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ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on

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ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
If you’re quite familiar with Chinese smartphone maker ZTE, then you probably know the kind of devices they’re known to put out. Honestly, when it comes down to it, they’ve nailed it down to a tooth when it comes to producing downright cheap devices – and the same implies to the European bound ZTE Nova 3.5.

Unlike the modest hardware specs seen with the ZTE Nova 4.0, the Nova 3.5 is the embodiment of what it means to be a ZTE device. For starters, it’s constructed out of cheap plastics, which does contribute to a lightweight feel, but doesn’t instill much confidence with its flimsy build quality. Trying to add a level of premium to the device, it sports a glossy trim bezel, but it does little to add any appeal to the handset’s uninspiring design.

ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on


Continuing the theme of cheap, we notice it instantly with the 3.5” HVGA LCD display it’s packing along for the ride – as it sports some terrible viewing angles and washed out colors. Unless you’re holding it exactly at a 90-degree angle, it’s very difficult to make out anything on the display itself. No doubt considered to be an entry-level device, its single-core 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7625 processor performs sluggishly throughout many aspects. Probably, it could be due to the custom UI it’s running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, or something else, but in either case, the handset simply exhibits a lot of lag and choppiness.

ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on
ZTE Nova 3.5 hands-on


Despite its less than stellar appeal from a cursory look, this handset is bound for the European market with no price attached to it. Nevertheless, even if it’s priced really low, it’s still going to be rather difficult to entice people.



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posted on 09 May 2012, 12:39 3

1. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


I think the authors have to take some blames for people feeling cheap whenever something's made of plastic, it doenst mean its bad its just feel lighter and in reality its even durable than metal,dont believe it? Try dropping iphone and galaxy s ii from the same height!!!

posted on 10 May 2012, 02:49 1

4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


agreed. Would you want a phone that is made of high grade quality, but weigh like a stone, or would you want a phone that is made of rubberized plastic or plastic that is of moderate quality and weighs 99g?

posted on 09 May 2012, 12:55 2

2. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I'm assuming those are capacitive touchscreen buttons? Honestly it would have been more appealing, and probably more reliable being this is a budget phone, if they just designed it with physical buttons.

Besides its mediocrity, I do give props for design. Heck a lot better than what Pantech sells.

posted on 09 May 2012, 13:15 2

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Chinese Huawei-made K3V2 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz is competing with Samsung Exynos processor.

posted on 10 May 2012, 02:49

5. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


may the best processor win then. :)

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