It’s decent looking with its results.

Armed with an 8-megapixel main camera, it’s nothing too extravagant, but it serves its purpose. From the looks of it, the camera app is one of the few non-stock Android things with the experience. Impressively, the interface is loaded with manual controls and several shooting modes to please the most demanding shutterbug. From usual staples like HDR and panoramic modes, we’re also given secondary modes such as interval and blink detection.

Generally speaking, its quality is decent enough to accept. It’s far from perfect, that’s for sure, since there are certain elements that prove distracting. First, it’s pretty slow to focus, and when it does, the camera is sometimes too slow in capturing the snapshot – resulting in many images coming out blurry. On top of that, dynamic range isn’t handled evenly, which results in certain areas being overexposed. Under low lighting, there’s a fair amount of noise and softer details.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 3.1
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 4.4
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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4.5

Our reservations are the same with its 1080p video recording quality, where it’s pretty slow to focus and seems rather finicky with its exposure.


Great for watching videos, we’re impressed to find that ZTE sprinkles a multi-tasking element with it.

Of course, the stock Android experience means that we’re given the Google Play Music app for all our music listening needs – albeit, ZTE’s own music player is available as well. Emitting its audio through the rear firing speaker, it delivers an output of 70.9 dB, which sounds rather sharp in tone to the ear.

Largely because of its gigantic screen, the ZTE ZMAX is an ideal thing if you plan on watching a lot of videos. Not only do they play smoothly and look good on the phone, but ZTE offers a multi-tasking element where the video is overlaid on top of whatever we’re doing. It’s nice gesture, of course, but there’s a slight hitch to the phone’s overall performance.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 0.88
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 0.37
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 0.27
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 76.3
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 74
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 81



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

better than xperia T2 ultra

2. Telemike

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

I can't believe it's taller than the Huawei. I have held the ascend Mate 2 and it's big and has a bigger screen at 6.1" for $50 more although you can't finance it thru T-Mobile and it doesn't have wi-fi calling

3. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Such a shame that this device is only for T-Mobile. If they would have sold it unlocked, I would have definitely picked one up.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You can still buy one outright and have it unlocked, can't you? It just so happens to support AT&T's other LTE bands...

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Thanks for the review John V. I'm only mildly interested in this phone (gonna save instead for a Nexus 6), but a friend of mine is extremely interested. He's not wealthy, and wants something BIG, but can't afford something like a Note 3. He just wants it for Netflix, some games (mainly emulators), etc. I think this is the perfect phone for him, and LTE is just icing on the cake. Are there plans to review the Samsung Galaxy Avant from T-Mobile? It's a well-priced low-mid end device, and the fact that you can download an app to carrier unlock it and use it on AT&T (or other North American GSM carriers) makes it an intriguing and slightly puzzling phone.

6. griffin8r73

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Yeah, here's your review of the Avant. It's a piece of crap. It crashes at the slightest app taxation. Its battery capacity is worse than most flip phones. Garbage, garbage, garbage. Really a disappointment from a company like Samsung, as though they wanted to put out something that would make sure broke people wanted to over-extend themselves to get the good stuff, rather than make a decent phone for a mid-range price.

7. MoonlitTear

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 09, 2008

I feel kinda bad for as I got this phone for a steal. My Walmart sells Univision Mobile. A T-Mobile MVNO that just happened to carry the ZTE Max @199 dollars. But last week, we had a clearance fire sale of them. I picked this up for 58.43 after tax and 2 Yr Replacement plan. I LOVE it!! It is doing everything I need it too, and it's SOOOOO big. My only qualm is I think I am gonna have to root if I want Android 5.x on this. But overall I am thrilled with the phone, although getting it for only 58 bucks helps too. Check out your local walmart people! :D

8. youngkim3000

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 2016

I have had this phone for over a year and I really like it. For the price, it is unbeatable. I paid only about $129. I like that it has a large screen, is very thin, and is quite reliable and sturdy. The battery lasts all day. Sure, maybe the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy 6 is better, but they cost over 4 TIMES as much. Customer support is good too. I highly recommend it. Have a blessed day everyone! :)
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(14h talk time)

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