The ZTE Grand X is the latest device released by ZTE and is an example of the company’s desire to compete with the likes of HTC and Samsung. This smartphone is a solid piece of equipment and packs quite a punch at a reasonably affordable price, coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a nippy dual-core Tegra 2 processor all for under £200 /$312.
ZTE Grand X
Though not the best looking phone available on the market, you could hardly call the ZTE Grand X ugly. As it is, it looks fine. There is a slight hint of a cheap plastic build when holding the phone but it’s not something to be too concerned about.
A 4.3-inch 960 x 540 panel on the ZTE Grand X offers 256 PPI and is generally on par with some of the market leaders. Excellent colour reproduction and detail on the display means viewing HD photos and videos is not wasted. However this is where the positivity ends as there have been many complaints about the screen’s view ability in sunlight, not to mention its occasional poor-responsiveness and touch inaccuracy.
The ZTE Grand X offers the familiar dual-camera setup, with a 5-megapixel sensor and LED flash on the back and a simple VGA on the front. Nothing to rave about, it’s a decent camera for video calling on the front and casual photography but don’t expect to get any photographic masterpieces out of this one.
Performance and Software
Although the ZTE Grand X comes with a more than capable 1GHz dual Tegra 2 processor it is let down by a measly 512MB of RAM. Anyone expecting consistent top notch performance will be left disappointed as minor delays and freezes aren’t uncommon. For the realists out there, given the price of the Grand X, it actually performs really well, with 3D gaming working smoothly and HD content from providers like Netflix or the BBC playing without problems too.
ZTE states you should be able to get around 180 minutes of talk time and 300 hours on standby from the 1650mAh battery. Though debatable, this is very similar to most mid-high range smartphones available now and should get you through a day of fairly heavy usage without a need for a charge. The standard WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and MicroSD connections are also included.
All in all, the ZTE Grand X is a great phone for anyone looking for an introduction to the smartphone world, or indeed to the new Android 4.0 OS. For the average phone user this would be far from a bad choice and in fact may turn out to be quite an investment as the price tag is definitely its biggest selling point. In addition, the Tegra 2 processor provides great gaming ability as with access to the TegraZone marketplace it permits users to download games optimized specifically for the system. The ZTE Grand X ultimately proves that good things can come in cheapish packages; great things however need a bit more finesse.
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Author: Darren wall aka prepay writes about the mobile phone technology and has been reviewing the latest smartphones for the Pre Pay As You Go Blog for the last two years.
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