Decisions on a smartphone- possibly a ZTE V790 or V960?.

  spuds 11:22 21 Jun 2013

A few weeks ago I posted an information request concerning purchasing a 'tablet' for a beginner's use. Having purchased a cheapo 'unbranded' tablet, I want to progress further into the realms of unknown (to me?).

Considering a 'smartphone', I have come with either the ZTE V790 or V960, which are both advertised on eBay and Amazon with fairly good reviews and 'value for money' indications.


(1) Any opinions on the above two models (one is dual sim)?.

(2) Any suggestions for something similar or perhaps better for the same price range?.

This is not going to be a life and death or 'must have' purchase, but something to "get to grips with modern technology", for an amateur.

Any inputs gladly appreciated.

  Woolwell 12:07 21 Jun 2013

I'm not sure that I would buy either but then I've had a smartphone for some years and am fairly demanding of a phone. I don't see the point of dual sim unless you want one for work and one for private (different numbers) or want to put a different sim in when overseas. As far as I can work out the V960 is Android 2.3 which is rather outdated now.

  spuds 12:36 21 Jun 2013

Woolwell, the dual sim was more about the very slight difference in cost between the two models. Of the reviews, I noticed that most people used these 2 sim phones for dual purposes like home and business or overseas travel.Its not all that important to me, except being the 'better value' for the pound.

Regarding the Android, it does appear that (by the reviews)the two models can be improved by updates, especially by Google apps?.

Again this is all new to me, and any help or guidelines would be of great help, more as a leisure item capable of doing the basis or possibly a bit more with the right apps?.

  Woolwell 12:50 21 Jun 2013

Android updates for phones are usually provided by the manufacturer by linking your phone to your pc and using the provided software (downloaded). For example that is the way that Samsung do it and I think that HTC do as well.

Google apps are different and are effectively programs. You will already be using them on your tablet.

Personally I don't think that there is a substitute for viewing and handling a phone and suggest that you call in to some mobile phone shops and have a look round. Screen size, overall size and weight and OS and features are all things to consider. If using only in UK then you don't need to worry about tri-band or quad-band.

  spuds 13:04 21 Jun 2013

Glad you mentioned the Samsung, because going on the reviews, there does seem to be a similarity with the ZTE?.

  Woolwell 14:56 21 Jun 2013

Many of the phones are similar. Which Samsung model?

  spuds 15:31 21 Jun 2013

Woolwell- just checked and it appears to be the Samsung Galaxy mini. There was also a mention of 'Libre' being similar.

The Android version also appears to be 4.0 for the ZTE V790 model, which seems to be the main reviews giving the higher feedbacks between the two models I queried as the 'better value'.

  Woolwell 15:55 21 Jun 2013

Personally I would go for a Samsung compared to a ZTE. But that is because I know Samsung and hadn't heard of ZTE.

  spuds 12:04 22 Jun 2013

Since yesterday, I have been doing further research, and it looks like a visit to somewhere like PCW or Currys for an hand-held session, and perhaps go from there?.

Thanks again Woolwell for you input. Will now tick as resolved.

  Woolwell 12:17 22 Jun 2013

Not PCW or Currys but try Carphone Warehouse or Phones4U or the mobile operator shops.

  spuds 12:55 22 Jun 2013

When I ever venture in a Carphone Warehouse or similar establishment, they always seem to try and force a sale. My local PCW and Currys have got use to me, and see no point, because they always lose the challenge :O)

Point taken though.

Back to the ZTE's, they seem to be selling extremely well over the past couple of days, since I first started looking into that product. Still seeing people bidding at far higher prices than going for a direct Buy Now price, when there's no difference to the product and the companies selling the products?.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

OnePlus 5T review: Hands-on

Illustrator Andrés Lozano on his improv line work, brazen use of colours & hand sketching

iPhone X review

Comment envoyer gratuitement des gros fichiers ?