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AT&T Z998 Review

AT&T Z998

Posted: , by John V.




Running the camera app, we're presented with some meaningful shooting modes and to an extent, a few manual settings as well, that shutterbugs will no doubt appreciate. Beyond that, getting the camera app up and running is fairly quick, but it's a bit slow when it comes to snapping the shot – mainly because of its timely focusing.

Yet again, we're not entirely surprised by the results from its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, since it's merely there for the added convenience of taking a snapshot when the occasion rises. Overall, it's adequate enough if you want to convert them into 4" x 6" printouts, just because it has enough quality elements that make its photos usable – such as its average details and punchy colors. However, with lower lighting situations, we see a stronger presence of noise, which in turns softens its overall quality.

The passable results with its still image quality don’t translate over to its 720p video recording quality, mainly because it produces many distasteful elements. First, details take a substantial dip – to the point where it’s very indistinct. Secondly, it seems to suffer from under exposure, which causes it to have a very dark appearance. Rounding things out, artifacting elements pop up and its audio recording quality is a bit sharp.


When it comes to listening to some music, we have two options available to us with the AT&T Z998 – the usual Google Play Music app and ZTE's own offering. With the latter, it’s just so refreshing to check out something new. Its volume output is definitely loud, but we’re not entirely impressed by its flat sounding tones.

The specs on this phone are nothing worth writing home about, but nonetheless, it's still great for watching high definition movies. Flaunting a smooth playback with some pleasant visuals, it's more than suitable for us to use it on the road.

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:49 1

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

More desirable than an iphone.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 10:39 1

2. MKE123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)

I can confirm all of the points in this review. It's not an iPhone or a Galaxy, but its also much less expensive which means a lot if you have to replace a phone and you don't have an upgrade available. It does the basics, a little slow sometimes, but if you aren't shooting video you should be ok for a while. Adding the micro SD card helps with storage. I got this after my phone was stolen and I learned that now they can deactivate the device itself even if the SIM is changed, so I became wary of buying used off of CL. Planning to get an S4 once I have an upgrade in 10 months.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:25 1

3. guitarman999 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

Honestly, this is one of the best phones I have owned in the past two years. Before I had the Pantech Burst which was not all that bad of a phone. But if i had to get another phone after this, might as well mail me a new one :)

posted on 26 May 2014, 15:26

4. ChrisSorey (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 May 2014)

I wish it was as good as your review states. I got one a month ago. IF that long. It no longer comes with a headset. It is only 153 bucks after tax and all though. The battery only lasts 1 day on mine and I only use wifi on it. and am only on before work , during a 30 minute lunch break and after work.

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AT&T Z998

AT&T Z998

OS: Android 4.1
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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
(132 x 66 x 10 mm)
4.8 oz  (136 g)
Battery2070 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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