ZTE Maven

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4.8/10
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The ZTE Maven currently has an Informr score of 4.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Bright screen
  • Solid design
  • MicroSD support for expan
  • Great audio
  • Low price
  • 4G LTE

What's bad

  • Both cameras
  • Lack of storage space
  • Minor software issues
  • Non-removable battery

While we couldn't find enough expert reviews of the ZTE Maven to offer the Informr's typical bottom-line review summary, we did buy our own copy of the phone and put it through some basic tests (our Maven quick review here).

We found the performance to be surprisingly good, especially considering how little the phone costs relative to the smartphone market in general.

The Maven might not age gracefully and could be outpaced as low-end phones continue to gain power and features, but for now it measures up very favorably in a price-range filled mostly with feature phones and older Android devices.

We should be clear. This phone is not without imperfections. That said, if you’re looking for an affordable Android smartphone and don't need the latest and greatest technology, the ZTE Maven looks like a top budget choice.


OS
No
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Legit Reviews

Even though the ZTE Maven is on the smaller side, with a screen size of 4.5-inches which is about the same size as an Apple iPhone 5, it is powered by a functioning Android-5.1 OS that lets you run all of your favorite programs and apps with no problem. For anyone looking for an inexpensive, but ful...

- Ken Brown, Legit Reviews


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Common Questions


ZTE released the Maven on June 26, 2015.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the ZTE Maven user manual here.


ZTE backs up the Maven with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Maven has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact ZTE support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find ZTE's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
4.5"

The ZTE Maven's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS
No

The phone runs on the 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 21 days standby time.

ZTE Maven Specs

Overview
Release date June 26, 2015
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System 5.1 Lollipop
Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.77 W/kg
Body: 1.35 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.3 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 134 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Geotagging, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE Z812

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Legit Reviews

Affordable, but high tech

from Legit Reviews

Even though the ZTE Maven is on the smaller side, with a screen size of 4.5-inches which is about the same size as an Apple iPhone 5, it is powered by a functioning Android-5.1 OS that lets you run all of your favorite programs and apps with no problem. For anyone looking for an inexpensive, but...More

Even though the ZTE Maven is on the smaller side, with a screen size of 4.5-inches which is about the same size as an Apple iPhone 5, it is powered by a functioning Android-5.1 OS that lets you run all of your favorite programs and apps with no problem. For anyone looking for an inexpensive, but fully functional, pay-as-you-go smartphone, the AT&T ZTE Maven GoPhone should be at the top of your list.

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User Reviews


Jason

GREAT inexpensive phone that does lack features.

It IS surprisingly fast and the battery (at least when new), lasts a long time. The lack of removable battery though drops points BIG TIME! I've owned it for about a week and already had to do a factory reset 3 times because of the "red light of death" which fixed the issue.
Jeremiah

I hate this phone because....

It's the second one I've bought so I know this must happen to others also. When you first buh it its a good phone. Easy to learn fun to use. Runs smoothly for a couple days. After a few days it starts to show its real colors. It starts to act up a little. After a few months it will automatically lock i...More
It's the second one I've bought so I know this must happen to others also. When you first buh it its a good phone. Easy to learn fun to use. Runs smoothly for a couple days. After a few days it starts to show its real colors. It starts to act up a little. After a few months it will automatically lock itself when you unlock it to do something. Like googling stuff playing an app watching a video or even checking the time. I hate this phone and I hope no one spends a single penny on these crappy phones. Less

Lyric

At first i had the Zte maven 2 which worked great but it got water damage then i went and got the zte maven and its a good price for a phone that works for a few months i hate the front camera the back camera is ok ig but like jerimiah said after a few months it starts tuning off and lockin git self out of no where. and because the battery is non removable if your phone freezes and you have to take the battery out what can you do absolutly nothing so no i wouldnt recommend buying this phone.

Ann

Phone is okay

This phone is alright as a replacement for my galaxy 3. My contract ends in a month and my galaxy is junk. Can't play my music from my sd card, that's a big turn off . Still not sure if I'll keep this phone though. Can't find a case for it.

With its low pricing and impressive spec list (at least in the entry-level market) the ZTE Maven is hoping to prove that you don’t have to drop a large sum to get a decent smartphone these days.


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While ZTE isn’t exactly a leading brand in most of the English-speaking world, their reputation in other markets is quite good....

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With its low pricing and impressive spec list (at least in the entry-level market) the ZTE Maven is hoping to prove that you don’t have to drop a large sum to get a decent smartphone these days.


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While ZTE isn’t exactly a leading brand in most of the English-speaking world, their reputation in other markets is quite good.


One phone in particular, the ZTE Maven, is attracting attention for its relatively decent feature set yet comparatively low price.


But can a low low-priced Android smartphone actually live up to the expectations of an everyday smartphone user?


Trickier yet, can it live up to the expectations of someone who recently broke his much more expensive phone? 


I decided to find out.


Recently I picked up ZTE's Maven and I'm ready to share my thoughts in this quick review.


**Design**

Unboxing the Maven, you’ll find a fairly standard piece of kit.


The plastic chassis and relatively bare design feels a lot like the fancy flagship smartphones of a few years ago.


It's a bit thick and soft, but comfortable to hold and the heft adds a sturdy feel.


The design takes a page from the HTC design book with your power button and headphone jacks up top and volume and microUSB charge port on the sides.


All of the buttons have a nice tactile feel and are easy to find just feeling the edges of the phone.


The removeable back means you can swap out SIMs or add a MicroSD card for storage.


**Power**

The first thing I noticed about the Maven's battery was that it was covered by a giant label warning you that removing the battery voids the warranty.


This means no swapping for a quick boost of power during the day.


On the upside, I found that the 2100mAh battery does a decent job of providing enough juice for a full day of use.


While on Wi-Fi, updating social media, checking emails, watching the odd YouTube video and a constant stream of SMS messages leave plenty of charge to make it back home at the end of the day.


**Display**

Around the front of of the handset you’re greeted with a respectable 4.5-inch display. While its 854x480 resolution won’t wow anyone, it’s more than bright enough for outdoor use and text is easy to read.


Contrast is good with clean whites and respectable blacks.


If there was anything to knock the screen for it would be viewing angles.

While you won’t have any issues with normal use, friends peeking over your shoulder are likely to be greeted with a visual mess.


**Storage**

There's just 8GB of internal storage.


Is that enough?


Well, that really depends on how you use your smartphone. But for me, even adding a full suite of social apps, productivity apps and a music streaming app had the phone throwing low storage notifications.


The good news here is the above mentioned microSD slot.


By using the external slot you can help the memory problem by moving apps to the SD card. This doesn’t appear to impact performance much and gives you up to 32GB of additional space for a nominal fee.


**Camera**

The camera is an issue. I'd argue the weakest point of the phone. Then again..it is a "phone".


Between the dark, grainy front-facing camera and the slow, washed-out rear shooter, you won’t be taking many pictures with this phone.


The flash makes a handy flashlight in a pinch, but picture quality, even for social media purposes, is far from stellar.


**Audio**

The Dolby audio processing provides a surprising level of clarity on music and movies, but cranking the volume tends to result in clipping and crackling on headphones.


Not a deal breaker by any means, but an odd little nuance that might cause some music lovers to look elsewhere as the entry-level market continues to heat up.


**Performance**

Powering the phone, you’ll find a 1.2-GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor.


Graphics are handled by the Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM offers enough memory to keep things moving at a respectable clip.


Let’s be clear for a second--this isn’t going to be a powerhouse.


But launching apps is quick, swapping between open apps is smooth and it plays most popular games on the Google Play Store with little trouble.


Unless you’re a power user, you’ll probably find the phone meets your needs.


**The Android OS**

Rounding all of this off is a clean and functional interface that sticks very close to the stock Android 5.1 Lollipop UI.


What's good is is that there are not many bells and whistles added outside of the bounty of branded apps from ATT.


What's bad is that some of the software is not without quirks.


My Maven for instance has a habit of resetting my unread counts on social media and messaging apps after rebooting the phone.


Certainly nothing critical, but something to consider.


**Final Thoughts**

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable handset that is great for everyday use but not without its minor imperfections, the ZTE Maven is hard to beat.


While it might not age gracefully and could be outpaced as low-end phones continue to gain power and features, it currently offers exceptional value in a market filled with feature phones and older Android devices.


The ZTE Maven is a good enough phone at a great low price.


**What's Good:**
Bright Screen
Solid design
MicroSD support
Great audio
Price
4G LTE


**What's Bad:**
Both cameras
Lack of storage space
Minor software issues
Non-removable battery


**Verdict:**
Recommended 

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