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ZTE Z431 / Altair

 

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ZTE Z431

 

Oct 19, 2012 by Mark_S

Very capable QWERTY messaging phone.
Voice and reception quality quite good.
Screen nice and clear.
Battery could be somewhat better.

One critical issue:
ZTE failed to have the phone read SIM phone entries. First they must be "copied" from SIM to PHONE to be seen. The entries are always on the SIM but apparently have to be copied into the PHONE memory for use. Take out the SIM they are still there and those same entries are still left on the phone.

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Decent

 

Aug 4, 2014 by Thehound1989

Carrier: AT&T

Great messenger phone but has awful battery life and the phone is fairly slow for what it is

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Cheap as cheap does

 

May 26, 2013 by booksbenji

Carrier: AT&T

I don't like the ZTE Z431, a $ cheap price phone. I don't care 4 the OS(BREW), can't download games, apps unless there's one 4 Brew OS, there never is. So inside my stuff 1 can't download Games & apps.

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Decent, capable quick messnger with some flaws

 

Apr 18, 2013 by maram500   updated May 3, 2013

Carrier: AT&T

In short, the ZTE Z431 isn't a terrible phone, but it leaves me lacking.

Design-wise, it's very reminiscent of older BlackBerry devices with a QWERTY keyboard and layout. It's sturdy and somewhat rugged as well--everyday bumps and knocks and the occasional drop won't end in scratches or scrapes. That such a cheap phone has Bluetooth and a 2-megapixel camera is very nice, as well. There's even a 3.5mm headphone jack right up top to listen to music from a microSD card...which is located in a place so awkward that hot-swapping is impossible.

As far as audio goes, I live in south Louisiana on AT&T's network and callers sound reasonably clear, and I never had to repeat myself except in very noisy environments. What you'll quickly find, though, is that the threaded text messaging is standard fare, but expecting anything great or spectacular will leaving you disappointed.

What hurts the most, however, is the low power under the bonnet. What I mean is that the processor is horrifically underpowered, even for a phone you can pick up, contract-free, for thirty bucks. How underpowered is it? If you're listening to music on the built-in player (which, by itself, is nice) and then decide to pump out a text message, you get an audio skip every time you press a key.

The screen is nice at 240x320 and about 2.4". Colors are ho-hum, and viewing angles are--you guessed it--not all that great. But, being a cheap phone, that isn't surprising.

Battery life is quite good--I haven't seen a battery hold a charge so well since my first phone (a Sony Ericsson Z500a). With my normal use--a few phone calls a day with plenty of text messages back and forth--meant that the battery lasted almost a week between charges. Of course, internet use would mean quicker battery drain.

Pros: Comfortable, nice-looking design; good audio quality; nice set of features for the price
Cons: Woefully underpowered; plasticky feel to the materials

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