Review: Huawei Ascend G600

The Ascend G600 isn't particularly stylish. It's plain - not something you'd glance at twice. But if you can get past your initial impression, the G600 is a very good smartphone that's worth at least an extra $100 more than Huawei's charging.

NameSmartphone: Huawei Ascend G600
At a glance:4.5-inch screen,Dual-core processor,Low pricetag
Summary:A solidly built, affordable smartphone that runs smoothly.
Rating:4.5/5
RRP:$399
Contact:telecom.co.nz

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The Ascend G600 isn't particularly stylish. It's plain - not something you'd glance at twice. But if you can get past your initial impression, the G600 is a very good smartphone that's worth at least an extra $100 more than Huawei's charging.

The G600 is well-built. It feels like it could stand a few knocks - not that we were throwing it around - and everything fits together nicely, both inside and out. That in itself is an astonishing feat in a smartphone costing around $400.

Also virtually unheard of in this price range: dual-core processors. The G600 has one with a 1.2GHz spec, and it's helped along by 768MB RAM. and it makes the G600 a pleasure to use - snappy, responsive, and capable of doing just about anything you could ask of it. When we benchmarked the device, however, the Galaxy S II, which costs an extra $100, soundly beat the G600, which is more on par with LG's Optimus 2X or Optimus 3D phones.

The 4.5-inch screen isn't stunning, but it is nice. Colours are lovely and bright, including reds and pinks, which we find can often appear washed out on smartphones. The resolution is 540 by 960 pixels - good but not great, especially when compared to the rest of the phone's specs. There's quite a big gap between the glass front of the device and the actual screen below, which makes the display look more distant than on many other devices.

Battery life on the G600 is excellent, thanks to its reasonably large 1930mAh battery. We've tested Huawei phones in the past, and some of those phones' batteries have lasted less than a day, but fortunately the G600 lasts about three with medium usage. Most smartphones will manage two days, if you're lucky.

Sound quality is fine - perhaps a bit echoey at times, but definitely not a dealbreaker.

The G600 has an 8MP camera, and photos are sharp and bright. However, in incadescent lighting images tend to have a bit of a yellow tint to them - whites were yellow, and reds were tinged orange. The colour accuracy was fine in natural light, but as usual with smartphone cameras, low lighting and graininess went hand-in-hand.

One thing the G600 has that the S II lacks is near field communications, which isn't particularly useful right now, as it's not one of Snapper's approved Touch2Pay phones - you can use some features but not any of the good ones, according to Snapper's website - but could be useful in the future.

I only have two minor problems with the G600: the first is the lack of pinch-zoom in the default browser. When I would load an image that was too big for my phone's screen, I couldn't zoom out to look at the picture as a whole. The second issue I had was with the ringer - even on the quietest setting, the phone is very loud.

The G600 is functional, practical, and a bargain. Getting a phone with a dual-core processor for $400 is great enough, but when you add a 4.5-inch screen and a long-lasting battery, you've got yourself a winner. If you can't see the point in spending big on a smartphone, the G600 comes highly recommended.

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Siobhan Keogh

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6 Comments

Allan

1

We have one that I got as a spare and it has been put into use, so far it does what it is meant to do..ring, get sync with Outlook, display some documents, text and a bit of browsing.

Hamilton Guy

2

I am studying in IT and money is never abundant, this phone satisfies my need for a decent processor, good RAM, 8mp camera, all for just $399. Very happy.

R

3

Just got one of these for work. Better then the HTC one V I was using. It's seems to be alot faster and snappier. Has a nice big screen and front facing camera which could come in handy. Review pretty much sums it up, best bang for buck phone. Only issue I had, well its not really an issue..its just that its alil thicker then the new smartphones coming out.

JS

4

Can anyone out there in NZ tell me if this may work on VF / 2Deg network?

Thanks in advance.
JS

Palle

5

Please can anybody tell if the G600 works good as a MP3 player? Is the output (volume / quality) via headphones okay?

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous

6

Hi I was wondering how can I do a screensot Ive tried so many different apps and keep getting told to root my phone ? But even when I try to root my phone it doesnt work? Ive been advised to not root my phone as it will ruin my warrent so any ideas on what I can do? Thanks

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