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Huawei Ascend Y300 - Camera, Battery Life and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Huawei Ascend Y300 – Camera

The Ascend Y300 has two cameras. The rear camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor and the front one is an extremely basic VGA camera.

5-megapixel cameras can often produce pretty good shots, but the Y300’s one certainly can’t. It’s poor. Images are extremely soft, and frequently out of focus even without any significant movement on the shooter’s part. There is some shutter lag, with around 1.5-2 seconds between when you hit the virtual shutter button and the shot actually being taken. Huawei Ascend Y300

Fine details are scrubbed out by the softness of the photos

It can’t cope well with strong light sources, frequently overexposing bright areas in images and suffering from inconsistent white balance management. And even in decent lighting, photos are fairly noisy. In short, the camera is rubbish. But at least it has a flash and autofocus.

Ascend Y300

The dodgy white balance in action - three shots, same position, same setting. Different results

You don’t get a great wealth of modes, either. There’s Panorama and a few basic filters like sepia and solarise, but no HDR mode (which could have helped to fix the exposure issues), no burst mode and none of the more frivolous modes top phones like the Galaxy S4 are starting to make popular.

Video capture is poor, too. The Ascend Y300 maxes out at VGA resolution video in both the front and rear cameras. Compared to the HD video you can capture with most mid-range phones, VGA looks terrible.

Huawei Ascend Y300 - Connectivity

The Huawei Ascend Y300 has all the basic connections you’ll need in an Android phone. You get Wi-Fi, GPS and fairly speedy 3G mobile internet – and like virtually all phones these days, the charging connection is a microUSB port. Huawei Ascend Y300 7

What the Ascend Y300 doesn’t have is the more advanced stuff – there’s no 4G, no NFC and (the most annoying in our book) no compass. The latter means that while you can see where you are in Google Maps, you can’t see which direction you’re facing.

File transfer rates are also a bit slow too (the CPU doesn’t support the full 480mbit transfer rate possible with USB 2.0), but this will only crop up with those who want to use the phone as a little media player. And you can always transfer the files to a microSD card beforehand anyway.

Huawei Ascend Y300 – Call Quality and Battery life

With a pretty dodgy camera, not enough memory or power to justice to Android’s top games, it’s clear that the Huawei Ascend Y300 is a phone aimed at those who aren’t going to challenge their phone too much. We’re glad to report, then, that both battery life and call quality are perfectly fine.

The earpiece speaker is reasonably good and the Ascend Y300 has two microphones to let it actively cancel-out some ambient noise during calls.

Its battery is a 1,750mAh unit, which is a good capacity for a 4-inch, relatively low-resolution phone. There’s also a battery-saving mode, which can boost stamina for light users to several days. It turns of things such as background data use and haptic feedback (vibration when using the soft keys). As with almost any Android phone, though, intensive users will have to charge every day.

Should I buy the Huawei Ascend Y300?

We’ve been pretty down on several features of the Ascend Y300. Its camera isn’t great, its power reserves are limited and its interface takes some getting used to.

However, it remains a solid phone for the money, as its basic build quality, screen quality and the overall Android experience it provides are all sound. It won’t turn heads, and the lag requires a little patience, but for those who don’t want to fork out the extra for a better-known brands, this is a good solution.

We'd recommend taking a look a our list of the best cheap mobile phones before buying, however.

Verdict

The Huawei Ascend Y300 is a solid budget phone that is good value for money. There is some lag, and the user interface is a little odd, but if you have a little patience it’s a decent buy.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Camera 6
  • Design 6
  • Features 7
  • Performance 6
  • Screen Quality 8
  • Value 8
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Syl

September 8, 2013, 9:20 am

How do I transfer photos from phone to computer??

Omar Suarez

September 10, 2013, 7:04 am

Use the USB port with a USB cord, should be one included in the box you bought.

One it's plugged, let your pc install drivers, and set the phone to "USB Mass Storage" and voila. Look for a folder called: DCIM then Camera... all pictures taken by phone will be in there.

I own this phone.

egi

September 11, 2013, 8:21 am

very nice phone even if its cheaper price...

GT

September 16, 2013, 2:35 pm

Bought this as a PAYG upgrade from CPW are few months ago. Got it for £59.99 (not including Quidco cashback), so that should improve its overall TR review rating to at least 8/10 then. I'd give it a 9/10 myself.

restie

September 19, 2013, 4:23 am

I can't perform video call thru Viber, how is that so?

wiki

September 21, 2013, 8:26 pm

i think viber dosent hav video call. i hav xperia u and its hasnt video call option

Maddi Jayne Hanna

September 24, 2013, 11:21 pm

So is it a good phone?

LondonArcher

September 29, 2013, 2:31 pm

I bought two for £59.99 each and for that price it's one of the best phones in the world - does almost everything I need a phone to do

monts

November 5, 2013, 3:54 am

It can actually on my phone but unfortunately it erases my other viber installed in iphone messages, so beware to make new account from your new number if you hadnt try this. I even tether this to my iphone and amzingly fast browsing experience.

monts

November 5, 2013, 3:55 am

As wiki says no video call on viber, as other viber function is working properly.

joannamalin

November 6, 2013, 8:08 pm

hi can you put themes on the phone

mymy22

December 12, 2013, 8:25 pm

I think that you are very right. I love my phone. It is one of the best ever made. Galaxy have nothing over it. :)

sammywammyXD

March 5, 2014, 8:53 pm

can't wait until i gt this phone my samsung is beatin the crap outa me its slow annoying slow LOL hope this phone is good

Sardicadavids

March 20, 2014, 8:45 am

Can someone Explain how to let my contacts in my phone book show when they call they are showing at the moment as unknown

Chrissy

March 30, 2015, 10:53 am

My phone keeps saying that the android keyboard has stopped working so can't send messages has anyone had this problem or know how to fix it please

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