Review of Huawei Ascend G700 – Pros and Cons
Huawei has several different lines of smartphones that are aimed at various groups of people. At the very top, you have the D-series which are the most expensive, but also come with all the bells and whistles. Slightly below that, you have the cheaper P-series which are meant for those people who prefer to have a phone with a stylish and fashionable look.
Even more affordable is the G-series which are mid-range smartphones that offer comprehensive multimedia features. Trying to offer impressive specifications while keeping the price as low as possible is not an easy thing to do. As a result, the Huawei Ascend G700 is a smartphone with a lot of strengths and a few weaknesses.
Good: the Huawei G700 comes with a high-resolution 5-inch screen
Although the Huawei G700 is a mid-range phone, it comes with a 5-inch screen that is just as good as any phone out there, even many high-end smartphones. With a resolution of 720x1280, the screen supports High-Definition (HD) video and over 16 million colors.
Overall, the picture of the G700 is just as sharp and the colors are just as good as can be. There are no obvious differences in terms of picture quality between the G700 and other much more expensive smartphones. That's a good thing because the G700 costs far less than those phones.
Good: the Huawei G700 can support two sim cards simultaneously
Unlike most phones, the Huawei Ascend G700 has room for two sim cards. This opens a range of possibilities. You can use two phone numbers at the same time without having to carry two separate phones with you all the time.
You could for instance use one number for private matters and the other strictly for work. Another possibility is to use two different phone companies simultaneously to save money. Depending on where you are, you use the sim card of the company that charges the least per phone call for that area.
There are lots of practical things you can do that are not possible with other phones because they can only use one sim card at a time. If you have the Huawei G700, you have the option of using two sim cards because it has full support for it.
Good: the Huawei Ascend G700 comes with a comprehensive multimedia feature set
Although the Huawei G700 is classified as a mid-range smartphone and priced accordingly, it comes well equipped with a full set of multimedia features. Both cameras in the front and back are good considering it's just a mid-range phone. They may not be the best, but they're absolutely acceptable.
The quad-core processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 8 gigabytes of internal storage are more than capable of handling Internet, video, music and most games. There is a MicroSD slot if you need more room for multimedia files which you have downloaded.
The phone supports GPS, which forms a very useful combination with Google Maps that is included as part of the Android operating system. If you need to know where you are or where you need to go, you can simply look it up. You can also listen to radio if you want to.
Neutral: the Huawei G700 comes with a quad-core processor, but it's slower than most
Unlike other phones with dual-core phones, the G700 comes with a quad-core processor with four cores running at 1.2 GHz. However, the G700 is definitely slower than other quad-core phones out there. For the same money, Huawei could have installed a dual-core processor with two less cores, but which are faster.
If you tend to multitask or do a lot of things at once, a larger number of cores is better than a smaller number. For example, if you like to listen to the radio while browsing the web, a quad-core processor is good to have. Just as long as you make use of all your cores.
On the other hand, if you tend to do things one at a time, you want to have the fastest core possible regardless of whether there are less of them. For example, playing games while waiting for a phone call. If you don't use all your cores as in this case, you have no need for them and they will be left unused most of the time.
Personally, I would have preferred the Huawei G700 with a faster dual-core processor. However, it all depends on how you use your smartphone. Some people might be better off with a slower quad-core, while other might benefit from a faster dual-core processor.
Neutral: Huawei is relative new and unproven in the world of smartphones
Huawei is a relative new smartphone brand which isn't that well-known compared to other brands. Buying from an unknown company carries a greater risk that you wind up with a lemon with a product that seems okay at first, but gives problems down the road.
However, buying from Huawei could also be advantageous. Newcomers tend to price their products aggressively to gain market share. It is therefore possible to find a comparable product at Huawei that is much more expensive elsewhere.
Buying from Huawei does carry a greater amount of risk than other brands, but it's a move that could pay off handsomely. You have to decide for yourself whether or not the risk outweighs the benefits. Time will tell whether Huawei phones are good or bad.
Bad: the Huawei Ascend G700 does not support all bands
The Huawei G700 supports the most important bands used around the world, but not all of them. That could be a problem depending on which bands your local phone company uses. If they happen to require one that the G700 does not support, you will not receive a signal and you won't be able to use your phone.
For example, the Huawei does not support the 850 MHz GSM band which means that a few people in some places in the United States may have trouble getting a signal. It could also be a problem if you happen to travel abroad to some country where they use different bands than what you're used to.
Before buying the Huawei G700, make sure that the phone supports one of the bands used in your area. If it does, then it's not an issue to worry about. If it does not, you're out of luck and you need to look for another phone.
Summary and comparison of the Huawei G700 strengths and weaknesses
In my opinion, the Huawei accomplishes what it's supposed to do. A mid-range smartphone that delivers the best specifications it can while keeping the price as low as possible to appeal to as many people as possible.
Trying to keep the price down while at the same time trying to come up with the best specifications is hard to do. However, the Huawei G700 succeeds fairly well. At less than $300, the Huawei G700 offers an attractive package with a good combination of features and price.
The only real problem with the Huawei G700 is its lack of support for certain bands which eliminates the phone as an option for some people. If the phone cannot be used in a certain area, then there is not much you can do about it except to get another phone.
Still, most people should be able to use the G700 in their area without any problems. If you happen to be one of those people and are looking for an affordable mid-range phone, then the Huawei G700 certainly deserves a closer look.
- Comes with a roomy and high-resolution 5-inch screen
- Support for dual sims
- Good camera for a mid-range phone
- Comprehensive multimedia feature set
- Not compatible with all bands
- Slower than most quad-core phones
Huawei Ascend G700 specifications
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Huawei Emotion UI
Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
Dimension (H X W X D)
142.5 mm x 72.8 mm x 8.95 mm
5-inch Multi-Touch IPS LED
HD (720 X 1280, 294 PPI)
8MP BSI, 1080p@30fps, LED Flash
2 Gigabyte (GB)
Memory card slot
Included, up to 32GB MicroSD card
microUSB, USB 2.0, 3.5 earjack
Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity, compass, GPS