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ZTE Score M Review

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ZTE Score M Review
Introduction:

Trying to get their foot into the heavily coveted high-end smartphone spectrum, Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been focusing its efforts in this lucrative part of the market, but at heart, they’re still known to pump out inexpensive low-end devices. Rightfully so, that’s we’re seeing with the $50 no-contract ZTE Score M for MetroPCS, which is gearing to try and snatch some attention from comparable models with its low cost and deep set of features.


Design:

To say it bluntly and to the point, the ZTE Score M is the epitome of a cheap phone. There, we said it, and we’re adamant about that! From its cheap plastics to its hollow feel, it doesn’t necessarily instill us with much confidence about its durability. But then again, its bland design doesn’t help either in trying to garner some kind of attention from onlookers.

The ZTE Score M doesn’t instill us with much confidence about its durability - ZTE Score M Review
The ZTE Score M doesn’t instill us with much confidence about its durability - ZTE Score M Review

The ZTE Score M doesn’t instill us with much confidence about its durability


ZTE Score M Review

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We’re thrilled that we find a dedicated shutter key to launch the camera, but much like its physical volume control and power button, it’s difficult to feel out since it’s flush. Also, taking a peek around its sides, we finds a 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, microphone, and microSD card slot.

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Android buttons - ZTE Score M Review
ZTE Score M Review
 

Android buttons

 

microUSB port (left) - ZTE Score M Review
Power key and 3.5mm jack (top) - ZTE Score M Review
microSD card slot, volume and camera keys (right) - ZTE Score M Review

microUSB port (left)

Power key and 3.5mm jack (top)

microSD card slot, volume and camera keys (right)


In the rear, there’s a 3.2-megapixel camera surrounded by a metallic plate, but since cost is somewhat a concern, it doesn’t surprise us that it lacks auto-focus and an LED flash. Finally, taking off its soft touch rear cover grants us access to its unexpected 1,500 mAh battery.

Back - ZTE Score M Review
Camera - ZTE Score M Review
Battery compartment - ZTE Score M Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Display:

First thing to come to mind with its display is wow, well, not the good kind of “wow” that some people would associate to be a positive thing. Rather, this “wow” is more akin to being a dissatisfaction remark as our eyes cringe in pain looking at its 3.5” HVGA LCD display. No doubt soft and faint with its details, things don’t get any better because of its extremely poor viewing angles and distorted colors. Dreadful in every way imaginable, this is on there for purpose – and not to impress our eyes.

Viewing angles of the ZTE Score M - ZTE Score M Review
Viewing angles of the ZTE Score M - ZTE Score M Review
Viewing angles of the ZTE Score M - ZTE Score M Review

Viewing angles of the ZTE Score M



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posted on 26 Mar 2012, 17:47

1. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


So even for $50 off contract, this thing still isn't really worth your money!?

posted on 22 Apr 2012, 21:38 1

2. LMAT2012 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


This review is totally biased. I this is not "the epitome of a cheap phone"! The camera works great! I also found that it made older pictures I took look better. I think this is a great phone!
I am very glad I did not take the advise of the review.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 14:22

3. anishraj (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


I baught this phone a couple days back.. realy ZTE is doing good the features are simply super its has both 2G and 3G..and camera functions with 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash with latest version of Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) iam really enjoying my time in dis phone and in the case of software problems ZTE has official website for software issues and i like to share the S/W link:ww.zteusa.com/,click Devices-->Product List(choose models here)-->Product support

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:55

4. sanjayheadlam (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


is that a camera at the front of the phone

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 17:49

5. anishraj (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


@ sanjayheadlam !!! this phone contains both front and back camera, the camera clarity simply super.....

posted on 30 Mar 2013, 16:00

6. harrytheharbinger (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


the review is cyniacal..infact i have one and the phone is not so bad....

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ZTE Score M

ZTE Score M

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7627, Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.41 x 2.44 x 0.54 inches
(112 x 62 x 14 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)

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