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Huawei Ascend G330 - Screen and Interface

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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Huawei Ascend G330 - Screen

Phones like the giant Samsung Galaxy Note 2 beg the question – what is the optimum screen size for a phone? There are direct physical downsides to using a phone with a screen larger than 4.3 inches, like not being able to get your hand around the thing, and many will find the four-incher of the Huawei Ascend G330 an excellent compromise.

It’s large enough to make playing games or watching the occasional TV episode comfortable, but not so big as to dwarf all but freakishly large hands.

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The tech behind the Huawei Ascend G330’s screen isn’t anything too impressive. It has a 800 x 480 pixel display with a TFT panel. More expensive phones bring higher-tech screens with many more pixels, resulting in sharper, more impressive-looking images, but performance here is more-than acceptable for a low-cost phone.

Extreme viewing angles pose no problems, with what is on-screen staying clearly visible. Colour reproduction, contrast and brightness are all commendable for a screen not employing some of the latest tech tweaks.

Aside from the extra sharpness of a super-high-resolution screen and the more sumptuous impression left by some Super AMOLED panels, such as on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, you don’t miss out on a great deal. And many may prefer the Huawei Ascend G330’s display to the Samsung’s as it is non-Pentile – a term that relates to the way the screen’s pixels are arranged, which leads to reduced sharpness.

Unlike some budget smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G330 features as ambient sensor. This sits within the phone’s fascia, monitoring how bright the surroundings are. Switch to auto brightness setting and it’ll ramp up the backlight intensity in lighter environments, and dim it when not required - not every corner has had to be cut to get the phone down to the right price.

Huawei Ascend G330 - Android 4.0 Interface

Like most budget smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G330 runs Google’s Android operating system. It uses the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of the software, with a lightly customised interface designed by Huawei.

The custom interface doesn’t mess with the Android basics and, thankfully, doesn’t try to jam in any superfluous 3D elements or unnecessary animations. Its key changes amount to a new lock screen, a custom home screen app launcher and a selection of widgets.

In truth, we’d prefer to see the generic Android versions seen in the Google Nexus 4, but none of the Huawei Ascend G330’s visual tweaks are disastrous. The custom icon dock is tasteful enough, and the lock screen is simple and useful, letting you launch one of three user-picked apps from standby.

One of the biggest disappointments of the Huawei Ascend G330 UI is the clock widget, something that’s often used as the starring attraction of an Android phone’s main home screen. Next to the clock of HTC Sense, it’s not a looker – although when you can easily download an alternative from Google Play, it’s hardly a massive problem.

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The pre-installed virtual keyboard is something that needs fixing straight out of the box too. As standard, it uses a Huawei-made layout that doesn’t cope with the natural inaccuracy of thumb typing well.

The Huawei Ascend G330’s keyboard feels clumsy given how large the screen is. Switching to the free alternative TouchPal , the overall typing experience improved.

Huawei hasn’t loaded the Ascend G330 with a centralised social networking interface, but does come with the official Facebook and Twitter apps pre-installed. Other apps include BBC iPlayer, the EA Games portal, Flashlight, and the full roster of Google apps. Including EA Games at this point wasn’t a great idea, as it hardly gives access to any games. However, this may improve by the time the phone is on shelves, and games support in the proper Google Play app store is perfectly acceptable.Huawei Ascend G330 9

There are a few Huawei-made extras too. There’s a DLNA media streaming interface, a backup to SD tool and an Android app installer – for those who want to side-load apps rather than just relying on the Google Play store.

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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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