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Hope this review is better guys!
(based on my ebay and GSMarena one's)


"I bought this phone because I needed a new phone and my old phone, a Huawei Blaze, wasn't keeping up with what I needed (Don't get me wrong, for £70 that phone was brilliant) Saw this one for £100 and I thought, why the hell not?

Received the phone still sealed in its box, it runs a 1GHZ (1008mhz) processor, Adreno 200 GPU, 512MB RAM, 2.5GB internal storage(around 480MB is used for the system itself, so you have 2.02 to play with) Android 2.3.6 (will be getting an ICS update in the summer/autumn,, both Huawei and Vodafone have confirmed this!), a 4" touch screen with 480 x 800 pixel capacitive touch screen display, 5MP camera with autofocus and flash, GPS, G-Sensor, Mic noise compression for HD phone calls, a light sensor, and connects via USB 2.0. There is no USB OTG support as far as I can see.

The box also contains a USB cable, manuals, warranty, charger adapter and a stereo headset. Huawei keep their packaging simple, and don't use too much card or plastic, only what's needed.

The phone's power button is on the top, volume is on the left side of the phone, and the Micro USB port is on the bottom. The front is black, with light up touch buttons on the bottom of the front panel. The battery cover is silver, and the rest is white. It sounds ugly, but when you see it, its not. The phone is weighty, but to me shows its durability and strength. Under the battery cover, you can see the battery, SD card slot and SIM slot. The battery is removable (you need to remove it to insert your SIM card), and SD cards up to 32GB are supported. The headphone jack is a standard 3.5mm, so normal headphones can be used, and sound quality is good, loud and with little white noise.

Powering the phone on the first time, you are greeted by Huawei splash screens, and then you are taken to the first time run wizard. The purpose of this is to get you connected to Google, set up your account and sync any data/apps if you have upgraded.

The default lock screen is uniquely designed. It is a ring in the centre surrounded by a circle with 4 points along it. Dragging it in a certain direction performs a different function. Dragging it to the right unlocks the phone normally, , to the left takes you to messaging, up takes you to the call log, and down to the camera. This allows you to complete common tasks faster.

The Camera is a 5MP offering with flash and auto-focus. Pictures look crisp, and the focus takes close ups excellently, almost macro-like quality. Colours appear bright, even on auto, although its best to tinker with the various settings on the camera, like white balance and exposure, to get the best shot. In lower lighting however, minus flash, colours can appear a little washed out, and using flash can make the photo a little blurry, but for £100, you cannot complain about it, it is an excellent feature.


Following the lock screen, you are taken to your home screen. The default launcher is the default "Huawei" Launcher, which is colourful and relatively speedy, however, I'd recommend downloading Go Launcher Ex from Google Play (Android Market) for a better experience and built in task manager. Huawei have also bundled in the usual apps, a free version of Documents to Go, AllBackup, App Installer, as well as all the typical Google apps, including G+, Maps, Messenger, Mail and Voice Search. Twitter and Facebook have been preloaded, as well as Youtube, a Weather Clock, so has the TouchPal Keyboard and a handy Traffic Manager app, for keeping an eye on data usage.

After installing Go Launcher and an ICS theme, I start gettinng apps. Fruit Ninja, Dragon, Fly!, Dillo Hills, Flash Player (YES, IT HAS FLASH SUPPORT!) Tap Tap Revenge 4, Remote Desktop, Ninesky Browser, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space. All run amazingly fast. This ARMv7 processor can really keep up, and deals with multi-tasking amazingly. Battery life on normal use is about 12 - 15 hours, decent! Youtube and BBC iPlayer are crisp and stutter free, and the screen shows colours well.

Running a benchmark using "Benchmark & Tuning Free", this phone scores an average of 4912, which puts it above the Huawei U8800, LG P970, and the P500. This phone is 700 points short of being as good as a HTC Incredible S. If Huawei get the ICS update right, we could see amazing performance increases! On AnTuTu's Benchmark app, I see that this phone gets a score of 2872 on average, which puts it on par with the Google Nexus One and the Desire S. 40 - 60FPS on the 3D benchmarks, and even higher on the 2D benches. CFBench shows a score of 5998, 1798, 3478, which puts it well above the Nexus S and well above the HTC Hero.

NOTE, some phones may have a software speaker issue which makes it quiet. My phone's build ends in B886 (strange, I know, mine must have been rogue, because Vodafone's is normally B882 aren't they?), so its unaffected, but many B882 models are. Huawei are working on a fix, which should be out soon, so don't let it put you off! B884 builds appear to be unaffected though (you can find your build in Settings -> About Phone). Get onto Modaco if you need a quick fix before an official one!

Phone can be rooted, I've already done so! (thanks to Paul!)

For £100, this phone beats the competition. Grab one while its hot!"

EDIT: Here are some images from when I was in Starbucks showing the focus off!

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Here are some guts to show off the flash XD:
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Edited by dragpyre, 07 May 2012 - 11:30 PM.

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Yours came with b886?! Can you do a rom dump?

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Yours came with b886?! Can you do a rom dump?


No need. We already have B886 official ROM.

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How recently did you buy the phone? Huawei still giving a 2 week timeframe so its interesting that yours has B886. Its possible that you have a batch of the handsets that have been fixed, unless for some reason, phones were shipped with different rom versions.

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No need. We already have B886 official ROM.


If that is the one frankish posted in the first post of his newbie help guide, why isn't there an English (UK) language setting?

Edited by toge64, 07 May 2012 - 09:46 AM.

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Probably because it was a leak that we weren't meant to get I imagine

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did your 886 build have the vodafone junk on it ?

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How recently did you buy the phone? Huawei still giving a 2 week timeframe so its interesting that yours has B886. Its possible that you have a batch of the handsets that have been fixed, unless for some reason, phones were shipped with different rom versions.


2 Week timeframe? O_o Any chance someone could explain this for me?

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did your 886 build have the vodafone junk on it ?


Yus, but rooted and deleted with root uninstaller.


How recently did you buy the phone? Huawei still giving a 2 week timeframe so its interesting that yours has B886. Its possible that you have a batch of the handsets that have been fixed, unless for some reason, phones were shipped with different rom versions.


Saturday afternoon, it was their last one in stock.


2 Week timeframe? O_o Any chance someone could explain this for me?


Two week timeframe till a fix for the speaker issue.

I've been thinking guys. You lot talked about that vendor file in the B886/B884 files you have? I wonder what would happen if you flashed that onto B882, would it fix it without wiping the vodafone ROM out?

*EDIT: Screenshots on the way guys!

Edited by dragpyre, 07 May 2012 - 09:07 PM.

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If that is the one frankish posted in the first post of his newbie help guide, why isn't there an English (UK) language setting?


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There's your English (United Kingdom) language.




Yours came with b886?! Can you do a rom dump?


How recently did you buy the phone? Huawei still giving a 2 week timeframe so its interesting that yours has B886. Its possible that you have a batch of the handsets that have been fixed, unless for some reason, phones were shipped with different rom versions.


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Shots showing build and presence of online upgrade option.

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And here's me giffgaffing it up courtesy of Specialize from eBay :)

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I haven't flashed the vendor file. I can do without the extra toggles for now. What else is in it anyway?
B888 running well.

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I haven't flashed the vendor file. I can do without the extra toggles for now. What else is in it anyway?
B888 running well.


Yeah, I just saw that, downloading it now! :)

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http://www.coolsmart...nd-g300-review/

Thanks. The G300 doesn't have HSUPA, though.

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