camera is fine for snaps particularly as it has an led flash. Also it is the best phone I've had so far for clarity of calls (at both ends), important to me as my hearing isn't so good these days. At the end of the day I just wanted a good PHONE with internet capabilities for occasional use, and the G330 fits the bill perfectly.

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