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Looking at upgrading from my Samsung Galaxy Ace, but the only thing that concerns me is the build quality, with it only being £100. Wondering if anyone who owns one could comment on its build quality compared to similarly priced phones? (Galaxy Ace/Lumia 710)

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The Zte Blade was £100 also. This sold in huge numbers. There is a lot of competition for budget devices and the G300 is the best phone for the money available today. Check its specs against some of last years top of the range phones and you will see that last years high end is now in the G300.

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Thanks, but wanted to know about the build quality, and how its held up over the time people had owned it?

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Arm 7 CPU@ 1ghz. Ics coming officially from Huawei. 4 inch screen. Flash support.1650 ma battery. What's not to like. There are a few creaks from the chassis but you wont regret buying one.

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Its a fairly new phone so longevity isn't known as yet. Build quality is ok. The creaks can be improved by tightening the rear screws and some don't have the creaks anyway. No regrets here anyway

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id have to say the phone is better build quality than the OSF.

thats the only 1 i can compare too tho

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This is my third android device and by far the best.
Yeah the case is plastic,but that's what £100 gets you.
In comparison to my blade and skate,the build quality is really good,it feels solid in the hand,and I have dropped it several times with no damage.
Go into vodafone and hold one you will see its well made.And the specs for the price is amazing,1Ghz snapdragon processor,4inch gorilla glass display(which is very good quality display)
The camera and video are very usable,the flash works well,unlike some devices where it washes color out of your snaps(yes I am talking about you zte skate)And the battery is very impressive which also has quick charge technology.
For the price its a very good device indeed,and I suspect a large community is growing here,which also is an important aspect of buying a new droid.
I really don't think the build quality is bad at all,very sturdy,maybe a little creaky sometimes,but with a case on there is no creaks at all,at least for me anyway.

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I can't say build quality is better than the blade. My Blade is in great Nick still. Dropped onto tiles and landed on one edge and all it did was crack the camera plastic cover slightly. There is very little wear on the plastic either. There were no creaks either on the Blade.

The hardware is far better though.

In comparison to my partners Samsung Galaxy Europa, my Blade has aged so much better in terms of hardware, software and reliability.

Going from the G300 back to the Blade is horrible as a user experience perspective though.

Out of curiosity, how much was the Galaxy ace? I have done a quick search and saw a price of around £250 at launch. Sometimes paying a premium for a big name doesn't mean you get a better product or one that will last longer.

Huawei have huge aspirations of where they intend to be in 3 and 5 years. This will need to be backed up by good products. Basically if you sell crap at the start, then there will always be a customer perception that your products are crap and this is something that is very very hard to overcome. Word of mouth and online reviews spread far and wide.
So their intention now is probably to get market share by selling a well specced phone, to get their name out in the consumer domain and then probably start increasing their prices in future which appears to be the transition that Zte are going through now.

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It stacks up well next to my Neo, although the Neo is better, and is better by far than the Blade.

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No-one has mentioned the fact that it's got gorilla glass (as far as I know...not having one). I'd say that's pretty good build quality...especially for £100 !!

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Paid £150 nearly a year ago for my SGA, but it broke recently so am looking to upgrade, as its not much more to buy this than repair it.

Thanks for all the replies, will look at getting it now. Was just a bit worried with the price point that it would feel flimsy in the hand.

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Jikobutsu did mention that above. But it's worth a double shout at this price point. Mine was slightly creaky but with my gel case it feels much better with no noise!

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Personally I think the build quality is fine but then I also thought my Blade was good as well. It all depends what you are after.obviously you can't compare it to a metal bodied phone but then metal bodied phones have downsides as well.

it all depends how you look after it. My Blade is now 18 months old and still looks brand new but then it has always been in a gel case and I look after it. I wouldn't even start using my G300 until I had a gel case for it. A decent case not only keeps the phone in good condition but also absorbs knocks & scrapes, has better group in the hands and just makes it feel better.

So, in summary, definitely get one, put it in a decent case and put a screen protector on it. You won't be disappointed.

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No creaks or funny noises from mine so far. The only bit that feels a bit cheap is the flimsy plastic cover for the back of the phone, that just feels horribly delicate every time you have to prize it off. Fortunately though once you have your sim of choice and SD card in then you shouldn't really need to be doing too much of that afterwards. With a gel cover and a decent screen protector on you should be good to go. Aside from that the phone has a nice weighty feel about it and actually feels quite solid and sturdy. Accidentally dropped mine a couple of times from being seated up in a parked Sprinter van onto the tarmac, and it survived both occasions with no ill effects or even any noticable marks that I could see, and that was before I had my case and screen protector for it.

Performance is pretty good to. Runs my GBA and SNES Roms through Gameboid and Snesoid a treat and the Co-Pilot sat nav software gets my thumbs up too.

So yeah, for £100 I'm pretty chuffed with it.

Edited by Chazmeister, 30 May 2012 - 02:31 PM.

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The one thing I will add to the above.

Due to the phone being made of smooth plastic, in can want to slip out of our hand with to much effort.

The case made by Niukin is very thing and made of a gripy material that help bucket loads. Also add to the structural integrity.

Great device for the money, but not quite as smooth running as the iphone4 I lost.

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The one thing I will add to the above.

Due to the phone being made of smooth plastic, in can want to slip out of our hand with to much effort.

The case made by Niukin is very thing and made of a gripy material that help bucket loads. Also add to the structural integrity.

Great device for the money, but not quite as smooth running as the iphone4 I lost.


But the Iphone 4 was 4-5 times more expensive :blink:

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Sacrilegious typing that here paddy lol. Wait until we get more custom roms on it and then you will see smooth. Even my Blade. @600mhz was smooth with custom roms. Slow maybe but smooth.

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I understand the price differance between the phone, but then one is a year older than the other and hardware is compairable.

Im not complaining,I just think 'for the hardware under the bonnet, the BHP isn't quite optimum, given the map'.

Prehaps as you say, im confusing smooth for slow.

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Remember that the G300 will get ICS soon, while the Desire HD has a promise for "2012", but htc has recently delayed some ICS upgrades. So as funny as it is, I would trust Huawei more than htc in this case. And once you have seen ICS, you want it.

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I also had Samsung Galaxy Ace and i was frustrated with it so i swapped it for this and i haven't looked back once its unlocked you can fully enjoy the superior build quality and the user experience.
Unlike the SGA this has a better screen that doesn't feel like it going to give everything you touch it a little to hard and you can be happy that if you drop you can pick it up again.
The G300 is a budget android with high end specs- the term you get what you pay is underated.
But with the SGA you dont get what you pay for interms of speed,reliability and processing power.

Think about it!

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