Available on June 14 for $99.99 after a mail-in rebate and carrier agreement, the Sprint Vital is manufactured by ZTE and features a 13-megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and a 5-inch HD display.
The Vital has a 5-inch screen with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution. While it's physically too big to fit nicely in my jeans pockets, it still feels comfortable in the palm and can be easily maneuverable with one hand.
The battery cover has a subtle blue tint to it when held in the light, and has a smooth, matte, rubber-like finish that I find pleasing to the eye. There is a quarter-size bulge on the phone's rear for the camera and flash.
On the right is a shortcut key to launch the camera. The button itself feels a little flimsy, and it's difficult to tell whether I'm pushing down on it hard enough because I can feel two levels of "clicks" when I press it.
The phone's 13-megapixel camera comes with a bounty of editing options. Some include digital zoom, 11 Instagram-esque filters; seven shooting modes like macro zoom, HDR, and panorama; a timer; burst shot; and three interval modes (ranging from 18 photos in 90 seconds to 6 photos in 30).
The camera can record 1080p video, and you'll get a front-facing 1-megapixel camera for video chatting and vanity shots. Furthermore, the handset runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a 2,500mAh battery.