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Huawei Ascend G330 - Camera, Battery Life and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Huawei Ascend G330 - Camera

The Huawei Ascend G330 has two cameras. There’s a video chat sensor on the front, of VGA resolution, and a 5-megapixel main snapper.

Although the video chat camera is poor, as is to be expected of such a low-resolution sensor, the rear camera is a little better. It has an LED flash for low-light conditions and in the right lighting conditions can produce fairly detailed shots – for a 5-megapixel phone camera.

Huawei Ascend G330

As is the standard for mobile cameras, though, it struggles in moderate-to-poor lighting. The autofocus’s limited macro abilities fall to pieces, producing blurry shots even though the camera app reports the subject is in-focus.

The usability of the camera is severely hampered by shutter lag too. Autofocus is speedy enough, but each shot takes around two seconds to complete. Move the camera mid-shot and you'll end up with a blurry mess. As these shots show, though, with a bit of patience you can produce some decent shots.

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Huawei Ascend G330

Video performance is genuinely poor, though. Maximum resolution is capped at 480p, when plenty of 5-megapixel phone cameras can produce 720p vids.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Battery

With a 1,500 mAh battery the stamina of the Huawei Ascend G330 is nothing to get too excited about. Using the phone for a couple of weeks, we found that the phone can survive through a day and a bit, but it’s a way off supplying two-day battery life without turning 3G off.

Battery life isn’t a particular focus of this phone, though. The 4-inch Huawei Honor is battery-obsessed and uses a much larger 1,900 mAh unit – but sold for a good deal more money.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Connectivity

Consistent with its style of lopping off additional bells and whistles to grind the price into the ground, the Huawei Ascend G330 misses out on a couple of connectivity bits. Most notably, it doesn’t have NFC, Near-Field Communication. This is used in several high street retailers as a mobile payments standard, and can used in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 to transfer files over short distances.

There’s also limited Bluetooth support – it uses version 2.0 rather than 4.0. Most other connectivity basics are here, though. There’s Wi-Fi n with hotspot creation, letting you share your mobile data allowance with other devices. Fast HSPA internet is, as is standard in Android phones, supported too.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Value

The Huawei Ascend G330 will be available from TalkTalk on a tariff of £10 a month, and following a period of exclusivity is expected to sell for around £100 on pre-pay deals. This means it level-pegs with its predecessor the Ascend G300, and is around half the price of similarly-specced phones from other companies, including the HTC Desire X, and smaller-screen Sony Xperia U.

This is not a phone without compromise, and both the HTC Desire X and slightly higher-spec Sony Xperia P are better 4-inch phones if you can afford the additional outlay. However, when most rivals demand 50-100 percent extra outlay, they may have similar specs but we’re talking about a completely different class of device. Like the Huawei Ascend G300, the G330 offers excellent value, in spite of its flaws. Huawei Ascend G330 7

Verdict

Huawei has gained a phone-loving fan base for a reason – it’s because it produces phones at prices few others can really compete with, giving the impression that every penny has gone into offering as much phone for as little cash as possible. The Huawei Ascend G330 is no exception, offering decent specs, a fairly good screen and solidly workmanlike design at an excellent price. Performance is bettered by similarly specced phones from better-known names, but compared to phones at the same price, the Ascend G330 comes out shining.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Camera 5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Value 10
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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.

lordfarhan40

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??

tungwengcheng

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.

Guest

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?

LOSP

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.

Mobtrob

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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