The Huawei Ascend G330 is in theory extremely powerful for a device of its price. It has a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, the same chip as the significantly pricier HTC Desire X, and 512MB of RAM.
However, general performance is patchy. There are frequent little laggy moments, and while it has the power to handle good-looking 3D games like zombie blaster Dead Trigger, frame rates in these titles dip quite often. There is a performance improvement over the Ascend G300, but it is not quite as silky smooth as we might have hoped.
After having installed a bunch of apps and games, the Huawei Ascend G330 took a further dip. Bugs and glitches are pretty common with the current software, demanding some patience.
There are three main culprits to finger here. Using a custom user interface almost always slows down Android, It uses Android Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than Android Jelly Bean, which introduced significant speed improvements. And finally, 512MB of RAM isn’t much these days - phones are starting to use up to 2GB of RAM.
Calling has become the underdog of phone features, but it’s still important in our book. The Huawei Ascend G330 offers solid but ultimately unremarkable call quality.
The phone uses an extra microphone to remove ambient noise from your calls, making your voice that bit clearer to whoever you’re calling. Nowadays this is a very common feature, but is missed out in some budget phones. Quality of the earpiece speaker is acceptable, but its output doesn’t quite match the volume and body of the best out there.
This latest Huawei phone comes with two browsers pre-installed. There’s the stock Android software and Chrome, which took over as the standard browser in Android Jelly Bean, the edition that took over from the software found here, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Using the Sunspider benchmarking tool, the Huawei Ascend G330 scored 2260ms, remarkably similar to the score obtained by the iPhone 4S, and slightly better than its Xperia rival the Sony Xperia P.
The browsing experience overall is thoroughly respectable. The 4-inch screen makes browsing on-handed easy, and the display is large enough to take on full websites without causing too much eyestrain. Browsing does tend to show up the limitations of the 480 x 800 pixel resolution, though, turning text into blocky mess when zoomed-out to any extent.
Huawei has not packed any particularly impressive media abilities into the Huawei Ascend G330. It plays the formats that Android can handle as standard. That includes basics like MP4, and not a great deal else. Most of our test files refused to play, including DivX and MKV types.
To get these video types playing on the Huawei Ascend G330, you’ll need to use a third-party media player app. With MX Player, the phone can play virtually any file type, although the dual-core 1GHz processor struggles with HD-quality videos at times.
Integrated music and video playing apps are both the Android standards. The video player app is designed to get you downloading movies from Google Play, which rents films out for around £3.49.