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Sprint ZTE Optik (Video Review)

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Carrier: Sprint
Manufacturer: ZTE
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What's hot: Affordable, sharp display and solid dual core CPU.

What's not: 3G is slow in a 4G world.


Reviewed March 31, 2012 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

Sprint's rolling out a new affordable 7 inch Android tablet, the ZTE Opik, and honestly it's a solid tablet for the money. The Optik sells for $99 with a 2 year contract and $349 without contract. That doesn't mean the specs are bargain basement: it has a sharp 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen with good viewing angles that's great for eBook reading, and a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of storage.

ZTE Optik

The Optik runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with very little UI customization. No word on whether it will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This is a 3G EV-DO Rev. A tablet with WiFi. Sprint has said they won't be rolling out further WiMAX devices this year, since they plan to transition to LTE for their 4G services. As you'd guess, data speeds aren't blazing on Sprint's 3G network, but it's certainly better than no data at all when you're not near a WiFi hotspot.

ZTE Optik

The 0.45" thick, 14 ounce tablet looks chunkier than it is. There are no slimming lines here, but we do like the rubberized handgrips on the back. The tablet has front and rear cameras, a GPS, microSD card slot and Bluetooth but no HDMI port.

ZTE Optik


ZTE Optik


ZTE Optik

Above: the ZTE Optik and the Kindle Fire.





ZTE Optik Video Review



Price: $99 with 2 year contract, $349 without contract



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Display: 7" capacitive touch screen. Resolution: 1280 x 800, supports both portrait and landscape modes.

Battery: 4,000 Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable.

Performance: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU. 1 gig RAM, 16 gigs storage.

Size: 7.63 x 4.72 x 0.45 inches. Weight: 14.1 ounces.

Cellular: EV-DO Rev. A 3G.


Camera: 2MP front and 5MP rear camera.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack. Voice Recorder and Windows Pocket Media Player 10 included for your MP3 pleasure.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.

Software: Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb. Standard suite of Google Android applications including web browser, email, gmail, YouTube, Maps, Navigation, Gtalk, Search and the Android Market.

Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot.


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