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ZTE Boost Max+ serves up a big screen for a low priceEquipped with a 5.7-inch display, a quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera, the Boost Max+ costs only $200 prepaid. But is it a smart buy?
[MUSIC] At $200 prepaid, the ZTE Boost Max+ sounds like a great value, especially when you consider premium phablets cost upward from $600 unlocked. But if you're looking for a budget device, the Max+ does make some compromises for its low price. First off, the basics. The handset is big. Like I said before, it has a 5.7 inch display and features a 720 pixel resolution. But it's also big, in terms of other phablets, as it's heavier and thicker than its competitors overall. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with some pre-loaded apps from Boost mobile. And it has a 1.2 gigahertz. Quad-core processor. You also get two gigs of RAM, 16 gigs of memory built in, and expandable storage up to 64 gigs. On the front, there is a one megapixel shooter that can record 720 video, and on the back is an eight megapixel camera that can record 1080p video. However, photo quality isn't that great. The flash can cast a blue light on objects and even when you don't turn on the flash you could sometimes see this blue hue overlayed on photos. The phone also has very little onboard available storage, so you may run into trouble storing your files and media content. One good feature, however, is that the phone has a 3.4 active hour battery, which lasted impressive 13 hours and 20 minutes during our own testing for continuous video playback. The ZTE Boost MAX+ is a decent enough budget handset, but if you're willing to spend more for a big screen device without splurging altogether. The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition is a good halfway point. If you can however and want to keep within the $200 price bracket, The LG G Stylo is more reliable, comes with a stylus and is worth looking into. Again, I'm Lynn and you've been checking out the ZTE Boost MAX+. [MUSIC]