The Good The ZTE Warp Sequent has a sturdy construction, delivers a nearly skinless Android 4.0 experience, and has a decent 5-megapixel camera.
The Bad Boost's Warp Sequent runs only on 3G, and its camera's shutter speed is slow.
The Bottom Line The Warp Sequent's impressive performance and decent midrange specs are a step up for ZTE, but its sluggish 3G speeds and price don't merit a purchase.
Good performer, but not a great value
You have to hand it to ZTE. Amid its seemingly infinite supply of mediocre handsets and mounting, the Chinese phone manufacturer raised the bar just a bit. Disregarding the ZTE Warp Sequent's oddball name (I know it's the successor to the , but what's this name supposed to evoke anyway -- two warps whirling one after another?), it has more higher-end specs than what we've seen in past ZTE handsets, and its performance isn't plagued with buggy software or glacial internal speeds. To put it frankly, this is one ZTE handset that isn't a total disappointment.
Yet there are still a couple of things that hold it back. It operates only on Boost's 3G network, and even though you don't have to sign a contract for this $199.99 phone, there are more powerful Boost handsets available for just a few bucks more.
The ZTE Warp Sequent has a more premium feel than any ZTE device I've handled, and it reminds me somewhat of the last two Nexuses (which is a huge improvement, as far as ZTE goes). The general shape is the same: a slab with rounded corners, and top and bottom edges that curve slightly outward. But this handset is smaller, measuring 5 inches tall, 2.56 inches wide, and 0.39 inch thick. Weighing 4.6 ounces, it's not heavy, but it feels solid and dense. Though it's a snug fit in small jean pockets, it's comfortable to hold in my hands, or pinned between my face and shoulder.
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