ZTE Grand X 2 Z850 Smartphone Evaluation - General Usage

Article Index
ZTE Grand X 2 Z850 Smartphone Evaluation
Features and Specifications
General Usage
Camera Testing and More
Battery Life, Calling and More
Final Thoughts

Using the ZTE Grand X 2:

I've been using Android devices for quite a few years starting with the original HTC Nexus One. While there is always room for improvement in any operating system, I've found the hardware to be pretty awesome. While there are a few big companies that are trying to get you to fork over a month's rent for a device, ZTE is hitting a very sweet spot with their Grand X 2 and it is this price-point that intrigues me.

You could buy five of these ZTE Grand X 2 devices for the price of a Nexus 6 and obviously this device won't keep with last year's flagship from Motorola, but you do get more than you may think. The screen has lower resolution and you get half the internal storage as the 32GB Nexus 6, but you do get an additional memory slot. A memory slot is a feature that absolutely EVERY phone should have - no matter how much internal storage it ships with. With all that in mind, I dropped my Telus SIM in the device, a 64GB MicroSD card and booted it up to see if I could take a giant step backwards from my Nexus 6 and still be happy.

Right off the bat, I really appreciate the basic interface of the device. ZTE doesn't skin the OS up with Sense, TouchWiz or any other interface that drains battery life and hogs storage. The interface is pretty much a clone of the Grand X Plus - and looks almost like vanilla Android – and that is a good thing (in my opinion) as I like minimalist software.



After playing around with the device, I noticed a few additions that ZTE threw in that stand out. There are great file manager, task manager, and note apps that I would be glad to pay a few bucks for these apps.

The Grand X 2 has an ambient light sensor that detects the surrounding light and brightens and dims the screen depending on the environment. This is a great feature that many phones have and it can be useful when using your device out doors and then indoors. The screen seems to be bright enough outside and doesn't blind you when you answer your phone in the dark when you're lying in bed. Thankfully the proximity sensor isn't quite as sensitive as the Grand X Plus as that device always dimmed when a shadow of my hand passed over the sensor. This one is much slower to respond and less sensitive which is actually really good. The proximity sensor in the Grand X Plus was so much of a pain that it was really hard to use with the home button on the left when in portrait mode. The Grand X 2 solved the issue and it works as it should.


The ZTE Grand X 2 has pretty mainstream features overall and offers nothing less than mainstream performance and a solid user experience for day-to-day tasks. On the next page we'll take a look at the camera quality, functions and features as well as do a bit of video recording and shoot a few pictures and share the samples.