AT&T Z998 Review

Call Quality


Generally speaking, we’re able to have conversations with little distractions with the AT&T Z998. Putting out enough volume, voices have a decent amount of presence through the earpiece – and it helps that they’re audible too. However, our callers mention hearing some distortion on their end. Despite having some muted tones, the speakerphone puts out a sufficient level of volume.


Battery


Donning a 2070 mAh battery, it's enough to get us through 1.5 days of normal usage, which is good enough for our needs. Demanding power users will also appreciate the 12 hours of juice it’s able to deliver.


Conclusion


It's really interesting when you compare outright pricing with contract phones and those from prepaid, mainly because there's a huge disparity – with this being a perfect example! Seriously though, the $220 cost of the AT&T Z998 is actually pretty good, especially when we factor in its modest specs for a prepaid phone, the fact that it boasts the same basic functionality as any other Android smartphone out there, and it comes packaged with a Bluetooth headset.

It'll get the job done no doubt, but maybe not in the same quick manner as other high-end stuff. All told, the AT&T Z998 is a great option if you want something decent if you’re looking at going the prepaid route – instead of picking up one of those cut throat cheapo Android phones that might be nothing more than throwaways after a few months.

Software version of reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.1.2
Build number: Z998V1.0.0B11
Kernel version: 3.4.0-svn6972



Pros

  • Modest design & construction
  • Includes a Bluetooth headset
  • Pleasant looking display

Cons

  • Poor 720p video recording quality

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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4 Comments

1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

More desirable than an iphone.

2. MKE123

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

3. guitarman999

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 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 :)

4. ChrisSorey

Posts: 1; Member since: May 26, 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.
Z998
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2070 mAh(4h talk time)

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