In the last year or two, we’ve seen a whole range of smartphones hit the market for less than £100. Two of the most popular bargain phones on sale right now are the £80 HTC Desire 320 and £30 Huawei Ascend Y330. But what do you get for your money and how has Huawei made a phone for such an incredible price? Let’s see how these two compare.
With its shapely edges and prominent speaker grill on the front, the Desire 320 is a good-looking phone and feels a little more polished than the blocky, minimalist Y330. Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with the look and feel of the Huawei, we just prefer the HTC.
Both phones have plastic bodies that keep the weight down and make them a bit more resistant to scratches and scuffs, and both phones feel solidly put together.
Of course, for this price you’re not going to get ground-breaking design, but both HTC and Huawei have put together nice phones that you’ll be happy to be seen with.
The screens on the two phones both have the same resolution, so they both show a decent level of detail that makes reading and playing games really good.
The Desire 320, however, has a good size advantage over the Y330 as its screen measures 4.5-inches, compared to 4-inches. That gives you more room for everything you do, and that gives a better experience in our opinion. Of course, if you have smaller hands you might welcome the smaller screen size of the Huawei as it’s easier to use with one thumb.
HTC has given the Desire 320 a big advantage in the camera department by giving it a 5MP sensor and LED flash. The Y330 only weighs in at 3.15MP and doesn’t have a flash, which could be a problem if you want to get a quick snap on a night out.
We’re not sure if it’s the extra 1.85MP or the rest of the technology in the camera, but the photos taken with the HTC are much better than the ones taken with the Huawei.
And when it comes to video quality, there’s no comparison. The Desire 320 records in Full HD, while the Y330 only manages standard definition.
Whether you like the way a phone works or not is pretty subjective, so we’ll reserve our opinions on the software of these two phones and just go through some of their best features.
The Desire 320 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and comes with some HTC exclusive features. There’s BlinkFeed, which pulls news and your social network updates into one page, and Video Highlights that makes it easy to create mini movies backed by a soundtrack and unique theme.
The Y330 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which Huawei has customised to be as easy to use as possible. There’s no app draw, so all your apps can be found on your homepage, and there aren’t any tricky features that you need to learn how to use.
HTC has another advantage when it comes to doing things quickly. The Desire 320’s processor might run at 1.3GHz like the one in the Y330, but it’s a quad core one. That’s twice as many cores as the Huawei has, which makes it much better at handling lots of things at once.
That multitasking ability is improved even more by the 1GB RAM in the HTC. So if you plan on running high-end games or want to jump between lots of apps, you’ll want the Desire 320.
Battery life is a very one-sided battle, with the HTC’s battery being almost 50% bigger than the one in the Huawei. If you use your phone as much as we do, which is admittedly quite a lot, the Y330 won’t get you through a full day.
The Desire 320, on the other hand, will just about make it home so you can put it on charge. If, however, you’re a normal person who talks to people face to face, both phones should happily get through the day.
You get a lot more for your money than you might expect. These two phones might not be the best we’ve ever tested, but they’re definitely both smart phones and we’ve had fun using them. Of course, the more you invest in your phone, the more you’ll get out of it, which is why the HTC Desire 320 is better than the Huawei Ascend Y330.