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First Look: ZTE Warp

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First Look: ZTE Warp

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The $199 ZTE Warp may sound like a cutting-edge smartphone from the future, but it's really an entry-level Android handset with modest speed, slow 3G data, and a basic camera. On Boost Mobile's no-contract service, however, it fits in well.

Hi, I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com, and this is the ZTE Warp for Boost Mobile. This $199 handset proves you don't have to get chained to a 2 year contract to enjoy a fully functional Android smart phone. ZTE may not be a household name yet like HTC, Samsung or Apple but the Warp does show ZTE has the chops to craft a solid device even Android diehards will find useful. Let's be clear, those expecting a high octane Android file reader will not find one in the ZTE Warp. For a $199 though the ZTE features a 4.3 inch 800 x 480 resolution LCD screen. 1 gigahertz Snapdragon processor and 512 megabytes of RAM. We also have capacitive buttons for Android functions along the bottom here and then on the back is the... 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a speaker right here as well, and the texture back here is pretty nice, has a nice feel and doesn't track fingerprints. That's pretty cool. Well not Google's latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the phone respectably runs Gingerbread version 2.3.5. That brings all the powerful customization and flexibility features Android fans love. There are the 5 standard home screens that you can populate with widgets and favorite app shortcuts. The Warp links to the latest Android market for Google's Labyrinth, music, books, movies and more than 250,000 apps. There are some things I don't like about the ZTE Warp. First, you typically pay more for a smart phone on a prepaid carrier with no contract. The Warp's $199 price is high. For example, you can get a 16 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Sprint for the same price but with a 2 year contract. Despite its high speed futuristic name, the Warp only offers 3G data speeds. The Warp's 1 gigahertz Snapdragon processor delivers solid performance but not the speed of phones with dual core CPUs. The 5 megapixel camera is basic with unimpressive image quality. It take shots that have washed out colors and fuzzy details. I'm Brian Bennett and this has been the ZTE Warp. Read the full review on CNET.com.

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