ZTE ZMax 2 Z958 Phablet/phone review

If you are working on Android projects, cheap Android phones are your best friend. Collecting ones with different screen sizes will help you see how the apps work in real life and in your hand which is something the built in Android emulator cannot do. So far in my collection, I have an Amazon Fire with CM11, Samsung Galaxy S4 and now I just picked up a phablet from ZTE called the Zmax 2. This was under $130 at Walmart so I was not expecting much, but after using it … I was pleasantly surprised. The graphics processor was pretty weak (Adreno 306 400Mhz), but Minecraft PE ran fine. Anything more graphic intensive lagged horribly. The CPU is great though (Snapdragon 410), and ran the operating system, browser and apps without a hiccup or lag. I can tell this isn’t up to par with the other Amazon Fire phone I had though as it did seem significantly slower. I still recommend the Amazon Fire phone over this phone



The size of the phone is what really caught me off guard. This is a sub $130 phone that has a 5.5″¬† 720P screen. This is about the size as my iPhone 6 Plus which I really liked. The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass and has a very responsive touch screen.



Battery on the phone is removable and it has 16GB storage built in with a micro SD slot for expansion.


The camera was good if you sit still .. any motion will cause the camera to blur. Again the Amazon Fire phone has a lot better camera



Overall I think this phone is great for under $130, especially for the size. If you want a better phone but with a smaller screen, go for the Amazon Fire phone, it is better in almost everything compared with the Zte max 2



  • Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon (probably the 210, but not specified)
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB internal storage
  • Display: 5.5-inch multitouch with 1,280X720 pixels
  • Cameras: 2 MP front, 8 MP back
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB
  • Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery: 3000 mAh

Overall Nathan Wan rates this 3.6 stars 

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