NEW UI MAKES MAT­TERS WORSE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Huawei’s As­cend G510 doesn’t look all that great and is sim­i­lar to many other An­droid smart­phones in the mar­ket. Its 4.5inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play is a fin­ger­print mag­net. There is Huawei’s brand­ing on the top with three ca­pac­i­tive touch keys be­low the dis­play. A 3.5-mm head­phone jack is placed on the top with the lock con­trol, vol­ume con­trol and charg­ing jack on the left panel. The black tex­tured plas­tic back isn’t im­pres­sive ei­ther.

Huawei has done away with the stock An­droid in­ter­face by load­ing its own Emo­tion UI. So, the phone doesn’t have an app launcher tray any­more. In­stead, all apps are placed on the home­screen, which gets a bit dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate through. The only respite is the five icons that can be docked at the bot­tom, which re­mains static across the nine home­screens. In­stead of en­hanc­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence, Emo­tion UI has spoiled it fur­ther. We no­ticed a lag while nav­i­gat­ing through the home- screens or launch­ing apps. A third-party launcher did not bring in any if­fer­ence in terms of per­for­mance. This de­spite the dual-core pro­ces­sor. The per­for­mance is shock­ingly slow and the Quad­rant score of the Huawei G510 was 2451. The only pos­i­tive was the smooth brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence over the high speed Wi-Fi net­work.

The Huawei G510 failed to im­press us in the cam­era depart­ment as well. It has got a 5 MP cam­era on­board. At first, the im­ages cap­tured looked de­cent. How­ever, when the im­ages were trans­ferred to a PC, we no­ticed a lot of dis­tor­tion and lack of clar­ity.

Even on full bright­ness, the dis­play isn’t good enough to en­joy videos or movies. The sound out­put is just about aver­age. The smart­phone packs in a 1700 mAh bat­tery that man­aged to hold the charge for a day with very limited use.

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