CNET First Look
Budget ZTE Open C settles to the bottomBeing at the low end of the pricing scale is a good thing, but this ultra-affordable Firefox OS phone has a few other flaws that drag it down.
If it's all about the money, then you might want to think about looking at the ZTE Open C. This is a Firefox smartphone that we first saw at global world congress, and it is inexpensive. In fact unlocked you can get it for $80, 80 pounds, and 84 euros. Now overall you are looking at a bare bones phone, which is why the price is able to be so low. [UNKNOWN] just enough to survive, and you've got a four inch display over here, you've got a three megapixel camera on the back, no flash, no front facing camera. And annoyingly no auto focus, now that isn't ECE's fault, that is just not turned on in the operating system yet, but will get to that in a minute. The phone itself is small like I said and pocketable. It's got a soft touch mate coating on the back I've got it here in black but in Barcelona we also saw it in a bright blue and a bright orange and those were very pretty. We've got some silvery accents along the side volume rocker here, you charge up your phone here and when you pop off the back cover you've got a micro card slot that will take up to 32 gigabytes in external storage. 1,400 million hour battery, and a full sized SIM card slot. Now the phone only supports GSM and 3G speeds for now but the next version of Firefox is going to turn on CDMA support for those networks and also for GLTE support. The Firefox OS is pretty easy to navigate. You've got your static icons, here on the bottom, including an FM radio. You have a lot of collections of apps and folders. And you can even add your own when you press and hold down. They're called Smart Collections. There are other games and apps you can access through the marketplace. You also have your social networks like Twitter and Facebook. A note taking app, calendar and alarm clocks plus maps. This is definitely not a high performing phone the resolution is a little bit weak. Image quality was pretty poor and even though there is a dual core processor on here, I found the phone pretty laggy. So again, this is mostly for first timers who are just looking for a very inexpensive, starter smartphone. I'm Jessica Delacourt for CNet, you can read even more about the ZTE Open C at CNEt.com [MUSIC]