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The ZTE Render: Obsolete from day one

Despite a user-friendly design, the ZTE Render's low-end specs and outdated software make it poor choice for U.S. Cellular's first Windows smartphone. CNET takes a closer look.

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A familiar design

The ZTE Render looks exactly like a Windows Phone should. It's just too bad you can't upgrade to Windows Phone 8.
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Still, it is a simple and easy-to-use design. A silver trim runs around the 4-inch display.
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You can personalize the home screen by adding tiles and moving them around. Below the display are the standard Windows Phone touch controls.
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The back cover has a slight pattern that's visible in direct light.
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The camera lens and flash rest in the top left corner.
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On the right side you'll find the volume rocker and camera shutter. With a 0.5-inch profile, the Render has some girth.
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The Micro-USB charger port is on the bottom end of the left spine.

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