ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone Evaluation - ZTE Grand X 4 Final Thoughts

Article Index
ZTE Grand X 4 Smartphone Evaluation
Grand X 4 Features and Specifications
ZTE Grand X 4 General Usage
Camera Testing and Video Thoughts
Battery Life, Calling and More
ZTE Grand X 4 Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts:

Up until the Grand X Plus, I'd never used a ZTE device before and just like many other people here in North America, I thought that ZTE might be more of a "budget quality" device. After using ZTE devices on and off for the past couple of years, my thoughts have changed quite a bit. The phone certainly isn't a flagship device, but it's a whole lot more than a budget device as well. The screen resolution of 720p may be a turn-off for some resolution snobs, but the screen quality is good. The bonus of fewer pixels is that the phone is much easier on the battery and I would rather have a few less pixels and better battery life.

That brings us to the battery and CPU. With a 1.4GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 425 CPU, the phone isn't the most powerful - but in turn, it gives you better battery life here as well. For pretty much any non-gaming App, the CPU and GPU combination is a great match and provides more than enough power for most applications and does so while sipping power. I could consistently get two-three days of use out of the device with moderate usage - much better than any device I’ve used before.

The Grand X 4 comes with 16GB of internal storage and supports a MicroSD card up to 64GB – according to ZTE. I tested it out with a 64GB card and it worked just fine. I wish that every phone had additional storage options like this as not everyone wants to stream everything from the cloud – or has a data plan that allows them to keep everything off-device. I love the fact that you can turn a 16GB device into an 80GB device for about $35.

As far as network performance goes, the WiFi is limited to 802.11n - not 802.11ac - which is the new industry standard. Still 802.11n is likely faster than your home internet connection and the cellular radio inside this device is capable of LTE. The radio scales and transitions nicely between 3G, 4G and LTE and I never dropped calls while hopping towers or changing bands. It's rock solid in terms of wireless performance.

While most of my experience with the ZTE Grand 4 has been positive, there are a couple of things that let me down a bit. The camera quality is not Pixel quality, but it still decent. It does shoot a lot of different modes and for the most part it’s solid – it just doesn’t’ stand out. The camera is not horrible, and it seems to do white balance better than some older devices, still, when you view the images at 1:1, there is a lot of compression and artifacts that I'd rather not see on my photos. Keep in mind that this device costs 25% to 50% of other devices with the better cameras that I mentioned.

In Canada, this device will set you back $299 without a contract and for that price, you have to think about it a bit before you drop your cash. The earlier Grand X devices were priced about half that and at that price, they were much easier to justify. Freedom Mobility has this device in stock and you can pick it up for $0 if you have a MyTab plan valued at $45 or more.

Battery life on this device is incredible. It's better than any other Android phone I’ve used to date, and while it might suffer if you punish it with loads of games, for moderate usage, it lasts two-three days easy. Three days. That will save you the pain of waking up in the morning and realizing that you forgot to plug in your device overnight. It will keep you running that extra day and even more, if you're a light user.

If you're in the market for a new Android device and don't want to strap yourself into a long contract or grab a cheap Samsung Galaxy Ace, the ZTE Grand X 4 will likely impress. It comes with 16GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot for total storage up to 80GB at least. All those features considered, the ZTE Grand X 4 is a slight evolution of the Grand X 2 - and while it does up the price a bit, you also get more features, more performance and better hardware all around. The value for this device can’t quite take the overall score up to “Gold” status, but it scores a solid “Silver”.

 

Pros:

  • Bright 5.5-inch IPS screen
  • Fast LTE performance
  • Quad-Core Snapdragon 1.4GHz CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Great battery life
  • Bare OS runs nice and fast
  • MicroSD slot

 

Cons:

  • Lack of accessories such as cases and screen protectors here in North America
  • Fingerprint reader is laggy and sometimes fussy
  • Value for performance is less than earlier “Grand X” devices
  • Phone chassis squeaks when the phone flexes.

 

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