Really awesome Android phone!
I switched from a Samsung Admire, so I was looking for a phone that had a bigger screen, newer Android version, and 4G LTE. The ZTE Avid 4G has it all. The 5MP camera with flash, the front camera, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) are pretty nice, as well as the 4" screen (which I didn't think would be big enough, but I was wrong!) I've read that internal storage isn't great. You get over 2GB in the phone itself; I have more apps on this phone than on my Admire.
Brightness is good but washes out severely under the sun
The ZTE Avid 4G's best selling point is the presence of both 4G and Android 4.0. It's a rung down the ladder in performance, though, compared to handsets with similar spes. Regardless, the $149 price point on MetroPCS is sweet, especially without a lock-in contract.
I've been with MetroPCS for quite awhile and can say this device is it. Like everyone has said its fast, but the memory is what sold... Over 5 GIGS! Internal! I'm sorry but I had no idea how nice it is to have that with a dual core and 1gig of ram and ice cream sandwich! I had the HTC Wildfire S and this thing is like comparing a Prius to a BMW. I'm not sure if other owners know this but the LG system lets you DISABLE OR UNINSTALL BLOATWARE!
Live local TV on the go
The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G is essentially the Droid Charge with just one or two new features and a much higher price tag. The phone's ability to play live TV is nice, but I'm having a hard time recommending the Lightray when you can get the unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus for considerably less. If you're set on buying a smartphone on MetroPCS, look into the LG Connect 4G: Although it does come with a bit of bloatware, at least it has LTE and more-modern specs.
Feels like a brick, Very outdated software
It's hard to recommend ZTE's Anthem, despite the 4G connection and solid call quality. The main reason is the older software and the camera, but the price also is an enormous factor. With a mail-in rebate coupon, the phone prices out at $219 plus tax. But Metro has long prided itself on affordable monthly plans, which could attract budget buyers who need to keep their plan costs down.
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