Orange Miami (ZTE G-N281) Review - Music Player, Camera and Battery Life Review


There’s only around 19MB of free space on the phone’s internal memory, so if you want to make use of the music player then you’ll really need to add a microSD card into the slot that’s found beneath the battery cover. However, the music player is very basic as it’s really just a file browser and lacks niceties such as the ability to show album art.

Predictably the supplied headphone’s aren’t great as they have poor bass response, but if you swap them for you own cans you’ll find that the Miami outputs good quality audio.

Although there is a web browser onboard, we wouldn’t recommend this handset for web use. That’s not just because the web browser is rudimentary and slow to render pages, but also because the phone lacks support for 3G and Wi-Fi so even simple web pages take an age to load.

The cameras on most budget handsets are ropey and unfortunately, the one on the Miami is no different. It’s a very basic 2-megapixel shooter that lacks a flash or autofocus, but at least the camera app offers a few extra features including a night mode, white balance presets (tungsten, daylight fluorescent etc), continuous shot and a delay timer. However, none of these extras can get away from the fact that the results are poor, even by budget cameraphone standards. Images tend to look quite smudgy, especially at the edges of the frame, and highlights often look very burnt out. Furthermore, the shutter is slow to respond and you have to hold the phone very steady if you don’t want the result to be a blurry mess.

As for call quality, it’s rather good, being both clear and accurate, but the battery life is disappointing. It’s only rated for three hours of talk-time, so if you’re the type that likes to have a long natter with your mates then it’s not the phone for you.


At £40 including the £10 top-up charge, the Orange Miami is very cheap for a touchscreen phone. However, even at this low price we find it difficult to recommend, chiefly because the touchscreen just isn’t responsive enough to provide a satisfying user experience. Factor in the phone’s rough and ready interface and second-rate camera, and we’d recommend turning to something like Samsung’s Toco Lite – it costs about £20 more, but is much more user-friendly.

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