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Sprint Vital (Video Review)
What's Hot: Big IPS display, high resolution camera and good performance for the price.
What's Not: Big screen but only 720p.
Reviewed July 16, 2013 by Lisa Gade, Editor
in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)
The Sprint Vital, made by ZTE, is a mid-priced phone with a big display, 4G LTE and a refreshingly clean Android experience. Priced at $99 with contract after rebate, the Vital is a lot of phone for the price. You get a bright, sharp and colorful 5” display with wide viewing angles, a capable dual core Snapdragon CPU and a 13 megapixel camera with flash. Granted the display is 720p rather than 1080p, but it still has sufficient pixel density to look sharp and clear.
The Vital is a reasonably slim phone that doesn’t look or feel cheap and we like the blue soft touch back cover that you can remove to access the 2500 mAh battery, micro SIM card slot and microSD card slot. The large black camera assembly on the rear gives the Vital something of a Cyclops eye, and we suspect Sprint and ZTE were eager to showcase the 13MP shooter. Our one complaint is the side volume rocker that's too easily to accidentally press.
The Vital’s biggest competition isn’t the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One, but rather last year’s top phones like the Galaxy S3 that are now discounted to a similar price. I’d lean toward the newer model and technology since there are optimizations and improvements even when a phone doesn’t use cutting edge technology. The 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 performs even better than some phones from last year running the same CPU, for example.