Offers more than you might expect for its bargain-basement price
Very inexpensive, near-stock Android, good stamina
Basic design, low onboard storage, some bloatware
It might not be the best-known brand on these shores, but huge Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been consistently offering low-cost alternative Android handsets in the UK for some time now.
The Blade Velocity (also known as the ZTE Blade V770) is the latest in the Blade range, and promises a "pure Android experience" in a very affordable package - just £149.99. But is it worth your cash? Here's our ZTE Blade Velocity review.
The Blade Velocity is a pretty standard-looking smartphone. It only comes in one colour, a mid-silver (though Carphone Warehouse refers to it as ‘black') with a black front panel and accents. The handset has a fairly minimalist look, with a small ZTE logo and no design touches to the rear. The circular camera lens sits at the top beside the LED flash, and only protrudes ever-so-slightly from the back panel of the phone.
The left and right edges of the phone are silver-coloured, while the top and bottom have an inlaid black stripe. On the top edge, this is broken by an oddly-placed 3.5mm headphone jack, while at the bottom the old-style USB charging port and 8 drilled speaker holes (on the right side) sit within it. The phone includes Dolby audio, and though it's easy to accidentally cover the speaker holes with the bottom of your hand, the sound output is certainly louder and clearer than we'd expect for this price.
The SIM tray resides in the top left edge of the phone, and also includes space for a microSD card. On the right is the volume rocker and power key below it - all fairly standard for a budget smartphone.
One of the clearest indications that this is an inexpensive handset is the sizeable black borders around the screen, but the visual effect is offset by the slightly-curved and very glossy top layer, which makes the edges somewhat less noticeable.
The panel below the screen holds the usual three keys (Home, Back and Apps) - these do light up with full symbols, but only when pressed. The rest of the time it's just a plain black stripe, and at this price there's no physical home key or fingerprint sensor - fair enough, for the money. If you really need a fingerprint pad, shell out a little more and get the Honor 6X.
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