ZTE Score (Cricket Wireless)

The Good The ZTE Score is sturdily built but light. Call quality is decent.

The Bad The Score's display is frustratingly unresponsive and the processor is sluggish. Muve Music's interface is cumbersome.

The Bottom Line Though the ZTE Score makes satisfying calls, the phone's main selling point, Muve Music, has a long way to go. The spotty network connection and internal lag time weren't worth the unlimited song downloads. A combination of a quality phone and another cloud music service is the better approach.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 5.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
4.0 Overall

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Review

ZTE Score (Cricket Wireless)

If you're trying to entice today's youth to a phone, unlimited music is a surefire way to do it. And that's exactly what ZTE and Cricket have done with one of their devices, the ZTE Score. Their main pitch is that the device is integrated with Muve Music--a music service that gives access to an endless number of artists, albums, and songs.

The Score isn't the first device to come with this feature; that title would go to the Samsung Suede. When we reviewed that phone last year, Jessica Dolcourt wrote that Muve Music still had room for improvement and needed to "iron out the kinks."

It's been nearly a year now, and the same holds true. Muve Music's interface is still clumsy and confusing to navigate. Putting that aside, the ZTE Score has some other problems. Yes, it makes decent phone calls, you don't have to sign a contract, and it's inexpensive--it costs $69.99 at Best Buy, where it's being exclusively sold--but I just couldn't get past the glacial processor and the not-so-sensitive touch screen.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand ZTE
  • Service Provider Cricket Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 3.5 in
  • Weight 4.51 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity sensor
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Additional Features E-911 compliant, Speech-to-Text (speech recognition), intelligent typing (T9)
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