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Huawei Ascend G330 - Performance, Calling and Browser

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Huawei Ascend G330 - Performance

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.

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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.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Calling

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.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Browser

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 Ascend G330 - Multimedia

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.

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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.

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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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