Reviews summary

2.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Large display
  • Decent processor performance for price point

What's bad  

  • Bad network connectivity
  • No tethering capabilities
  • Poor battery life
  • No front camera
  • No HDMI port

Like many of ZTE's smartphones, the Solar is an entry level device. Its 4.5-inch LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 218ppi. The phone itself weighs a hefty 157 grams and measures 5.24 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches.

Behind the plastic display is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 2,070 mAh battery. As a lesser known model, there are very few expert opinions on the Solar. Non-expert reviews note the phone's speedy performance when opening and using apps.

The biggest complaint among users is the phone's poor network connectivity. Although it offers both 2G and 3G connectivity, many consumers had problems utilizing their data plan. Far too often they would not be able to connect to the network despite having full reception. Other times they would not have any reception at all for nearly a full day. The issue also affected user's ability to make and receive calls and texts though it didn't hamper Wi-Fi connection. Phone Rated also mentions that the phone does not allow tethering to other devices.

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Another major issue was battery life. One user recounts his experience and states, "I used it once and it went from 100% to 85%."

Included with the device is a 5MP rear camera. The camera can record high-resolution 2592 x 1944 resolution movies. Despite allowing high quality video, the camera does not include an HDMI port so these movies cannot be directly viewed on HDTVs. There is no front camera, which makes using video conferencing apps awkward as one informal review states.

Despite the low cost of entry, actual user experience has been fairly negative and most do not recommend the product. One consumer states, "Horrible phone, not worth your time."


Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The ZTE Solar's screen is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8625 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2070mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2070 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 240 minutes (2G).


Prices (Where to Buy)


Online Buying Options


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Resources


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Reviews summary

2.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Large display
  • Decent processor performance for price point

What's bad  

  • Bad network connectivity
  • No tethering capabilities
  • Poor battery life
  • No front camera
  • No HDMI port

Like many of ZTE's smartphones, the Solar is an entry level device. Its 4.5-inch LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 218ppi. The phone itself weighs a hefty 157 grams and measures 5.24 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches.

Behind the plastic display is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 2,070 mAh battery. As a lesser known model, there are very few expert opinions on the Solar. Non-expert reviews note the phone's speedy performance when opening and using apps.

The biggest complaint among users is the phone's poor network connectivity. Although it offers both 2G and 3G connectivity, many consumers had problems utilizing their data plan. Far too often they would not be able to connect to the network despite having full reception. Other times they would not have any reception at all for nearly a full day. The issue also affected user's ability to make and receive calls and texts though it didn't hamper Wi-Fi connection. Phone Rated also mentions that the phone does not allow tethering to other devices.

Show more

Another major issue was battery life. One user recounts his experience and states, "I used it once and it went from 100% to 85%."

Included with the device is a 5MP rear camera. The camera can record high-resolution 2592 x 1944 resolution movies. Despite allowing high quality video, the camera does not include an HDMI port so these movies cannot be directly viewed on HDTVs. There is no front camera, which makes using video conferencing apps awkward as one informal review states.

Despite the low cost of entry, actual user experience has been fairly negative and most do not recommend the product. One consumer states, "Horrible phone, not worth your time."

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Waste of money!!

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No network connection and no 3g connection more throughout the day then connected. Phone loses connection all day long to where I can't even make a call. P.O.S. do not purchase. Biggest waste of money on phone purchase I've ever made. I truly regret buying this phone. They shouldn't even sell it.

No network connection and no 3g connection more throughout the day then connected. Phone loses connection all day long to where I can't even make a call. P.O.S. do not purchase. Biggest waste of money on phone purchase I've ever made. I truly regret buying this phone. They shouldn't even sell it.

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1/10

ZTE Solar is junk

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I spent over 9 hrs over 2wks with customer service at STRAGHT talk horrible service BOTTOM LINE THE ZTE SOLAR IS CRAP AND SHAME ON STRAGHT TALK FOR USING IT. AS A REPLACEMENT OR AT ALL.

I spent over 9 hrs over 2wks with customer service at STRAGHT talk horrible service BOTTOM LINE THE ZTE SOLAR IS CRAP AND SHAME ON STRAGHT TALK FOR USING IT. AS A REPLACEMENT OR AT ALL.

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1/10

Junk!

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I bought the ZTE Solar because the salesman at Wal-Mart said it was so good. Well I had it 3 weeks and it just shut off and wouldn't turn back on. So I contacted Straight Talk and they had me send it in. It was almost 3 weeks before I received my next phone. Well I got it the day before I went on va... More

I bought the ZTE Solar because the salesman at Wal-Mart said it was so good. Well I had it 3 weeks and it just shut off and wouldn't turn back on. So I contacted Straight Talk and they had me send it in. It was almost 3 weeks before I received my next phone. Well I got it the day before I went on vacation. And guess what it wouldn't keep signal! I got home from vacation and still no signal. I was on the phone with Straight Talk for 3 hours and they had me try everything under the sun. Then I sent that phone in because it was defective. Now I just received my next phone 2 weeks later. I charged it and tried making a phone call which it worked. Then I tried to make another call and guess what no signal. This phone has signal for a minute then it loses signal. Very upsetting! And I told Straight Talk its obviously junk since its no longer on the shelves. But of course they can't do anything about it! Very upsetting!

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1/10

Worst phone EVER! cant get any bars and cant make or get any calls or text

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1/10

Not happy.. Horrible service.. Horrible techs

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After the initial excitement for being a part of the "in" with a smart phone the happiness quickly ended. Awesome phone... Not so awesome to just sporadically loose "Mobil network" for days at a time. After having to trade inThree phones and 2 SIM cards by mail and a whole new number on top of loosi... More

After the initial excitement for being a part of the "in" with a smart phone the happiness quickly ended. Awesome phone... Not so awesome to just sporadically loose "Mobil network" for days at a time. After having to trade inThree phones and 2 SIM cards by mail and a whole new number on top of loosing very important pics and info just to end up with the most disgruntled straight talk tech support advisors being hung up on with out a working phone makes if difficult to leave positive feedback. Upset and saddened to still have to pay for service when unable to make or receive calls or texts......

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1/10

Do not buy! just had to swap out 3 times and not one could be activated!

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This is the all time worst experience I have ever had with any phone! I talked my father in law into going with a smart phone and after trying to activate for 3 hours and the most lousy customer service that lie about passing phone to a superviser they kept telling us the sim card is bad so we would... More

This is the all time worst experience I have ever had with any phone! I talked my father in law into going with a smart phone and after trying to activate for 3 hours and the most lousy customer service that lie about passing phone to a superviser they kept telling us the sim card is bad so we would go back to Wal-Mart to get one in the very back with hopes thats It

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1/10

It... died...?

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On my third day of having this lovely phone, I have to turn it on and off to get it to send messages or make calls. To top it off, it won't turn back on. I'm a pregnant woman and can't afford a new phone. This is the biggest waste of money.

On my third day of having this lovely phone, I have to turn it on and off to get it to send messages or make calls. To top it off, it won't turn back on. I'm a pregnant woman and can't afford a new phone. This is the biggest waste of money.

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1/10

Great Phone, Bad Service

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At first, this phone seem to good to be true. At $179, ZTE Solar can do just as much as a phone that might cost $500. When rating the phone and it's features, I would give it a 10. However, I went out of town during the Christmas holiday and since getting back home, the phone's service has never... More

At first, this phone seem to good to be true. At $179, ZTE Solar can do just as much as a phone that might cost $500. When rating the phone and it's features, I would give it a 10. However, I went out of town during the Christmas holiday and since getting back home, the phone's service has never been the same. There is little to no reception on my phone whenever I go out. My phone calls and text won't go through and I'm unable to use the internet browser. I can't even receive text or calls from others. This phone is completely useless. Occasionally, the phone will work when I'm at home, but what good is that. According to Straight Talk, this is common to happen on this kind of phone whenever traveling, because the service is on AT&T towers!!! Whenever you travel outside your zip code, it somehow throws the reception off and when you return back, the service is now considered "roaming" which causes it to not work. Because I had the phone over 30 days, Straight Talk did not want to give me a refund. Ended up having a huge argument on the phone with customer service, but after 3 hours of fussing and waiting on the line, they gave 3 months of free service and a free phone in exchange with the ZTE Solar. Unless your someone who don't travel outside their zip code, I would advise you to never by this phone!!!!! Yeah, it's a great phone for a cheap price, but it's on AT&T towers :(

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1/10

So far so good

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This seemed to be the only GSM phone I could find for straight talk in my area that was in my price range. In my area I can get a signal anywhere almost. I have heard alot about the problems other people are having and I hope it doesn't happen but we'll see. It does its job smoothly so far and even... More

This seemed to be the only GSM phone I could find for straight talk in my area that was in my price range. In my area I can get a signal anywhere almost. I have heard alot about the problems other people are having and I hope it doesn't happen but we'll see. It does its job smoothly so far and even though it could use an 8 MP camera instead of a 5 MP. Volume doesn't go all that loud but I like the phone.

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7/10

Very Nice GSM Phone, but ATT and TMobile Make it Very Sporadically Functioning

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In the process of returning 3 of these phones back to Straight Talk because, at least in the New England area, the service is infuriatingly sporadic. The phone only came out in November 2013, and I had ordered two of them from the StraightTalk website. The phone was removed from the website (at le... More

In the process of returning 3 of these phones back to Straight Talk because, at least in the New England area, the service is infuriatingly sporadic. The phone only came out in November 2013, and I had ordered two of them from the StraightTalk website. The phone was removed from the website (at least for the New England area) within 3 weeks. I lucked out with a great StraightTalk/Tracfone customer service rep (after a solid week of terrible ones) who guided me toward a similar cost CDMA Phone exchange (LG Optimus Showtime), powered by Verizon, which I am hoping fixes the issue.

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3/10