• Our ZTE Grand X review

    Software:

    The X ships with Android 4.3 and ZTEís software overlay.



    The biggest change the overlay brings is to the home screen. To unlock the screen you tap and hold an on screen button or tap and slide it to launch up 6 programs quickly. It works fine but so does the default slide to unlock.

    Extras include a File manager, Mi Easy Access (configures the lock screen shortcuts), a task manager.

    With only 4GB of storage with only around 1.54GB available to the user you need to be really selective of which programs you choose to install. After I installed Dead Trigger 2 (which runs fine), I didnít have have space left for Plants vs Zombies 2 or Angry Birds.

    Performance:

    When you first turn the X on it feels pretty smooth but the thing is, it can get really choppy when youíre switching between demanding programs.

    If youíre not a power user it wonít bother you much but itís worth mentioning.



    Still, the X is able to run Dead Trigger 2 just fine so I guess it has enough power for most gaming.



    I compressed some video to give you an idea of the Snapdragon 200ís raw power.



    Hereís the Antutu score:



    Media capabilities:

    The X has an very powerful headphone amp. In terms of SPL, it rivals the HTC One M8 and Huawei Mate 2. In addition to being insanely loud, the headphone amp sounds decent too.

    While the headphone amp is powerful, the built-in speaker is not. Itís quiet and slightly thin sounding.

    You get 4GB of built-in storage of which 1.54GB is usable. There is a MicroSD card slot. I donít think you can choose to install programs in the MicroSD so if you plan on using the X for pictures, videos or music do yourself a favour and pick up a MicroSD card.

    As a Phone:

    Sound quality is a bit rough sounding. Maximum earpiece volume is decent.

    RR performance is quite good.

    The speakerphone is a little quieter than average.

    The 2400mAh battery should last the day for most users.

    Connectivity:

    • 802.11N
    • 2.4Ghz
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • HSPA 850/1900/2100Mhz
    • HSPA up to 21Mbps
    • No NFC


    Conclusion:



    Overall, the ZTE Grand X is a mixed bag. On one hand, it has a very nice sharp display and an interesting look. On the other hand, the camera isnít quite up to snuff and the processor gets overwhelmed sometimes.

    Overall though, for $149.99 itís a decent buy.

    2.5 Howies out of 5.

    Pros:
    • nice display
    • nice body
    • strong RF performance
    • powerful headphone amp


    Cons:
    • sticker on the back scratches easily
    • camera
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Our ZTE Grand X review started by howard View original post
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