Although it may reside at the opposite end of the touchscreen scale to the near-legendary, the Huawei G7002 is remarkable because it offers so much for such a tiny price tag. It's far from perfect and is saddled with a cheap design, average camera and underwhelming touchscreen, but these issues are easy to overlook when you consider how much you're getting for your meagre amount of cash.
The G7002 is exclusive to O2 in the UK and is available on pay as you go for around £40. You can buy the handset online, SIM-free for £90.
Telephonic Tales from the Far East
The Huawei brand may not have much in the way of cachet here in the UK, but in its native China the firm is a household name. Rapid expansion has allowed Huawei to become a major player in the global telecommunications arena, and the company has made its first tentative steps into the western market with the Android-powered trio of the, and .
The G7002 is an attempt by the company to build on the success of these cheap and cheerful smart phones. At this stage, however, it's worth noting that it doesn't run Android and actually has more in common with 'dumb phone' rivals such as the and The spec sheet is incredibly modest -- but then so is the price tag.
Just as you'd expect from a touchscreen device costing less than fifty sheets, the G7002 doesn't possess the most inspiring build quality. The glossy plastic casing looks and feels cheap, and makes the phone an absolute nightmare to hold onto when your palms are anything other than bone dry. The silver banding around the edge of the phone is presumably there to add a touch of class, but it's also fashioned out of dodgy-looking plastic.
Looks aren't everything
Despite the underwhelming aesthetics, the G7002 actually feels pretty sturdy when you grip it. There's no movement or creakiness, and the proliferation of plastic does at least bring down the overall weight. At around 95g, it's certainly not going to put any undue strain on the stitching of your trouser pocket.
One of the things that differentiates the G7002 from other low-cost mobiles is its 2.4-inch touchscreen display. Understandably, it lacks a capacitive touchscreen -- as seen on market-leading devices like the iPhone 4 and. Instead, the G7002 packs a resistive variant, which is cheaper but less responsive, as it requires pressure to register an input.
To be brutally honest, the G7002's screen is disappointing. A notable amount of finger pressure is required to do anything, and this shortcoming is almost certainly the reason why Huawei has bundled an extendable stylus with the phone, which docks into the bottom portion of the device.