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FearDaBeak's review of the ZTE ZMAX 2

original version, submitted Dec 13, 2015, 2:05 AM:

Affordable replacement with great performance!

When my iPhone 5 started draining rapidly even after resetting it, I looked for an inexpensive replacement. I've known that the ATT Go phones would work fine just by replace the SIM card. The ZTE Z Max 2 was the only one of it's type to have 16gb of internal memory and had just been lowered in price to $129 at most major retailers. A 5.5" Android phone with all of these features for around 100 bucks and no contract! Call quality is very good. I mostly use speaker phone or bluetooth. Reception is excellent. Almost on par with my old iPhone 5 and better than my older Samsung S3. The Lollipop OS is decent. The user replaceable 3000mAh battery usually last all day if I stay off of the video sites. The camera is also excellent and on par with the iPhone 5. I like the "grippy" back that helps hold the phone since its size can be hard to handle especially if the back was smooth. Some minor cons are the lack of accessories like an Outer Box case, etc. Also, the video can be a bit choppy. After using this phone for about two months, I am seriously thinking of using it for the long haul. It was intended to be a bridge phone until I decided on the iPhone 6 or Samsung S6 or newer. Why spend 5 to 6 times what I paid for this? I don't think that I will find that big of an improvement to justify the cost. Other people may and that's their choice, but I'd rather save $600 for something else. If you are on ATT and don't want to get locked into a long contract with a higher monthly payment, this just may be your next replacement or new upgraded phone.

edited Dec 13, 2015, 2:09 AM to read:

Affordable replacement with great performance!

When my iPhone 5 started draining rapidly even after resetting it, I looked for an inexpensive replacement. I've known that the ATT Go phones would work fine just by replacing the SIM card. The ZTE Z Max 2 was the only one of it's type to have 16gb of internal memory and had just been lowered in price to $129 at most major retailers. A 5.5" Android phone with all of these features for around 100 bucks and no contract!

Call quality is very good. I mostly use speaker phone or bluetooth. Reception is excellent. Almost on par with my old iPhone 5 and better than my older Samsung S3. The Lollipop OS is decent. The user replaceable 3000mAh battery usually last all day if I stay off of the video sites. The camera is also excellent and on par with the iPhone 5. I like the "grippy" back that helps hold the phone since its size can be hard to handle especially if the back was smooth. Another plus is the ability to add a micro SD up to 64gb.

Some minor cons are the lack of accessories like an Outer
Box case, etc. Also, the video can be a bit choppy. You have to remove the back cover and battery to get to the SD and SIM cards.

After using this phone for about two months, I am seriously thinking of using it for the long haul. It was intended to be a bridge phone until I decided on the iPhone 6 or Samsung S6 or newer. Why spend 5 to 6 times what I paid for this? I don't think that I will find that big of an improvement to justify the cost. Other people may and that's their choice, but I'd rather save $600 for something else. If you are on ATT and don't want to get locked into a long contract with a higher monthly payment, this just may be your next replacement or new upgraded phone.

edited Dec 13, 2015, 2:11 AM to the current version:

Affordable replacement with great performance!

When my iPhone 5 started draining rapidly even after resetting it, I looked for an inexpensive replacement. I've known that the ATT Go phones would work fine just by replacing the SIM card. The ZTE Z Max 2 was the only one of it's type to have 16gb of internal memory and had just been lowered in price to $129 at most major retailers. A 5.5" Android phone with all of these features for around 100 bucks and no contract!

Call quality is very good. I mostly use speaker phone or bluetooth. Reception is excellent. Almost on par with my old iPhone 5 and better than my older Samsung S3. The Lollipop OS is decent. The user replaceable 3000mAh battery usually last all day if I stay off of the video sites. The camera is also excellent and on par with the iPhone 5. I like the "grippy" back that helps hold the phone since its size can be hard to handle especially if the back was smooth. Another plus is the ability to add a micro SD up to 64gb.

Some minor cons are the lack of accessories like an Outer Box case, etc. Also, the video can be a bit choppy. You have to remove the back cover and battery to get to the SD and SIM cards.

After using this phone for about two months, I am seriously thinking of using it for the long haul. It was intended to be a bridge phone until I decided on the iPhone 6 or Samsung S6 or newer. Why spend 5 to 6 times what I paid for this? I don't think that I will find that big of an improvement to justify the cost. Other people may and that's their choice, but I'd rather save $600 for something else. If you are on ATT and don't want to get locked into a long contract with a higher monthly payment, this just may be your next replacement or new upgraded phone.

 

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