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Review: ZTE Vital for Sprint

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The ZTE Vital is a bit of a puzzler for me. Though ZTE did a good job with the hardware and design, there are some fundamental functionality issues that concern me. For one, the poor behavior on Sprint's network, the crummy call quality, and the slow data performance. These are all things that modern cell phones should excel at. Instead, the Vital falls below average. Beyond that, the slow performance and random reboots are very troublesome. I saw as many as a dozen in a single day, despite the fact that the Vital was running the latest OS build from Sprint.

Beyond these concerns, most other facets of the Vital do well. The battery is fine, the user interface is clean, the messaging and media options are robust, and the camera isn't too terrible.

Here's the real problem. Sprint is selling the Samsung Galaxy S III (true, last year's phone) for the same price as the Vital at $99. At the end of the day, you'll be better off with the GSIII than you will the Vital.

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