Price (RRP): $456
Manufacturer: Telstra / ZTE
Telstra’s “Easy Discovery” phones are a range of devices made for people who like things just as the label says: easy. Don’t need the flagship features and want a handset that is simple? Telstra has you covered.
While the previous generation of these devices was all about the “dumbphone,” the Easy Touch 4G is Telstra’s attempt to make this series of smartphone simple, with a mid-range device that offers the speed and reliability you need, but not the price you don’t.
Manufactured by ZTE for Telstra, the Easy Touch 4G is a handset that brings together the best of an inexpensive mid-range device together with access to Telstra’s high-speed fourth generation mobile network.
From a hardware point of view, this is a device taking its specifications from what would be a mid-to-high-end handset from 2012, which in 2013, could still be just as good, while also being a little less heavy on the wallet.
As such, customers will find a dual-core 1.5GHz processor here, Adreno 225 graphics chip, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, a microSD slot to expand that capacity considerably, and a relatively recent Android installation, with version 4.0 making itself known here.
The screen on this smartphone is a 4.3 inch display, though the panel isn’t very high end, with only a qHD resolution of 540×960.
Cameras are on every smartphone, and the Easy Touch 4G is no different, with an 8 megapixel shooter on the rear with LED flash and a video capture mode that can also shoot 1080p Full HD, while the front receives a 1.3 megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD .
There’s your regular sort of connectivity options, including WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, but you won’t find Near-Field Communication on this handset, like you do in others.
What you will find is a 4G modem, capable of jumping on Telstra’s Long Term Evolution network, which produces speeds in excess of 20Mbps down. The handset is also Blue Tick certified, meaning it should be more reliable in Australia’s rural areas.
Take the case off and you’ll find a 1900mAh battery, just 200mAh shy of the Samsung Galaxy S3, with a regular miniSIM above this and a microSD slot.
There are no front-facing buttons on this handset, with the touchscreen doing everything here, though you will find a physical power button up top and a volume rocker to the left.
Ports are equally limited, with merely a microUSB on the right edge, while the top gets the 3.5mm headphone jack.
One of the primary reasons Telstra had the Easy Touch 4G built – aside for making money – was to make a smartphone that was easy for people to use.