Summary: The question I posed in the beginning was, Yes it's a mid-range phone with a few surprising and cool features, but how does it perform overall? Those features are useless if the phone isn't usable. Overall, I'm impressed by the phone. It's still an inexpensive device so there will be some hiccups here and there and not everything performs as well as it should, but it's a great phone for the price.
Pros: Great processor performance; decent still-picture quality; decent battery life; larger display than on most low-end and mid-ranged Android smartphones.
Cons: Poor video capture quality; 4G speeds in my tests were not that great; ships with outdated version of Android.