Huawei Y360 review
|Review: November 2015
In a nutshell: Think that a smartphone costing around £50 will be useless? Think again! The Huawei Ascend Y360 (Y3) may cost next to nothing, but it can still run a good range of apps. It's surprisingly well built too, with a truly pocket-sized, lightweight design.
Huawei Y3 review
Why do manufacturers sometimes give their phones such confusing names? We don't know. Huawei named this phone the Y360, but they also named it the Y3. Duh. But whichever name you prefer, it's well worth a look if your budget is really tight.
Design & looks
The Huawei Y3 (or Y360) is an entry-level phone, but you'd never guess that from its build quality. It has a very nice polycarbonate construction, with a smooth finish, and feels really solid and of high quality. It's a compact phone that's easily pocketable, and is extremely light in weight.
The phone comes in a choice of colours - Black, White, Red, and Blue. If all entry-level smartphones could look and feel this good, we'd be happy bunnies.
The 4-inch screen is smaller than most, but it's not too small for navigating menus and apps, and browsing photos, web pages, etc. With a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, it's not the sharpest screen around, but it's by no means the worst.
Android - Huawei style
The Y3 runs Android 4.4 Jelly Bean, with Huawei's Emotion UI 3.0 Lite user interface modifications. This is a relatively light Android customization, and isn't very different from pure Android.
Quadcore processor, limited memory
It's no surprise to find that this entry-level phone has limited capabilities. The processor is quad-core, but not very fast, and with a paltry 512MB of RAM, it can be laggy, especially when opening apps, and also when running apps that make demands on system resources. If all you do is play simple games, check emails and social media, and browse mobile-friendly websites, you'll be OK, but don't expect to do anything more advanced.
The 4GB of flash memory is limiting, but you can expand the storage by up to 32GB with a microSD card for storing music, photos and videos.
The rear camera is a simple fixed focus 5 megapixel affair. It's OK under good lighting conditions, but can't really handle poor lighting. The 2 megapixel front camera is even more basic, but can capture quick selfies.
This isn't a 4G phone, but it's compatible with 2G and 3G networks, and also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and a headphone jack.
The battery life of the Y3 isn't too shabby. The 1730mAh may be small, but it's adequate to power a phone of this type. With moderate use it shouldn't cause any real concerns. However, if you use it continually you might be heading for disappointment.
Conclusion - worth considering
It would be easy to dismiss a phone this cheap, but the Huawei Y360 offers more than you might expect. The build quality is a real surprise, and it's a lovely phone to handle, especially if you have smaller hands or tight jeans! The processing power is limited, but if you don't push it too hard, you'll be able to play games and check out your facebook feed without too many tears. The memory, although small, can be expanded at very little cost, and the camera is capable of capturing cheerful snaps as long as it's not too dark. The battery won't let you down either.
All things considered, we're quite pleased with this little phone, even though we still don't really know what to call it.
There really aren't many good alternatives on offer for less than £100, but you might want to consider the excellent Sony Xperia E4 3G.
Huawei Y360 features include:
- Operating system: Android 4.4 (Jelly Bean)
- 5 megapixel camera with video recording
- 2 megapixel front camera
- Display: 4 inch LCD touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels
- A-GPS receiver with Google Maps
- Music player
- Processor: Spreadtrum 7731CPU, 4 x 1.2 GHz, 512MB RAM
- Memory: 4GB, microSD memory card slot
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack
- 3G HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz) plus quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Size: 123 x 64 x 10.9 mm
- Weight: 120g
- Battery: 1730 mAh
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Can I upgrade my Huawei Y360 android operating system to 5 and above?
on 11th Sep 2018
Is the Huwaei Y3 (Y360) capable of voice recognition?
Asked by karen
on 5th Mar 2018
Camera trouble shooting... it says camera unable to start...check if third party apps are using camera resource.
Asked by Dodi Lannester
on 4th Aug 2017
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