The Good U.S. Cellular's ZTE Director is reasonably priced and has respectable call quality.
The Bad The Director is sluggish and takes poor photos, and call volume is severely low on speakerphone.
The Bottom Line Although U.S. Cellular's ZTE Director is inexpensive under contract, the carrier offers better handsets at the same low price.
Low-end specs that yield a low-end performance
I have nothing against entry-level devices. As long as they work well and are priced reasonably, there's nothing wrong with these handsets for people who don't need to be on the bleeding edge of technology.
But while the ZTE Director is indeed priced inexpensively (without a contract, it's $99.99, but with one, the price drops to 1 cent), it's not a great performer. Its screen can be frustratingly unresponsive, its camera takes washed-out photos, and its processor is sluggish. Frankly put, the ZTE Director is more of a Tommy Wiseau than a Steven Spielberg.
With its long chin, smooth matte back plate, and indented edges, the Director looks pretty much identical to all other entry-level ZTE devices, like the and the , save for the fact that it features three hot keys (back, home, and menu) instead of four.
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