- Lynn La , Cnet
The Warp Sequent's impressive performance and decent midrange specs is a step up for ZTE, but its sluggish 3G speeds and price don't merit a buy.
ZTE’sWarp Sequent aims to be a pay-as-you-go device with a premium feel. With a single-core 1.4-GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and support for microSD cards, it offers enough power and performance to keep the user experience respectable while keeping the price low.
Alex Colon of PC Magazine summarized the phone by saying “The Warp Sequent has a big, sharp screen, solid performance, and it runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). There's no 4G, and a reflective display and underwhelming camera hold it back, but you're still getting plenty here for your money.”
Other reviews indicate that while the device is well made and ideal for entry level prepaid users, that there are a few issues to consider before purchasing. First, the phone is restricted to 3G data access. While this is enough to check email or update social media, it isn’t enough to stream HD video or perform other bandwidth intensive tasks.
Another concern is the screen. Although the 4.3-inch qHD display offers clear, vibrant colors both PC Magazine and Android Central mentioned that it was extremely reflective and prone to glare.
For those looking for a purer Android experience, pre-installed applications and fancy effects appear to be absent. Andrew Vacca of Android Central says “Refreshingly, the Warp Sequent runs Android 4.0 out of the box, and a nearly vanilla experience at that.” This allows the slightly-underwhelming hardware to run Android 4.0 without the stuttering and delays of other similarly spec’d devices.
What about the camera? Well, if you plan to replace your camera with this device, you could be disappointed. PC Magazine notes that “shutter speeds are on the slow side, at 1.2 seconds to capture a photo. Images underwhelm. The camera skews soft instead of noisy, and images have a pinkish cast.” While it is likely good enough for the occasional snapshot or memory, there are plenty of better options available.
In all, the device receives popular reviews among the mid-tier pay-as-you-go devices. Andrew Vacca sums up the device well when he says “For those of you with $200 to burn and the will to sign a two-year contract, the Warp Sequent shouldn't even cross your radar. But for those who want to keep their monthly bills low and would rather pay month-to-month, the Warp Sequent is definitely a valid option.”
The Good: All-day battery life, Android 4.0, sleek design and affordable pricing.
The Bad: Reflective display, weak camera and lack of 4G access.
Sturdy construction, delivers a nearly skinless Android 4.0 experience, and has a decent 5-megapixel camera
Let's make this clear: the handset has a lot of high points. The Warp Sequent is a promising, reliable device. It's a notable step up for ZTE that I hope will only continue and progress with phones similar to this.
Unfortunately, ZTE doesn't compete in a vacuum, and there are plenty of handsets available that offer slightly higher specs for a decent amount of money. If you don't mind forking over $50 more, you can get 4G speeds with the HTC Evo Design 4G. The LG Venice has a sleeker build, a better screen, and costs only $20 extra. And if that wasn't convincing enough, the Kyocera H... Full review
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