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ZTE Skate hands-on (photos)

CNET takes a closer look at the Gingerbread-baked ZTE Skate smartphone, which debuted at Mobile World Congress 2011.

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Bonnie Cha
Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.
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ZTE Skate

Announced at Mobile World Congress 2011, the ZTE Skate is a Android 2.3 smartphone that will ship in May 2011.
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Features

ZTE says the design of the handset was inspired by a skateboard (we'd say that's stretching it a bit) and features a 4.3-inch touch screen. It's lightweight at just 4.2 ounces, but it also feels quite plasticky.
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Left side

On the left spine, you'll find a volume rocker.
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Top view

Meanwhile, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the smartphone.
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Camera

In all, the Skate is a more midlevel device. It has a 5-megapixel camera and is running an 800MHz processor, compared to some of the higher-end devices with their dual-core processors and 8-megapixel cameras.
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Keyboard

The Skate's onscreen keyboard was rather difficult to use even in landscape mode, since the buttons were so small and squished together.
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Google Maps

Google Maps in satellite view looked quite nice on the ZTE Skate's 4.3-inch display.

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