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AT&T Z998 Review

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Interface and Functionality


We're not particularly too surprised by ZTE's choice of having a very familiar Android experience with the AT&T Z998. On the surface, it's running an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean experience that boasts many "stock" visuals, like its app panel, but there are some subtle differences.

First and foremost, the lock screen is a slight departure from the norm, since unlocking the phone requires us to press and hold down the icon – as opposed to swiping away from it. However, using the usual approach of swiping away provides us access to some additional functions, such as getting to the dialer or calendar. Better yet, we can customize the selections to our liking. Overall, the foundational aspects of the platform are all here, like its rich personalization and tight ties to Google's ecosystem, therefore we can't complain about the experience.

Knowing that this is running an experience that's close to stock Android, the usual set of organizer apps are all naturally familiar with their presentations and functionality – so there's nothing particularly new here.

With its modest sized display, the on-screen keyboard of the AT&T Z998 is pretty spacious and agreeable with our thumbs. And of course, it's the stock Android keyboard that we're dealing with here, which is more than usable thanks to its responsiveness and usefulness.


Processor and Memory


By no means are we expecting anything immaculate with this one, especially when it's a prepaid phone from ZTE that we're dealing with here. Regardless of that, its dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM is effective enough to handle most basic tasks – albeit, it exhibits some choppy movements with more processor intensive tasks.

Out of the box, it's stuffed with only 2.01GB of free storage – and that's the totally tally once it's set up. A binding amount no doubt, it at least packs along a microSD card slot to supplement its internal storage.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
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Samsung Galaxy Express 5047
AT&T Z998 4441
AnTuTu
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Samsung Galaxy Express 10686
AT&T Z998 13785
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
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AT&T Z998 26
Vellamo Metal
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AT&T Z998 496
Vellamo HTML 5
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AT&T Z998 1905
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Internet and Connectivity


This mid-ranger is actually packing along support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, which is pleasant thing to find with a prepaid smartphone. It’s honestly effective enough to like when it comes to surfing the web, as it boasts speedy page loads, timely page rendering, and mostly smooth navigational controls – so there are no complaints from us.

Being a GSM phone, global travelers will surely appreciate the handset’s widespread compatibility with other GSM networks around the world. And it doesn’t surprise us that it’s outfitted with the usual array of connectivity features – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Sorry folks, there’s no NFC with this one.

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:49

1. -box- (Posts: 3782; 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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