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Sprint Vital Review

ZTE Vital 6.5

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Call Quality

Sprint Vital Review
Callers were unimpressed with the Vital’s call quality, saying at best we sounded a bit distant and faint, but as soon as the mic strayed even slightly from the sweet spot quality dramatically dropped and they had to ask us to repeat ourselves frequently. They rated us a 7.75/10 when good, and a 6/10 at the worst. Things were better on our end, with generally clear audio that was plenty loud.


The 2500mAh claims 15h talk time, but we’re skeptical since it drained fairly quickly in our testing. You should be able to get through a typical day, but if you’re planning to use the big display for multimedia then have a charger handy.


ZTE continues to make solid handsets for the budget minded, but their problem is that they just can’t stack up with the big boys. The display, system performance and build quality are all good, but not great, and the Vital takes a serious hit in the phone performance categories. Despite being aging, previous flagships like the HTC EVO 4G LTE and LG Optimus G remain more compelling offerings at the same price point.

Android 4.1.2
SW: N9810V1.0B06
HW: c9zB

Sprint Vital Video Review:


  • Display is vibrant but natural and works well in all lighting conditions
  • Mostly stock build of Android
  • Good fit and finish


  • Poor phone performance and questionable battery life
  • Camera doesn’t hold up to rigorous testing
  • Could use a second GB of RAM
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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:58

1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Brian, what you call personality, I call ugly. I don't think I've ever seen a phone with an uglier back in my life. The color is so-so, but that hump is just nasty.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:01 1

4. TheRequiem (Posts: 245; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Nonsense, what is wrong with the back? it's go a high end camera lense mechanism... google Nokia EOS

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 11:12

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3798; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

You don't have to agree. It's called an opinion. I think it's ugly. Deal with it.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 03:43

8. jaustin (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)

g2a5b0e, if it's just a purely personal opinion -- vs. an objective comment -- what's the point of SHARING it?! In case you haven't noticed, this isn't a site where people can mull over what to buy YOU for Christmas!

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:54 1

2. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

Not a bad phone at all, kinda like it.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:00 2

3. TheRequiem (Posts: 245; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

This is actually a great phone for the price.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 19:14

6. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I just stopped by Sprint specifically to check out this phone and I'm amazed... I was holding my HTC One in my left had and a ZTE Vital in my right had and I really liked the Vital A LOT! I'm kind of ashamed with how much I like it. I noticed the signal quality was a little better than my One. My One hovered around -98 dB while the Vital sat around -90 dB. That could make a big difference in spotty coverage areas. If I could find a used Vital for $200 and I could sell my One for $400 I'd totally pocket the $200 and rock a Vital. But it's not worth the step down in screen resolution and processor power for less than $200.....

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 02:22

7. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I realize I'm replying to myself but... "with support for all of Sprint’s networks and bands, including the 800MHz band that will be deployed with the iDEN network shutdown." Wow. That really makes this phone stand out above the previous gen of high end phones like the EVO 4G LTE because once Sprint rolls out LTE at 800 MHz they'll finally have really good building penetration vs the current 1900 MHz. Sort of want!

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 03:46

9. jaustin (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)

Really, though, just how much of a "step down" is the Vital in screen resolution and processor power?

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ZTE Vital

ZTE Vital

OS: Android 4.1.2
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Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
Size5.59 x 2.81 x 0.39 inches
(142 x 71 x 10 mm)
5.43 oz  (154 g)
Battery2500 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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