Review: ZTE Engage

The ZTE Engage is the new contract-free smartphone from Cricket Wireless. Compared to other ZTE handsets, it holds a sturdier design and better screen.

The solid design structure of the ZTE Engage makes it easy to hold and grip. The handset measures 4.9-inch tall, 2.5-inch wide and 0.4-inch thick.

The ZTE Engage is a 4.3-inch WVGA display device with an 800×480 pixel resolution. Unlike other ZTE devices, it has a bright and smooth display with a wider viewing angle.

ZTE Engage

The handset is pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and offers a few Google apps including  Chrome, Gmail, Google Music, Plus, Local, Maps with Navigation and Latitude, Messenger, access to Play Books, Movies, Store, and Music, Search, Talk, and YouTube.

It also has Cricket-specific apps like its own navigator, a My Account app, MyBackup, a Yellow Page-esque app called Cricket411, the security app, NQ Mobile Security and the mobile suite Documents To Go.

On the rear, there is a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and it includes editing options like a digital zoom, flash, touch focus, five white balances  five exposure levels , six scene modes, 13 picture sizes , six color effects, and four focus modes including auto and macro.

The device also has a VGA front-facing camera for self portrait. The ZTE Engage comes with a microSD card slot (up to 32GB) and 1,900 mAh lithium ion battery.

The device has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a micro-USB port for charging, volume rocker and a sleep/power button.

Verdict

Though the device sports higher specs and features,  it has poor call quality and camera performance.

Features

  •  4.3-inch Display
  • 800×480 Pixel Resolution
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 8-inch Megapixel Rear Camera and a VGA Front camera
  • MicroSD Card Slot( up to 32GB)
  • 1,900 mAh lithium ion battery.

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