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Huawei Ascend G510 Review - Call Quality, Battery, Value and Verdict

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

5

Huawei Ascend G510 Call & Sound Quality

Call quality is fine. It took the phone a little longer than we would have hoped and expected to connect falls, but once connected communications were clear and detailed.

Volumes were of an acceptable level and, during our time with the phone, we experienced no dropped calls or unexpected signal loss. On the contrary in fact, the phone’s 3G connection proved strong throughout.

The phone’s internal speaker is not the best we have seen on a wallet-friendly handset. Pushing its volume range to its upper limit introduces a bit of tinny rattle and distortion, which is quite annoying.

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Huawei Ascend G510 Battery Life

The Huawei Ascend G510’s battery life is yet more evidence of its ordinariness. It features a 1700mAh Lithium-Ion cell with a claimed battery life of just 5 hours 20 minutes of 3G talk time, and if anything this claim is on the generous side.

The G510 struggles through a single day’s use with moderate to heavy usage, and its standby times are only marginally better. Although the G510 is pushing budget priced phones into the realms of mid-range specs, its poor battery is one oversight which has failed to follow the curve. By contrast, flagship phones are now featuring batteries with almost twice the capacity of the G510’s power pack. The recently announced LG G2 features a 3000mAh offering.

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Should I buy the Huawei Ascend G510?

It’s not the most glamorous phone, but for the price you could do much worse than the Huawei Ascend G510. It is a significantly better buy than the likes of the disappointingly overpriced Samsung Galaxy Fame, but that’s no ringing endorsement when there are better alternatives available.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is a much more appealing option in the same price bracket. Yes, the Finnish phone might not boast a 4.5-inch display, but its 3.8-inch LCD screen is far superior. Huawei’s Emotion UI does Android no favours, either, and in comparison Windows Phone 8 is easier to use and runs more smoothly on the Lumia 620 than the G510.

In short, was it not for the screen the Huawei Ascend G510 would make an acceptable first time smartphone. But it’s too difficult to use in bright light for us to recommend it.

Verdict

It may have a tempting price and features, but the Huawei Ascend G510 has too many niggles for us to recommend it. Its screen is useless in bright sunlight and the Emotion UI is buggy and slow.

Overall Score

5

Scores In Detail

  • Camera 7
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 4
  • Usability 6
  • Value 6
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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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