Hey girl, hey! Can you believe this is my very first product review?! I’m so very excited to present to you the ZTE Blade X Max. I mean... even the name sounds like some type of super-cool hero ninja, right?!
So recently, I was contacted by the company ZTE, the 4th largest phone manufacturer in the US, to check out one of their newest smartphones and give my honest feedback on the device… and since I’m a low-key (okay, maybe high-key) tech geek, I was elated to have the opportunity to try out some new technology.
After taking the device for a spin, I definitely have some things to share. So today, we’ll review the good, the bad, and the budget of the new ZTE Blade X Max… (ahhh I just love saying the name!)
Okay, let’s chat!
This phone is definitely user friendly for those who are #teamandroid and it’s packed full of features that make it competitive with other more expensive android smartphones on the market.
The first thing that caught my attention is the large size of this phone. It may require handling with both hands, but personally, I prefer a larger phone over an itty bitty one any day.
Despite the size, I love the lightweight, sleek, and stylish design. The device is crafted with glossy dragontrail glass which gives the phone extra durability, while providing better protection from both scratches and cracks.
The massive 6-inch HD screen makes it super easy to do everything from scrolling social media, playing your favorite games, streaming YouTube, and even drafting emails.
The 5 megapixel front camera with 4x zoom is exceptionally decent for capturing that perfect selfie, especially for a budget phone. The 13 megapixel rear camera with 4x zoom works best in natural lighting and takes very high quality images that will have you sharing and posting pictures like a pro. Plus, the Blade X Max also records stellar HD video.
The Battery Life.
So, of course the battery life will vary depending on the way you use the phone and how often you use the phone, but on average I was able to get about 6 hours of battery life by using the phone as I normally would... checking my emails and social media, text with friends, Snapchat (because I’m always on there, follow me @ mselle21) and other general use.
Now if you’re an avid video streamer or gamer, then you may need to re-charge more often, but you can still get some serious battery life out of this device without having to be tethered to your wall charger.
Plus, the battery saving feature is a huge life saver when the battery begins to die, helping to preserve the little bit of battery you left until you can actually recharge.
Off top, the phone already comes with 32GB of internal storage which can actually hold quite a bit, but with the built-in microSD slot, you can install a nano-sim card… expanding your storage up to 128GB (winning!) .
The speakers on this device are no joke, and I’m definitely one to listen to my music turned all the way up! The Dolby Audio speakers provide premium, high-quality sounds that allows you to immerse yourself into your music, games, or movies.
The Fingerprint Sensor.
Now if you’re worried about anyone seeing something they shouldn’t... don’t fret because the fingerprint reader keeps all your personal information on lock. And unlike other smart phones, the fingerprint sensor is located on the back... making it super discrete (like hero-ninja style).
But here’s where things get really cool...the fingerprint sensor not only keeps your personal information secure, you can also register your fingerprint to quick launch apps of your choice!
Want to be able to open your Snapchat really fast, or YouTube, or Emails? The device can do all that, simply by reading your fingerprint... and each registered fingerprint can be assigned a different app!
So. Freaking. Cool!
All Blade X Max smartphones come with a 1 year parts and labor warranty. So should anything happen to the phone within the first 12 months... ZTE has got you covered!
With all the pros of this device comes a few cons. I mean... nothing's perfect, right?!
So the device does come with some pre-installed adware apps that can slow down the processor and take up some storage, but to remedy this… you can simply delete the apps you don’t need.
The Blade X Max is offered exclusively through Cricket Wireless, so unfortunately you cannot just buy the phone and take it to your current cell phone provider.
What I love about this phone is that it’s packed full of all the features we just discussed, plus way more at such an affordable price of $129.99 or $99.99 with a number transfer.
To learn more info, check out the details on the ZTE product page!
Giveaway Time! So now that you’ve gotten all the specs... it’s hard not to want one, right? Well, guess what?! ZTE is giving away a free Blade X Max to 3 of my amazing readers! For more information on rules of the giveaway, like our Facebook page here and follow the instructions to enter a chance to win! Good Luck! Until Next Time, Elle *This is a sponsored post brought to you by ZTE. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*