Welcome to the 2010 Huawei G6600 review. The Hauwei G6600 has been around for a little while, which we tried when released earlier in 2010 but we haven’t bothered to do a writeup until now. The reasons are obvious as you will soon read. The G6600 is essentially a cheap GSM only but QWERTY phone. However priced at under $60 as a pre-paid package it is a very good deal.
Note that there is the G6600GD version which is dual SIM capable but the OS is the same for both so our opinion on the phone overall remains the same. They do not operate at the same time!
The Huawei G6600 looks good in photos and in your hand. Strangely, despite the metal accents it has a cheap feeling of lightness to it. We suspect the accents are coated rather than solid metal. The Huawei’s screen and image quality is good for say 2008 but average for 2010. The keypad and buttons surprisingly feel like they belong on a more expensive phone. It also looks like a cross between the Blackberry and E71 which may help it in sales. Overall it is probably better effort than the cheaper Telstra branded ZTE mobile phones.
Since Huawei is a very cheap phone it’s basic hardware is limited. For example 32MB of memory standard but has a microSD for expansion, very poor 2Mp camera limited multi-media player and so forth. The G6600 is a quad band GSM phone so you can use it on any mobile phone around the world. The phone network reception appeared to be good but the call quality is tinny.
The operating system used by the Huawei is a custom version designed to look like RIM’s Blackberry OS but work like Nokia’s S40 and a bit of Windows Mobile 6 thrown in just to be sure. It all works and most people who get this phone will probably understand how it works quickly. We don’t know how stable the OS will be or long term reliability for the handset but every brand has to start somewhere.
Since the G6600 is a GSM only phone it relies on the relatively slow GPRS speeds for any data downloads eg. for email or twitter updates. The best comparison for the G660o would be the Nokia C3-00. However the Nokia C3 has much more functionality including the magical Wi-Fi at a $99 price tag makes it hard to beat in this price range.
Overall the Huawei G6600 is feature packed for phone costing so little. The nice large screen, the solid QWERTY keypad and buttons and the basic menu system make it old school but easy phone to get used to. If that’s all you have in your budget ($59) to buy a new phone than the G6600 is a great choice.
However stretch to $99 and you’ll have a larger number of models that are easily better the Huawei G6600 (Eg. Nokia C3-00) and most importantly keep you much happier for longer.
- Huawei G6600
Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Touch screen and QWERTY
- L112.5 x W60.5 x D11.5 mm
Weight 102 grams
2.4 inch External TFT 240 x 320
- Video Camera
176 x 144 pixel main video camera
Up to 32MB available to user
MicroSD up to 16Gig
- Ring tones
MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
Music and Media player
SMS, MMS, IM, Email
JAVA MIDP 2.0
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Li-ion 1000mAh battery
Up to 800 hours Standby
Up to 380 minutes Talk Time
- Price history
Under $60 AUD 2010 (Pre-paid)