- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
For the most part, there's nothing really objectionable about the ZTE Max for Boost Mobile.
- Display offers good viewing angles and color reproduction
- Excellent battery life
- Sluggish 4G
- Middling processor performance
- Long battery charge time
ZTE has entered phablet territory with the release of its ZTE Max smartphone. The IPS display measures a whopping 5.7 inches, offering resolution of 720 x 1280. Although this translates to a relatively low pixel density of 257ppi, most reviewers were generally pleased with color reproduction, viewing angles and overall sharpness of the screen. They did notice, however, that whites on the screen were very clearly off-white.
As a mid-range product, the Max might not have high end specs; however it does offer a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. With this, experts found that the phone generally operated smoothly, albeit slowly, when performing small and necessary tasks. According to CNET, even processor intensive games still ran without noticeable lag though they did suffer from lower frame-rate and choppy rendering.
One of the biggest disappointments for critics was the 4G speed. Although the actual connection is reliable, Android Central states that the performance itself was hit-or-miss and often very slow when scrolling through more complicated sites. During battery tests, experts were able to get around 12 hours from the device. Unfortunately, they mentioned that the phone takes a very long time to reach full charge, coming in at around 8 hours.
Like all smartphones, the ZTE Max comes equipped with a rear-facing camera. While basic, the 8 megapixel camera did produce acceptable pictures for reviewers in decent lighting for the most part. Critics did notice that some images would come out slightly blurry and low light pictures often had a notable amount of digital noise.
Reviewers generally have mixed opinions on the device. Laptop Mag states, "the Boost Max is still a very good value." Android Guys, one the other hand, says, "The Boost Max tries to offers as much as its competitors, but ultimately falls short in some important areas."
Reviews (5.2/10 Avg. rating)
A giant phone for a reasonable price
I hope you aren’t deterred by the average to below average number score I gave to the Boost Max. The Boost Max is not a bad Android device. It’s a budget phablet, and I think ZTE cut corners in the appropriate places to make the Boost Max a phablet you can buy for $299. This phone isn’t going to blow you away with performance, but it will likely impress you with its media consumption experience and battery life. If you’re into high specs and benchmark scores, steer clear. If you’re looking for a phablet on a budget, definitely consider the Boost Max. The Boost... Full review
Aims to give users a premium phablet experience with a small price tag
The Boost Max tries to offer as much as it’s competitors, but ultimately falls short in some important areas. Most of our experiences can be summed up with a, “This feature is nice, but…”.
ZTE’s Smart Viewer is a great addition, adding functionality and innovation to the size of the device. But it’s buggy and slow, and that made us not want to use it. The look and feel of the device is beautiful. It has a nice weight to it, and it offers a loud speaker and a hardware camera button. But the speaker is tinny, and the camera button makes it diffi... Full review
Big phone, small performance
We’re more hopeful for the future of this device than anything else. If it weren’t for the lag and performance hangs throughout our entire review period, we probably would have come away from this review a little more jazzed about the phone.
No, the display isn’t mind-boggling like some other devices in this size category, the storage is a bit low for our tastes, and the need for a removal tool too access the microSD card still boggles us a bit. But a few compromises are par for the course when building a budget phone. It’s important to remember how small... Full review
Solid overall build quality and performance
One of the best Boost bargains yet
Goes big in size, but not in specs
The Max has a number of things going for it and little going against it
For the most part, there's nothing really objectionable about the ZTE Max for Boost Mobile. As long as you're comfortable with phablets, the Max is a lot of phone for the money.
The screen is certainly big, if not the best I've seen. The signal performance was pretty good and battery life was tremendous. The user interface is a cinch to interact with, and the Max has plenty of power to multitask and more. The stock Android tools all functioned perfectly, though the additions from Boost Mobile add few tangible benefits to the phone. The camera performed well, and the Max has media... Full review
These phones sucks!
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