ZTE Render

The Good The ZTE Render has a user-friendly design, satisfying call quality, and a generous amount of internal memory. Bloatware is almost nonexistent.

The Bad The Render's Windows 7.8 operating system is already outdated. The internal processor is slow and the data speeds creep by at 3G EV-DO.

The Bottom Line The ZTE Render would be a great starter Windows Phone, but only if it came out a year ago.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.0 Overall

Compare

ZTE Render (U.S. Cellular)
ZTE Render
Apple iPhone X (256GB, Silver)
Apple iPhone X
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Midnight Black)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone
Samsung Galaxy S8 (64GB, Orchid Gray)
Samsung Galaxy S8
OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 5T
Price $80 MSRP $1,285 Amazon.com $930 Amazon.com $660 Amazon.com $597 Amazon.com
Design
7
9
8
8
8
Features
5
9
10
9
9
Performance
6
10
9
9
9

Review

Easy to use, but already outdated

I wouldn't blame you for wondering why you should even consider the ZTE Render for U.S. Cellular. Because in all honesty, you shouldn't. It is, after all, a Windows 7.5 smartphone hitting stores just days before Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8. And as every Windows Phone watcher knows, current Windows handsets won't upgrade to the next version of Microsoft's OS. That alone renders it (yes, I went there) obsolete right out of the gate, a fact that can't be overcome by a promised small upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8.

Behind that mess there’s not much to make the Render worth your time. The 5-megapixel camera produces average photos, the data connection tops out at 3G EV-DO, and the 1GHz processor is slower than it should be. Voice quality is fine, and if the Render carried a different price tag, I'd give it more of a pass. But at $49 with a two-year contract, it's just not worth your time. Unfortunately, it is U.S. Cellular's only Windows device. But even if you're an ardent Microsoft fan, you're better off waiting for the carrier to embrace Windows Phone 8.

Design and display
The Render never departs from a typical slab smartphone design. On a high-end handset I'd scream for more style, but here simplicity goes with the territory. The exterior measurements come in at 4.7 inches long by 2.5 inches wide by 0.5 inch deep. That makes it relatively small as smartphones go, but it's much heavier then it looks at 4.82 ounces.

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $80
  • Brand ZTE
  • Service Provider U.S. Cellular
  • Diagonal Size 4 in
  • Weight 137 g
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass
  • Technology CDMA
  • Additional Features E-911 compliant, TTY compatible
See full specs

Report errors

How To

Samsung Bixby: 7 things to know about the personal assistant

Samsung Bixby: 7 things to know about the personal assistant

11 tips and tricks for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T

11 tips and tricks for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T

I spent $13 to add wireless charging to my Android phone

I spent $13 to add wireless charging to my Android phone

7 ways to make your old phone feel like new

7 ways to make your old phone feel like new

How to get Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement

How to get Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement

The 9 biggest iPhone X annoyances and how to fix them

The 9 biggest iPhone X annoyances and how to fix them

11 ways to improve iPhone battery life with iOS 11

11 ways to improve iPhone battery life with iOS 11

iPhone battery replacement: Here are the best options

iPhone battery replacement: Here are the best options

How to recycle your phone for cash

How to recycle your phone for cash

How I shot a rock concert on the iPhone X

How I shot a rock concert on the iPhone X

How to use 1Password for two-step authentication codes

How to use 1Password for two-step authentication codes

Latest News