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ZTE Blade V - Android 4.1, Peformance and Apps

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams

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8

ZTE Blade V – Software

The ZTE Blade runs the ageing Android 4.1 software with a custom interface made by ZTE. Although not a massive departure from vanilla Android in most respects, in the parts it does change it’s clear the interface has not been made with the same sort of budget as Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense.

It’s visually overwrought in places, most notably the lock screen. Press down on the lock screen and a green bolt of ‘electricity’ fires around your finger. It’s over the top, and not consistent with the visual style of the shortcut icons you can summon by ‘pinching’ the lock screen. This dual lock screen mechanic feels clumsy too.

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However, this is really one of the few parts of the interface that tries (with limited success) to paste a visual personality on the phone. You also get some pretty inoffensive Calendar, Clock and Contacts widgets, but they’re fairly generic.

ZTE Blade V – Performance, Apps and Games

Aside from these minor – not entirely successful – additions, the ZTE Blade V is a completely standard Android phone. You have access to the Google Play app store and all the official Google apps, and can swap out most parts of the phone to your heart’s content, including keyboards, SMS texting interfaces and so on.

This is where the internal memory becomes a problem. It’s not enough for a large apps collection, and while you can use a microSD card to increase storage, not every app lets you install to the SD card. It’s a particular problem with data-heavy 3D games like Real Racing 3.

Despite being quad-core, this doesn’t always seem a super-powerful phone either. There is minor glitchy lag in operation – a slight stuttering of the animation when flicking between pages – and it seems a shame when theoretically less powerful phones avoid this sort of low-level lag completely. ZTE Blade V 12

The ZTE Blade V uses a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8225Q processor with 1GB of RAM. It’s a processor that’s out there to supply the ‘quad-core’ tagline without incurring much cost. The phone's cores are not particularly powerful. They’re Cortex-A5 cores, much less powerful than the Cortex-A9 type cores used in the Galaxy Ace 3.

Of course, these phones are only closely comparable in terms of features, not price. The Ace 3 costs around twice as much as the ZTE Blade V. Closer to the Blade V’s price is the Galaxy Fame. It too has a Cortex-A9 processor, but with one core instead of four – as well as a much worse screen, less RAM and a bunch of other limiting factors.

Benchmarks show that the Blade V is theoretically marginally faster than the much more expensive LG L7 II – we just wish there was a bit more evident. If anything the Blade V comes across better when performing more advanced tasks like gaming and so on, then with real basics like Android navigation.

It’s not a hugely irritating kind of lag – it is minor – but if you’re expecting a phone that performs as snappily as one of the famous quad-core kings of the smartphone world, this is not it. Many dual-core phones offer better performance.

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Zte Blade V

February 5, 2014, 8:02 pm

Did anyone buy it? I would like to know if the camera rumors are right. Thank you:)

4lvin

February 11, 2014, 8:27 am

Blade V is only for Virgin Mobiles, is it please?
Or can anyone just buy to use in any Mobile Courier in any country? (I'm from Singapore) If then where can i buy it Online please? (I can not find any without Virgin Contract.. on either Amazon or Ebay)

Please kindly reply. I'm so interested in this one.
Thank you.

rob davies

March 24, 2014, 9:12 pm

I bought it, yes the camera is not the best, it seems to me the auto exposure doesnt read the light conditions properly ? sometimes turns white into yellow. sometimes under/over exposes . you can manualy adjust it but it takes so long the subject has gone !! the screen, battery life,phone and text performance is very good. internal memory is barely adequate some apps.can be transfered to mic/sd card but a lot cant. They havnt written user manual yet !!! im still altering settings trying to work it out !!

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 12:54 pm

hi want to know can use internet for free on this phone whant use it in pub wifi or al college with out paying anything

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 1:00 pm

hi can ask you about the internet on phone can put in other internet conction on phone go on internert for free

rob davies

October 29, 2014, 4:30 pm

Not sure what you mean? I use internet on zte a lot but not free😞

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 9:08 pm

tnxs i mean like in coffiee shop wifi think call it hotspots want know if use coffiee shop internet for free tnxs for your help:]

rob davies

October 29, 2014, 9:30 pm

Yes, no problem, I use zte in bar's hotspots here. It just tell you 'wireless network available'

Nathan Berry

October 29, 2014, 9:45 pm

thank you rob for your help :]

rob davies

October 30, 2014, 12:41 am

mind you i think the 'moto G' is a better phone for the money now !!

Nathan Berry

October 30, 2014, 8:41 pm

tnxs but my parents bought this phone for chirstmas dont know anything about phone tnxs for your help

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