ZTE Open hands-on

ZTE Open hands-on
The ZTE Open is one of the first handsets running on the Firefox operating system and it brings a clear understanding of what the Firefox OS is and isn’t. First, it is a completely web-based platforms, and second it isn’t a direct Android and iPhone competitor.

Okay, with this off our chests, we have to say that the ZTE Open is all about affordability. It’s likely to come where we are used to seeing feature phones. The device is like an extremely basic Android smartphone - a 3.5-inch screen, a 3-megapixel fixed-focus camera and a single-core processor.

In terms of technical details, the 3.5-inch display is HVGA (320 x 480 pixels), the chip is a ARM Cortex-A5-based MSM7225A clocked at either 600MHz or 800MHz. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio are also on board.

Yet, the Firefox OS feels relatively fluid on the device, with no huge stutter. Speaking of the platform, it has its own marketplace and that is yet to grow. Right now, the essentials like Twitter, Bing, Pinterest, Wikipedia and Facebook are covered.

The platform is well integrated with social networks and pulls contact from your Facebook contacts list. It is somewhat similar to Android - it has a dropdown shade with notifications. Overall, though, it is not too ambitious trying to fight against Android and iOS. And that might be its strength, if devices like the ZTE Open are as cheap as promised.

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  • Display 3.5 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.25GB RAM
  • Storage 0.512GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • OS Firefox



7. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

The phone does sport a rather nice design though.. It reminisces the Old HTC phone styling, back in 2010/2011 :D

3. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I just don't understand. I switched from Opera to Firefox, but for different reasons, however...I don't know about a whole OS based on the browser itself.

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

No, no, no! Just don't like it.

1. Taksh.shines

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

hmm.......intresting device at low cost makes me happy...........loves firefox

4. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

it's a compatitor of nokia asha series........

5. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

it's a compatitor of nokia asha series........

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Asha and Bipasha will have tough time.

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