11. 13. 2008
ZTE - Basic Flip Phone with MP3 Player
This ZTE C79 headset has one big thing going for it -- the price. At $159, it will appeal to a buyer intested in a basic phone, but who still wants a few cool features. Here's what we thought after taking it for a test run: there are no tricky settings or menus, everything from the contacts to the call log were easy to find and understand; the SMS was very standard and had all of the usual formats (abc, ABC, T9 or Word, etc); the camera was decent, and had some nice features like zoom, brightness, and color themes (black & white and sepia). It packs some pretty good speakers and comes with a GPS feature where in case of an emergency, your phone can be located (unfortunately you can't use it for directions). It also comes with a speaker phone and is stereo bluetooth capable.
By far the best feature turns out to the music management system which is as easy to use as the rest of the phone. Just drag and drop from your PC, and the external music keys make it a cinch. If you need more memory, there's an expansion slot on the side.
What we didn't like: the screen size and resolution was a little small and weak. Funny to scrimp here when they've built a solid phone with some surprisingly good features.
It's only available on the carrier MetroPCS network so check to see the national coverage page first to see if they're in your area.