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ZTE Optik Review

ZTE Optik 6.5

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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

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

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


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


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

Camera shots taken with the ZTE Optik

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



Low light

Indoor samples

ZTE Optik Sample Video:

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posted on 06 Apr 2012, 06:42 3

1. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Still on Android 3.2? Will be upgrated to ICS ? If yes it seems a decent tablet for a good price :-)

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 11:18 1

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

I think you guys gave it too low of a rating, given that you admit that cameras dont really matter much on tablets. Anyway this is a pretty good tablet for the money, and has a great feel to it. Its not the best but it is more than adequate for most things you'll do. And if you're already a sprint customer and you receive an employee discount, you could possibly get it for just 99 cents on a 2 yr contract and minimum plan of 19.99/mo. I cant think of another carrier with a tablet offer even remotely that good.


posted on 11 Apr 2012, 10:16 1

5. telmemore (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Don't you mean $ 99 ?

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 12:03 3

3. CHECHEN (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

a la htc Sensation on steroids :))

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:42

4. Jmurder209 (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Come on, most people don't have an employee discount so it wont be 99¢ on contract for them? But at $99 i think it's a great deal & if I were with Sprint I would most likely pick one up but I am not so I will not. The Pantech Element on AT&T is a better option with a bigger screen & 4G LTE for just a little more money is a better deal???

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 08:59

6. silverfang77 (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Nov 2010)

How does it connect to the Net, 3G, 4G or just wifi?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 19:08

7. anishraj (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

@ silverfang77 its wrks in both 2G and 3G and u can coonect WIFI also!!!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 14:21 1

8. Koli143 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I am haveing the ZTE Optik its fine and fast i love to be the customer for ZTE and
Some days back it was haveing problem with S/W and my wife told me that to login to ZTE website and i got the S/W link
the link iswww.zteusa.com/,click Devices-->Product List(choose models here)-->Product support

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 16:58 1

9. tbaby (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

And YES you can get it for $0.99 through Sprint and I am not an employee. I am a small business who in fact just got an email from my Acct. Mgr. and was offered this deal. I took it to see what this is all about. The plans I think could be a little better. I went with the 3GB for $34.99 a mo. The options were:
3G 3GB plan - $34.99
3G 6GB plan - $49.99
3G 12GB plan - $79.99
I can always upgrade if I find that I am using more without a penalty.

I currently don't have a tablet and this might be a good one to learn on.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 16:26 1

10. Denzile (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)

Fast tablet and easy to use. Reading e mail is very easy to see without enlarging the screen this coming from someone who usually needs reading glasses Screen crisp and clear and I love the large size Great price, fast delivery and larger than expectedI am giving this full stars because i do like the tab when it works large screen very responsive screen and alot of space to work with as well as the service being pretty good. i recommend this tab every one....

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 16:54

11. Beverly2004 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Im currently living in Tanzania,im interested on buying ZTE Optik,so how do i get it and let me know the procedure to pay

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 21:01

12. pawan6639 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

I have using this tablet for about 45 day. It is a nice tablet overall. It does the job well for typing and work related items. Remote control for windows computers. I am enjoying it right now. Has great feel for a screen keyboard and works great in any direction you grab it. You can type from all 4 sides which means that it is easy to grab and get aroud any position. Do not like the propritary charger plug end. Not smart. Should of stuck to usb mini or micro. Down fall my unit has as of yesterday shot the battery. Charged it 24 hours and got 41%. I have been using it for an hour and now have 23%. I hope this is not common. It is a nice unit for the money.

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ZTE Optik

ZTE Optik

OS: Android 3.2
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Display7.0 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (216 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
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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