ZTE Warp hands-on

ZTE Warp hands-on
Prepaid Android smartphones don’t necessarily have to be boring or tasteless, well, that’s unless they’re aiming for the very low-end market. Fortunately for those who happen to be on Boost Mobile, they’ll have the pristine opportunity of checking out a decent looker in the ZTE Warp – an Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone priced temptingly at $199.99 no-contract.

After beholding its no-contract price, we have to admit that we’re digging its looks mainly because its exudes some of the qualities we tend to see with higher-end models. Specifically, it features a sizable 4.3” WVGA display that’s abnormally shocking to find – for a prepaid smartphone that is.

Even though it’s constructed out of plastic, which obviously keeps its weight somewhat light, our mind is still believing that it’s a high-end offering, but on paper, its hardware specs dictate it to be none other than a mid-range model. Nonetheless, this wide-looking handset definitely is able to stand above most other smartphones on Boost Mobile’s lineup.

Under the hood, it’s sporting a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8655 processor with 512MB of RAM, which makes the relatively stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience very smooth in execution. Interestingly enough, we notice that it’s packing the ID pack functionality that enables for some quick personalization – much like other Sprint ID enabled smartphones.

Meanwhile, some of its other features include a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 4GB of internal storage, 2GB microSD card, 3.5mm headset jack, 1,600 mAh battery, Bluetooth, aGPS, and Wi-Fi.

Honestly, it’s not that bad forking over $200 for this bundle of joy – since you’re not required to sign any lengthy contract. In addition, it really helps that it’ll go nicely with Boost Mobile’s $50 per month unlimited plan, which can go down in price if you happen to be a customer in good standing for some time.

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  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB
  • Battery 1600 mAh(7.50h talk time)



1. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

$199? How do they do that? The Triumph on Virgin Mobile has worse specs, and is $299...

6. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Motorola Triumph has better specs. Triumph has a 720p HD video recording, the ZTE Warp only has 480. Triumph has a front facing camera, the ZTE Warp doesn't. Triumph has a HDMI out, the ZTE Warp doesn't.

7. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Triumph is better, performance is what you get for a prepaid phone.

2. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

A couple of comments. For the same price, you can get the Samsung Exhibit II with Tmobile. The original price for the warp was $250 meaning Boost cut the price by $50, which is a clear indication android devices are overpriced to begin with. I suspect the Triumph got sold for $300 because Virgin wasn't planning on making much on the $25 a month plan so it had to make it on the phone. Also, ZTE is not a well known brand so the $200 price reflects that. Lastly, in the case of the Triumph, it is really a Hua wei phone rebadged under the Motorola moniker.

4. blaze456

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2010

huawei is a cheap company too..i guess they also charge extra for motorola name and the front facing camera

5. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I actually prefer Hua Wei / Motorola Triumph over the ZTE Warp because Hua Wei has been making millions of these types of handsets for the Asian market meaning they got good at making the Triumph. I just don't get the same warm and fuzzy feeling with the Warp.

3. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Cheap company but quite nice phone in this price range.

8. wantsquality

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I bought this phone becuase it was the "best" phone my cell service provided at the time. But 3 months into it I was fed up with the phone. This phone is JUNK and it is NOT inexpensive- becuase it is junk!!! It is hard to operate and worse when you're in a car and need to pay more attention- even to make a call. You get the phone set up the way yopu like and the next time its different... this happens a lot and it pocket dials all the time and I have a swipe code i am sure my pocket doesnt repeat. It is deteriating inside the phone... little specs showing up on screen- inside the phone, its not scratches or other. You set it up to voice dial and such and two days later its off. OK, you have my two cents worth and you been told.

9. wantsquality

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Judging by all the comments it seems noen of them actually owned the phone. I do, and you can do a lot better. screen very touchy to text or dial with- requires perfect finger tip placement... and even then I'm not sure it rads right.

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