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ZTE Optik Review

ZTE Optik

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The ZTE Optik is running a pretty standard version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb. There are a few customizations, like the navigation buttons, but they are subtle and only experienced Android users will recognize them. All in all the Optik delivers a vanilla Honeycomb experience. Those familiar with an Android handset will find that Honeycomb is similar enough, but there are some differences- such as the app drawer moving to the top- that take some adjustment.

The ZTE Optik is running a pretty standard version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb - ZTE Optik Review
The ZTE Optik is running a pretty standard version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb - ZTE Optik Review
The ZTE Optik is running a pretty standard version of Android 3.2 Honeycomb - ZTE Optik Review

Included apps are pretty light. You’ll find a few Sprint apps like Music, Mobile Wallet and their NASCAR app, as well as TeleNav, DocsToGo and SimCity Deluxe. In the past Sprint has moved to make these extra apps uninstallable, a move we’ve applauded, but on the Optik they’re unfortunately there to stay. With plenty of memory available they are more of nuisance than a problem however.

Contacts - ZTE Optik Review
Music player - ZTE Optik Review
Video player - ZTE Optik Review

Contacts

Music player

Video player



Processor and Memory:

The ZTE Optik is powered by the same 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor found in the HTC EVO 3D with a generous 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with microSD expansion. Performance is good, but not great, and Quadrant scores are around 1450 in testing. The Optik may only be $99 on contract, but it has the internals of a higher-end device and with a vanilla version of Android and loads of memory we would have expected it to move a bit quicker.


Internet and Connectivity:

The ZTE Optik is a 3G device, running on Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network, and can connect via Wi-Fi b/g. GPS and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR are also available. Like we mentioned earlier, the data cable uses a proprietary port so you won’t find any microUSB connections on the Optik.

The browser experience is as you would expect from an Android device.  It had no problems loading phonearena.com and we were able to smoothly zoom in and out either by pinching or double tapping the screen.  We have no gripes with the stock browser and like the Chrome integration, but if it doesn’t suit your needs there are other capable browsers available in the Play Store.

The web browser - ZTE Optik Review
On-screen keyboard - ZTE Optik Review

The web browser

On-screen keyboard



Camera:

The 5 megapixel main shooter in the Optik isn't the best. Details are muddy, color reproduction is poor, indoor images especially are grainy and the Optik had issues focusing on macro shots. On top of all that, the shutter speed is painfully slow, taking almost 3 seconds to focus and snap a picture. Videos can thankfully be recorded as high as 720p, but again we just don’t see many people pulling out their tablet to capture a video.  For what it’s worth video quality was decent and plenty good for YouTube, but there was some choppiness here and there as we panned around and switched focus.

Camera shots taken with the ZTE Optik - ZTE Optik Review
Camera shots taken with the ZTE Optik - ZTE Optik Review
Camera shots taken with the ZTE Optik - ZTE Optik Review
Camera shots taken with the ZTE Optik - ZTE Optik Review
Camera shots taken with the ZTE Optik - ZTE Optik Review

Strong - Indoor samples - ZTE Optik Review
Medium - Indoor samples - ZTE Optik Review
Low light - Indoor samples - ZTE Optik Review

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ZTE Optik

ZTE Optik

OS: Android 3.2
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display7.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
1 GB RAM
Size7.60 x 4.70 x 0.52 inches
(193 x 119.38 x 13.2 mm)
14.11 oz  (400 g)

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