ZTE Orbit Hands-on Review

ZTE Orbit Hands-on Review
ZTE Orbit is the second phone announced after the Nokia 610 that will carry Windows Phone Tango out of the box, and we spent some time with the runner-up at the MWC showfloor.

With the Orbit our main goal was to check whether Window Phone Tango runs as smooth as Mango does. Well, rest assured we didn't see any difference while moving those Live Tiles around on the bright 4" WVGA LCD display. 

At the same time there were new features like the ability to manage your data connectivity while roaming and attach several items to your outgoing multimedia messages.

Designwise the ZTE Orbit is a pleasant to hold handset, with rounded corners and a soapy shape. The back offers a nice firm grip, and there is a rim around the sides that imitates metal, but isn't. 

The plastic actually doesn't feel cheap and the whole phone looks a tad more sophisticated than a mere entry level device.

We were delighted to witness this, since the ZTE Orbit will probably start from free on contract when it lands April-June, and it offers a 5MP camera on the back that does 720p video plus a 1GHz processor - all basic requirements for a Windows Phone handset are covered. 

To wrap it up we'd say that that the ZTE Orbit is rather well-built basic Windows Phone handset that is sure to entice many budgets and expand Microsoft's mobile OS footprint in emerging markets, or maybe not only there.

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  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A-1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4GB
  • Battery 1600 mAh(4.66h talk time)



1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Chinese companies seems to be doing good lately

9. OlliesLGO7

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

What Chinese comapnies ? Just ZTE ? And we don't know how the product will actually perform in terms of reliability and quality because if they are making these things for as little as they are selling them, where is the corner cutting ? They gotta save money somewhere.

2. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

this is why windows phones are not taking off they keep letting this oems make these low end phones come up with a high end phone that can go head to head with ios and android

3. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

That's where the Lumia 800/900 and Titan II come in, genius,

5. beryleo

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

except those phones are not even in the same league as industry leaders like the GSII, 4s, Sensation, and others.

10. richandwhite unregistered

The Focus S is the GSII. It might not have the dual core processor of the GSII, but honestly putting a dual core in a Windows Phone is like putting a Corvette engine on a motorcycle....it's completely unnecessary.

4. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

lol those cant go head to head with the top lumia 900 is a beautiful phone but no sd support i would just get an iphone and the titan 2 has a Qualcomm S2 Snapdragon at 1.5 and the lumia only 1.4 single i believe s**t lol windows gotta do better than that. the best thing they got going for them is there sexy tablets man i want one

6. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

What part of windows platform don't you all get. Windows don't need all that quad core or dual core to run smoothly. But if I was windows just for you all who are hungry on size I would put a quad core chip in starting with Nokia and samsung and blow away google.

7. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I agree with your first two sentences. I bought my first ever WP7 device less than 3 months ago which has only a 1GHZ single-core chip and was blown away by how smooth and fast it is vs. Android dual-core! As to your third sentence, I can only say, Don't feed the trolls! LOL!

8. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

True. WP is buttery smooth. It's kinda pretty, and very simple. And that's about all it is. If these are the things you care for, then it is perfect for you. But if you get bored with the interface, well... you're stuck with it. And still missing some standard smartphone functions. However you can't beat the really VAST array of options of Android, nor its HUGE personalization possibilities. As for dual and more cores, you could use them for demanding tasks, mostly rich-graphics 3D games. The cores are not needed for the OS itself. So there's no room for comparison, both OS-es have their advantages.

11. anishraj

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

This is one of those phones that would be perfect for ZTE users,Sweet phone! the price is perfect! Specs are good enough, its easy to handle,have a try with ZTE update tool. you can log in their official website zte.com.cn, and you can find the software under technical support.

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