Just 2 weeks ago I got a new phone!
Well, it’s an android. And it’s pretty affordable at RM699.00 for a phone of its capability.
It is primarily my colleagues’ workphone for company use and works marvelously as a backup for all of us. So far both of them (original phones iPhone and a Samsung S3) had no complains.
We kept our expectations fair of course. 🙂
At first glance the phone looked solid enough. In the hands it feels decently solid too. (Read: It’s not plastic-ky).
We are proud to announce that it had survived a few tumbles to the ground (unintentionally of course) and still works just as normally as before.
Well, there were no flat screen fall so far and we do not have any intention of testing that anytime soon! 🙂
The back panel has mesh effect to it which somewhat gives a better grip kind-of- feel. You may not think that’s much, but a phone that doesn’t slides off the table easily and keeps well to the hand ergonomically friendly somewhat.
Most reviews tests out a phone’s or a tablet’s processor by running games applications. Since none of us play games, we tested out the camera more than anything else. The 3MP camera is laggy as it takes a few seconds to load up. Same goes to the focus.
Controls-wise it’s limited to a few basic functions like brightness, auto-focus and zoom. Effects such as (Mono、Sepia、Negative) were rarely used (for us personally) but it’s good to have. Our Acqua’s photo quality setting is always set at Super Fine, with the other available choices of fine and normal.
BELOW: Pictures taken with the ZTE Acqua. For a 3MP it’s pretty good for normal daylight conditions.
On a dull or rainy day:
You get the drift.
Next, is the screen pleasing to the eyes?
Frankly, the screen is not as sharp as we would have preferred, and we realized at times, it’s not as responsive as we would like either. A quick tap normally doesn’t cut it, and you’re better off with a full finger touch on the particular icon for a few seconds to be ensured of its response.
With a 4-inch display, the phone ensures decent screen real-estate to play with. In my humble opinion, 4-inch screens are just nice for the hand to grip, to carry around, for use and it fits into the pocket easily too.
Karen did love this quick menu function that takes her straight to the 6 most popular menus : Call, Volume, Calendar, Mail, Camera, Message. With a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, it is fairly easy on the eyes for social networking, emails and so forth; as all basic to mid range smartphones should be able to provide. Youtube videos and pictures browsing is not a problem either.
You can browse through the technical specs here:
|Hardware & Baseband Information|
|Model Name||Model Name||ZTE-U V880E|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|weight(g) (with battery)||about 130g|
|QWERTY Keypad||Virtual QWERTY|
|TouchScreen||Yes,Capacity touch screen|
|Side Keys||Volume key,power key|
|Bearer||GPRS (Multi-slot / MS Class / Coding Scheme)||Multi-slot: Class12 MS Class: B Coding Scheme: CS1/CS2/CS3/CS4|
|EDGE (Multi-slot / Coding Schem)||Multi-slot: Class12 Coding Scheme:MCS1~MCS9|
|UMTS / HSDPA/HSPA/HSPA+||MSM7227A: HSPA (7.2 Mbps DL/5.76 Mbps UL)|
|Power Class||UMTS power class3|
|Band Mode (GSM / UMTS)||GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz UMTS 900/2100 MHz|
|Display||Main Display technology, size,resolution, color space||TFT 4.0” 480*800, 262K color|
|Sub Display type, size,resolution, color space||None|
|Camera Sensor Type||CMOS|
|Still Image Capture Resolution (in MP)||3M AF/0.3M FF Dual Camera|
|Function||1.6× digital zoom, Auto white balance(AWB), contrast,brightness, photo Effects(None、Mono、Sepia、Negative), Photo Quality Setting(Super fine/fine/normal)|
|Image (formats, preview framerates)||Format: JPEG Preview framerates: 15fps|
|Video (Formats,resolution, preview / record framerates)||Recording Resolution :VGA(640*480) CIF(352*288) QVGA(320*240) QCIF(176*144) Previewing Framerates:15fps Recording Framerates: 15fps Recording Video Format: MP4|
|Combo Flash||4GB eMMC+512MB DDR2 RAM|
|Total internal memory (end user available) in MB||>2GB|
|Maximum Capacity of external memory card (GB)||32GB|
|Standby time (hours)||250h|
|Voice talk time (min)||4h|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth (Version , Power Class, Profile)||version: 2.1+EDR power class: class 2 Profiles: GAP, A2DP1.2(source), AVRCP1.4(controller), GAVDP1.2(Initiator), HSP1.2(AG), OPP(Client, Server), PBAP1.0(PSE) HFP1.5(AG),OBEX1.1|
|Wifi Protocol||802.11b, g, n|
|USB Cable Connector (MiniUSB/8 pin MiniUSB/MicroUSB/Others)||MicroUSB|
|Charger connector (MiniUSB/8 pin MiniUSB/MicroUSB/others)||MicroUSB|
|FM Antenna||Headset as antenna|
All in all, it fits the profile of a phone of its price and specs range. Well, it is an improvement from the ZTE Skate for sure!
So any comments of ZTE phones?
At the launch we were told that we can expect more ZTE phones coming into the market soon, all higher in specs and performance. Expect consequent increase in price as well. The ZTE Aqua is running 2.3 Gingerbread which I opined is not necessarily a problem. Gingerbread is by far the most popular Android operating system (*more ICS handsets available will change this) and it provides a generally simple and conducive environment that suits phones in the ZTE Acqua range.