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A closer glimpse at the ZTE Avid 4G (pictures)

With its 4G LTE capabilities and Android 4.0 OS, the Avid 4G is a prepaid handset on MetroPCS that is plagued by its slow internal speeds and mediocre call quality.

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Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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Behold, the ZTE Avid 4G

Priced at $149, the ZTE Avid 4G includes LTE speeds on MetroPCS' prepaid network, and Android 4.0 ICS. Unfortunately, its laggy processor speeds and spotty call quality hold it back.
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Snapping some scooters

The rear-facing 5-megapixel camera has panoramic shooting and the ability to take pictures while recording video. In addition, the front of the device houses a VGA camera.
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Sleight of hand

The handset measures 4.88 inches tall and 2.58 inches wide, and it has a trim, 0.47-inch profile. At 5.25 ounces, however, it is a bit on the heavy side.
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Flicking my way through

The 4-inch TFT display has a 480x800-pixel resolution. Aside from the screen's slightly blue tint, it also can be unresponsive, like when playing Temple Run.
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Underneath the hood

Powering the device is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 1,730mAh battery, which roughly translates to four hours of reported talktime.
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Some tunes for you

The phone also comes preloaded with Rhapsody's music subscription service. For an extra $5 a month, on top of a $60-a-month unlimited talk, text, data, and e-mail plan, you can search and download thousands of albums and artists on major U.S. record labels.

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