38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2013
Excellent phone for the money. Excellent reception and voice call quality, good Wifi capability. Recommended for anyone who wouldlike a phone with the capabilities of the top tier phones at less than half the price.
Rooting this phone : [...]
The only real drawback is its mediocre INTERNAL memory. Easy to fix,though: get a fast 16 or more gigi micro SD card (level 4 is ok, level 6 better) and change the phone setting to install to the SD card by default before installing apps (Settings-->Storage-->Default Storage Location).
The camera has a flash but don't expect standalone camera picture quality in dim light even with the flash. Skype video calls are fine.
The phone's skin has all the apps on its many screens by default, like a iphone. To put things into better organized folders, drag and drop one icon onto another, then add other icons to the folders this creates.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
GREAT!! PERFECT!!, it was what was waiting. I asked for it to use it for Venezuela and it works perfectly. Only it comes in English and Frenchman but with an APP it is possible to use in Spanish. I am charmed with it!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
The phone works great.
I bought this phone 4 months ago in May 2013. Charged it, inserted the sim plus a 32GB SD card, and it just works.
The phone is thin and sturdy. Key features I could not find in any other phone:
-SD card slot (for memory expansion and swap)
-removable battery (long term use this is a must)
-large, high quality display for a phone. (must fit in pocket)
-modern dual-core processor
-Dual cameras for Skype
-DLNA certified (share video/media to TV et...)
-no major defects, complaints, glitches, et... reported
-$150 or less
-Touchscreen, get a case and screen protectors if you want to use this for years.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
Pros: cheap, has FM radio, well configured for not experienced android users.
Basic applications like google maps, gmail works well. Liked 'Power saving mode'
which is triggered when battery above twenty something percent. Liked 'File manager'
which is useful and not default installed app in other androids. Liked expandable
SD Card slot.
Cons: couldn't run some apps from Play store. Didn't investigate reason, but
think due to small memory which is expected in smartphones of this class.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
I did not purchase on Amazon, so I can't speak to the quality of the seller advertised. But I can speak to the quality of this phone model - which I highly recommend to anyone on a budget looking for a fast smart phone with great call quality.
The biggest con on this phone is that you can only save photos and videos to your SD card - not your apps. This is a problem because the internal phone memory is REALLY tiny. I don't have many apps and the phone freaked out and ran out of memory in a few minutes, then it couldn't update any apps because it was full. I was able to work around this by clearing everything out and NOT downloading any apps other than what was factory installed (they try to automatically import when you enter your g-mail account information). I changed the settings to save to SD card - then when I did download apps, I FINALLY had the option to save to SD. If you save to SD card, you have to leave the icon on the main screen. I went to two Best Buys and no one could tell me how to do this. They told me the phone wasn't capable of saving apps to the SD card. I had to research online and after a few hours stumbled on a web page that described what to do to work around the memory partition. If you import your apps BEFORE you insert the SD card and change the settings, there is no option to save to SD. If you try to change settings to SD after you have apps installed, it gives you a warning message that you will basically make the apps unstable and it persuades you not to do this. Downloading any app moving apps didn't help this situation or allow them to move (no option available to do so). Anyhow, it appears most retailers don't know (or disclose) whether the a phone can save apps to an SD card, so you may want to research this on any phone model you are interested in purchasing. It appears, after my research that Huawei is known to be fairly good about "allowing" SD card to save apps.
This memory issue aside, I am SHOCKED at how much I like the phone. My last phone was an LG Connect - it got dismal battery life from the start (dead in three hours if it wasn't plugged into a charger). This phone can sit on my desk all day and barely loses any battery. I can surf the net for hours and still I am barely down any juice.
The speed is phenomenal, especially compared to the LG I had previously. The screen isn't the sharpest, but at this size, it doesn't matter much. The camera isn't stellar. But the call quality is excellent and the surfing speeds are really fast. Considering that the next best phone is the Samsung and the price is about $400 more, this is the best you can do for a budget smart phone.
My caveat was that I wouldn't get another LG phone because of the SD card unmounting issues and overheating and poor battery life on my last LG phone. In researching the "best" metro pcs smart phone I did note that the LG options didn't seem to have the same 4GLTE capabilities as this one and frankly, didn't look any better. Several sales people mentioned that LG phones tend to be "buggy" and indicated they would go for the Huawei over the LG. I am glad, now that I've been using the phone, that I took their advice.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
It's just the phone that I needed. It works 3G in Venezuela and the camera is very good. Just good quality and excellent price.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
great product, excellent price i bought it for a gift and hes really happy with it, the phone is fast and very easy to use
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
I really dont know what happend, I bought a Huawei Ascend Y300 and my son loved it, so I decided to buy one for him, Surprise!!!! This one is not the same, its some kind of chinesse copy. I was VERY disapointed, never thought amazon would do that, I just click in my previous order and was send to this one.
IT SHOULD SAY ITS A COPY!!!! IT IS NOT THE REAL HUAWEI!!!!
Dont fall for it!!!
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
Device came inside an opened box! and it has a Telstra's prepaid plan, it comes with Telstra's SIM card so it doesn't work with any other carrier! this device appears listed under unlocked cellphones in amazon's website, filled a claim and amazon stood by the seller, what a shame! you can see the picture under customer images
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2014
I was looking for a cheap Android phone to be used as an MP3 player. There is a lot of good sub $200 Android phones, but my target is to get something in the $100 price point. At this price level, there is a lot of junk. I finally decided on this Y300 because Amazon had a used one form their Warehouse deal for less than $100.
The item that I got was a prepaid Bell Canada version, model Y300-0151, running Android 4.1.1. No carrier branding on the phone, and it is unlocked (tried a T-Mobile SIM and it worked). It uses standard mini SIM. First impression is that the screen is pretty decent. Many phones at this price point have really poor screen, with washed out colors and poor viewing angles. This Y300's screen is actually pretty good. It has decent resolution for the size too. There's no coating whatsoever though, so it collects fingerprints instantly.
The OS has a custom Huawei skin. It offers quite a bit of customizations with themes, each with its own set of wallpaper and icons. You can even set what kind of animation you want to see when you slide to different home screens.
As for the performance, well, you get what you paid for. The biggest issue is the 512MB RAM (the OS reported even less). I practically have to disable a ton of apps and services just to have an audio player running without crashing or restarting. Forget about having widgets and whatnot unless you want your phone to lag severely. I don't feel like I'm using a phone with dual core processor. Things can get laggy very quickly. Huawei put an option to restart the phone when you push and hold the power button, in case you need a quick reboot. I can't imagine how bad other phones are in this price range, where they are still running older single core snapdragons.
Internal storage is quoted at 4GB. In reality, there's only about 900MB left for user space as most of the space are used by the OS and pre-installed apps (that you cannot uninstall). There's a microSD slot that is located separate from the battery, so you can hot-swap the card if you want to (make sure to un-mount it first from the OS). I did manage to get a 64GB microSDXC card to work with the phone. Using the card straight won't work. Also, the phone doesn't seem to be able to re-format a 64GB microSDXC properly. I have to format the card on my PC. Make sure to format it using FAT32 file system. Downside of this filesystem is that if you have a file or folder with extremely long name, apps will simply crash. I put my music in the SD card, and some of the folders have a fairly long name. Every apps that try to access the storage (the music player, file manager, etc) crashes. Took me some time to figure it out.
Other tidbits: Camera is poor, but not much to expect at this price point.The speaker seems decent and loud enough. Doesn't support 5GHz wifi.
So far, it fits for what I bought it for. The performance can be maddening due to the extremely low RAM. KitKat is supposed to have better memory footprint, but don't expect this phone to be updated at all.
In short, if you really want a good cheap phone, spend a little bit more. Most other phones in this $100 price range probably are not any better as most of them seem to have 512MB of RAM. There are a lot of better Android phones once you go to the $200 price point.