ZTE Score M Review

ZTE Score M Review

Trying to get their foot into the heavily coveted high-end smartphone spectrum, Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been focusing its efforts in this lucrative part of the market, but at heart, they’re still known to pump out inexpensive low-end devices. Rightfully so, that’s we’re seeing with the $50 no-contract ZTE Score M for MetroPCS, which is gearing to try and snatch some attention from comparable models with its low cost and deep set of features.


To say it bluntly and to the point, the ZTE Score M is the epitome of a cheap phone. There, we said it, and we’re adamant about that! From its cheap plastics to its hollow feel, it doesn’t necessarily instill us with much confidence about its durability. But then again, its bland design doesn’t help either in trying to garner some kind of attention from onlookers.

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We’re thrilled that we find a dedicated shutter key to launch the camera, but much like its physical volume control and power button, it’s difficult to feel out since it’s flush. Also, taking a peek around its sides, we finds a 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB port, microphone, and microSD card slot.

In the rear, there’s a 3.2-megapixel camera surrounded by a metallic plate, but since cost is somewhat a concern, it doesn’t surprise us that it lacks auto-focus and an LED flash. Finally, taking off its soft touch rear cover grants us access to its unexpected 1,500 mAh battery.


First thing to come to mind with its display is wow, well, not the good kind of “wow” that some people would associate to be a positive thing. Rather, this “wow” is more akin to being a dissatisfaction remark as our eyes cringe in pain looking at its 3.5” HVGA LCD display. No doubt soft and faint with its details, things don’t get any better because of its extremely poor viewing angles and distorted colors. Dreadful in every way imaginable, this is on there for purpose – and not to impress our eyes.

ZTE Score M 360-degrees View:



1. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

So even for $50 off contract, this thing still isn't really worth your money!?

2. LMAT2012

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

This review is totally biased. I this is not "the epitome of a cheap phone"! The camera works great! I also found that it made older pictures I took look better. I think this is a great phone! I am very glad I did not take the advise of the review.

3. anishraj

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I baught this phone a couple days back.. realy ZTE is doing good the features are simply super its has both 2G and 3G..and camera functions with 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash with latest version of Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) iam really enjoying my time in dis phone and in the case of software problems ZTE has official website for software issues and i like to share the S/W link:ww.zteusa.com/,click Devices-->Product List(choose models here)-->Product support

4. sanjayheadlam

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

is that a camera at the front of the phone

5. anishraj

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

@ sanjayheadlam !!! this phone contains both front and back camera, the camera clarity simply super.....

6. harrytheharbinger

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

the review is cyniacal..infact i have one and the phone is not so bad....
Score M
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Battery 1500 mAh

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