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Huawei Ascend G510 review

 Review: October 2013  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: A bargain Android phone with a big screen and excellent battery life, the Huawei Ascend G510 gives a lot for your money. But it's cumbersome and we don't like everything about it.



 

Introduction

The Huawei Ascend G510 is a phone that delivers plenty for your money, but as you'd expect for a smartphone that costs not much more than £100, there are compromises to be made too.

Size, weight, build

The first compromise is the physical appearance of the phone. While not ugly, it's certainly plain. More problematic though is the weight - at 150g it's the heaviest of its type. And although the phone measures just 9.9mm thick, those extra couple of millimetres combine with the weight to make it feel quite cumbersome. Although it's plasticky, it feels quite tough, and we're not too worried that it might self destruct any time soon.

On a more positive note, the phone does pack in a large 4.5 inch display. That's probably the biggest you'll find at this price point. It's not the world's greatest screen, with Huawei's IPS technology not the best on a sunny day and the 480 x 854 pixel resolution being a bit of a stretch at this screen size. But nevertheless, this is a big screen, and we're not complaining.

Android 4.1

The P510 runs an old version of Android - 4.1 (Jelly Bean) - and Huawei has customised it with its own Emotion UI user interface overlay. We're not fans of this, to be honest. The Emotion UI confuses the user and slows the phone without adding much positive. We hope Huawei will drop it in future phones.

Hardware & performance

This is one of the few budget Android handsets to pack a dual-core processor. But you wouldn't know that from using it. The Emotion UI user interface seems to suck the life out of the processor, resulting in sometimes sluggish performance. The lowly 512MB of RAM doesn't help either.

Onboard memory is a modest 4GB, but you can add a microSD memory card to give you another 32GB of storage, which you'll probably need.

Camera

Camera performance is typical for a budget smartphone. The 5 megapixel sensor will capture reasonable pics in good lighting, but in the dark the LED flash isn't enough to do the job. Video performance is sub-standard too, with only VGA resolution available.

Connectivity

This is a 3G phone and it also includes Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth and a 3.5mm headphone socket.

Battery life

Battery life is a strength of this phone. Equipped with a substantial 1750mAh battery, the G510 should make it for a few days between charges.

Conclusion - does the job

Huawei has succeeded in delivering an Android smartphone that's very affordable. At a price close to £100 we really don't expect too many bells and whistles. The G510 surprises in a good way by offering such a large screen and excellent battery life, and these two reasons alone might be enough to tempt you into buying. At the same time, the custom user interface takes away more than it gives and the bulk and weight of the phone are also negatives. All told, it's not a bad phone and we've seen far worse.


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Reviewed by Neha from India on 6th Oct 2015
Im using Huawei g510 for past 2 years I.e frm aug'13 till date its a budget mobile but 512mb RAM really sucks its weight of 150gm seem to b really heavy the VGA camera with 5mp as primary gutters the mobile.as it says of " gorilla glass" my screen was broken n I didn't get a screen frm d head. initially mobile was fast n battery life was too gud for nearly 5months later on started with regular charging n hang of mobile.
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Reviewed by Simon from England on 25th Jun 2014
I had this for five months and though internet browsing is excellent and great screen size for watching videos etc its way too heavy and the pressing icons or going to next page is well lag and sluggish and you only get five minutes of playing a game til it stops and returns to main screen which all the icons will flash on slowly while it tries to readjust itself. Don't bother using this outdoors - it's pointless - can't see Jack edit. I gonna go to the new version of moto g as that's far better for only a few quid more. This phone is only good if you really had an extremely bad phone before. The dts sound logo on back means nothing as the sound is actually average and tinny and gives low volume output. The camera is good in daylight conditions .phone calls are clear too without drop out which many higher end phones can't get right.
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Reviewed by rob from mountain ash ,mid glam on 10th Jan 2014
hi had this phone for just over 2 weeks, I find the phone very fast, easy to use,all in all the g510 is very good.my only problem is ,the turn on and off button on the side if you have a case its very hard to use,
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