AT&T Z998 Review
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.