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Huawei Ascend G510 review

Luke Johnson

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  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510
  • Huawei Ascend G510

Summary

Our Score:

5

Pros

  • Affordable £130 price tag
  • Relatively good camera
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Terrible screen quality
  • Buggy Emotion UI
  • Poor battery

Key Features

  • Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 CPU
  • 5MP and VGA cameras
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable
  • Android 4.1 with Huawei Emotion UI
  • Manufacturer: Huawei
  • Review Price: £130.00

What is the Huawei Ascend G510?

The Huawei Ascend G510 is the latest budget phone from a company that has become renowned for its affordable phones. The G510 is a dowdy cousin of the Huawei Ascend P2 that trades glamour and style for function and affordability. The Huawei Ascend G510’s modest 1.2GHz dual-core processor won’t challenge the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it has a spacious 4.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display and costs just £130 SIM-free and is available for free on contracts as low as £21 per month. It is available in both black and white.

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Huawei Ascend G510: Design & Features

Utilitarian, uninspiring and functional aptly describe the Huawei Ascend G510’s design. It is a stock plastic phone with few flourishes to set it apart from the masses. As such, the G510’s design doesn’t compare too favourably with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 620, a more colourful and interesting looking phone for around the same price.

It may be just 9.9mm thick, but the Huawei Ascend G510 feels larger in the hand. It’s not uncomfortable, but the G510 feels overstretched and dense. The G510 weighs a hefty 150g, too, 30g heavier than the more premium Huawei Ascend P6.

Pleasingly, however, this solid plastic body does not fall into the same pitfalls as many budget phones. The G510 feels sturdy. It doesn’t creak and groan when pressure is applied as some phones at this price do. We don’t fancy its chances against repeated drops, however, as it still lacks the durability of a metal phone. The buttons are sensibly arranged, too, as is the speaker and camera to avoid being obscured by stray fingers.

Besides its plainness, the only serious issue with the G510's design is the small gap between the screen and frame at the top that quickly fills with dust and detritus. It doesn't affect performance at all, but it's a needless eyesore.

Inside, the G510 has a relatively limited 4GB of built-in storage. It’s enough for most apps, however, and there’s a microSD card slot so you can expand by up to 32GB. That’s enough for a decent music collection and a few videos as well. Naturally Wi-Fi is included, as is 3G, but there’s no 4G support or more high-end features like NFC.

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Huawei Ascend G510: Screen Quality

On paper the Huawei Ascend G510’s screen sounds OK – a 4.5-inch IPS screen with an 854 x 480 pixel resolution is nothing outstanding, but it’s decent enough for the price. But the reality is quite different. In short: it’s rubbish.

Its 218 pixels-per-inch (ppi) pixel density ensures text looks slightly fuzzy and HD videos lack the visceral sharpness of top-end phones, but that’s nothing any other cheap smartphone doesn’t suffer. Likewise the slightly muted colours and low peak brightness: that’s all fair enough at this price.

But the Huawei Ascend G510’s screen is unparalleled in its inability to cope with bright sunlight. Direct sunlight renders the G510’s screen near unusable; adjusting brightness levels does nothing to help. This alone is a big enough reason to avoid the Huawei Ascend G510 as it makes it incredibly hard to use outdoors.

What’s more, the checkerboard imprint of the display’s touch panel is visible in all manner of lighting conditions – an annoying distraction.

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John

December 4, 2013, 9:07 am

I would like to say that, yes, this phone does have NFC, and it has wifi hotspot, both rather premium features in my eyes. Early in the review, you compare it to the likes of the Galaxy S4, a phone costing around $550, to a phone I recently bought costing $129, which is ridiculous, as you should be comparing phones around that price range. I would also like to say I find this phone light, stylish (carbon-fibre like back), and AFFORDABLE, as I was not expecting HD, Quad Core, or some other nonsense. Next time, I think you should consider who is going to buy this phone, and the buyer's budget.

Steven Hughes

December 4, 2013, 8:55 pm

This review seems to be for a different phone than the Ascend g510 that I bought. Perhaps there was a problem with the review phone - I see no evidence of a checkerboard pattern on the touch screen, and the phone is useable outdoors even in Aussie sunlight. I am not sure what the reviewer is saying about Emotion software, perhaps the software on the Aussie version is different - looks like standard jellybean to me (it has an icon in the dock to access the apps directly) and my phone is far from sluggish. Emotion is mentioned in settings/about phone, but doesn't seem to be activated, and I can find no way of activating it (Optus prepaid phone).

For the price, this is an excellent phone, is perfectly useable and is indeed a pleasure to use, the screen quality is just fine. If you are used to a premium phone, then you won't be happy, but if you are not trying to look cool, and want a phone which performs perfectly adequately at a very reasonable price you could do far worse than this one.

ADDED LATER -With ref. to the above mentioned Emotion UI -the Aussie Optus version of the phone has the Emotion UI installed and running, but still retains the app drawer, and has an icon in the dock to access the drawer, unlike the reviewed phone.

John

December 7, 2013, 8:54 am

I completely agree, I have experienced little to none of the problems Luke Johnson is talking about. I have also purchased this phone from Optus (on prepaid)

Tom

December 29, 2013, 12:45 am

I just bought one as a spare phone in Oz and was blown away by its just right palm size, features, speed and quality for the price. The fonts were very clear, bright and readable compare to say a HTC from Aldi. A comparable phone to this would easily cost much more. Keep this up, HuaWei, and you'll gain many new customers soon who only know iPhone or Samsungs.

Tom

January 3, 2014, 5:42 am

Just want to add that this Huawei G510 is now made my main phone and the older Samsung my spare phone. Just love using it.

alemayehu tegegn

August 19, 2014, 2:04 pm

Overhaul it is good phone and somehow it is user friendly compare to the price I pay. I have a problem with SD/memory card, when the SD card is with out data it can be detected by the phone but after I load some data on the SD card it says no memory card. Any one can advise me

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