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The Sprint Vital from ZTE

A tight squeeze

Nice blue polish

Not too heavy

A flimsy camera key

A look at the 13MP shooters

A few more features

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.

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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.

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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.

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The phone measures 5.59 inches tall, 2.8 inches wide, and 0.39-inch thick. Weighing in at 5.44 ounces, the handset isn't very heavy for a device of its size.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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