The introduction of the Android operating system changed everything for smartphone owners. No longer was it necessary to drop hundreds of pounds in order to buy a phone that offered advanced features like a good quality camera, games and apps. Where the iPhone once cornered the entire market, Google changed this.
While it is possible to pay iPhone prices for handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S4 there are also a number of models that are considerably cheaper and offer great value for money. The Huawei Ascend G300 is available on Vodafone for £100, which puts it firmly in the budget category, but it has impressive features that mean it is close to the quality of the old Galaxy S2, at least in some respects anyway.
The greatest feature of the Huawei Ascend G300 is the screen. With a lot of budget smartphones you can expect poor quality images, blocky text, and no hope of being able to watch streaming or video content but the G300 is different. It has a 4″ screen, which is bigger than most in the same price bracket, and it offers just over 230 pixels per inch. It may not be able to display full HD but it is surprisingly good quality even for outdoor use.
The processor is also pretty decent. It has a 1GHz CPU which offers a notable improvement over 600MHz and 800MHz processors. When playing games and using apps you will notice the difference when compared to the slower processors and 512MB of RAM also helps ensure that the quality is good. You won’t be able to play 3D games or watch HD content but then you shouldn’t expect to when paying £100 for a smartphone.
The camera is a little less inspiring although only really by today’s incredibly high standards. There is no front facing camera, which means no Skype or video calling, but there is a 5mp rear facing camera and while it struggles in low light situations it takes reasonable quality snaps in decent light. It has a reasonable autofocus and shutter speed is good so you can take pictures on the fly without having to wait for everything to warm up significantly.
One area where you may need a little additional investment is in the memory. The phone boasts 4GB of internal memory but, as is often the way, only a portion of this is available for your use. In fact, you will only be able to store around 2.3GB of music, games, and apps. You can extend this by up to 32GB thanks to the microSD card slot and this is a relatively inexpensive way to further improve on the phone.
The Huawei Ascend G300 Smartphone certainly isn’t the worst handset you will find. Costing only £100, the Ascend is very light on the pocket and it has a surprisingly good screen and processor as well as now coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream installed as standard. Buy a microSD card and you have a perfectly functioning phone that cost you considerably less than an iPhone or high end Android smartphone.