Huawei Ascend G7 review
|Review: March 2015|
In a nutshell: The Huawei Ascend G7 is a big-screen smartphone that's priced for value. Featuring an ultraslim metal casing, it looks good too. It's top features are its 5.5 inch HD display, outstanding battery life, high-spec cameras and quad-core processor. We rate this very highly if you're after a big screen but lack the budget for a flagship phone.
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An ultraslim big-screen smartphone
There's been a trend recently for plus-size phones that aren't priced at the top end, but cut back on spec to reduce the price to a more affordable level. The Sony Xperia T3 and HTC Desire 820 are good examples of this, and so is the Huawei Ascend G7.
First impressions of the G7 are that it's a big-screened phone with an ultraslim and stylish body. The 5.5 inch display is as big as the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Huawei is almost as slim, and is fractionally lighter too. Like the iPhone, the G7 has an all-metal back, although its design lacks the finesse of Apple's. It still manages to come across as a premium phone however, and it definitely scores well in the looks department.
A phone this big can be tricky to handle, but the narrow bezel and ultraslim design do help a lot. We should point out, however, that this isn't a phone that will be suitable for everyone, and it will help if you have big hands and big pockets.
The 5.5 inch IPS display is great for viewing photos and videos, but although it's HD, it isn't as sharp as most high-end phones. The resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels, which is adequate, but not ideal for a screen this big. It's one of the compromises that has to be made to keep the price down.
The phone comes in a choice of Black or White.
The phone is powered by a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A53-1.2 GHz processor, which gives decidedly mid-range performance, and does limit the kinds of games you can play. For web browsing and watching videos though, it's sufficient for the job.
The onboard memory is limited to 16GB, which again is adequate, but not generous for a device with strong potential multimedia capabilities. A microSD card slot allows for expansion.
The G7 runs Android KitKat, customised with version 3.0 of Huawei's Emotion UI user interface overlay. This adds some additional functionality, but does occasionally cause user interface lag from time to time. Features available in Emotion UI 3.0 include changing the wallpaper each time you turn on the screen, continuous home screen scrolling, resizable widgets, a photo gallery and a music app.
The main rear-facing camera is a good one. It uses a 13 megapixel BSI Sony sensor and can capture HD video. The 5 megapixel front camera is fixed focus, but is perfectly good for selfies. The camera app is very easy to use, and there are plenty of options too, including a panoramic selfie setting and face-enhancement tools.
The Huawei G7 is a 4G phone with LTE connectivity in addition to 3G and 2G bands. It supports GPS, A-GPS and Glonass positioning. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with BLE. There's also a microUSB connection and a headphone jack.
Battery life is good. The phone includes a very substantial 3000mAh battery - significantly bigger than rivals such as the HTC Desire 820 and Sony Xperia T3 and very nearly a match for the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It'll easily deliver a full day of use, even for heavy users. If you get caught short, the phone's ultra power saver mode will eke out up to 24 hours on just 10% of the full charge.
Conclusion - highly recommended
We've awarded the Ascend G7 4 stars, but we're thinking maybe 4 and a half. Any phone that offers such a big screen for less money than a flagship phablet is obviously going to be compromised in some way, but the Huawei manages to avoid the worst compromises.
The screen itself is a good one, although it's HD rather than Full HD. The processor is reasonably fast, and the memory is adequate, although in both of these areas we'd ideally like more. Both front- and rear-facing cameras are excellent, and the battery life is outstanding. The design is also well above what we'd expect for the price.
Putting all this together, we think this is really an excellent phone. It costs a bit more than its nearest competitors - the HTC Desire 820 and Sony Xperia T3 - but it manages to outperform both of these too. To do better, you'd need to stretch your budget to a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and that would cost significantly more.
Huawei Ascend G7 features include:
- Operating system: Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Huawei Emotion UI 3.0
- 13 megapixel camera with BSI, autofocus and flash
- 5 megapixel front camera, fixed focus
- Display: IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels (5.5 inches)
- GPS/A-GPS/Glonass positioning
- Music player
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Google Talk (Instant Messaging)
- Processor: Quad-core ARM Cortex A53-1.2 GHz
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 with BLE, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 16GB, microSD memory card slot, 2GB RAM
- 4G LTE, 3G, GSM
- Size: 154 x 77 x 7.6 mm
- Weight: 165g
- Battery: 3000 mAh
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Average rating from 3 reviews:
Reviewed by Worsley Watkin
on 14th Aug 2015
Very responsive just as good as the likes of Sony, HTC Samsung. The trouble is people will reluctant to buy it, as they have never heard of it. Bit like the name Skoda on cars but is very good.
Reviewed by scorch
on 21st Apr 2015
Can't disagree more with Dexter, WOW what a smartphone for the money, amazing camera, decent speed and amazing quality for the money, had no problems with emailing and Bluetooth works like a dream. Not many mobiles out there for this kind of money with all metal casing, looks good too, problems with previous huawei mobiles is they looked tacky and cheap but this model looks fantastic, yea compare it to the iPhone 6 plus and it struggles and the iPhone looks gorgeous but with the iPhone costing over 600 pounds and your on a budget its a no brainer.
Reviewed by Dexter
on 12th Apr 2015
Think carefully before buying this phone. I got this off Expansys for £160, a bargain I thought. The bluetooth doe not work and emailng is slow, I cannot send emails. I think i'll be sending this back to expansys for a refund and getting Samsung S5 or for budget the Moto G 2. Battery life is very poor even with screen brightness to lowest and all apps off.