- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
This Android handset should appeal to cost-conscious buyers who want the biggest screen they can afford.
- Large, color accurate screen
- Great battery life
- Decent performance
- Low screen resolution
- Unwieldy to hold and slippery
- Camera focus and shutter speed very slow
Despite ZTE's best efforts, it has struggled to make itself a household name. With the release of the ZMAX, ZTE hopes to penetrate the relatively small market of budget phablets. As an entry-level device, the ZMAX offers a generic rectangular design and tapered edges. Measuring in at 6.4 x 3.3 x 0.35 inches, it falls on the larger side of phablet territory and also weighs a hefty 190 grams. Most experts describe it as unwieldy and uncomfortable to hold not only due to its dimensions but also because of its slippery plastic back.
At the forefront of the device is the 5.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 720 pixels. With a pixel density of only 258ppi, it isn't the sharpest display on the market, but reviewers didn't mind the slightly lower pixel density and praised the display's natural colors and decent contrast. Unfortunately, they did notice colors tended to wash out under bright light and when viewed at certain angles.
As to be expected of the lower price tag, the ZMAX doesn't have the fastest processor on the market, but the 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM is enough to perform seamlessly enough during basic tasks for most critics. With that said Android Authority adds, "This isn't the fastest or smoothest processing package available" as they experienced some stuttering transitions and delays when launching apps. Its one major advantage over other smartphones is the 3,400mAh battery. Due to the weaker processor and lower resolution screen, the ZMAX's battery lasted critics a full day of moderate to high use.
When it comes to camera quality, the 8MP shooter offers no surprises. Experts were able to produce decent photos in good lighting situations and, as to be expected, noisy and poorly detailed low light images. They also add that the camera churned out many blurry images due to slow focusing and shutter speed.
Although the ZMAX might not be as feature-rich as far as phablets go, its low cost of entry, long battery life and solid experience win the recommendation of reviewers to consumers buying their first Android device. Phone Scoop states, "It's a solid device that gets most of the basics right…it's well made…and a solid performer for the money."
Reviews (5.8/10 Avg. rating)
For phablet lovers on a budget
ZTE did a decent job with the ZMax. It's a solid device that gets most of the basics right, though there's nothing particularly awesome about it. It’s well made, but relies on ZTE's rather staid design language.
The main selling point of any phablet should be the screen. As much as I like the ZMax screens' brightness and color, the resolution is somewhat disappointing, particularly with video content. The signal performance is OK and call quality is average, but battery life is killer.
The apps are almost all standard Android, which means users should be familiar... Full review
A big phone without the big price
ZTE is able to bring a large screen experience to the very affordable segment of the Android space, but does so under a decidedly mid-range scope. When you factor in how affordable it is, the ZTE ZMax stands out from the pack. After all, there are plenty of people out there that want to enjoy a large screen without spending an arm and a leg. And in that case, ZTE has succeeded in making that a reality. There will, of course, be better performance pretty much all around from higher-end models, but that isn’t the point of the ZMax, and thats what makes a welcome, yet decidedly midrange... Full review
Large in size, its specs might not impress, but it has enough pleasing qualities to like
Will appeal to large-screen fans on a tight budget
In its quest for relevancy in the U.S., ZTE is starting at the bottom. That's not necessarily a bad thing—the level of quality for entry-level Android phones has never been higher, and the Zmax helps raise the bar for low-cost, big-screen devices. It's aggressively priced and manages to avoid any egregious missteps in the process. The expansive screen is the obvious draw, but excellent battery life and close-to-stock Android software are worth the low price of entry as well. Its biggest competitor is the unlocked Huawei Ascend Mate2, which costs $50 more, but also features a bigger di... Full review