Friday, May 23, 2014

Huawei Ascend G730 Reviewed – Is it Good or Bad

The Ascend G730 is one of the latest entries into Huawei's G-series of smartphones. This line of devices are composed of mid-range smartphones that seek to offer a comprehensive set of multimedia features at a relatively affordable price to the general public.

The Huawei G730 stands out as it has a 5.5 inch LCD touchscreen, which is the biggest screen within the G-series so far. With this screen, the G730 can be classified as a phablet, a combination of the functionality of a smartphone and the screen size of a tablet. However, it's not as big as some phablets out there with screens of six or more inches.

Note that there is another version of the G730 known as the G730-L072. The latter replaces the MediaTek processor with a cpu from Qualcomm. There do not seem any other differences between the two versions and they both look the same.

Both also supports two sim cards as do many of the other members in the G-series, but that's as far as it goes. The phone does not offer anything extra. In fact, its specs are somewhat on the low side despite the fact that it's supposed to be a mid-range smartphone. A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the G730 will explain why.

Strengths of the Huawei Ascend G730

Here's what's good about the Huawei Ascend G730:
  • The biggest plus about the G730 is its large 5.5 inch screen. Although resolution and sharpness is only average, such as big screen can be useful in terms of the interface between the phone and the user. It's easier to press things on a larger screen than it is on a small screen. This makes the phone more user-friendly and improves usability.
  • Like many of the other members in the G-series of smartphones, a user can install two sim cards in the G730. Instead of a single line, you now have access to two separate lines of communications using just one phone. This opens up lots of possibilities, which is why this feature is highly sought after by many people.
  • The G730 is a fairly smooth performer when it comes to running software such as social social media apps. There are no excessive delays or lags when switching screens. It does start to slow down at heavier work such as playing games.
  • The Huawei G730 sells for around $150 to $175, which makes it relatively affordable option for people in need of a phablet with a big screen. Unfortunately, this price seems to have come by making certain sacrifices, which brings us to the next point.

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Weaknesses of the Huawei Ascend G730

Here's what's bad about the Huawei Ascend G730:
  • Even though the G730 is a member of the mid-range G-series of smartphones, it's in practice probably closer to the Y-series, which are entry-level or budget smartphones from Huawei. If you ignore the 5.5 inch screen, the phone is more like a budget smartphone. The phone seems to have been designed around adding a big screen while keeping the cost low, which came at the expense of cutting back on almost everything else.
  • While the screen of the G730 scores high in terms of size, the quality of the screen itself doesn't. Compared to other members in the G-series, such as the Huawei Ascend G700, the picture seems significantly worse, especially when looking from the sides. Sharpness and especially viewing angles are worse on the G730. Actually, the entry-level Y-series smartphones may even be better in this area, let alone the mid-range G-series, where it officially ranks.
  • One of the biggest strength of phablets is that they tend to last longer than other smartphones that are smaller in size. However, that is not the case with the G730. While the battery is a little bit bigger than most smaller smartphones, it's smaller than what you'll find in other phablets. Taking into account the extra power required for the bigger screen, the G730 is poor for a phablet when it comes to battery life, which requires you to pay attention to the battery indicator during the day.
  • Huawei seems to have cut corners in several areas to get a big screen on the G730 while keeping costs under control. Examples are a poor camera in the front, only four gigabytes of internal storage and limited support for 3G radio frequencies, which means that the phone cannot work everywhere.

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Comparison of the pros and cons of the Huawei Ascend G730

In my opinion, the G730 is a niche smartphone that is right for a specific group of people. Someone who needs everything on their screen to be bigger because they have poor eye sight or some other reason and are satisfied with the abilities of a entry-level smartphone.

For this group of people, the G730 is an affordable option that allows them to read or see more clearly what's on screen or press smaller things with their fingers. That the picture quality is not the best may not be that big an issue to them.

However, to most people the G730 may be not the best option. Dual-sims are nice, but that feature can be found on other phones, including other G-series smartphones. Most people will probably prefer other smartphones, which come with much better screens than what is there on the G730.

It's the G730's biggest weakness and a major issue because the screen is what people have to look at when they handle a phone. There is simply no way around it. For this reason, the screen of a phone is very important and the G730 is weak in this regard. It's not horrible, but worse compared to most contemporary smartphones.

Despite being a large phone, the G730 is only comparable to regular smartphones in terms of battery life. In other words, it's not great, but only average. It simply doesn't have the extra juice that you will usually find on other phablets which is the type of smartphone that the G730 is.

Compared to other phones, the G730 may be closer to entry-level or budget smartphones than mid-range smartphones. It probably belongs with the Y-series instead of the G-series. Except for the large screen, the G730 feels like a basic entry-level smartphone.

In general, the G730 can be an okay phone for some people. If you really need a big screen, but cannot afford too much, the G730 can be a good and affordable option. Most other people will likely find that other smartphones are a better fit for their needs than what they'll find on the G730.

  • Big 5.5 inch screen
  • Supports dual sim cards
  • Affordable price
  • Picture quality seems worse compared to most smartphones
  • Poor battery life considering it's a phablet
  • Mid-range phone, but feels like an entry-level phone
  • Limited frequency bands make it unsuitable when travelling

Huawei Ascend G730
Reviewed by Gadget Revue on May 23 2014
Rating: 2

Huawei Ascend G730 and G730-L072 specifications

Type Smartphone
Style Bar
Brand Huawei
Color Black / white
Dimension (H X W X D) 151.5 mm x 78.3 mm x 9.6 mm
Weight 180 grams
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Skin Emotion UI
Network bands UMTS: 900 / 2100 MHz
- GSM / EDGE: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
Processor (G730) Mediatek MT6582
- 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Graphics Mali-400 MP2, 500 MHz, 2 cores
Processor (G730-L072 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
- 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno 305, 1 core
RAM 1 gigabyte (GB)
Internal storage 4 gigabytes (MB)
Expandable memory slot MicroSD, up to 32 gigabytes
Screen type 5.5 Inch Multi-Touch TFT LCD
Screen colors 16M colors
Screen resolution 960 x 540, 200 PPI
Rear camera 5.0 megapixels, LED flash
- Geotagging, autofocus, 1080p@30fps Full-HD video
Front camera 0.3 megapixel
Wireless Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
Connectors microUSB (USB 2.0)
- 3.5 headphone earjack
Sensors Accelerometer
- Proximity sensor
- Light sensor
- Compass
Navigation GPS + A-GPS
FM radio Included
Battery Removable Lithium-Ion 2300 mAh
Special features Supports two sim cards
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