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ZTE Avid 4G by MetroPCS Review and Specifications

ZTE Avid 4G is a mid-range 4G LTE handset, for $149 and sell by the prepaid carrier, MetroPCS. Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It also has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA camera. In addition, its 4-inch TFT display has a 480×800-pixel resolution. Other features include Wi-Fi hotspot, and joyn capabilities, which is MetroPCS’ content sharing and chat client.

The ZTE Avid 4G is a blandly designed, black slab phone that’s 4.9 by 2.6 by .5 inches (HWD) and 5.25 ounces. It’s a little chunky and a little cheap-feeling, but at least it’s solidly built. The back is soft-touch black plastic, and there’s a bit of chromed plastic around the edges. The physical power and volume buttons are easy to find.

ZTE Avid 4G MetroPCS ZTE Avid 4G by MetroPCS Review and Specifications

The ZTE Avid 4G also runs a very close to stock version of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), including Google’s attractive dialer and contact book. MetroPCS has added its usual bloatware, ranging from the useful Easy WiFi, which automatically connects to open Wi-Fi networks.

ZTE Avid 4G comes with two awful cameras. Technically, there’s a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front, but numbers never tell the whole story.

MetroPCS ZTE Avid 4G Specification Detail

General 2G Network CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
3G Network CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network LTE 1700 / 2100
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2012, December
Status Available. Released 2012, December
Body Dimensions 124 x 65.5 x 11.9 mm (4.88 x 2.58 x 0.47 in)
Weight 148.8 g (5.22 oz)
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB (2.3 GB user available), 512 MB RAM
Data GPRS No
EDGE No
Speed EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE
WLAN Yes
Bluetooth Yes, with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus
Video Yes
Secondary Yes, VGA
Features OS Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
- Organizer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
Battery Li-Ion 1730 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 260 h
Talk time Up to 4 h

 

The ZTE Avid 4G gives you a lot of horsepower for $149, and it’s an ideal smartphone for heavy Web browsing on MetroPCS’s low-cost network. But almost every one of its other features is lackluster, so you should know what you’re getting into here. With your eyes open, you’ll probably appreciate the value.