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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Despite a user-friendly design, the ZTE Render's low-end specs and outdated software make it poor choice for U.S. Cellular's first Windows smartphone.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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Kent was a senior managing editor at CNET News. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he reviewed the first iPhone and worked in both the London and San Francisco offices. When not working, he's planning his next vacation, walking his dog or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).
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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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