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All systems, ZTE Engage!

A responsive screen

Still life, flowers

Recording video with 8MP

A little on the heavy side

Facing the top

Carrying a tune with Muve Music

While it's not as high-tech as the USS Enterprise, the ZTE Engage is a contract-free handset available through Cricket Wireless. It sports a 4.3-inch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.0.
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The 4.3-inch WVGA display has an 800x480-pixel resolution. Icons, widgets, and texts look crisp, and default wallpapers display bright and smooth. And, unlike mid-level ZTE devices, the display has a wider viewing angle.

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On the back is an 8-megapixel camera with flash. Some features include a digital zoom, flash, touch focus, five white balances, five exposure levels, six scene modes, 13 pictures sizes, six color effects, and four focus modes including auto and macro.

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Video options include a digital zoom, continuous flash, the same white balances and color effects, time lapse, four video qualities (720p to QCIF), and three video durations (30 minutes, 10 minutes, and 30 seconds).

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The ZTE Engage measures 4.9 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 0.4 inch thick. At 5.4 ounces, it does tip the scales in terms of weight. But, it's a solidly built and dense device that feels sturdy. Its tapered edges make it easy to hold and grip.

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Up top are a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port for charging, and a chrome-colored sleep/power button. There are also two little holes to slip a lanyard or charm through.

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Powering the device is a 1.4Ghz processor and a 1,900mAh battery that'll reportedly let you talk for about eight straight hours. You also get Muve Music service, which lets you download an unlimited amount of music onto your handset.

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