ZTE Grand X Plus Z826 Smartphone Review - Battery Life, Calling and More

Article Index
ZTE Grand X Plus Z826 Smartphone Review
Features and Specifications
General Usage
Camera Testing and More
Battery Life, Calling and More
Final Thoughts

 

Battery Life, Calling and More:

The battery life of the ZTE Grand X Plus is very good. With a 5-inch screen I didn’t expect tremendous things from a 2300mAh battery, but the lower resolution and slower processor match up to make the device last two days with moderate use. When the screen is off, the standby time of the phone is fantastic. I was away for a few days and didn’t check my phone that often. As a result I managed to get three easy days out of the device with light usage. That alone makes this device worth considering in my opinion. I do get tired of plugging in my device every day - and sometimes during the day if I’m a heavy Nexus 5 user.

In terms of size, the Grand X Plus is pretty much perfect in my opinion. Of course this is subjective, but when coming from a Nexus 5, the move to the Grand X Plus is absolutely painless in terms of holdability and usability. The physical size is pretty close and the plain OS makes the transition pretty easy – if you’re used to Android 4.4. I’m assuming that ZTE will be sending out a Lollipop upgrade, but as of yet we are still using 4.4. Judging by the current battery life, Android 5 will make a very good device even better.

Backup Backing Up

 

ZTE includes a solid SMS/Messaging App and the gallery and image editing features. I’m very impressed with the entire gamut of features, applications and the entire package out of the box. The stock keyboard is pretty solid but after using Swiftkey, I had to install it as the prediction is much better. Again, the experience is pretty much what you’d expect with a Nexus or Google Play Edition device. I love the basic, non-frills experience.

When it comes to call quality, the ZTE Grand X Plus performs better than my Nexus 5. I often get complaints from people saying I sound “muffled”. Not so with the ZTE device. The call quality is very good. The built in speaker is a bit louder and actually clearer than my Nexus 5 as well. It’s no HTC One M8 by all means, and the location of the ZTE speaker is not all that desirable, (located lower back – like a Galaxy S3), so if you lay the phone on the back, it does muffle the sound. All that aside, it’s still a decent speaker that works well for hands-free calling or for listening to music and other media.

 

Benchmarking Performance:

I know that some people will want to see how this phone compares when it comes to actual benchmarks. I've included a few below, but the biggest thing I noticed when I compared them side-by-side is that the Nexus 5 was slower at loading many applications, but dominated on Google Play Music and Zynga Poker. Still, the numbers are included for you to compare with your own devices.

3DMark - ZTE

3DMark - ZTE

AnTuTu - ZTE

AnTuTu - ZTE

Geekbench - ZTE

Geekbench - ZTE

     

3DMark - Nexus 5

3DMark - Nexus 5

AnTuTu - Nexus 5

AnTuTu - Nexus 5

Geekbench - Nexus 5

Geekbench - Nexus 5

 

On the last page we'll wrap things up with our final thoughts.