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Huawei Ascend G510 Review - Software, Performance and Camera

Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson



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Huawei Ascend G510: Software & Performance

The Huawei Ascend G510’s software struggles are present from the off. Even simple transitions between the homescreens feel sluggish. No doubt Huawei’s custom Emotion UI skin doesn’t help. It’s the same skin as on the Huawei Ascend P6 – the world’s thinnest phone – and it’s far from the sleekest or most engaging user interface. HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz this is not.

The Emotion UI looks and feels like a poor amalgamation of Android and iOS. It replaces Android’s familiar app launcher with a simple app menu bunged onto the end of the homescreen list. Removing some of Android’s clutter is good idea, but the Emotion UI does a poor job of this and loses some of its unique charm along the way.

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A fact not aided by its bugginess. Attempting to scroll through images in the gallery app quickly becomes the literal representation of the old adage – ‘two steps forward one step back’. It’s clunky and laggy and the erratic jumping between images when attempting to scroll is a major nuisance.

The G510’s iffy software is all the more disappointing given its processor is reasonably powerful for the price. Compared with the £150 Samsung Galaxy Fame, the Huawei Ascend G510’s 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM is considerably more powerful than the Fame’s 1GHz single-core CPU.

This ought to ensure smooth everyday performance, but the Emotion UI holds things back. Launching apps is a largely prompt affair, but the G510 struggles with more demanding applications and gaming can take a while to get into its stride and repeatedly jumping between apps leads to noticeable slow down.

On a browser front, the G510 comes packing Chrome and web activity is one area where its 4.5-inch display comes into its own. The browser is sleek and speedy, loading pages across both 3G and Wi-Fi connections in pleasingly prompt times.

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Huawei Ascend G510 Camera

For a budget phone, the Huawei Ascend G510’s camera is not that bad. The phone has a 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera with an integrated LED flash (a feature missing from many budget phones), autofocus and 720p HD video recording capabilities. Although it is possible to jump direct to the camera app direct from the lock screen, doing so is not a particularly speedy experience.

Huawei Ascend G510

The G510’s primary camera takes decent shots. Unlike many entry-level phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Young or Vodafone Smart Mini, it will not disappoint if it is your only camera option to hand when a can’t miss photo opportunity arises. Colour balance is one of the G510’s main stumbling blocks. Shots feel cold and usually vibrant hues such as bright reds and yellows feel understated and diluted. Focus is acceptable if a little slow at times and shutter speed is perfectly manageable.

A dedicated shutter button would have been a pleasing addition on such a large body. Sadly this is missing. The flash, however, helps bring the murkiness of indoor, low light shots back to the realms of usability, even if it’s a little hit and miss how good the resulting shots are.

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The secondary camera fares much worse than its sibling does. It’s only VGA camera (i.e. 0.3-megapixels), it has very poor light management and an extremely sluggish focus. Photos look grainy, flat and almost greyscale.

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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.


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)


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.


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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