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ZTE Grand X review

  • ZTE Grand X
  • ZTE Grand X
  • ZTE Grand X
  • ZTE Grand X
  • ZTE Grand X
  • ZTE Grand X
  • ZTE Grand X

Verdict:

A stock Android smartphone that is outclassed by the competition

Review Date: 1 Nov 2012

Price when reviewed: £200

Supplier: http://www.virginmobile.com

Reviewed By: Chris Finnamore

Our Rating 3 stars out of 5

The ZTE Kis showed us that the Chinese company is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to budget phones. This was an Android smartphone with very few flaws for the knockdown price of £60, so we were excited to see what the company would do with the more upmarket ZTE Grand X.

ZTE Grand X

In the event, we're slightly disappointed. The Grand X is by no means out-of-date, but it's certainly not cutting-edge. It's a smart handset with a 4.3in screen, a dual-core 1GHz processor and Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Grand X is a pleasant oval shape with a rubberised back, and its 10mm thickness means it sits well in your hand. The screen has a reasonably high 960x540 resolution, which is the same as similarly-sized phones such as the Motorola RAZR i.

ZTE Grand X

The phone's screen is nothing spectacular. It has a reasonable pixel density of 256ppi, so text is sharp, but contrast is poor compared to that of most smartphone screens we've seen recently. There's some light leakage around the edge, blacks aren’t very deep and colours lack punch. It's also very unresponsive, leaving us stabbing at the screen while trying to launch programs or type, and its relatively rough surface means it's soon covered with fingerprints and general grot. It may be relatively large, but in terms of quality is far behind the displays on phones such as the Sony Xperia U, which is slightly cheaper than the Grand X.

ZTE Grand X

ZTE has installed an almost-stock version of Android 4 on the Grand X, which is no bad thing. We'd much rather see stock Android than badly-made customisations. The only change we could see was the TouchPal keyboard, which we had mixed feelings about. A swipe on the space bar turns predictive text on and off, which is useful, but we found the autocorrect could be over-zealous and didn't seem to learn from frequently-used words particularly well.

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