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ZTE Tania review

Budget Mango smartphone tries to attract punters to Windows Phone
Wed Jun 20 2012, 17:54
ZTE Tania Windows Phone

Product ZTE Tania
Website ZTE
Specifications 1GHz single-core processor, Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4.3in 480x800 TFT LCD touchscreen, 4GB internal memory, 5MP rear camera with autofocus, flash and LED flash, 720p HD video, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 1400mAh battery, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, 128.6x67.8x10.5mm, 158g
Price £200 SIM free


CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE is well known for bringing out low priced Android phones, but it's decided to throw a curveball with the Tania, its very-first budget Windows Phone device. Sticking to ZTE's typical price-point, the Mango powered handset retails for just £200, aiming to woo those on a budget to pick a Windows Phone device. Read on to see how it fared throughout our hands-on testing.

Design
The first thing we noticed about the ZTE Tania was that it felt much more expensive than it costs. With no physical buttons, the glass front of the ZTE Tania looks really slick, reminding us of the premium Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The back of the handset, although not as luxurious, managed to sit nicely in the hand thanks to its matte-plastic coating, and felt like it could withstand a few knocks and tumbles. This rugged feel is reflected in the handset's 158g weight, as it feels reassuringly heavy when held in the hand. We did notice some scuffing around the protruding camera sensor, which has nothing to protect it from such accidental wear and tear.

ZTE Tania back panel

In terms of ports and physical buttons, you'll find a power switch, microUSB slot and camera key on the right hand side of the ZTE Tania, with a volume rocker on the left hand side, crafted from the same high-end looking metal. There are also three capacitive keys underneath the screen, which although they proved useful we couldn't help but accidentally press.

Screen
The Tania's screen is a 4.3in WVGA 480x800 display, which by today's standards doesn't sound fantastic on paper. However, given the handset's £200 price tag, it isn't as bad as you might expect. Sure, viewing angles aren't fantastic and it's almost un-viewable in direct sunlight, but when switched up to full brightness the Tania's screen is a pleasure to look at. It's a great size too - ideal for browsing the web and gaming.

Software and performance
The Tania, looking past its cheap price tag, arrives running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. If you've read our reviews of other Mango powered handsets, you already know all you need to know about the operating system running on this phone. There are no additional apps, and where Nokia adds its own tweaks and widgets, ZTE has done nothing to distinguish this phone as its own.

ZTE Tania Windows Phone

In terms of processing power, the Tania has a 1GHz single-core processor, which given that Windows Phone is yet to add support for multi-core chipsets doesn't come as much of a surprise. While the phone proved suitably snappy when swiping through the Live Tile interface and doing tasks such as messaging and Facebooking, we did notice a lag firing up apps, particularly games and the onboard web browser.

 

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