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Review of Huawei Ascend G700 – Pros and Cons

Updated on December 25, 2013

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


4 stars for Huawei Ascend G700

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.


Pros:

  • 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
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Not compatible with all bands
  • Slower than most quad-core phones


Huawei Ascend G700 specifications

Type
Smart Phone
Operating System
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Skin
Huawei Emotion UI
Processor
Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
Band
WCDMA: 900/2100
 
EDGE/GPRS: 900/1800/1900
Style
Bar
Color
Black/white
Dimension (H X W X D)
142.5 mm x 72.8 mm x 8.95 mm
Weight
About 155g
LCD
5-inch Multi-Touch IPS LED
LCD Resolution
HD (720 X 1280, 294 PPI)
Rear camera
8MP BSI, 1080p@30fps, LED Flash
Front camera 
1.3MP Camera
RAM
2 Gigabyte (GB)
Flash memory
8GB
Memory card slot
Included, up to 32GB MicroSD card
Connectors
microUSB, USB 2.0, 3.5 earjack
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
FM radio
Supported
Sensors
Accelerometer, light sensor, proximity, compass, GPS
Battery
Lithium-ion 2150mAh

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      Alaistar Huge 2 years ago

      Huawei Ascend G 700 smartphone comes with latest features. It is powered with 1.2 GHz MT6589 Quad Core Processor and 2 GB RAM. For details visit http://goo.gl/hiqRHH

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      Shoaib Ali Bhatti 3 years ago

      I am using my G700 from last 3 months it is a great phone but now from last 2 to 3 days it started to hang sometimes, and then no function works, not touch works and not it switched off then. Plz any one will tell my why this happening and what is the solution of this problem??

      Waiting for solutions...

      Shoaib

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      huwei g 700 user ali 3 years ago

      I have been using this phone from 3 mnths but now it creating peblm it goes switched off some time on inactivity state nd in active stasus also,but rarely 2nd option happens .can any body tell me about this prbl how i should cope up with plz guide me if u knw

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      puzzle 3 years ago

      I'm using G700 about one week, the problem I faced, the device unable to Import /export contact from phone to SIM card, went several times to the service center and had changed new set.

      Same problem, but the front deck service guy had try on two different SIM card, showing no problem.

      I then went to Maxis center and check what went wrong to the SIM card.

      As Maxis provide 128K SIM card, the guy told me, the phone may compatible to the SIM card.

      Now i wonder is it true the phone not compatible ? Some one out there, help me !!!???

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      Justabigguy 3 years ago

      Been using this phone about a month now and it is phenonmenal considering the price around 230 dollar which is around rm760 in my place here. The cheapest phones with 2 gig ram all round performance is good better screen compared to the same specs 1 gig ram Xperia C. The only drawback is batery life and camera performance.

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      onghony 3 years ago

      Ascend G700 gives superb value for money. Granted it is slightly slower than a Galaxy, but has better quality and value.

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      smb 3 years ago

      Dude before commenting did you ever take the insanely huge price difference between huawei g700 and iphone 5 ?

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      randomopinion 3 years ago

      There are a bunch of smartphones with 2 GB of RAM, but it's the processor that really makes a difference. The Samsung Galaxy also has a quad-core and it's much faster than the G700. Heck, the iPhone 5 comes with a dual-core and it's still faster.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      It's very interesting that you note that it's slower than most quad-core phones, considering that it has 2 GB RAM in it (first time I've heard that kind of spec). Nice review you have there.