High build quality, Great price-to-performance ratio
The Acer Liquid Z3 won't win any beauty awards, but it feels refined and dependable - it's certainly capable of carrying its own weight if you're looking for a primary device on the cheap, though it would also make a perfect work/secondary phone, especially the dual-SIM version.
Good battery life, Dual SIM, Storage can be extended
The performance is not great, but it is sufficient for everyday use with the Google Android OS, which is available in an updated version. Price-conscious buyers, who are satisfied with the most basic of smartphone qualities, should pick this smartphone up without a second thought.
Good camera, Vibrant Display, Ergonomic build
To cut it short, the Acer Liquid Z3 could have and would have been an amazing phone if it was released probably a year ago. It offers a great balance of things from the vibrant display, the good camera & the solid build quality along with the flip cover. The big catch with that however is - for Php4,490, you can get much better options with the competition - ones that don't run on low-resolution displays & ones that are using quad-core MediaTek chips instead of the dual-core kind.
Cheap, Sturdy, Decent feature set
The ZTE Blade 3 isn't a polished offering but we can almost forgive it when we are reminded of its price tag. This is a cheap and cheerful handset aimed at giving people an entry point to the smartphone market.
While it could be tidied up round the edges, made to run a little smoother and upgraded to the latest Jelly Bean version of Android, we are suitably impressed with the Blade 3 as an entry-level device.
Stylish design, Display offers good resolution
The ZTE Blade III is far from being the fastest phone around, but what it lacks in speed it makes up for with excellent design, an impressive touchscreen display and a rock bottom price tag. If you're looking for a sub £100 smartphone, we think the ZTE Blade III is a much better option than the likes of ZTE's own Kis handset or Nokia's Asha range.
Amazing price, good screen
For about £80 we doubt you'll find a more competent phone than the ZTE Blade III. It's solidly built, has enough power for day-to-day phone use and while it won't blow you away with performance, normal users are unlikely to suffer much from the single-core CPU.
The design is reasonable, the ZTE Android customisations are stylish enough - although none of them adds a massive amount to the experience of using the phone they also don't spoil it at all.
Decent battery life
Its hard to argue with a smartphone that can compete with its betters, yet can be purchased for a fraction of the cost. Yes there are flaws and cutbacks to meet the price point, but this is an excellent entry level device for smartphone newbies and pragmatic users who don't need the latest and greatest.
Dual-core Tegra 2, Fast browser
Criticising the ZTE Grand X for its ugly looks, ordinary camera and underwhelming screen almost seems churlish when held against its extraordinary price-performance ratio.
Offering a dual-core processor and stock Android 4.0 OS for less than £200, this is a no-nonsense phone that punches well above its weight.
Solid design, Great value
The ZTE Grand X sees the budget phone maker up its game once more. A dual-core processor and lean software wipes-out the lag of previous lower-cost ZTE Androids, while neat extras such as noise cancellation on calls and a decent internal speaker further wipe away anything approaching a budget vibe. It doesn't have quite the design personality of the alternatives from HTC and Sony, but pound-per-pound you get more for your money here.
Good build quality
ZTE's Grand X delivers well on some levels. The combination of good specifications for less than £200 with unspoilt Android 4.0 makes it an attractive package. It will certainly play games and suits video content too. However, you should take into account the poor cameras and terminal battery life.
A phone that meets most of your needs
First thing to do with this device is the amount of benefits it offers in relation to its price making the cost-benefit ratio is one of the biggest.
The Android version is one of the most updated, holds dual sim and working frequencies gives the same for most providers.
The user experience is exquisite and management software for dual sim works perfectly allowing configure which works by default to send sms, make calls or connect to data.
Pure Ice Cream Sandwich, Dual-core power
The ZTE Grand X puts dual-core power and Android's Ice Cream Sandwich operating system in your pocket for £190 on pay as you go, although you'll need to go to Virgin Media to get it. Buyers should beware of its underwhelming battery life, laggy camera and rubbery, unresponsive touchscreen.
Fast dual-core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich, large, detailed screen
The ZTE Grand X offers a dual-core processor, large screen and Ice Cream Sandwich -- all good things from a midrange Android. But that unresponsive screen, so-so camera and unimpressive battery life show that there's some work to do for ZTE to hold its own against the big boys.
Relatively sleek design
The ZTE Grand X is, all things considered, a perfectly good device. It's cheap, it's got Android 4.0, and - in case I haven't said it enough yet - it's stock. Combine that with a proven, battle-worn processor in the Tegra 2 and it provides all the functions that a user can expect from a modern smartphone, sidestepping the perils of over-design and bloatware.
Excellent price point
For Android nerds, like us, the inclusion of a vanilla build of Android 4.0 on the Grand X is a huge point in its favor. It's unusual, but should hopefully bode well for future updates too. Performance over all is decent without being outstanding, with the Tegra 2 processor propelling things along nicely. Sadly though, marketing this as a gaming device is a little ambitious. But, while software and performance are positive, the build quality of the device lets it down.
Large screen, Unskinned Android 4.0
The ZTE Grand X is unashamedly trying to punch above its price point, and I have to admire that. If you need a good camera and stunning battery life for processor sapping gaming, then look away. On the other hand, if you like the idea of a vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich and a large screen for a reasonable price then this handset might just float your boat.
Good spec for the price, Ice Cream Sandwich, solid build
The Acer Liquid Glow isn't a high-end smartphone with an outstanding spec. But for the price it delivers a pretty good set of features, and with Ice Cream Sandwich on board from the start, it's a step ahead of many of its more expensive rivals.
When it comes to dual-SIM smartphones, there aren't too many of them currently on sale, or at least not from any of the well-known manufacturers. That said, it is great to see that a respected company like HTC is entering this market niche with an offering that we find quite decent.
However, although we dare to say that the HTC Desire V is the best-looking dual-SIM smartphone in existence, it leaves quite a lot of room for improvement in the hardware department.
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