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Sprint Force Review

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Sprint Force Review
Introduction

In the beginning any new technology gets plenty of hype, and phone names become ridiculous because of it. Tops on that list is probably the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, which thankfully was not an LTE device, but plenty of good phones have been tainted with bad names that flaunt the technology behind them. The Sprint Force is not one of these phones. The name is simple, even eschewing the manufacturer (ZTE) for carrier branding. By last year’s standards the Force is a pretty decent little device, with a dual core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM and LTE connectivity, but in today’s market the Force has been relegated to a carrier-branded entry level device, destined to be free on contract soon enough. Read on to find out if the Force is more than the name implies.


Design

The first thought we had when picking up the Force was “plastic.” Unfortunately we had not just watched The Graduate. The Force is plastic from top to bottom, and it feels as such. While some might argue that all plastic phones are bad, some manufacturers tend to do a better job conveying a quality feeling, but ZTE is not one of them. We won’t go as far to say the Force feels cheap, but it is immediately apparent that you are dealing with an entry level device.

The Sprint Force is plastic from top to bottom - Sprint Force Review
The Sprint Force is plastic from top to bottom - Sprint Force Review
The Sprint Force is plastic from top to bottom - Sprint Force Review

The Sprint Force is plastic from top to bottom


Sprint Force
4.88 x 2.54 x 0.47 inches
123.9 x 64.5 x 11.9 mm
5.4 oz (153 g)

Sprint Force

ZTE Flash
5.27 x 2.59 x 0.38 inches
134 x 66 x 10 mm
5.2 oz (147 g)

ZTE Flash

LG Viper 4G LTE
4.59 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches
117 x 62 x 12 mm
5.00 oz (142 g)

LG Viper 4G LTE

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE
4.8 x 2.5 x 0.5 inches
121.9 x 63.5 x 12.7 mm
4.9 oz (139 g)

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE

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


Along the edges are the volume rocker, microUSB port and camera button, and up top is the power key and headset jack. Buttons are placed exactly where you would expect them, and are large enough that you can navigate them without looking. Around back is a textured battery door that doesn’t offer as much grip as you’d expect. There you’ll find the phone’s 5 megapixel camera and accompanying LED flash.

Right side - The sides of the Sprint Force - Sprint Force Review
Left - The sides of the Sprint Force - Sprint Force Review
Top - The sides of the Sprint Force - Sprint Force Review

Right side

Left

Top

Battery cover removed - The sides of the Sprint Force - Sprint Force Review
microSD card slot - The sides of the Sprint Force - Sprint Force Review
Rear camera - The sides of the Sprint Force - Sprint Force Review

Battery cover removed

microSD card slot

Rear camera

The sides of the Sprint Force



Display

The Force follows pretty standard design conventions, with a 4” 480x800 pixels IPS display sitting atop capacitive Android navigation buttons (the recommended Task Switcher button has been replaced with Menu.) The display is generally good for an entry level device, with a respectable 233ppi and good viewing angles thanks to the IPS technology. However, there appears to be some coating on the display because in strong light it washes out quickly if you’re not looking at it straight on and the display is highly reflective in general.



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posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:59 3

1. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"Average" build quality and camera performance are suddenly cons on a low-midrange phone?

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 15:37

4. Mosestechie (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Hi Commentator like to share this that Camera pictures are crystal clear ever since me and wife got this phone we love to capture pic's we go crazy since camera performance its awesome to the core guys!

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:52

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Brian K? You must be new.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 13:58

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7249; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I think this phone should have gotten a 7.5.. 6.5 is too harsh.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:44

5. God2Pac (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Yes the build quality depends on the engineering and also the hardware which is used. so this hardware might only support the 6.5

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:46

6. God2Pac (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


This phone is a good phone with descent features and at the low cost. Good Mobile from ZTE.

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Sprint Force

Sprint Force

OS: Android 4.0
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.88 x 2.54 x 0.47 inches
(123.9 x 64.5 x 11.9 mm)
5.4 oz  (153 g)

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