You’ll be forgiven for not having heard too much about the Huawei Ascend Y330 or Y530, especially with all the news hitting the headlines about the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.
But if you aren’t after a flagship phone, or are looking to pick up a simple entry-level smartphone, the Y330 or Y530 are both brilliant options.
But what’s the difference between them and are they worthwhile purchases?
Let us guide you through both devices, and hopefully shed some light on some otherwise mysterious budget smartphones.
Huawei Specs Sheet
Neither the Huawei Ascend Y330 nor Y530 are built to take on the world of the flagship smartphone. But Huawei has stepped up it’s game over the last year, creating well built handsets with good all rounded features at affordable prices.
There are some very clear differences between the two, making for some interesting choices if you are considering picking up a budget smartphone. The Y330 is the cheaper handset of the two, pricing up at £79.99 if you’re going SIM free, or at around £10/month on contract. The Y530, on the other hand, costs around £109.99 SIM free, or £14/month if you’re taking the monthly payment route.
Sporting a 4-inch 480×600 display, the Ascend Y330 can display all of your texts, emails and pictures without a problem and handles day-to-day browsing easily.
The Y530 though boasts a larger 4.5-inch display which offers a bit more bang for your buck, with a 480×854 display making for a sharper, more vivid display.
Both handsets offer 4GB of internal memory which can be expanded by using a MicroSD card up to a very handy 36GB, about enough to carry just over 10,000 pictures or around 17 hours of music. Finally, both the Y330 and Y530 pack 512MB RAM each, as well as 1.3GHz dual-core processors, which is more than enough to handle any standard smartphone requirements you might have.
With a 3MP snapper placed on the back side of the Huawei Ascend Y330 and a 5MP effort on the Y530, you have the option of taking plenty of pictures with both phones. Also, both devices have access to your social media sites of choice, meaning that any pictures you take can be shared almost instantly without going through the hassle of transferring your shots to your PC.
One plus side for the Y530, though, is the inclusion of a front facing camera, so if you’re a fan of taking selfies, or maybe its just an addiction to look at yourself, the Y530 is the one for you.
Huawei Ascend Designs
In terms of build quality, you get a pretty good offering from both handsets, made of polycarbonate which isn’t just durable, but feels good in the hand as well.
On the front side both the Y530 and Y330 look like twins, with one handset being around half an inch larger to incorporate the larger screen.
But on the back side we’re given very different proposals, with the Y330 offering up five different colour options which vary from black all the way to luminous yellow, competing with the likes of the iPhone 5c on the fashion front.
The Y530, however, is covered mostly in black and white, with four different splashes of colour hitting the top and bottom edges of the handset, offering a more defined style.
Do you like colourful smartphones? Why not take a look at our iPhone 5c vs iPhone 5s comparison?
Whilst both Huawei mobile phones run Android 4.3 JellyBean out of the box, they both feature the Emotion user interface that is found across the Huawei line-up. Sporting Emotion 2.0, the design is aimed to be as simple as possible whilst adding a slightly light-hearted tint, which is ideal for younger smartphone users. If they’re still struggling to grasp the software, Huawei has included a ‘Simple Mode’ for both smartphones, in an effort to separate themselves from the competition.
This interface turns the display into eight ‘tiles’ all of which can be moved around and altered to your liking for super-easy access and use. This is a great feature for both young and old, giving a nice and easy display besides superb functionality for a simple, but effective experience.
What’s the verdict?
Huawei knows that the Ascend Y330 or Y530 aren’t going to compete with the big guns, but the Chinese company has managed to create two simple but functional smartphones for a great price, looking to capture a sector of the market which is made perfect for these twins.
The two budget smartphones are designed to offer the core smartphone experience, with an easy to use and understand display, and both handsets do that brilliantly.
If you’re looking for one of the best budget handsets for a younger user, or a functional phone for an older relative, you might just be on to a winner with either the Huawei Ascend Y330 or Y530.
The only tough part is deciding on which one, so why not take a trip over to our our Huawei Ascend range.