Huawei Ascend G525 Review – Like or Dislike
The G-series of smartphones from Huawei are designed to offer a complete set of multimedia features at the lowest possible price. The number after the letter G indicates its rank within the series, with a higher number reserved for more high-end features.
Within the G-series, the Ascend G525 sits in the lower half. It's cheaper than the G700 or G610, but also comes with less high-end features. In order to determine whether that trade-off is worth it, it's necessary to look at what's good and bad about the Ascend G525.
Good: the Huawei Ascend G525 can handle two sim cards
Similar to some of the other members of the G-series, the G525 comes with two slots for sim cards. This means that the phone can function as two separate phones. You can have two phone numbers using two sim cards from two different phone companies.
If you wondered how nice it would be if you had a second phone with you, then the G525 is the solution. You can have virtual access to two phones, without having to carry two individual smartphones with you. A big advantage.
However, note that only one sim can be used with 3G Internet. There seems to be another version of the G525 called the G526, which is almost identical, but comes with one sim card and supports 4G LTE. The Huawei G526 also comes with a slighly bigger battery than the G525 and has a dual-core processor instead of a quad-core.
Good: the Huawei G525 is a world phone with support for all four GSM bands
Unlike some of the other members of the G-series, the G525 comes with support for all four GSM bands. For some strange reason, Huawei included full support in the cheaper G525, but omitted it in some of the more expensive smartphones. You would think it would be the other way around, but that's the way it is.
Phones that do not support all bands are restricted in the areas that they can operate. Full support allows the G525 to be used practically anywhere on the planet where GSM is used. This can be an advantage when you travel abroad frequently. You can be assured that he G525 will work wherever you go, without you having to worry about the phone being compatible with local standards.
Good: the Huawei G525 offers a full set of multimedia features
The G-series are supposed to offer a comprehensive set of multimedia features and the G525 fulfills that goal for the most part. Radio, Wi-Fi and GPS are all supported. The phone is fast enough and the screen big enough to handle all software out there.
The only exception are high-end games. Standards apps and browsing the Internet are no problem. Taking photos and short video clips are also possible. Overall, the Huawei G525 is a true smartphone and well-rounded one. It may not excel at any tasks, but it can handle them.
Neutral: the Ascend G525 is made by Huawei
Huawei is a newcomer in the field of smartphones. The brand is becoming more prevalent, but it's still rare to see a Huawei in many places. It's certainly not comparable to older brands such as Apple, Samsung and Nokia.
However, all companies went through the same state that Huawei is now going through. All companies were once unknown before they grew to become what they now are. It's possible that Huawei will one day become just as well-known as Samsung or some other company. Time will tell.
Neutral: the Huawei G525 comes with a 4.5 inch LCD touchscreen
With a 4.5 inch touchscreen and a resolution of 540x960, the G525 sits right between what's typical on a high-end and a low-end smartphone. It's not as good as the best HD screens out there, but it's also much bigger and better than smartphone screens of previous years.
When you're browsing the Internet, you will find that the resolution of the G525 is the minimum of what's needed for a good browsing experience. Anything less than what's on the G525 and a lot of websites out there tend to have issues fitting properly on the screen.
If browsing the web is important to you, it's best to get a phone with at a resolution of at least 720x1280 or HD. Such a horizontal resolution is wide enough to allow all websites to be displayed on the screen as the original webdesigner intended.
Neutral: the Ascend G525 has 4 GB of internal storage, but it can be expanded
As is usually the case with these types of phones, the G525 comes with 4 gigabytes of internal storage, which is not a lot. Moreover, roughly half of this amount is already taken up by the Android operating system and is not available to you.
Fortunately, the G525 allows you to install a MicroSD card to increase storage. If you are someone who likes to keep a lot of files with you for music and so on, you will probably have to buy a new MicroSD card right away with the G525.
Bad: the front camera of the Huawei G525 is not worth much
Although the G525 includes a front camera, it's not of much use. It's actually comparable to a low-end webcam. If you like to take photos of yourself or selfies, the Huawei G525 is absolutely not the right phone for you.
The camera in the back is much better. It's adequate for everyday photos that you only need to use temporarily. However, if you would like to archive those precious moments for long-term memory, you probably want to stick to using a real digital camera because the G525 is by no means a replacement.
Bad: the Huawei G525 is on the expensive side
In the United States, the Huawei G525 is available from online retailers for slightly more than $200. In my opinion, that's too much for such a phone. Smartphones in the class of the G525 should be going for less than $200.
Compared to other smartphones that are similar and available, the G525 does not offer a price advantage. Even when compared to other members of the G-series, the G525 does not offer the best price/value combination out there.
In my opinion, this is the real deal-breaker when it comes to the G525. It's hard to choose the G525 when there are other options out there that offer similar things at a lower price. The G525 needs to be dropped in price for it to gain fair value.
Summary and comparison of the Huawei G525 pros and cons
The Huawei G525 is a solid mid-range smartphone. It's well-build and can handle everything that you could want from a smartphone with the exception of taking selfies. However, not everyone has a need for taking pictures of themselves, so it's not a problem for those people.
The support for two sim cards is a major plus and the big touchscreen is a huge upgrade, especially if you're still using a phone from years ago. The G525 certainly has a lot to offer in terms of features and has the potential to be a very good phone to have and use.
The only real problem in my opinion is that the G525 is too expensive for this type of phone. If the phone was cheaper, it would make for a better choice. Right now, it doesn't compare all that well to other phones, even the ones from Huawei itself.
If the phone is dropped in price or can be found on sale, it might be worth looking into the Huawei G525. As currently priced, the phone does not stand out enough to warrant a recommendation. There are better choices out there.
- Supports two sim cards
- Roomy and pretty screen
- Full-featured smartphone that can be used anywhere
- Front camera is no good
- Somewhat expensive for this type of phone
Huawei Ascend G525 specifications
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
UMTS: 900/2100 MHz
Phantom Black/Pure White/Navy Blue/Bright yellow
Dimension (H X W X D)
134 mm x 66.8 mm x 9.9 mm
4.5-inch Multi-Touch IPS LED
qHD (960 X 540, 245 PPI)
1 Gigabyte (GB)
Memory card slot
Included, up to 32GB MicroSD card
microUSB, USB 2.0, 3.5 earjack
Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
G-sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, GPS + A-GPS
Supports two sim cards