ZTE Warp Review
By Fred Salva
- February 16, 2012
Pros: The ZTE Warp for BoostMobile is an awesome Android Gingerbread device. It has a conservative design. It offers good call quality, design, it is very affordable for only $199 over at Boost Mobile on prepaid without contract cellular service.
Cons: The ZTE Warp for BoostMobile price is not that inexpensive if you will think more of it. Why? If you will compare it to other devices with the same price point, you will find out that there are more capable, and even faster devices that are available on other carriers.
The ZTE Warp for BoostMobile is an awesome Android device that is said to be one of the most promising devices released this year. Here at CellPhoneTrek, you will find more about it as we will talk about its design, software, build, features and performance in detail. Let us talk about its design first. When I first laid my eyes on the device, honestly I was not impressed really. It does not look premium at all making it theft-proof. I do not know if it is something good for you or not, but most likely this will not appeal for those who demand luxury. It is presented in a black slab shape that looks somewhat similar to the HTC HD2. The only difference is that it is only molded from plastic not metal. It has dimensions of 5 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick. It is compact and weighs around 5.3-ounce. The ZTE Warp for BoostMobile feels solid and easy to hold on to. Thanks to the phonefs rippled texture which adds more grip and making it capable to resist fingerprints. It sports a 4.3-inch display that can render up to 800x480 pixels of resolution. Its screen is not as bright compared to AMOLED or Super LCD displays that were employed on new handsets. At least, the colors look vivid even if it lacks the saturation that can be seen on higher-end devices. There is a thick bezel that surrounds the Warp's display which gives it an illusion to make it appear small. Moreover, its touch screen feels less responsive which you will definitely notice especially if you have used phones with Gorilla Glass.
It has a XT9 virtual keyboard by default with gray keys that wide and placed accordingly with light haptic feedback. There is also an optional Android keyboard, which is very identical to the default keyboard with a black background along with square keys. Just above its display, you will see its silver earpiece speaker. There is no video conferencing feature since it does not have a front-facing camera. It has a notification light which is kind of rare on handsets these days. Just below the Warp's display sits the capacitive buttons that serves as keys for Home, Menu, Back, and Search Android functions. On the right spine there is the Micro-USB port along with a dedicated camera button. On top, you will find the black power key and its 3.5mm headset jack. While on the left spine, you will find the volume rocker. For me, all the keys were placed accordingly as they are within easy reach. I also like the fact that the volume bar is scalloped to show which is up and down. Around the back are the ZTE Warp is the 5 megapixel camera, LED flash and the speaker. Removing the ZTE Warpfs textured battery cover will reveal the huge 1,600mAh battery. It has a microSD card slot with a 2GB card preinstalled that can be upgraded up to 32GB using microSD card of course. Thankfully, you donft need to remove the battery to access it – just the battery cover. Now, let us talk about the ZTE Warpfs features. It offers an Android experience that is extremely refreshing with custom skins. However, I do not like it having irremovable bloatware. It runs on Googlefs Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 OS that offers powerful customization options and flexibility features that will surely appeal to Android fanatics. As usual, therefs the five standard home screens that you can customize with widgets and shortcuts. Since it is an Android device, you will have access to the Android Market where you can get music, books, movies, and thousands of apps.
The ZTE Warps is preloaded with Google apps and services including Gmail, GPS navigation, e-mail, and messaging. Therefs also the standard media player along with My Files app and other essentials like alarm clock, stopwatch, and voice recorder.What's more is that it has the Boost Mobile's BoostZone app that you can use to check your account balance, add extra funds, and download suggested software. It's interface has been changed slightly as it has a Mobile ID feature, that allows you to download lots of themes including Professional, MTV, and Socially Connected. It also offers multimedia features though the its camera is a typical variant. It also offers 50Hz/60Hz Anti Banding, sharpness, manual ISO, and saturation. I have tested its camera and I like the quality of the still shots. However, I do not like the quality of the video and I felt disappointed about it. Recording videos (MPEG4 and H.264 formats) were poorly detailed and the colors were muted. I have tested the ZTE Warp on on Boost Mobile's network and the call quality was OK. Using the earpiece, the sound is very loud and audible. My friends say that I sounded clean, without any distortions. I did not sound robotic, and also experienced the same thing using the ZTE Warp's speakerphone. I must say that it offers a satisfying amount of volume with no background noise even if itfs set to the max audio settings. The ZTE Warp is powered by a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor and is paired with a 512MB of RAM. I did test its performance and it has managed to get a benchmark score of 37.7 (single-core). I find it underwhelming and has experienced some lags when navigating menus especially when opening apps. Most of the phones nowadays are 4G compliant, and that is why I do not like the fact that it only supports 3G data connection. Download speeds were just at 1.35Mbps while uploads were just at 0.87Mbps by average. ZTE is claiming that this device can last up to 9 hours (talk time) and up to nine days of talk time. I decided to test the battery and to my surprise it stayed up for over 24 hours with light use. I cheked my e-mails, made quick calls, and played audio files. For me, ZTE's Warp is not recommended to hardcore users. Its camera does not have a WOW factor and is presented in a pretty tame design. But then again, it is still a good Android device that can get the job done. I give it a 3.5/5 rating!
Ricky unboxes the ZTE Warp for Boost Mobile. This is a great device that does not feature the need of any contract! You can purchase this device for $199 today. Make sure to also wait and check out the review that should be coming in the next following days!
Ricky reviews the ZTE Warp for Boost Mobile that was recently sent to us. This phone is one of the first and few Android handsets that are currently available for purchase without the need for a contract. Using Boost Mobile you can simply purchase the phone and supply the device with minutes. This is a great handset and can be picked up for $199 today!