I posted an article last week that explained how I thought that Huawei have it in them to become a serious player within the smartphone world.
In the article I explained how the Ascend G300 is one of the first in what will be a long line of Huawei products that offers a specification and a performance without a huge price tag.
Whilst Huawei will follow with higher prices on their higher end devices their aim will still be to offer better value.
There will always be controversy over pricing. Of course we all want the best phone for the lowest cost but it is not feasible and premium products are always going to demand a premium price tag, because they offer something that warrants this.
However what Huawei will begin to bring to the market is realisation that when you remove some of the ‘bells & whistles’ (that not everyone needs) there are some very strong products that do the job very well but with a saving to you.
The Ascend G300 is something of a milestone in what can only be referred to as the ‘mass market’ segment. A very competitive market where £5 difference in the price can make the difference to which one is opted for by the end user.
The demands of this market segment are generally a good product at a good price, that is robust, reliable and offers true value for money. Whilst fancy features are nice they are not always needed and can not warrant or see value in the more expensive handsets.
The G300 is currently retailing through Vodafone in the UK for just £100. For this you get:
- 4” touch screen
- Android 2.3 operating system
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- 1GHz processor
- 2.5GB internal memory
- 3G connectivity
- FM radio
That is a good price, I think any smartphone user can see this.
So does this mean it is not very good?! Definitely not.
Vodafones own website currently has a 4.3/5 rating from customer reviews but the likes of Electricpig who get to handle high end devices regularly are claiming it is ‘Too good for the bargin bin’.
You can check out a full review HERE.
Such comments are not made lightly and this is fantastic. It is all too easy to look at cheaper handsets and write them off because they don’t have NFC or a dual-core processor but in reality a massive % of us do not require such a device.
So what is the point that I am trying to make. Well, don’t be fooled by a price. £100 may look cheap. The G300 isn’t going to necessarily fill you with excitement but it would give you peace of mind that you haven’t spent over the odds.
I know there is a need for more powerful handsets, so when you are considering your new HTC, Samsung or Motorola dual or quad-core handset, bear in mind a thought about cost effective similar solutions like the Huawei Ascend D Quad and similar devices because they might not be as bad as you think and you may just save more money that you think with little in terms of compromise.