ZTE has had a lukewarm reception to the US market in regards to smartphones. There are no major ZTE based phone in the US and the ones that do exist are very low end. Boost Mobile has continued to flesh out their Android offering and had added another Android phone from ZTE. Dubbed the Warp Sequent, this mid ranged handset is mainly aimed at those just looking for a phone that will satisfy. Is this phone with a mainly stock version of Android 4.0 worth your time and attention? Find out in the full review.
From a design standpoint, the Warp Sequent will right of the bat remind you of the Samsung Nexus S. This handset doesn’t have a slight curve in the screen but doe feel really nice in the hand. Below the 4.3 inch qHD screen are three capacitive buttons remnant of the ICS icon style: Back, Home, and Menu button. The little premium the handset would have to come from the texturized soft touch back. There is a 5MP camera on the back with an LED flash right beside it and ZTE branding at the bottom with stereo speakers on both sides. It’s a pretty light handset as well but that is probably due to the materials used to build it which is a plus. Another note is that while the back cover is removable, when you go to place it back on, make sure that everything clicks back together. It can be a little deceptive sometimes.
The Warp Sequent carries a 4.3 inch qHD screen. It’s more of a middle grounds between the super huge 5.5 inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the new screen size in the 4 inch iPhone 5. The screen isn’t HD and it’s pretty disappointing. After using high end phones which have HD displays seeing this qHD display, things simply look washed out. I understand that this is supposed to be a mid-ranged device but the display could have been better.
This is again where I felt somewhat disappointed again. The Sequent Warp has a 1.4 GHz dual core Snapdragon S2 processor, 768 MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage with Micro SD expansion, Bluetooth 4.0, and 1650 mAh removable battery. To backtrack to the processor, I felt a very apparent sluggishness when doing anything and everything on it. It had me thinking it was a single core phone but then I looked up the specs and found out that it is running a dual core processor. While it’s nice that it comes running a pretty much stock version of Android 4.0, it doesn’t seem to help with the fact that it feels slow. While this might be an apples to oranges comparison, Windows Phones with the same Snapdragon S2 processors were speedy.
They say that he best camera is the one that you always carry with you. If that camera is the ZTE Warp Sequent, then prepared to be pretty disappointed. There is nothing stopping a 5MP sensor and LED flash from taking *decent* pictures but here, I was left wanting so much more. Daytime shots in direct light still resulted in noise and graininess. I have some of the best pictures I could capture below.
If you are wondering why there aren’t any low light or night time photos below is because they honestly weren’t worth posting. I have never had this issue with any other smartphone I have had in my possession for review. Anytime you go to use the flash to take a picture, it literally covers your subject in this bright opaque light. It looks horrible and it defeats the purpose of having a flash at all. On second thought, maybe you should see what I’m talking about.
The Sequent can also record 720p video and you can view both day and evening samples below.
The ZTE Warp Sequent runs a stock version of Android 4.0 (ICS). Outside of the customized lockscreen and a few ZTE apps, its unadulterated Android the way it should be.
Phone calls conducted on the Warp sounded clear with no dropped calls in sight. Spoiled by 4G and LTE phones, the Warp Sequent is a 3G phone so I dealt with super slow data speeds. If you haven’t had a taste of 4G, you are missing out. If you are looking for a 4G phone, then steer clear of this phone.
Should you get the Warp Sequent? No, you should not. The only thing this handset has going for it is the Nexus S looking design. The performance is honestly subpar, the camera is disappointing and the lack of 4G is just insult to injury. While I understand that Boost Mobile is an off-contract carrier, the $199 you would spend on this phone could be spent on much better options. I would spend more and get the LG Venice or even more than that and pick up the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G. Both options have better cameras and performance. ZTE you are already beating HTC in phones shipped. It’s time to raise up your game.
Source: Boost Mobile