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AT&T Z998 Review

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Introduction


AT&T Z998 Review
AT&T Z998 Review
AT&T Z998 Review
AT&T Z998 Review
The name isn't new in the US, but generally speaking, Chinese manufacturer ZTE is having a tough time trying to make a dent in the US market, which is already saturated with a mix of phones spanning from the low to high end. Rather than attacking the lucrative high end segment, it seems oh-so fitting for them to try and make strides in the lower end, or in this particular case, the prepaid market. Armed with some modest specs and a price point of $220 outright, the AT&T Z998 no doubt has its appeal to a certain audience, so let's dive in to see what it has to offer.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Bluetooth headset
  • Wall Charger
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Design


Frankly, most of the stuff we're normally accustomed to seeing from ZTE are known to downright cheap – toyish at times to tell you the truth. However, the AT&T Z998 bucks the trend by becoming one of the more appealing devices from the Chinese manufacturer, as it boasts a clean design that might look a bit too conventional at first glance, but nevertheless packs some pleasant qualities. Constructed out of some sturdy plastic materials, of which the rear cover has a soft touch matte finish, we'll say that the combination of all of its materials and weighty feel gives it a solid feel in the hand.

With its power button and volume control, they're sufficiently raised and have responsive feedback when pressed – plus, they're situated in places we're typical to find them. As expected, it features the usual trio of capacitive Android buttons beneath its display, a 3.5mm headset jack, a microUSB port for charging/data connectivity, light/proximity sensors, and various microphones.

Around the back, there sits an ample sized 5-megapixel camera that features an LED flash and 720p video recording. Oh yeah, it's also armed with a front-facing camera! Towards the bottom edge, a small cutout hides away its internal speaker. Closely looking at the rear casing, there's a small slit towards the bottom right corner that grants us access to its 2070 mAh battery, SIM slot, and ever-so-useful microSD card slot.


AT&T Z998
5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
132 x 66 x 10 mm
4.8 oz (136 g)

AT&T Z998

Nokia Lumia 520
4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches
119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

Nokia Lumia 520

BlackBerry Z10
5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35 inches
130 x 65.6 x 9 mm
4.85 oz (138 g)

BlackBerry Z10

Samsung Galaxy Express
5.2 x 2.72 x 0.37 inches
132.2 x 69.1 x 9.3 mm
4.91 oz (139 g)

Samsung Galaxy Express

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.



Display


We shouldn't be too critical, right? Sporting a 4.5-inch qHD 540 x 960 TFT display, it's not the most magnificent thing our eyes have feasted on, but nevertheless, we can't complain too greatly about it. For starters, its detail is adequate enough for most things without having our eyes squint when viewing things in the browser. Furthermore, its color reproduction is punchy in tone – and without being too saturated. Viewing angles are okay, with minimal distortion at wide angles, but its brightness output could be a smidgen more potent to make it easier to view outdoors.

AT&T Z998 360-Degrees View



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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:49

1. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


More desirable than an iphone.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 10:39

2. MKE123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


I can confirm all of the points in this review. It's not an iPhone or a Galaxy, but its also much less expensive which means a lot if you have to replace a phone and you don't have an upgrade available. It does the basics, a little slow sometimes, but if you aren't shooting video you should be ok for a while. Adding the micro SD card helps with storage. I got this after my phone was stolen and I learned that now they can deactivate the device itself even if the SIM is changed, so I became wary of buying used off of CL. Planning to get an S4 once I have an upgrade in 10 months.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:25

3. guitarman999 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


Honestly, this is one of the best phones I have owned in the past two years. Before I had the Pantech Burst which was not all that bad of a phone. But if i had to get another phone after this, might as well mail me a new one :)

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:26

4. ChrisSorey (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 May 2014)


I wish it was as good as your review states. I got one a month ago. IF that long. It no longer comes with a headset. It is only 153 bucks after tax and all though. The battery only lasts 1 day on mine and I only use wifi on it. and am only on before work , during a 30 minute lunch break and after work.

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AT&T Z998

AT&T Z998

OS: Android 4.1
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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
(132 x 66 x 10 mm)
4.8 oz  (136 g)
Battery2070 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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