Summary: While top of the line smartphones gets better and better, so do the affordable ones, with tech trickling down in price. The ZTE Blade 3 is a superb example of just how powerful mobiles have become, and with access to the Google Play store for just £69 at launch, it’s a steal.
Summary: An offer you can't resist? ZTE's Blade III is a 4 inch smartphone that is available for less than 100 Euros (~$133) on the internet. Is it worth the money or are there better offers for users looking for an entry-level smartphone?
Pros: Bright screen, Keyboard features additional input modes, Good GPS module, Clear speech quality, Camera's decent picture quality, The rigid casing, the bright screen and the decent camera.
Cons: Crashes and graphic bugs, Processor's low performance, Unsatisfactory gaming power, Screen's bluish cast, Short battery runtimes, Crashes and graphic bugs are really superfluous in 2013...
Review: ZTE Blade III V889M DualSIM Android Smartphone
5 March 2013
Excerpt: ZTE’s been making affordable tech gadgets for several years now, and they’ve recently released a series of new smartphones. Today we’ll look at the ZTE Blade III V889M , an affordable GSM, DualSIM Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich cell phone released at the end of last year.
Summary: The basics We’re on the third outing for ZTE’s sub-£100 Android smartphone now, and despite its success in the East, the Chinese company’s a relative unknown in the UK. Third time’s the charm though: this time, the company’s gone all out, crafting an Android 4.0 phone with a spacious four-inch...
Pros: Cheap Android phones have always been knocking around, ever since Google’s operating system first launched. But to get the price down, phone peddlers have always had to cut corners, and the easiest one to chop is the screen. Not the ZTE Blade 3: the four-inch display is large enough to type on ea...
Cons: When you’re paying so little for a phone, you expect a few compromises. You’ll find them on the ZTE Blade 3 - disappointing, but not exactly a surprise. The five megapixel camera is entirely pedestrian, and the 1GHz processor, while enough to fire up Google Maps’ free satnav, bust out tunes on Sp...
Conclusion: ZTE is trying to make a name for itself at the budget end of the smartphone market but on this evidence it will have to do better. It's nice to have full smartphone capabilities for under a ton, but the processor's poor performance is likely to leave you wishing you'd stumped up a bit more.
Cons: Underpowered processor, old OS, no front-facing camera
Conclusion: So, that’s the ZTE Blade III. It is a fair handset for its price, and the fact that ZTE has paid attention to the screen size and produced a reasonably attractive hardware design are both points in its favour.
Conclusion: In this sense, its much easier to give the Blade III a solid review. It has its weaknesses — namely a poor screen, and a processor that struggles with high end apps and games, but this is par for the course when we’re talking about what is an astonishingly cheap device.
Pros: + Very cheap, + Solid build, + Decent battery life