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Review: ZTE Salute

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The Salute does one thing really well: It manages calls, contacts and basic communication tools with ease and few frills. Those looking for a device to fulfill telephony and SMS/MMS needs should find plenty to like about the Salute. Anyone seeking more advanced functions will be disappointed.

The menu system is easy to figure out, but some might be tired of the same old thing. The email and social networking options are limited, but do work if you don't mind jumping through some hoops.

Battery life of the Salute was excellent, and despite poor signal strength, the Salute was still able to make and receive calls in even the worst conditions.

The camera software works well enough, but image quality is poor. If you require video capture, look elsewhere, as the Salute doesn't offer it. The fact that the Salute lacks even the most basic media/music player is a puzzle and kills the phone completely for me.

Browsing is slow at best, and agonizing at worst. The cellular radio limitations negate a lot of the branded services Verizon offers, such as V CAST Music, Rhapsody, and Video.

Long story story short, if making phone calls is all you care about, the Salute will do the trick.

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