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Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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Stale Gingerbread? The Huawei Ascend G330 Vs. The Sony Xperia U

Buying a new Android phone is a pretty good idea. Androids are generally reliable and easy to use, and it is one of the most popular phone operating systems in the world. And if you’re looking for a reasonably priced phone, then Android gives you lots of options. But one of the misleading things about buying a phone based on its operating system is the number of different versions such a system can have. There are currently three different versions of the Android operating system being sold on various devices, and you might think that a phone running the latest version of the system would be better. In general, a newer operating system version means a little more speed and more stability, with less chance of your phone crashing or freezing. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that the device running the newer version is better than one running an older version. To prove this point we took the Huawei Ascend G330 (running Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system) and compared it to the Sony Xperia U (running Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread system) to see how they compared. And there was a pretty big difference between the two devices…

Where the Sony Xperia U Wins Out…

The Xperia actually has several advantages over the Ascend. It has a better screen, with ten per cent higher resolution and twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch). These two things combined make the display on the Xperia brighter, more colourful and sharper than that on the Ascend. The Xperia also has a camera that shoots video in high resolution HD. You get better Bluetooth support on the Xperia, which comes with Bluetooth 2.1 rather than the older 1.0 version on the Huawei. If you frequently connect to hands free or other Bluetooth devices the newer version means that you get faster data transfer and that your phone uses less battery power when connecting. The Xperia is a little smaller than the Ascend, by around twenty per cent. And it’s also around twenty per cent lighter, weighing in at 110 g as compared to 140 g on the Huawei.

Where the Huawei Ascend G330 Wins Out…

Even though the Ascend runs the newer version of Android, it only has a couple of small advantages over the Xperia. The first is that it has a larger screen, measuring in at four inches as opposed to the Sony’s three and a half inch display. But when you’re reading web pages or emails, a bigger screen is quite a bonus. Secondly, it’s around ten per cent thinner than the Xperia. And that’s it.

What’s the Better Deal?

Given that these two phones retail at around the same price with most mobile service providers, the Sony Xperia U has to be the better deal, even though it’s running an older version of Android. You get a better quality display and better Bluetooth connectivity with the Xperia. The Huawei Ascend G330 is a nice phone, and we like the larger screen, but the Xperia is still better value for money.

What is the best smartphone?” is the question Phil Turner has been trying to answer for the past few months. The answer is far more complicated than the question

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