Huawei M328 (MetroPCS) review: Huawei M328 (MetroPCS)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The Huawei M328 offers solid call quality and a simple design.

The Bad The Huawei M328 lacks a dedicated speakerphone key and its keypad feels a tad cheap. Its front face attracts fingerprints by the ton.

The Bottom Line The Huawei M328 offers decent sound quality in a functional, easy-to-use design. Just don't expect a lot of features.

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It's not often that we get to review a cell phone from a new company (at least, new to us). That's why we requested to examine the Huawei M328 from MetroPCS. Though it's hardly the flashiest phone around--it doesn't even have a camera--we wanted to see what the Chinese company was all about. In fact, the M328 is perfectly suited for MetroPCS's no-frills, no-hassle service. Though we had a few design complaints, it offers decent call quality and an easy-to-use interface. You can get it for just $79; that's a fair price, given that MetroPCS does not make you sign a contract.

Design
The Huawei M328 doesn't put on any design airs. The silver flip phone shows none of the design trends popular today: it's not particularly thin, it doesn't come in multiple colors, and it's not a slider. It's not unattractive, but it won't stand out in a crowd either. At 4.54 inches by 1.77 inches by 0.7 inch and 3.2 ounces, it's portable and lightweight, but we were divided on its long-term durability. The hinge is sturdy, but the plastic skin feels the tiniest bit cheap.


The M328's external display could use a few tweaks.

The M328s external display is a bit small (1.1-inch) and we weren't crazy about the vertical orientation. Yet even so, it manages to be useful by showing the time, battery life, and signal strength. The display supports 65,000 colors, but you're never able to put it to good use since the M328 doesn't support photo caller ID. Just note that the display disappears when the backlighting is off. The backlighting time isn't adjustable, but you can reactivate the screen by pressing the volume rocker. It's also worth noting that the M328's glossy front face attracts fingerprints and smudges.

On the left spine you'll find the aforementioned volume rocker, and a proprietary charger port and a 2.5mm headset jack are located on the right spine. A small, round speaker sits in the lower-left corner of the front face.


The M328's volume rocker is on its left spine.

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Huawei M328 (MetroPCS)

Part Number: HW-M328

As shown: $79

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 200 min
  • Weight 0.2 lbs
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Service Provider metroPCS
  • Diagonal Size 1.8 in