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    Ask MoDaCo: Huawei Ascend G510


    Slightly bruised and battered by it's journey apparently... this is the Huawei Ascend G510, the spiritual successor to the Huawei G300 and perhaps the new bargain champion at only £130 on Prepay.

    The device (available only in Black for now) includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (MSM8225?), a 4.5" 854x480 FWVGA screen, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with Huawei Emotion UI, a 5-megapixel rear camera, front facing camera, 512MB RAM, 1750mAh battery, 4GB ROM + microSD expansion, Bluetooth 2.1, DLNA, NFC, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. GPS / A-GPS and a FM radio.

    What do you think? Good enough specs for £130? First impressions are that the device is very solidly built and the screen looks good. It IS SIM locked.

    Got questions? Ask them here before our review!

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    The obvious one, I guess. Why would you buy this ahead of a Nexus 4 for another £100? Is it actually worth the money, or is it a real compromise, a short term purchase that will be a long term regret?
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    Does the 512mb ram actually affect the phones performance when used normally? Do you notice any stutter or lag?

    Oh, and how much ram is actually available, because huawei botched the ICS build for the G300, it only had around 100mb ram free even on the first boot :P

    Thanks in advance :) Edited by kyan31
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    [quote name='TangerineTractor' timestamp='1366127504']
    The obvious one, I guess. Why would you buy this ahead of a Nexus 4 for another £100? Is it actually worth the money, or is it a real compromise, a short term purchase that will be a long term regret?
    [/quote]

    It's a budget phone aimed at younger users or those that don't want to spent over £200 on a smartphone.

    It seems silly to compare this against a Nexus 4 to be honest. Completely different markets.
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    Any chance you can make a CWM and stock image for the Alcatel OT-983, it is a 1ghz 512mb 3.5" phone that is ~£35, no-one has done this yet, lots of people would love a stock cynogenmod android 2.3 image for it.
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    I read somewhere a while back that this phone would have a second sim slot. Guessing that the Vodafone version will be the same basic hardware but have one of the slots blanked off / disabled (and the device simlocked also). Does it look like the second one is present in any useful way?
    Just googled it and found this [url="http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Huawei-Ascend-G500-Pro-U8836D-Huawei-Shanyao-Dual-core-MTK-6577-4-3-inch-IPS-960x540/623552078.html"]aliexpress link [/url]to the dual sim version (costing a tenner or so more in GBP) ([url="http://www.pandawill.com/huawei-g510-smart-phone-45-inch-ips-screen-android-41-msm8225-dual-core-3g-gps-p71027.html"]here's another seller for a similar price[/url]). Might get around the unlock problem and facillitate a second sim too (though you'd still only end up with a poxy 512mb of RAM :P )
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    [quote name='hajj_3' timestamp='1366128784']
    Any chance you can make a CWM and stock image for the Alcatel OT-983, it is a 1ghz 512mb 3.5" phone that is ~£35, no-one has done this yet, lots of people would love a stock cynogenmod android 2.3 image for it.
    [/quote]

    I don't know anything about that particular device, but Alcatel did start using signed boot for their devices, so its possible that is the problem
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    Just having a look around at this one and today its £108-34 on the Vodafone site as of 17:30.
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    [quote name='TangerineTractor' timestamp='1366127504' post='2114635']
    The obvious one, I guess. Why would you buy this ahead of a Nexus 4 for another £100? Is it actually worth the money, or is it a real compromise, a short term purchase that will be a long term regret?
    [/quote]

    £100 is a lot of money. The Nexus 4 is clearly a better phone, but it's not so far off double the price.

    [quote name='kyan31' timestamp='1366128071' post='2114637']
    Does the 512mb ram actually affect the phones performance when used normally? Do you notice any stutter or lag?

    Oh, and how much ram is actually available, because huawei botched the ICS build for the G300, it only had around 100mb ram free even on the first boot :P

    Thanks in advance :)
    [/quote]

    Too early to say, watch this space! :)

    [quote name='The Soup Thief' timestamp='1366129386' post='2114648']
    I read somewhere a while back that this phone would have a second sim slot. Guessing that the Vodafone version will be the same basic hardware but have one of the slots blanked off / disabled (and the device simlocked also). Does it look like the second one is present in any useful way?
    Just googled it and found this [url="http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Huawei-Ascend-G500-Pro-U8836D-Huawei-Shanyao-Dual-core-MTK-6577-4-3-inch-IPS-960x540/623552078.html"]aliexpress link [/url]to the dual sim version (costing a tenner or so more in GBP) ([url="http://www.pandawill.com/huawei-g510-smart-phone-45-inch-ips-screen-android-41-msm8225-dual-core-3g-gps-p71027.html"]here's another seller for a similar price[/url]). Might get around the unlock problem and facillitate a second sim too (though you'd still only end up with a poxy 512mb of RAM :P )
    [/quote]

    Hmm, can't obviously see a second slot in the design.

    [quote name='Skip Tracer' timestamp='1366130306' post='2114657']
    Just having a look around at this one and today its £108-34 on the Vodafone site as of 17:30.
    [/quote]

    Not for me? :S

    http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-phone/huawei-ascend-g510-black-payg

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    512mb ram is gonna beal a deal breaker for most, just can't understand why device manufacturers these days choose to use 512mb instead of charging a little more money and using 1gb atleast, i mean how much does the extra 512mb cost to upgrade ???
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    [quote name='Skip Tracer' timestamp='1366130306']
    Just having a look around at this one and today its £108-34 on the Vodafone site as of 17:30.
    [/quote]

    That's ex VAT price £108.34 plus VAT = £130
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