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.
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|
|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)|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||4 GB (2.3 GB user available), 512 MB RAM|
|Speed||EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE|
|Bluetooth||Yes, with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|Camera||Primary||5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2 GHz|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|- 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|
|- 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.