ZTE Z750C Savvy Review | Straight Talk

Straight Talk ZTE Z750C

The ZTE Savvy is one of two very similar ZTE phones, the other being the ZTE Majesty. The Savvy has a 1.0ghz processor and a 4.0" screen, 5mp camera with led flash and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Savvy retails for 149.99 and is of the CDMA type so Straight Talk will activate you with either Verizon or Straight Talk.


Release Date Oct 2013

Carrier: Straight Talk

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ZTE Savvy Z750C Specifications

Manufacturer
ZTE

Android OS
Icecream Sandwich 4.1

Processor
1.0 ghz
Dimensions
4.95" x 2.55" x 0.42"

Weight
4.45 oz

Form Factor
4.0" Diagonal Touch Screen

Screen Size and Resolution:
4.0" 320 x 480 pixels

Technology:
3g CDMA

Battery Life:
7 hrs talk time, Up to 9 days stand by

Data Signal:
3g Data

Camera resolution:
5 Megapixels with LED flash

Bluetooth
v 2.0

Charge/data cable
Micro USB

Headphone Jack
3.5mm

Micro SD card
Yes 4gb included. Accepts up to 32gig

ZTE Savvy Features

1.0ghz processor, Android Jelly Bean, App downloads via Google Play, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Facebook, Netflix, 3g data with WiFi.

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First Impression

At first glance, there doesn't seem like there is much to this phone. Like other ZTE phones offered by Straight Talk, it's quite basic looking with nothing really extraordinary going on. What the phone lacks in looks, it makes up in specs, performance and functionality because this phone works great! I love the fact that it comes with one of the latest Android OS so this phone is quite fast compared to earlier ZTE models.

The layout here is the now common 3 Android button layout. The phone itself does not have anything by way of metal trims or anything like that. The entire phone is black with a shiny black bezel around the screen. The below screen Android buttons are of the capacitive touch type that light up when touched and it does have a light sensor so the buttons will not light up in bright light or daylight. The screen and body are all plastic as one would expect on the phone of this caliber. The layout is fairly standard with volume rocker on upper left, charge port on bottom left, 3.5mm head phone jack & power/lock button on top. There is no dedicated camera button on this guy so right hand side is void of button. Do note that the battery cover comes off rather easily and when removing, it reveals the included 4gb micro sd card.

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Usability and Features

Usability and features here are quite good for an "off" brand like ZTE. As we mentioned earlier, the phone has a good 1.0 ghz processor so everything functions well. Zooming and transitioning from screen to screen is very smooth. The newer Android OS makes this one perform like a much more expensive phone. If you are at all familiar with earlier entry level Android 2.x Gingerbread phones, then this phone will perform like a Rolls Royce compared to those because the new Android OS is much faster these days.

As we always mention on these phones, the rest of the Android stuff works perfectly well here. This includes app downloads using Google Play. Of course you will need a Google Account with a valid credit card to download the paid apps. No need for a credit card to download the free apps. Other items like Google Maps, Navigation, Youtube, etc work great. We found Youtube playback to be nice and crisp with no hesitation whatsoever. Same goes for Netflix playback. Basically, everything works on this phone despite the prepaid nature of it.

One thing to note is that out of the box, you will need to activate the autorotate setting. If you don't, then the browser and other apps will not automatically adjust when turning the phone over to the horizontal position. The setting can be found on Settings->Accessibility->Auto Rotate.

About the only negative on this phone was the sound quality when playing on speaker. The speaker was somewhat weak even when cranked to its full volume setting.

Conclusion

Overall, this is a solid device. Doesn't bring anything new to the table, most phones don't, but if you want a good performer at a good price, then the Savvy might be one to look at. At this time, this is the most affordable mid level 1.0 Jelly Bean device from Straight Talk. You will need to step up to the $200 level if you want similar specs and performance.

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