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Buggy ZTE Open C can't overcome Firefox OS limitations (review)

by Constance Faison (2020-01-10)

Screen-Shot-2013-07-24-at-2.35.32-PM-620id="cnetReview" section="rvwBody" data-component="indepthReview"> How low-cost can you go and still make a smartphone? With the ZTE Open C, the answer is: pretty darn low. With its inexpensive parts, bare-bones specs, and t? ch?c team building Firefox's entirely Web-based OS, the ZTE Open C slides into eBay for an incredibly wallet-friendly $90, £70, and €85, team building respectively. It's also available through other distributors in Eastern Europe, Asia, team building and Latin America, but not currently in Australia.

Its attractive low price may draw you in, but just make sure to temper your expectations. The Open C was built for basic, affordable smartphone functioning like interacting over social messages, email, and texts; browsing the Web; and installing (Web-based) apps. And in these areas, it does deliver.

Although the phone and OS have improved since the first ZTE Open , Firefox OS is still under-baked, the camera's image quality is poor, and the smartphone's overall performance lags compared to some ultrabudget Android and Windows phones. Granted, those other handsets do tend to cost a little more, but the extra expense pays off. If you're moving from a feature phone to a smartphone, the ZTE Open C will expand your horizons. Otherwise, unless price and simplicity are the absolute priority, I'd opt instead for almost any other phone.

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