It certainly is nice to see some manufacturers finding a way to get in well under the $500 mark with something that would typically cost around that much, and that’s sort of what the ZTE Blade S6 appears to be.

To answer our original question, “is this a bargain, or just plain cheap,” ZTE’s S6 appears to be both a bargain and cheap, packing a spec-driven punch for a cost that we’ve seen budget 3G phones of a lesser quality hit.


While the name could certainly do with some work — seriously ZTE, you’re not fooling anyone that this is an S6 — as could the style and design — again, you’re not fooling anyone that this isn’t an iPhone — ZTE’s take on what constitutes a mid-range phone for a less-than mid-range price is intriguing, and would certainly be compelling for someone keen for a new phone who has no qualms about trying a brand that isn’t totally recognisable.

If that’s you and there’s definitely a budget for a new phone, ZTE’s $299 outright smartphone is worth taking a look at, if only because it offers great value above else.

But if you need a good camera and something with style, we’d take a gander at something else as neither are really offered here.

This not-quite-iPhone on the right ain't fooling us, ZTE.

This not-quite-iPhone on the right ain’t fooling us, ZTE.

ZTE's $299 4G Blade S6 reviewed
Price (RRP): $299 Manufacturer: ZTE
Arrives with Android 5.0 “Lollipop” out of the box, even if it is a very stock and very vanilla edition; Performs surprisingly well with only a skerrick of lag; Supports two nanoSIMs; Excellent value;
Feels very cheap; Buttons aren’t properly defined, with only blue LEDs behind them; Neither the 5 megapixel front-facing nor the rear 13 megapixel cameras are all that great for pictures; No Google Now integration in this version of Android; Occasionally crashes;
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