For a budget- to mid-range phone the ZTE Blade Vec 4G is good-looking, at least from the front with its slim bezels and slick design. But this uni body phone is built from a very slippery white and silver plastic, and, lower-resolution 5in screen and slightly bigger and chunkier – but still commendably thin for the price – 7.7mm chassis. The weight is identical though, with phones coming in at 129g.
The home button might be circular, but as soon as you put the phone on charge or get a new notification it glows a cool blue. On either side sit touch-operated Back and Multitasking keys, and you can switch these around if you’d rather have the Back button on the right than the default left.
That 5in screen is a usefully bright IPS panel, which offers realistic colors and excellent viewing angles. The ZTE Blade Vec 4G might have only an HD (720×1280) resolution, but its 293ppi pixel density isn’t far behind the 326ppi of the iPhone 6, and it’s quite acceptable for the price. Also see: Best Android phones 2015.
quad-core 1.2GHz) processor, and 1GB of RAM, performance is very decent for a mid-range phone. The ZTE Blade Vec 4G also feels nippy in operation, with no sign of lag when launching apps or moving between home screens and menus. In real-life use we couldn’t fault it.
In terms of storage the ZTE Blade Vec 4G has 16GB built in, and it has microSD support up to 32GB. That will be plenty for most users, although you can also make use of cloud storage with Google’s own- and third-party apps.
The standard Camera app is rather basic in its Simple mode, with the usual Auto, HDR, Panorama, Beautify and Smile modes.After you’ve taken a photo you can edit the image to add filters, borders, decorations, doodles and text, and also blur parts of the picture. At the front of the Blade Vec 4G is a 2Mp selfie camera with f2.2 aperture. The resolution is good.