The display’s a high point and it is bright and sharp and offers the same 480×800 resolution as the old Ascend G300. Icon text is pretty clean and crisp, plus it’s perfectly usable outdoors if a user sticks the brightness up to full whack. Huawei’s also beefed up the camera spec by a factor of two, adding a front-facing camera along the top edge of the G330. That’s the telltale sensor there beside the Huawei logo The G330 also comes with a proximity sensor in the front to deactivate the display when a user is on on a call, plus a sensor to adjust the display’s brightness automatically. Button and hole location is unchanged on the Ascend G330, so a user won’t require lengthy rehabilitation should user be upgrading.
The 3.5mm jack and a nice, chunky, easily locatable power button are on the top edge with the USB connector on the bottom, plus the volume up/down toggles on the left. The G330 is a nice phone to hold. The rubberised back is grippier than the slippery silvery finish of the G300, making it feel a little more glued to the fingers. Build quality is mixed. The display’s solid, smooth and responsive, as are the three capacitive buttons, but it tends to creak a bit when a user is pressing the power and volume buttons. The Huawei Ascend G300 heralds a new chapter in the Huawei book, one that will soon be continued with the quad-core Huawei Ascend D Quad. Aiming to challenge established budget devices such as the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Samsung Galaxy Y and even coming in at similar monthly prices as the HTC One V, Huawei seems to have a job on its hands. With an almost HTC One X look about it, a user will find three capactive soft keys just below the screen.
Huawei’s opted to discard the search button, keeping only the Menu, Home and Back buttons. With the update to Android 4.0, the Home button also doubles as the multitasking key, with a long-press pulling up the list of recently used apps. At the opposite end of the bezel, there is a small LED light. It’s well hidden, but flashes whenever a user can get a message, and lights up when charging. The colour does change, and can be customised in different applications. The left hand side of the Ascend G300 houses the volume rocker. There’s a nice dip in the centre which helps a user control it, and it feels surprisingly sturdy. An uncovered MicroUSB port is located on the bottom, leaving the right side empty. The smart design also extends to the back. Made up of the battery cover, between stylish white plastic that curves round the side, the back also houses the camera and flash, as well as the loud speaker, another microphone and the obligatory logos. Behind the battery cover we can see the SIM card slot, 1500 mAh battery and a microSD card slot.