CNET First Look
ZTE OvertureWith its fast processor and LTE, the ZTE Overture is a great deal for Aio Wireless and one of the carrier's best starter smartphones.
Hi. I'm Kent German, Senior Managing Editor here at CNET.com, and today, we'll take a first look at the ZTE Overture. This is a new phone from Aio Wireless. Now, Aio is AT&T's prepaid plan. But you don't have contract, you just buy the phone at right, you have months to months and you can leave it whenever you want. It looks like a lot of other android phones, it's a basic black, rectangle, but it's got some touches which I like. There is a 4-inch display. It's pretty bright. It's colorful, you know, it's not gonna knock your socks off of course. But I think it certainly does a job. It is android and for that one, so a little bit of an older android OS. There are 3 home screens, which you can of course populate as you want with folders, with widgets, as the same virtual keyboard as you see in other android handsets and keypad. Down below, you see those standard touch controls, for back, for home, and for the menu, or submenu key. One thing I like though is when you're coming off the lock screen, now this only works if you don't have a PIN code, or the pattern, is you see this little green dot, if you pinch out like this, you'll see six shortcuts that would actually take you directly to those functions. So you can change this as you like. But I just thought it was a nice touch, likes the visual effect of it, like that you could just jump directly to those features without having to get into the menus. Here on the side, we have a volume marker. It's really nice and thick, so you could definitely find it when I was on the phone. On the side, there's a micro-USB charger port. Here on the top, there is a 3.5 millimeter headset jack, and the power control. On the back, there's a camera with a flash. Now there is this textured service on the back, it kind a looks like leather. Of course, it's not leather. But I did like the feel of it, just made the phone a little more interesting. It does have a 5-megapixel camera. There's pretty wall stock for the editing features. Photo quality is about average for this kind of phone. It certainly does the job for quick shots, you know, you're on the go, you just wanna share something. Of course, the phone does come up launch a Google applications you'd expect. You can go to Google Play to download a lot more apps. As I've mentioned, the Overture has a 1.2 Gigahertz, dual core processor. That makes it actually pretty fast. One annoying thing though is when you turn on the phone, you get this little jingle that promotes the carrier's name. It's kind of annoying. I really couldn't find a way to turn it off. So you just wait. You're starting up the phone, and you know, you don't want anybody to hear it. You might wanna put it against your hand, or just turn down the volume. It does have AT&T's LTE service. So what I pay, just load up quickly. I could download applications. So really I wanna speed portion, the phone does well. Call quality was bit variable. Some voices sound a little high pitched. Volume could have been a bit louder. For a $150, this phone really isn't a bad buy. The Overture has a good processor, it has LTE, it has enough features to keep you busy. And it has a design that's easy to use. I just wish the call quality could be a little bit better, and there are newer android version. I'm Kent German, and this is the ZTE Overture, with Aio Wireless.