AT&T Z998 Review
Interface and Functionality
We're not particularly too surprised by ZTE's choice of having a very familiar Android experience with the AT&T Z998. On the surface, it's running an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean experience that boasts many "stock" visuals, like its app panel, but there are some subtle differences.
First and foremost, the lock screen is a slight departure from the norm, since unlocking the phone requires us to press and hold down the icon – as opposed to swiping away from it. However, using the usual approach of swiping away provides us access to some additional functions, such as getting to the dialer or calendar. Better yet, we can customize the selections to our liking. Overall, the foundational aspects of the platform are all here, like its rich personalization and tight ties to Google's ecosystem, therefore we can't complain about the experience.
Knowing that this is running an experience that's close to stock Android, the usual set of organizer apps are all naturally familiar with their presentations and functionality – so there's nothing particularly new here.
With its modest sized display, the on-screen keyboard of the AT&T Z998 is pretty spacious and agreeable with our thumbs. And of course, it's the stock Android keyboard that we're dealing with here, which is more than usable thanks to its responsiveness and usefulness.
Processor and Memory
By no means are we expecting anything immaculate with this one, especially when it's a prepaid phone from ZTE that we're dealing with here. Regardless of that, its dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor coupled with 1GB of RAM is effective enough to handle most basic tasks – albeit, it exhibits some choppy movements with more processor intensive tasks.
Out of the box, it's stuffed with only 2.01GB of free storage – and that's the totally tally once it's set up. A binding amount no doubt, it at least packs along a microSD card slot to supplement its internal storage.
Internet and Connectivity
This mid-ranger is actually packing along support for AT&T’s 4G LTE network, which is pleasant thing to find with a prepaid smartphone. It’s honestly effective enough to like when it comes to surfing the web, as it boasts speedy page loads, timely page rendering, and mostly smooth navigational controls – so there are no complaints from us.
Being a GSM phone, global travelers will surely appreciate the handset’s widespread compatibility with other GSM networks around the world. And it doesn’t surprise us that it’s outfitted with the usual array of connectivity features – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Sorry folks, there’s no NFC with this one.