ZTE Score M Review

Interface and Functionality:

Hardly unexpected, the ZTE Score M is running MetroPCS’ customized interface on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Seriously, we’ll overlook the fact that it’s not ICS, but it’s essentially the stock experience with a few enhancements on board – like its animated app launcher bar and MetroPCS specific widgets. Far from offering a complete or immersive experience, it still has all the breadth of functionality and personalization of any other Android smartphone, but don’t expect anything pretty.

Unfortunately, its single-core 600MHz processor doesn’t help things out when everything is taken in slow strides. In fact, it’s horribly slow to the point that we can see individual frames of animation when the gallery is populating images to display. Considering we’ve seen some other low-end devices that maintain a tolerable performance, we’re really repulsed by this one.

Internet and Connectivity:

The more we play around with the ZTE Score M, the more we realize that it can’t catch a break – and it shows immensely in the web browsing experience. For starters, it’s not 3G enabled, so pages excruciatingly take forever to load. Furthermore, it doesn’t help when it’s detrimentally plagued by unresponsive navigational controls to not only annoy us, but to make the entire thing nearly impossible to endure.

Luckily, if slow as molasses 1x data speeds aren’t your kind of thing, then you’ll find comfort in knowing that it has Wi-Fi as an alternative. Additionally, it features Bluetooth and aGPS.


Nowhere close to being a masterpiece, we’re accepting of the images produced by its 3.2-megapixel camera – even more considering it’s an entry-level prepaid device. Naturally, snapshots taken in sufficient lighting look rather tolerable, but taking it into low lighting conditions, it’s obviously diminished by some distracting noise and graininess. However, its VGA (640 x 480) video recording is utterly horrific with its super faint details, distorted audio recording, and heavy artifacting – so yeah, you’ll want to stay away from shooting videos.

ZTE Score M Sample Video:



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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