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Taking the plunge with the ZTE Engage (pictures)

Equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.3-inch screen, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Cricket's contract-free ZTE Engage unfortunately falters with its camera and calls.

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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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All systems, ZTE Engage!

While it's not as high-tech as the USS Enterprise, the ZTE Engage is a contract-free handset available through Cricket Wireless. It sports a 4.3-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.0.
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A responsive screen

The 4.3-inch WVGA display has an 800x480-pixel resolution. Icons, widgets, and texts look crisp, and default wallpapers display bright and smooth. And, unlike mid-level ZTE devices, the display has a wider viewing angle.

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Still life, flowers

On the back is an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Some features include a digital zoom, flash, touch focus, five white balances, five exposure levels, six scene modes, 13 pictures sizes, six color effects, and four focus modes including auto and macro.

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Recording video with 8MP

Video options include a digital zoom, continuous flash, the same white balances and color effects, time lapse, four video qualities (720p to QCIF), and three video durations (30 minutes, 10 minutes, and 30 seconds).

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A little on the heavy side

The ZTE Engage measures 4.9 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 0.4 inch thick. At 5.4 ounces, it does tip the scales in terms of weight. But, it's a solidly built and dense device that feels sturdy. Its tapered edges make it easy to hold and grip.

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Facing the top

Up top are a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port for charging, and a chrome-colored sleep/power button. There are also two little holes to slip a lanyard or charm through.

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Carrying a tune with Muve Music

Powering the device is a 1.4Ghz processor and a 1,900mAh battery that'll reportedly let you talk for about eight straight hours. You also get Muve Music service, which lets you download an unlimited amount of music onto your handset.

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