Grand X 3by ZTE

  • Grand X 3
  • Grand X 3
  • Grand X 3
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
60%
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PROS

  • The first-time smartphone buyer will find the phone's $129 price tag hard to resist.
  • The Grand X 3 provides a nearly stock Android experience; you don't have to worry about any excess software or bloat.
  • A USB Type-C connector on a budget smartphone is unheard of. But we'll take it!

CONS

  • If the Grand X 3 appeals to you, you'll need to switch to Cricket Wireless to use it.
  • Performance isn't going to be stellar with a slower processor pushing pixels to such a large screen.
  • The 16GB of storage isn't enough in 2016, though you can add another 64GB using a microSD card.
ZTE's Grand X 3 is exclusive to Cricket Wireless and costs just under $130. The 5.5-inch phone isn't going to be the fastest device on the market, but for someone who is looking for a budget friendly phone, or for parents looking to lessen the blow of a child's first smartphone, the Grand X 3 is a good place to start. An 8-megapixel camera, 3,080 mAh battery, and 2GB of memory round out the device's spec sheet.
NameGrand X 3Moto E (2015)Moto G (2015)Aquos CrystalDesire 510
ManufacturerZTEMotorolaMotorolaSharpHTC
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It doesn’t lag, it comes with basically stock Android Lollipop, 16GB of storage, and a vibrant IPS display that is genuinely great to look a…

It doesn’t lag, it comes with basically stock Android Lollipop, 16GB of storage, and a vibrant IPS display that is genuinely great to look at. This budget device is perhaps one of the most impressive we’ve seen.

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Casual gameplay may look all right on the Grand X3, but don't expect to smoothly play games with intensive graphics.

Casual gameplay may look all right on the Grand X3, but don't expect to smoothly play games with intensive graphics.

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The Grand X 3 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop; I wouldn't bet on seeing an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow anytime soon.

The Grand X 3 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop; I wouldn't bet on seeing an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow anytime soon.

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The Grand X3 comes powered by a 3,000 mAh battery and the device comes running on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. Interestingly, th…

The Grand X3 comes powered by a 3,000 mAh battery and the device comes running on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. Interestingly, this is a smartphone which also makes use of a Type-C USB port for charging and data transfer.

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On the software side of things, the Grand X3 comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and the software experience is quite close to s…

On the software side of things, the Grand X3 comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, and the software experience is quite close to stock Android, with only a few customization options added by ZTE. Even with a lower-end processing package, going around the various elements of the user interface seems to be smooth, and the overall experience is very good.

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In lieu of the usual Micro-USB port seen in many of today's handsets, USB Type-C is a burgeoning new standard for smartphones, as it promise…

In lieu of the usual Micro-USB port seen in many of today's handsets, USB Type-C is a burgeoning new standard for smartphones, as it promises a faster and more efficient connection. And perhaps most noticeable is the fact that it's reversible, so you always plug it in the right way the first time.

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The $130 ZTE Grand X3, with its curved glass and big screen, proves cheap no longer has to mean nasty.

The $130 ZTE Grand X3, with its curved glass and big screen, proves cheap no longer has to mean nasty.

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From our brief hands-on time, we concluded that the X 3 felt like a well-constructed, well-equipped, mid-range smartphone. It is a low-cost …

From our brief hands-on time, we concluded that the X 3 felt like a well-constructed, well-equipped, mid-range smartphone. It is a low-cost option for people whose smartphone activities rarely stray beyond making calls, texting, and checking e-mails, while occasionally browsing the internet or taking a picture.

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The Grand X3 has a nice textured soft touch-like back plate and metallic accents, along with some rather standout blue capacitive navigation…

The Grand X3 has a nice textured soft touch-like back plate and metallic accents, along with some rather standout blue capacitive navigation keys that are really the only downside of the experience.

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The X 3 delivers passable, if unremarkable, pictures. The 2-megapixel selfie cam doesn't do a very good job. Most shots were fuzzy looking t…

The X 3 delivers passable, if unremarkable, pictures. The 2-megapixel selfie cam doesn't do a very good job. Most shots were fuzzy looking thanks to a ridiculous amount of grain.

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It’s good that the outside of the phone is so impressive, because on the inside, the Grand X3 is unabashedly budget.

It’s good that the outside of the phone is so impressive, because on the inside, the Grand X3 is unabashedly budget.

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For the price point and all, it’s comforting to know that it’s not one of those downright ‘cheapo’ phones that make us cringe holding them i…

For the price point and all, it’s comforting to know that it’s not one of those downright ‘cheapo’ phones that make us cringe holding them in our hand. Thankfully, it’s the opposite because the charming design goes a long way in adding some meaningful substance to its value proposition

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