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Review: ZTE Blade V8 Pro

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ZTE managed to push out a solid smartphone in the Blade V8 Pro and yet it is sadly held back by a few weak points here and there.

On the plus side, the V8 Pro has an appealing design and good build quality. The curved glass and chamfered frame are particularly nice. The materials are definitely above average for a phone at this price. The phone also offers good call quality and good-enough data performance. Most people ought to be pleased with the camera, and the ZTE-skinned Android platform is powerful and runs well.

The negatives aren't as many, but they are strong detractors. First is battery life. This phone should have no trouble pushing through a full day with power to spare and yet it barely manages. Moreover, a power-management bug shuts off all apps once the screen has been off for 15 minutes. This is a real drag when you're listening to music. (Again, ZTE says a fix is in the works.)

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At $230 the ZTE Blade V8 Pro is priced well for an unlocked handset, but it doesn't quite cut deep enough for me to recommend right now.

Our Ratings

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Overall
3.5
Reception
2.5
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
3.5
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
3.5
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
3.5
Camera
 

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