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 HANDSET REVIEW

Huawei Ascend G510 review

Expectations have been raised
 
 Handset: Huawei G510 
 Manufacturer: Huawei 
by Jonathan Morris
Huawei has a good track record of selling high-performance phones at budget prices. The G510 is the latest entrant, packing a dual-core performance and high-resolution display for £130 on pre-pay.

Anyone expecting performance comparable with high-end devices costing £500 or more should stop reading now. But with Google's Nexus 4 available for under £300, can Huawei still offer as much bang-for-the-buck as some of its new competition?

Design

There's not much to look at with the G510. When people speak of generic black slabs, this is what they mean.







Whether looking at it from the front, back, or sides, you'll see very little besides the Huawei name and a dts logo - an added feature to improve its musical playback capabilities.

But despite its anonymous styling, the phone packs in an impressive 4.5-inch display and a 480x854 pixel display. Not quite HD, but certainly a lot better than many handsets at this price point.





Key features


Huawei has created what it proudly calls its Emotion User Interface. It's a combination of a home screen and app launcher in one, accompanied by a series of custom widgets that can be placed anywhere and give easy access to contacts, music playlists, photo galleries, and more.

It also means no separate launcher icon to get to your apps, which are now just a few more panel swipes away. While this makes things a bit more fluid, existing Android users will perhaps prefer things to have remained as they were.



The 'settings' menu has also been divided up into two sections. You still get the ordinary Android list divided into sections, but also a 'general' tab that gives quick access to things like wi-fi, Bluetooth, brightness, and volume. You can also quickly change your wallpaper and theme here, the latter offering new wallpapers, ringtones, and icons.

Camera

On the flip side of the phone is a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED lamp, but video recording is restricted to a rather awful 640x480 pixels, limiting the overall usefulness of the camera for movies.



However, despite the phone's simplistic camera interface photos are noise-free in all but poor lighting. Taking pictures is quick and easy - you just touch on the screen to focus and then touch again to take a picture without lag, or tap the 'shutter' icon and wait a small moment.

You can gain access to the camera from the lock screen and it launches quickly, making it quite practical.



Gaming

Huawei has made a big deal of pointing out that this is one of the only entry-level smartphones to pack in a dual-core processor, but is it really packing enough of a punch to let you enjoy the more powerful titles?

I'm a fan of Activision's Pitfall! from the Atari 2600 days, and so this was one of the first titles I downloaded. Incredibly, I was warned that my 2013 smartphone might not be up to it.

And, even more incredibly, it wasn't.


One of the many Pitfalls of the G510...

Things didn't improve when trying to download EA's Real Racing 3, where it wasn't a lack of performance that caused problems but rather the lack of storage space.

With just 4GB of internal storage, the Ascend G510 simply didn't have enough room. In fact, with the required 1GB of game data to download, the phone was around 400MB short - and that was after uninstalling every extra app I'd already downloaded.

Fortunately, the phone has a memory card slot that you can install apps on, with the obligatory warning that you'll lose vital data should you later remove or format the card.

With a card inserted, the game proceeded to download and, amazingly, after nearly an hour of fingernail biting actually ran pretty well. Clearly, some titles are better able to cope with low performance than others.


Real Racing 3 did run, even if downloading it was a mission in itself

Suffice it to say, I didn't have time to check every single game on the Google Play Store, so I'd still be rather wary about buying this as a gaming handset.

Notwithstanding Huawei's claims, AnTuTu revealed that the G510 really isn't that powerful. A score of 5,841 came as a bit of a shock, leading me to conclude that you'll have to either stick with more simplistic games or gamble.



Good points

The G510 packs in a decent sized, swappable battery, and the battery life is certainly better than on more powerful models, but I'd probably have preferred a bit more clout in the processing department, and a larger battery still to compensate.

The camera performs well, and the loudspeaker is punchy enough to let you enjoy music or watch a movie on the go, further enhanced with the dts mode enabled when using headphones.

Huawei has also managed to include NFC, which makes it easy to read smart tags and share content with other NFC-enabled Android owners. It's not clear if you'll ever be able to make payments, but that's an industry-wide issue.

Even Huawei's own on-screen keyboard performs well. While I would always recommend purchasing a third-party app like SwiftKey, the native keyboard works pretty well. It allows you to easily enter numbers and symbols by swiping down over the appropriate key, instead of switching mode or holding down that key. This speeds up text input noticeably.

Android Jelly Bean also means more advanced notifications and access to Google Now.


Decent audio output is one of the many good features of the phone

Bad points

You simply can't ignore the fact that the G510 is fairly slow, despite having a dual-core processor. You might question whether it makes much difference to normal day-to-day use, but it does stutter and pause at times for no logical reason.

Given the launcher itself often restarts, many of the problems are likely to be down to the phone having just 512MB of RAM, which is further reduced to 384MB after a portion is reserved for the virtual Java machine.

That's clearly totally insufficient for the demands placed upon the phone by the very latest version of Android, not to mention the various apps and services that have to run in the background. With the latest handsets coming with 2GB of RAM, and future models with 3GB, this phone should have had 1GB as the absolute minimum.

In what must be something of a first, I was left wondering whether an older version of the operating system might have actually made for a better experience given the hardware.



Summary

As a smartphone with the latest version of Android, a good-sized screen, and a decent camera (for stills, not video), the G510 is a good choice for anyone with reasonable expectations.

However, as time goes on you're likely to be tempted to try more than just the simple apps and games, and this is where you'll discover that the phone can't really keep up.

For installing more than a handful of apps, or even just one or two games, you'll also need to invest in a memory card to get around the pitiful internal storage that comes as standard.

So it's not all bad, but Huawei (and other manufacturers of low-end Android devices) needs to step up its game from now on, not least because for only £110 more you could grab a piece of the high-end market via the Google Nexus 4.

With thanks to Vodafone for supplying us with this review device.
 

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Jonathan Morris 10 May 2013
From a gaming perspective, the G510 doesn't offer a consistent enough experience to be a serious consideration
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 [READERS' RATING] N/A 
Specs Available inUK, Europe
ModesGSM, GPRS, 3G
Band typequad
3Gyes
Built In Memory512MB RAM
Removable Memory TypeMicroSD,
Primary screencolour
Number of colours16.8 million
Screen size4.5-inches 480x854 pixels
Secondary screennone
Camerayes
Polyphonic ringtonesn/a
Camera Resolution5-megapixels
Music formatsMp3, AAC, AAC+,
Infrared portno
Messaging OptionsSMS, MMS, IM, email
MMS supportyes
Bluetoothyes
Speakerphoneyes
Voice controlyes
Predictive textyes
SAR ratingn/a
Phonebook entriesUnlimited
Number of included ringtonesn/a
Downloadable extrasyes
Weight150g
Size134x67x9.9mm
Talk time6 hours
Standby time340 hours
BrowserHTML
Other featuresAndroid Jelly Bean OS, NFC, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 203 GPU
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jonmorris | 14:57 - 16 May 2013
With regards to the SD card problem, when you mount the SD card on a PC, it becomes detached from the phone and as such everything will disappear - including apps installed to the SD card.

When you disconnect the phone from your computer, it will soon show this content again (and if not, a reboot might help).
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jonmorris | 12:00 - 12 May 2013
I accept that suggesting spending almost twice the money seems odd, but there used to be a time that you had handsets around £100-150 and the higher-end stuff at £500-600 (the S4 will cost you £579 right now, for the 16GB model).

Now that Google has got a high-spec handset sold at a ridiculously low price, it makes the big difference a bit more manageable.

What's more, had the phone not had some big issues, I would have not have hesistated to give it a higher score for gaming, which would have upped the whole score as a result.

I hope the review makes the positives and negatives clear, which is more important than an overall rating in my opinion - as some people will love this phone, and others wanting to play a lot of games, may not.
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Abdullah Ayub | 10:54 - 12 May 2013
Hi! I was just wondering if you've ever encountered the same problem as I've had... Due to the low internal memory, I've moved all the movable apps to my SD card. When I plugin the phone to my pc to transfer anything, after I remove the data cable, the Music app does not seem to show any music at all and the gallery does not show any photos. However, the SD card is mounted because I can see all my music and photos in the file-manager using the phone. I've restarted my phone several times plus I've also re-inserted the SD card, but nothing helps, the SD card is also okay, I ran a few tests, it showed that it was okay!

Help will be appreciated!
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@farfromsleep | 20:19 - 11 May 2013
Concluding with "for only £110 more" sounds fine in isolation, but considering that's very nearly twice the price in real terms, it's an odd way to put it. Rating this against the typical stripped-back android phones in this price bracket makes for a much more favourable comparison.

I've had this phone for a little while and I'd be a little kinder regarding game performance. From the dozens I've tried, only one refused to run (Kingdom Conquest 2), while everything else was playable, if not perfect. Dead Trigger was a bit choppier than I'd ideally like, but on the other hand Survivalcraft ran perfectly at full detail. Pitfall does seem to be a bit of an anomaly there, it does run most things you throw at it reasonably well.

Memory is definitely an issue, it helps to keep things lean and keep the number of background apps to an absolute minimum. And I'd certainly agree that the internal storage is dreadful and a microSD is essential. But with those things considered, I was surprised quite how much phone was there for the money. Yeah, for £110 extra I could get a nexus 4, but on the other hand I could just get this AND a workable 10" tablet, and as a developer on a budget that makes a lot more sense to me.