Review: ZTE Blade Max View
The Blade Max View from ZTE is the company's first phone for the U.S. since it got in trouble with government for doing business with Iran. Had that incident not taken place, we likely would have seen this phone on Verizon shelves. Instead, ZTE is sort of starting over, selling devices like this unlocked, direct to consumers online.
The Blade Max View has a really good screen, an amazing battery, and good-enough call quality. I wish the hardware were a bit spiffier, and that data speeds were more consistently quick.
I have no complaints about ZTE's rendition of Android 7, but the Android 8 update (which is more secure and offers better features) needs to arrive post-haste.
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The camera software is decent, but the camera itself falls short.
The Blade Max View goes for $170 on ZTE's web site. That's a reasonable price for this phone. If you specifically need a low-cost, unlocked phone to use on Verizon's network, the Blade Max View fits the bill. The problem for ZTE is that Motorola's G and E series are priced similarly and deliver much better performance across the board.
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