I am not really sure with this, but I think dual-SIM phones are more preferred—hence more sold—on the eastern side of the earth than on the contrary. This may be due to a lot of things, but one thing I am so certain is that these phones are really valuable; well, what else can you ask than having two networks in one same phone, right? However, regardless the basic network functionality, these phones must also join the raging tide with the top-of-the-market brands.
I am a bit familiar with Huawei brand for some time now, and I have seen the company performing well though they were always at the background; routers, modems, and some electronic devices have this brand printed beneath them. Though I am not surprised to learn that the company joined the smartphone force, I am actually disappointed to see their to-be-released models are lagging behind in years in terms to features and specs. Take our review model for today, the G510 of Huawei’s Ascend series.
The Huawei Ascend G510 is but a beautiful piece of a smartphone, at least to its appeal. Rounded edges mimic modern smartphones at least, such as iPhones, the late Xperia models from Sony, and even from HTC. Having an almost 5-inch display is also quite on the trend nowadays, plus the inclusion of the still-rare Jelly Bean of Android. However, aside from these two or three ‘modernizations,’ there’s hardly anything else new on this smartphone of Huawei, which is to be released on the last weeks of the second quarter of the year. A 5MP camera with LED flash that shoots VGA videos, a VGA front-facing camera, and an old-style Huawei capacitive keypad—just some of the old features we would already want to get rid of.
The Huawei Ascend G510 nevertheless kept up with a sexy form factor. Measuring 134×64.7×9.9mm and with a weight of 150grams, the G510 is not really the slimmest and lightest, but is reasonably thin and light at least. Made from sheer plastic, I could hardly tag the word ‘sturdy’ or ‘rugged’ to this old-fashioned construct, and we are talking about the brittleness of the plastic material here. Moreover, I found one rare or weird aspect on the phone’s exterior: a seemingly misplaced lock button which now sits on the left side. I mean, this should not really bother to many especially if they get used to this, but at least for the first week, this is going to shake some old practices.
For a 4.5-incher, we’d expect cooler display technology, more because of how Apple and Samsung managed to assure their Retina and AMOLED displays. Surprisingly, the Huawei Ascend G510 kept itself on the same fishing line by having just a 480x854p resolution just to stay in touch with its $150 price range. Colors and pixel density (218ppi) are at least at par with what is acceptable and pleasing, but jagged edges especially to the Jellybean’s icons are but readily enumerable. Having an IPS display may sound great as well, but not if you cannot even watch a 720p movie with friends just the way you want it.
Last on my observations, while the Huawei Ascend G510 has all the neutral specs like a 2GB usable storage memory (expandable), a 512MB of RAM, plus a cheap dual-core processor, I must frankly admit I am not convinced with the battery life that seemed coughing on my test. While it lasted for at least four hours of continuous media and web browsing operations, I honestly want it to give more at least to compensate for the big display which honestly I find cramped. Well, should I really be expecting a lot more for the said price?
I love the way Huawei tried to cope with the trend for smartphones and other smart devices. I am pleased with the price of the Ascend G510, at least a lot could experience the JellyBean in a much bigger display factor. Being short with a lot of specs makes it worrisome to do a purchase for this phone, but at least we know Huawei is advancing just right to learn what’s best for the people.
Huawei Ascend G510 Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 5,900.00
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