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ZTE Kis review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £60
inc VAT

Even cheaper than it appears, and with no major flaws, the ZTE Kis an incredible bargain


Android 2.3.6, 3.5in 480×320 display

Usually we shy away from introductory paragraphs about how expensive things used to be and how cheap they are now, but the falling prices of Android smartphones justify just such a tired intro format. Two years ago the idea of a pay-as-you-go smartphone was pretty outlandish, with SIM-free devices costing at least £400. Even earlier this year, with prices tumbling, we wowed at £100 smartphones. Now just six months on that figure has been practically halved to just £60.

The earpiece makes the Kis a little reminiscent of an iPhone

In fact, the ZTE Kis is even cheaper than that price first suggests. Buy it today and you’ll get a £10 voucher thrown in for calls and texts, 300 free text messages (worth £30), 1GB of data a month for a year, plus 100 free minutes of calls if you port your number over. Add all that up and Virgin Media is practically giving away the handset to get your business.


Amazingly then, the handset itself is actually pretty decent. It’s tastefully finished in black, black and more black; with a lightly rubberised finish on the rear. It feels very sturdy, with no flex or creaking parts. There’s a volume rocker and power button, plus four touch sensitive buttons below the screen for Menu, Home, Back and Search. These proved consistently responsive, though the haptic feedback is a bit weedy.

It feels sturdy and well built

The 3.5in screen is surprisingly capable. We’ve seen more expensive handsets using 240×320 resolution displays, so were delighted to find a 320×480 resolution here. It’s hardly luxurious, but Android is perfectly usable at this resolution with regards to texting, emailing and watching videos on the little screen. The display quality isn’t great, being a little dull and with narrow viewing angles, but again it’s on a par with phones that cost twice as much.

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Price £60
Rating *****
Award Budget Buy


Main display size 3.5in
Native resolution 480×320
CCD effective megapixels 3.2-megapixel
GPS yes
Internal memory 512MB
Memory card support microSD
Memory card included 2048MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/1900/2100
Size 114x62x11.5mm
Weight 120g


Operating system Android 2.3.6
Microsoft Office compatibility N/A
FM Radio no
Accessories USB charger
Talk time 5 hours
Standby time 10 days

Buying Information

Price on contract N/A
Prepay price £60
SIM-free supplier N/A
Contract/prepay supplier

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