Reviews & hands-on

  • Phones

    Hands-on: ZTE Grand Memo II review

    By 24 February 2014

    The Grand Memo II LTE from ZTE is the company's update to the previously launched Grand Memo and is its new flagship Phablet for 2014. It was announced at MWC in Barcelona and we hopped over to the company's stand to take a look at whether this has the...

  • Phones

    Hands-on: ZTE Grand S II is bigger, bolder and more powerful than original

    By 12 January 2014

    Big phones are all the rage at the moment. ZTE's sequel to the Grand S, the aptly named Grand S II, pushes into phablet territory thanks to its large 5.5-inch screen. It's not only bigger than the original 5-inch model in the series, it's more powerful...

  • Phones

    ZTE Grand Memo pictures and hands-on

    By 25 February 2013

    If there is one thing that Mobile World Congress is teaching us, it's that companies believe there is a strong appetite for large phones, big enough that they are getting confused with tablets in some cases.  Case in point is the ZTE Grand Memo, a phone-come-tablet...

  • Phones

    ZTE Open pictures and hands-on

    By 24 February 2013

    It was no secret that ZTE was going to announce a Firefox OS phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and here it is: the ZTE Open. The handset runs on Mozilla’s Firefox OS, which has been in development for a number of years and finally coming to...

  • Phones 4 out of 5

    ZTE Blade III review

    By 19 February 2013

    Low-priced Android phones are a mixed bag, on the one hand, they're often better than you'd expect, but on the other there are always compromises made to get a phone out for this sort of money. It becomes even more ridiculous when you consider that Virgin...

  • Phones

    ZTE Grand S pictures and hands-on

    By 9 January 2013

    The ZTE grand S is the first truly flagship phone from the Chinese manufacturer. Boasting a big 5-inch 1080p screen, it promises to be quite a handset - but does it deliver? The first thing you notice about the Grand S is its screen. That 5-inch display...

  • Phones 3.5 out of 5

    ZTE Kis White review

    By 19 December 2012

    Phones don't have to be expensive. The ZTE Kis - reviewed here in its festive white, veneer-like finish - is proof enough of that. Available via Virgin Media as a contract-free Pay As You Go (PAYG) purchase for a mere £49.99, plus a £10 top-up at purchase,...

  • Phones 3 out of 5

    ZTE Grand X review

    By 12 September 2012

    You might not have heard of ZTE - its full name is Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment - but like so many companies such as Ericsson and Huawei, ZTE was originally a telecommunications equipment supplier, but like the other companies it's also had its...

  • Phones

    ZTE Grand X IN pictures and hands-on

    By 31 August 2012

    Two things are clear in the world of smartphones: ZTE is serious about breaking out of China and Intel is serious about breaking into mobile devices. It's no surprise, then, to see the ZTE Grand X IN. Okay, we admit it's something of a surprise, as this...

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    ZTE Grand X pictures and hands-on

    By 18 July 2012

    The new ZTE Grand X is the first genuinely powerful phone we have seen from the traditionally budget manufacturer. Priced at £189 handset only, or £32 a month from Virgin media, it is an affordable way of getting hold of Ice Cream Sandwich.  In the...

  • Phones 3.5 out of 5

    T-Mobile Vivacity review

    By 9 March 2012

    There are lots of different cars to choose from, which is good, because if the only car you could buy was a Porsche, then not that many people would be able to afford cars. And so the same is true with phones. The best phones - your high-end Android devices,...

  • Tablets

    ZTE PF100 quad-core tablet pictures and hands-on

    By 2 March 2012

    Okay, let's start with the obvious. The ZTE PF100 is a fugly tablet. There, we've said it. Its faux-metallic edges look more rusty than sharp and the back panel makes it look like a 1980s' calculator. The build quality is pretty cheap looking and feeling...

  • Phones

    ZTE Skate Kis pictures and hands-on

    By 29 February 2012

    Over in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, Chinese manufacturer ZTE unleashed a barrage of new smartphones and tablets; a signal of its clear intention to take its business model global. The company - which grew by 50 per cent in 2011 and achieved a...

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    ZTE Skate Acqua pictures and hands-on

    By 29 February 2012

    Chinese company ZTE unveiled around 52 new handsets* over in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, the first steps in fulfilling its ambitions for global domination. Devices such as the flagship Tegra 3 boasting ZTE Era and its quad-core Ice Cream Sandwich...

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    ZTE Era quad-core smartphone pictures and hands-on

    By 28 February 2012

    Finding a powered-up, fully-functioning ZTE Era at Mobile World Congress is about as likely as scoring some much needed bandwith on the expo's creaking press Wi-Fi connection - ie, slim to none. After getting on first-name terms with the "booth babes"...