Shake your ZTE Groove thing

Featuring Cricket Wireless' Muve Music streaming music subscription service, the $100 ZTE Groove is an entry-level handset that features Android 2.3, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a 3.5-inch display.
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Running Gingerbread these days

The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, making it dated the moment it comes out of the box. You'll find a few standard Google apps such as Gmail, Maps with Navigation, Latitude, Places, Google Play, Search, Talk, and YouTube.
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A few photo options

The 3.2-megapixel camera features a few photo options. It has a flash and can digitally zoom up to 4x. It also has five white balances, three photo sizes, three quality adjustments, five saturation levels, and four color effects.
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Not the most attractive design

On the whole, the Groove's plastic construction keeps the phone lightweight at 4.5 ounces, but as a trade-off, it gives it a very cheap and toy-like feel. A faux-chrome strip runs along the edges, and every physical key (though easy to press) protrudes relatively far from the surface. Up top are a sleep/power button and a 3.5mm headphone charger.
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Expandable memory up to 32GB

The right edge houses a volume rocker, a small flap for a microSD card, and a shortcut camera button.
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A dimpled back plate

Powering the handset is an 800MHz processor and a 1,500mAh lithium ion battery that has a reported talk time of 400 minutes and a standby time of 350 hours. You can also see here how the back plate features an unappealing dimpled texture.
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Loaded with Muve Music

The Groove's biggest selling point is Muve Music. Developed by Cricket, the service lets you download and stream music onto your handset. The app comes with a feature called My DJ that gives you access to premade playlists organized by musical genres, and Shazam, the popular music-search app. For a more in-depth rundown of Muve Music, be sure to read CNET's review.
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