Sprint Flash

The Good The Sprint Flash has 4G LTE and tons of photo-editing features, and runs a nearly skinless Android 4.0 UI.

The Bad The Flash's photo quality is poor, its design is bulky, its internal speeds are slow, and its call quality is mediocre.

The Bottom Line With the 12-megapixel Sprint Flash, ZTE attempts to break new ground in features, but the Flash is a poor choice both as a phone and as a camera.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.0 Overall

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Review

Camera aims high, but falls short

When I heard that Sprint's latest ZTE handset would have a 12-megapixel camera, I was interested but naturally skeptical.

Though megapixels get a lot of attention, you also have to consider a camera's sensors and image processor. This is why cameras with higher megapixels don't necessarily do better than lower-resolution shooters. Unfortunately, the Sprint Flash is no exception.

Despite the plethora of editing features, photo quality was poor. And even worse, I found the Flash's processor achingly slow and call quality was disappointing. The device is $130, but frankly, that's too high, since better (and sometimes, even cheaper) options are available in Sprint's lineup.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $450
  • Brand ZTE
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Diagonal Size 5.2 in
  • Weight 4.5 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Additional Features Android Beam, Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), E-911 compliant, TTY compatible, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), intelligent typing (SWYPE), multitasking
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