protagonist wrote:I just heard about the Chinese ZTE V970M (which I think is almost identical to the V970 and N986??) as an unlocked phone sold on Amazon for $220.....sounds very similar to, and almost as good as, a Nexus 4, plus has expandable memory (which I REALLY like) and dual SIMS (which I don't need but may be useful to one who wants to carry around one phone with 2 numbers, say a business and personal number) at a much lower price. OS is a little older. It is hard to find much info about this phone, or anybody who has compared it to the Nexus 4. It got a 5 star rating on Amazon, but that is based on only 9 reviews.
Amazon.com: ZTE V970M GRAND X 4.3" Extra Slim Dual Core Dual SIM Dual Standby Android 4.0 Smartphone 4GB Unlocked/ SIM-free qHD 16M color Large TFT Capacitive Screen High performance android 2G/3G handset: Cell Phones & Accessories
Can anybody comment on how well the ZTE phone behaves compared with Nexus 4....call quality/ signal strength/ reliability/ customer service etc???? And if this phone is, indeed, comparable in quality to the Nexus 4? Also, is it compatible with services such as Straight Talk? If quality is similar or almost as good as the Nexus, it sounds like a great buy, and the expandable memory would cinch the deal.
ryuns wrote:Specs aren't as good--slower, less RAM, Android 4.0 instead of 4.3, no front-facing camera. You do save $80 and get expandable memory.
I'd have a hard time not waiting for the next google phone although the next one is likely to have a bigger form factor, which is not a trend I'm a fan of. By the way, I didn't see anything to indicate that the ZTE could run 4g or LTE, which would be a deal breaker for most domestic smart phone use, but I can't confirm that's the case.
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