Test: ZTE Blade (G)

Blade G compromising too much on other areas to get into a big screen in a cheap phone.

Budget phones is often highlighted as a good first telephones for the which have not yet started with smartphones. I am a little hesitant of the idea. We should of course like to give a good first impression for the interested but uninitialized, and budget phones compromise often with things that affect the user experience.

In the case of the ZTE Blade, it is clear that strived for a comparatively cheap (1 600 SEK) mobile with large (4.5 inch) screen. The price, however, is not so low that it ends up in the actual budget class, and at the same time competing with last year’s mid mobiles that ends up in the same price range.

Have Blade G something that lifts it?

The build quality is not worse than, for example, the flagship model, the Samsung Galaxy S4 + that I have beside it, which is not necessarily a compliment, but in all cases, this means that the quality is good enough. The back has a nice common with surface for good grip in the hand.

Do you beat on the screen fly briskly parables with Galaxy S4 + his kos. The screen does not come across as blocky despite their comparatively low resolution relative to the size is because it simply is not perfectly sharp. In addition, shifts the screen slightly in luminosity in the upper left corner. The screen is not catastrophically bad, but I’ve definitely seen better.

The system is the relatively fresh, Simon · 4.1.2, with gentle toppings from ZTE. Android guarantees a certain minimum level on the phone, provided that the system is getting enough resources to work with, which we will come back to. The most obvious addition from ZTE’s page is the lock screen where you either hold your finger to unlock the screen or “zoom out” with two fingers to bring up six direct shortcuts to features you can choose yourself. Most Androidtillverkare have a variation on this in their phones, and it is mainly look and which gestures required characteristics of ZTE’s solution.

To call and write text messages giving the phone in all cases a clearly approved experience and the large screen makes it easier to use the on-screen keyboard to type.

A basic operation that actually impresses with Blade (G) is the battery life. To be a smartphone, I can have it lying strikingly long without the battery runs out, and when we run our test with nonstop video playback will ZTE Blade G top of over nine hours, a battery life that otherwise we most look 6-tumsmobiler with extra large batteries.

Performance wise, is the ZTE Blade otherwise nothing to boast of. Dual core processor on 1.2 GHz can in and of itself be sufficient in most cases, but I feel that the phone is laggy in the heavier apps. Our measurements of performance tests also seat ZTE Blade (G) of the bottom layer among the new phones.

512 MB RAM and 4 GB of storage memory of which 1.8 GB is available to the user is definitely in. There are, of course, slot for memory cards, but the risk is that you run out of RAM to install apps on. And the lack of RAM is probably the reason why I repeatedly get kicked from your mobile browser.

The camera is an area that it almost always saved when it comes to budget mobiles, ZTE Blade (G) is no exception. The camera is frankly the right Terrier, with images that even in the best case, a milky whitish tone, as if photographed in fog. In the purely documentary aims the camera better than nothing at all, but the images are not even enjoyable on mobile screen low resolution.

As the music player works mobile habilt, but to stand out with some special features. The included headset, you should replace with some better.

So, this is a good first mobile for the which have not previously used a smart phone? Well OK. Compared to a non-smartphone offers the similar voice quality and better tasting text messages. Mobile camera and the browsing experience, however, is in no way representative of what a modern smartphone to be able to perform. The phone is tough and sometimes throws out of you ur apps learns not to leave you wanting more.

There are other phones in this price range that offers a better experience, and if you are looking for a real budget mobile, a Other Phone you don’t need to be afraid about, there are also cheaper options. Blade G’s main selling point is the combination of low price and relatively large screen, but the question is how substantial the niche is very clear when you can get a better phone for the same price or lower, only you can imagine to bargain down the screen size a bit. In particular, the large screen is also not particularly good.

Test chart

Better than this it will unfortunately not. (See the slide show for a larger image)

Mobile battery test

9 h 12 min

Questions & answers

Follow it with a few interesting apps?

There is a package for reading Office – specific files that works really well, but you get the same function when you download Google Quickoffice free. Otherwise it is on good and evil not much Add-ons.

How is the call quality?

Possibly a bit tinny sound, but on the whole, I have no complaints.

Is there any area where this phone stand out positively?

Yes, the battery life is impressive for a smartphone.


Lumia 520 is both cheaper and better if all you are looking for is a low-cost smartphone. Should it just be Android as costing a few hundred more LG Optimus F5 but is an entirely more affordable building.

On the other hand

Erik M: I agree that Blade G has too many shortcomings and that Android even if it has a certain ability to guarantee a high lowest level does not come to its rights. Should you locate something positive, I think it’s shape and materials, that despite a low price keeps a high level.