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  • This Mobile runs on Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) powered with Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53.
  • This Mobile has 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash and has 5 MP, 1080p Secondary camera
  • This Mobile has 5.0 inches (~66.2% screen-to-body ratio) inches display Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
  • This Mobile has 16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM of internal memory.
  • This Mobile has Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery
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Review: HTC Desire 626

Introduction and design

It's getting hard to keep up with HTC's Desire range, with so many handsets arriving and just a three-digit number to tell them apart. The HTC Desire 626 is a successor to the HTC Desire 620, and while its forgettable name doesn't do it any favours there's a lot to like here, at least on paper.

For one thing the specs have had a significant upgrade, with a better camera, more RAM and more storage all included. Yet you won't pay much of a premium for the Desire 626, which comes in at £169.99 (US$179.99, around AU$257), making it just £20 (roughly US $30, AU$40) more than the Desire 620.

It ticks a lot of boxes too, from its 5-inch 720p screen to its 13MP camera and customisable interface. All of which marks it out as a clear rival to the similarly well-equipped and almost identically priced Motorola Moto G. Which is no bad thing, as Motorola's phone is one of the best budget handsets available.

But there's more to a phone than specs – it needs to deliver on those specs and come together as a cohesive whole, so does the HTC Desire 626 manage that?

HTC Desire 626 review

Design

I received two versions of the HTC Desire 626 for review: one with a funky light blue edge sat between a dark blue front and rear and another slightly more understated model, with a light brown edge sandwiched between a shiny white front and back.

The two-tone colour scheme is nothing new for HTC, which rolled out a similar design on the likes of the HTC Desire Eye, and a more premium metal-clad version for the HTC One M9.

It's not a bad look for a budget phone, especially the blue version, but the soft-to-the-touch plastic feels smooth to the point of being a little slippery and doesn't provide a huge amount of grip, while both colours pick up visible fingerprints and smudges.

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The phone also feels slightly creaky. Not like it's going to break, but as though there hasn't been a huge amount of care and attention put into its construction, as it flexes slightly and makes creaking sounds when it does.

Still, the rounded corners and soft-touch feel ensure it sits fairly comfortably in the hand. It's also possible to reach all the buttons without having to adjust your grip much – and I say that as someone with quite small hands.

I found the button placement took some getting used to though. Both the volume and power buttons are on the right edge, but the volume buttons are above the power key, which never feels natural to me.

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They are at least very different sizes, so your fingers can easily find the right one, and after a couple of days I started to get used to the position, but it never quite felt right.

While the Desire 626 is small enough to hold one-handed it's not as compact as you might expect for a 5-inch phone, as there are large bezels above and below the screen. These are necessary in part to house the speakers, but as with other HTC phones there's also a black strip just below the screen that has no obvious function.

Don't be fooled by those speakers either. They might look like BoomSound ones, but only the bottom one is actually used for media, and while it can pump out a decent amount of volume there's none of the crispness you get from HTC's pricier handsets.

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Unlike with some plastic phones you can't remove the back of the HTC Desire 626, which means there's no getting to the battery. There's a cover on the left edge which can be slid away to access the microSD and SIM card slots.

As the Desire 626 has been upgraded from the 8GB of storage in the Desire 620 to 16GB here a microSD card isn't quite so vital, but it gives you a lot more room to manoeuvre.

Key features and performance

Key features

While the HTC Desire 626 doesn't go quite as deep into hardware customisation as the Moto G, it does have a few different and distinct colour schemes, which help it stand out.

As well as those it also goes in for plenty of software theming, enabling you to change the look of your home screen right down to the sound effects, fonts and icons.

Although Android is endlessly customisable anyway, it's rare that you find so many tools built in by a device manufacturer – instead you have to venture into the depths of Google Play to find what you need. So this is a fast, easy way to make the phone your own.

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Interestingly, you can also create your own themes, with colour schemes selected based on your wallpaper. That's not the end of the customisation either, as the Desire 626 also has a home screen with different profiles for whether you're at home, work or out.

Which one of these is selected will determine which apps are presented to you, which is handy if you tend to use different apps in different places.

The phone takes a stab at guessing which apps you'll want for each situation, but you can always change them to your liking. Or just not use the feature at all – personally I prefer having a consistent home screen.

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The Desire 626 isn't the only HTC phone with these features, but having access to them on a budget handset is nice, and they make what's already one of the most stylish Android skins that little bit better.

While I'm talking interface I should mention BlinkFeed, which is present and correct. Swiping left from your home screen brings up this ever-updating feed of content from social media and news sources of your choice.

It's great to kill a few minutes with, or check once or twice a day for anything that catches your eye, but BlinkFeed has never felt like a must-have feature to me. The content is limited, and you can get a similar experience from any number of apps.

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The screen is worth highlighting too. There's a 5.0-inch 720 x 1280 display here, with a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. That's a match for the Moto G, which is arguably its main rival, but beyond that it's also a good spec for the money, delivering sharp visuals and reasonably rich colours.

It's not the brightest screen I've seen though, which can be an issue on sunny days, when it becomes hard to see. There's also no mention of Gorilla Glass, so I'd be extra wary about dropping it.

Given the £169.99 (US$179.99, around AU$257) price of the HTC Desire 626 the other specs are more than reasonable too.

You get a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, which is pretty standard at this price, but you also get 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. That, again, is pretty much identical to the Moto G 3rd gen, which is king at this price.

Performance

The HTC Desire 626 runs Android 5.1, overlaid with Sense 7. I'd always rather have stock Android than a manufacturer's skin, but if I must have something on top Sense isn't a bad option.

It's not evolved all that much, although the theme store at least lets you make it your own, but to my mind it's an attractive interface, and when it comes to all-important navigation it's almost as easy to get around as stock Android.

On the Desire 626 it's also pretty speedy under the finger. The phone's working with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, which is a pretty standard entry-level chip, but it's been given a boost by pairing it with 2GB of RAM.

This gives the phone all the oomph it needs for day to day use. I didn't notice any lag when swiping around the home screens, and for the most part using apps was fine too.

There were some instances of slowdown though. Launching apps can sometimes take a few seconds, and at times there was a noticeable pause when jumping between tabs on Google Chrome.

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I also found that the multitasking screen could take a few seconds to populate, although once it did actually jumping between apps on it was almost instantaneous.

These are very minor issues, and not ones that I'm surprised to see in a phone of this price; but they are noticeable, and you don't get the smooth experience you would with a higher-end handset.

Gaming on the Desire 626 generally proved pretty reliable. Real Racing 3 ran fine, except when 'achievements' popped up, which would cause a moment of lag, on one occasion almost causing me to crash out. Modern Combat 5 wasn't always silky smooth, but it remained perfectly playable, and less-demanding games posed no problem.

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Games also look good on the sizeable and sharp 5.0-inch 720p screen. Plus, the phone never ran hot, so while an extended gaming session might give your battery a beating it won't fry the phone, or your hands.

Putting the Desire 626 through GeekBench 3 gave an average single-core score of 516 and an average multi-core score of 1544. That's a solid score, but not an exceptional one, even for the price – it's a little lower than the 1600-scoring BQ Aquaris X5, which also has 2GB of RAM, but has a slightly nippier Snapdragon 412 chip.

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It's also marginally lower than the 1GB version of the Moto G. That phone averaged 1590, despite having half the RAM of the Desire 626 and selling for less. So I'd have liked to see a little more from the Desire.

Still, one thing I will give a shout-out to is call quality. This was fine throughout, with calls coming in loud and clear.

Battery life and camera

Battery life

Sadly, the battery life of the HTC Desire 626 is no great shakes. The 2000mAh power pack inside gets things off to a bad start, as it's significantly smaller than the 2470mAh battery in the Moto G, or the 2900mAh unit in the BQ Aquaris X5. It's even smaller than the 2390mAh battery in the lower-end Moto E.

That's not necessarily the end of the world, as HTC could have used some fancy tricks and optimisation to eke impressive performance out of the Desire 626 – but sadly it hasn't.

In our patented (not actually patented) battery test, which involves playing a 90-minute video at full brightness, the battery dropped by 30%. That, as you'd probably expect, is worse than most rivals; the Moto G dropped 19% and the BQ Aquaris X5 lost just 14%.

The Desire's loss is in line with some other recent HTC phones, including the high-end HTC One M9, which dropped a massive 31%, but it's not good.

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Things were a little better in daily use, but still hardly impressive. With the screen set to a mid-level brightness, around 20 minutes of Real Racing 3 knocked 8% off the battery.

A full mixed day of use, with about an hour of social media, firing off a dozen or so photos, sending a handful of SMS and WhatsApp messages, 30 minutes of web browsing and a short call cut the battery from 100% at 8:30am to 36% at around 11:30pm.

It got me through the day then, with a little bit of room to spare, but that was a middling day; push it with a lot of screen time and you'll be reaching for a charger before the end of work.

You also can't remove the battery, and of course there's no fast or wireless charging here. The 626 does, however, offer HTC's two battery-saving modes.

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There's 'Power saver', which cuts down CPU usage, limits location services, reduces screen brightness and turns off vibration to keep the phone going a little longer.

It works, to an extent, but I didn't notice a drastic difference in my time with the phone, and dialling back the CPU on an already low-end handset isn't exactly desirable.

Then there's 'Extreme power saving mode', which turns off data when the screen is off and limits you to using the phone, SMS, email, the calendar and the calculator – in other words it turns your smartphone into a feature phone, so that's an option you'll only want to use in real emergencies.

Camera

There's a 13MP snapper on the back of the HTC Desire 626, which on paper is a solid spec and in line with the Moto G 3. But where the Moto G can take great shots for a phone in this price range, the Desire 626's photos are rather underwhelming.

Photos have a tendency to look dark, washed out and lacking in detail. The camera is at least speedy to use though – once it's launched, that is. Opening the app can take a few seconds, but the shutter speed is fast, so you can fire off a lot of photos quickly.

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There's also not too much clutter on the viewfinder, with most of the options remaining hidden until you need them.

Not that there are a vast number of options, but the basics are covered, from ISO and exposure to an ineffective night mode and slow-to-shoot HDR mode, plus an option to use the volume buttons to either zoom or take photos.

The 5MP front-facing camera is pretty standard for a phone of this price. The results won't wow you, but they're social media-worthy, and with a voice capture option and a timer you can actually be in group photos you take.

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Verdict

The HTC Desire 626 is gunning for Motorola's crown, and on paper it's got a good shot, with a big, sharp screen, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, a stylish design, a customisable look and a similar price.

However, despite solid specs and a reasonable price tag it can't match the Moto G. It might look similar on paper, but while its screen is moderately impressive and performance is usually smooth, its camera capabilities are lacking in practice and its battery is far too small.

We liked

The Desire 626 has a colourful, customisable design both inside and out, with the look of the interface in particular being hugely customisable. If you like making a phone your own, you'll like that about it.

It also offers generally pretty solid performance, and a crisp 720p screen which does a good job of showing off games and media.

A competitive price helps the Desire 626 too. At £169.99 (US$179.99, around AU$257) it's in budget phone territory, and only slightly more expensive than the HTC Desire 620.

We disliked

The camera is a real disappointment. I was hoping for good things from Desire 626, given the 13MP sensor, but actual results were flat and lifeless.

The phone also has an underpowered battery. It will last you through a day of mixed to moderate use, but push it harder and it'll be crying out for a charger before night falls.

There are a frustratingly large number of phones I could say the same about, but as you can also get a much better battery for the same money it's not something the Desire 626 can get away with.

While performance is generally solid the phone benchmarks a little low, and while the colourful design is nice the build quality feels slightly creaky.

Verdict

The HTC Desire 626 ticks a lot of boxes, matching rivals for specs and packing it all into a colourful, eye-catching shell without pushing the price up.

But it's a phone that doesn't quite live up to its billing. Like the build itself, the handset doesn't quite deliver in the way I'd hoped, particularly when it comes to the camera and battery life.

The screen at least is decent, and it's generally smooth under the finger, but even here there are caveats, with a lack of brightness and occasional slowdown holding the phone back.

I don't want to be too hard on the Desire 626 because on the whole it wasn't frustrating to use, even coming from a higher-end handset – but the competition is just too keen for me to wholeheartedly recommend it.

First reviewed: January 2016










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GENERAL
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (optional)
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700)
Sim Nano-SIM/ Optional Dual SIM (dual stand-by)
Announced 2/2/2015
Status Available. Released 2015, March
BODY
Dimensions 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.2 mm (5.78 x 2.79 x 0.32 in)
Weight 140 g (4.94 oz)
DISPLAY
Display Size 5.0 inches (~66.2% screen-to-body ratio)
MultiTouch yes
SOUND
AlertTypes Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudSpeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY
CardSlot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM
DATA
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSPA, LTE
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot
Blue Tooth v4.0, A2DP, apt-X
USB microUSB v2.0
CAMERA
Camera Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Camera Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama
CameraVideo 1080p@30fps
CameraSecondary 5 MP, 1080p
FEATURES
OS Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
CPU Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio TBC
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Various
Others - MP4/H.264 player - MP3/eAAC+/WAV player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer
BATTERY
Battery Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery
StandBy Up to 800 h (2G) / Up to 761 h (3G)
TalkTime Up to 20 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 30 h (3G)
MISC
HTC Desire 626 goes storage crazy with 512GB of expandable space

HTC has announced its new Desire 626 handset, a new mid-range phone set to replace the Desire 620 in your pocket.

Under the hood is a Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM 16GB of internal storage and microSD support up to an impressive 512GB.

The Desire 626 is 4G enabled and rocks a 13MP main camera, 5MP front camera and a 5-inch 720p display.

That's an improvement in cameras, storage and RAM over the Desire 620, although both phones share the same screen and processor. The 626 is also a touch thinner and lighter than its predecessor, which should make it more pocketable.

Quick turnaround

It'll come in white, blue, purple and grey plus it'll be running the latest Android 5.1 software with HTC Sense overlay on top.

HTC only launched the Desire 620 in December last year and there's no news on why the handset is being replaced so quickly.

We've done a hands-on review of the Desire 620 but when we went to fully review the handset we had a broken unit – twice – suggesting there may be problems with the original handset.

In terms of a HTC Desire 626 release date we're still in the dark, but for the UK at least we've been told it'll be available from O2, Three and Carphone Warehouse. The Desire 626 price, for now, is also a mystery.










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7 days in smartphones: Dear Microsoft, please don't eat my Android phone

Your princess isn't in another smartphone

It's Friday. You're giddy with excitement. It can only mean one thing…7 days in smartphones is back again!

Forget being "social" with your so-called "friends", stay here in the dark with as we try to make you laugh. Once. It's the best we can hope for.

It's-A-Not-Me, Mario!

Nintendo is finally entering the smartphone market. We've waited years to say it and – phwoar– that felt seriously good.

The bad news is it isn't exactly as we'd anticipated, it looks like Mario and co will be taking a back seat to make way for new mobile franchises.

Link on a horse

The move comes after a partnership with developer DeNA who will have free reign over the Nintendo IPs but won't be aiming to create ports of Wii U or 3DS games.

Instead it'll be focusing on new titles – is that really such a bad thing? Well, probably - these things rarely go well.

Even though the Mario, Zelda, Pokémon, rinse and repeat formula can sometimes feel a little tiresome, Nintendo wanting to enter the world of Candy Crush doesn't necessarily fill me with glee.

That said, if anyone can do it with style and create some new engaging characters to go on the journey with, surely it's Nintendo. You hear that Iwata? My credit card is waiting and I'm ready and waiting to make micro payments now.

Microsoft wants your Android!

Windows 10 news now smartphans: Microsoft wants to bring its new operating system to your Android smartphone.

Wait, WHAT?!

Yeah, that's right, Microsoft wants to wrangle your unrestricted OS, throw up a bunch of electric fences and restrict the amount of apps you'll be able to download.

Microsoft Windows 10

OK, maybe not quite like that, but the Softies have announced plans to allow users to trial a custom ROM on the Xiamoi Mi 4 that removes all trace of the Android OS for an almost complete version of Windows 10.

It's Microsoft's attempt to steal users from the Android ecosystem and switch them over to Windows Phone, but it'll be some seriously hard work considering the reduced number of apps available on the platform.

Will anyone actually choose to make their Android run Windows Phone? Only time will tell.

Or, well, no.

One hoof forward

One hoof, two hoof, three hoof, four, repeat. Walking was becoming easier by the day as Winston's long recovery continued to drag.

"You're doing great, just a few more steps" reassured the nurse ready to catch him at the slightest sign of a stumble.

One hoof, two hoof, three hoof, four, done. Winston collapsed into the really rather long wheelchair, sweat dripping from his mane. The nurse looked at him sympathetically, stroking his fetlock, and said tenderly: "That's enough for one day... let's get you back to your bed."

Wheeled back to the side of his bed, he clambered onto the sheets and forced himself to look at the odd, faceless black brick that seemed to be staring him from the bedside table.

Over the preceding days and weeks he'd gradually been building the confidence to explore the Apple iPhone and take control of his first ever keyless smartphone. OK, the Storm didn't have any keys... except it did. The whole display was a key. It was glorious, but now it was gone.

In that time he'd learnt how to turn on the display, unlock it, take a few snaps around his hospital room and even get used to the onscreen keyboard. Apps were still a weird experience: he'd finally realised how to download them, but was bewildered by how many there were. Inside, he still missed the choice of just 11 that used to populate BlackBerry App World.

Then the day came: it was time to go home. His rehab was over. It was time to venture back out into the world, a robotic unicorn sent out to live once again.

With an NHS prescribed iPhone 6 Plus in his left hoof, a small bag of belongings in his right, it was time to flip open Apple Maps, type in Mobonia, get confused as to why it wasn't there (before finding it simply on Google Maps) and continue on his journey, but where next?

A flagship for the Shin!

Although likely not the best smartphone you've ever owned, the Samsung Galaxy S ended up being one of the major competitors to the iPhone 4.

Here are some of the highlights from the one and only JK Shin announcing it way back in March 2010. Kevin from Twitter is definitely NOT reading from an auto-cue.

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9m4-CbvuR8

Strange press shot of the week

Sony Camera Lens

*Read in your best David Attenborough voice*

Here we see a young stubble-styled hipster out of his normal Shoreditch habitat, discovering the phenomenon of fresh berries.

This specimen, likely known as Atticus to his friends, has lost his Polaroid camera and decides to join the modern world with the Sony QX100 Lens Style Camera for smartphones and tablets.

He attaches it to a Sony Xperia Z2 to snap some blackberries and then ask all his Instagram friends what they are.

Sadly he has yet to receive a response as none of his followers could identify them through the Nashville filter.

Retro video of the week

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1YBrVevn4w

"You know there's a sexier way to connect to the web." That was the slogan of the Siemens C35i.

It seems the company wanted to sex up its image – if that's even possible with a NSFW name like Siemens – so it employed some proper hot bods to strut around the emptiest, weirdest lit nightclub in all of Germany.

If you can discern what actually happens at the end of the video please let us know in the comments as our tiny little tech focused minds can't work it out.

Proper bits from the site

Remember the best phone you ever had? It was likely the Nokia 3310 and we went on a journey through time to bring you back the best details we could find on it – just look how pretty it is!

EE has replaced its Orange Wednesday's deal with a significantly less exciting streaming proposition. We don't know exactly what kind of films it'll include just yet but we can speculate 70% of them will include Steven Seagal.

Dyson has invested in some new technology to make your smartphone's, and your vacuum cleaner's, battery last even longer.

And finally the auto-tuned Robocop look-a-like that is Will.i.am has teamed up with the fashion brand Gucci to bring you yet another horrible "smartband".








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Review: ZTE Blade S6

Introduction and design

The Android mid-range is a varied and wonderful place to be shopping in 2015. At one end, the Motorola Moto G is punching above its weight, while at the other, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is mixing it with the flagships.

In particular, an injection of talent from China has really boosted and stimulated this portion of the market – which is where the ZTE Blade S6 comes in.

At just £170 ($250, AU$314), the Blade S6 slips comfortably into that lower-mid range alongside the Moto G and under the OnePlus One.

ZTE's well-specced 5-inch phone has the raw ingredients to be a real contender at this price point, but lazy design could prove to be its downfall in an increasingly competitive market.

ZTE Blade S6 review

Let's not pretend here – the ZTE Blade S6 design is a blatant copy of the iPhone 6.

From its rounded corners and tapered display to its curved metal-effect edges and back, an initial glance is all that's necessary to see through ZTE's act.

Unfortunately, a closer look reveals the folly of taking such a shameless approach in a cut-price handset. The inevitable unflattering comparison can only lead to disappointment and a far more critical appraisal than a more modest or generic design might elicit.

ZTE Blade S6 review

That tapered display turns out to be ringed by a naff plastic rim, while the back and sides of the Blade S6 are formed of a tacky silver-painted plastic that's both slippery and unpleasant to hold.

The power and volume buttons are well situated on the right hand edge, and reasonably tactile in a clicky kind of way, but the capacitive keys below the display are just plain weird.

ZTE Blade S6 review

There's a permanently visible circular home key that seems to suggest iPhone-like functionality, but pressing it won't wake the phone from sleep, despite that being your instinctive response. This home button doubles as a blue notification light, which also looks a little cheap and out of place.

Either side of that home button are two dots that occasionally light up, providing the standard Android back and menu buttons. They've been left as dots because you can swap around their assigned functions, but it feels a little counter-intuitive not having them properly labeled.

ZTE Blade S6 review

Matters improve with the ZTE Blade S6's display. It's only a relatively modest 5-inch 720p LCD effort, so it's not particularly sharp compared to the 1080p efforts that are now making their way into mid-range fare such as the Honor 6 and (of course) the OnePlus One.

However, it's sharp enough for most tasks. The picture is nice and clear, thanks to in-cell technology that combines the digitiser and the LCD components into a single layer. Viewing angles are decent too, as befits an IPS screen.

ZTE Blade S6 review

It's not so long ago that in-cell and IPS screen technologies were signs of a premium handset.

If I was to pick a nit here, it would be that the ZTE Blade S6 display's maximum brightness setting seems a little on the low side. It's not dim, but it only just feels like enough.

Storage of 16GB is okay for a phone of this class, and you also get a microSD slot for expansion. This is accessed through a slightly ugly tray that requires a SIM tool, and is situated right alongside the SIM tray itself.

Key features

Check out the press blurb surrounding the launch of the Blade S6, and you might be surprised to learn that ZTE views its Smart Sense function as the handset's defining feature.

I say surprised, because the feature completely escaped my notice for most of the time I spent with the phone. It's turned off by default, and it's not even labeled as Smart Sense on the phone. Instead, it's buried away as part of the rather unassuming Gesture & Motion app.

Once activated, Smart Sense lets you initiate certain functions with various gestures and motions. These vary in usefulness from "kind of cool I guess" to "why on earth would I want to do that?"

On the gesture front, there are the ultra-fiddly music app shortcuts that let you play and pause tracks by holding the volume down key and moving the Blade S6 in a V and a O shape respectively.

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This function is already off to a loser by virtue of the fact that it only works with the stock Music app, which will probably be sidelined by Google Music or your music subscription app of choice.

It's also just a really flaky system, and it's much easier just to hit the power button and used the lock screen music controls that are baked into Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The ability to silence alarms or answer phone calls by swiping over the phone when it's lying flat on a table might have been of some use if it wasn't so hit and miss, and the option to boot up the torch or calculator apps by shaking the phone is possibly the least reliable gesture of the lot.

Smart Sense is a good idea, but the fact that it can be backgrounded and forgotten so readily tells you everything about its practical worth and usability.

ZTE Blade S6 review

Another defining feature of the ZTE Blade S6 is its dual-SIM set-up. You can sit two nano SIMs side by side the SIM tray, allowing you to run two phone accounts from the one handset.

This feature has been available for years in feature phones and smartphones in the developing world, but we only get the odd niche handset supporting the feature in the west. It's actually very handy if you're someone who has to lug two phones around with you – one for work and one for personal use.

The execution feels a little clunky and shoehorned in here, but with Android 5.1 adding native support for dual-SIM set-ups, the ZTE Blade S6 should only get better in this regard once it receives the update.

Probably of more interests to users in places like the UK, the US and Australia will be the fact that the ZTE Blade S6 runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 CPU. There'll be more detail on this chip's in the next section, but it's worth pointing out that ZTE is claiming that the Blade S6 is the "World's first Android-L mobile phones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615."

This is notable because the Snapdragon 615, while a decidedly mid-range chip, is built on a 64-bit architecture. This doesn't make a huge difference in practical terms, but it does mean that the Blade S6 is future-friendly and well set-up for the 64-bit Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

Indeed, the fact that the ZTE Blade S6 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop is a noteworthy feature in itself. What's more, this is a pretty faithful version of Google's most attractive and advanced mobile OS yet.

Layered on top is ZTE's MiFavor 3.0 UI, which is one of the less obtrusive and fussy custom Android interfaces manufacturers have come up with.

Android 5.0's core components are pretty much unchanged, including its slick menus, notification bar, and multitasking function. This is a very good thing, and actually makes the Blade S6 nicer to operate (in software terms at least) than many more expensive handsets from more established manufacturers.

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ZTE has made a couple of changes though, the most obvious of which is the fact that there's no app tray. As in iOS, your apps are simply spread across however many home screens they need. You still get access to app folders, though, which can be set up by dragging and dropping the icons onto one another.

There's also a rather pointless personalisation menu here, which is initiated by swiping up on the home screen as in iOS 8's quick settings menu. This offers instant access to background colour, wallpaper and menu animation changes.

I'm not opposed to personalisation, but is this really the best use of such a readily accessible menu? We'd rather ZTE had used this gesture to provide quick access to handy tools such as the torch and the calculator, like in iOS 8.

Still, if you download the Google Now Launcher, Google Camera, and Google Keyboard, you'll essentially get something approaching a stock Android 5.0 Lollipop experience, which is pretty cool – and still all too rare.

Performance and battery life

Performance

As I mentioned in the previous section, the ZTE Blade S6 runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 CPU. This capable chip may be middle-of-the-range, but it has a couple of advanced features up its sleeve that serve to boost the ZTE Blade S6's performance.

The Snapdragon 615 is a quad-core (octa-core actually, but I'll discuss that in the battery section) chip running at 1.7GHz. As stated, the headline spec here is the chip's 64-bit architecture, though that doesn't mean that it outperforms last year's flagship 32-bit chip, the Snapdragon 801.

As my Geekbench 3 benchmark tests reveal, the Snapdragon 615 chip (backed by 2GB of RAM) performs similarly to the Snapdragon 600 it replaces – that's the chip that powered the HTC One M7 and other 2013 flagships – in single-core terms.

When it comes to multi-core performance, which is useful for high-end tasks like 3D gaming, the ZTE Blade S6 and its Snapdragon 615 chip are roughly in the region of Snapdragon 800-powered devices like the Nexus 5.

Or, to put it another way, the ZTE Blade S6 is pretty much halfway in between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Not bad at all for this price.

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Combined with a fluid and relatively unmolested Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, the ZTE Blade S6 performs brilliantly in general tasks, with navigation smooth and snappy.

When pushing it a little harder with 3D games, performance remained strong. Real Racing 3's impressive 3D racing was rendered pretty much flawlessly here, as was Trials: Frontier's wince-inducing bike physics action.

With the graphics settings bumped up to high, Dead Trigger 2's advanced reflections caused the Blade S6 to strain a little, but it was still perfectly playable.

All in all, you can't get a better performing phone for less than £200.

Battery life

The ZTE Blade S6's 2,400mAh battery provides adequate stamina - decent at a push - but it's nothing special.

After a day of moderate usage (with the phone switched to airplane mode overnight), I would find that the phone had less than 30% left in the tank.

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"Moderate usage" here involved 20 minutes or so of 3D gaming, a little light web browsing, and frequent email and text message checks and responses, with regular notifications coming through.

When put through the standard TechRadar test of a 90 minute 720p video, with screen brightness set to full, the Blade S6 was left with 83% battery life.

That's pretty good going, and is roughly equivalent to the Honor 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

True, those phones have sharper, more power-hungry 1080p displays, but they also have significantly larger batteries.

Aiding this battery life, the ZTE Blade S6's Snapdragon 615 processor is built to ARM's big.LITTLE standard, which means that it flips between two quad-core set-ups according to the intensity of the task at hand.

All in all, you'll be able to get through a day of usage fairly comfortably, but any more will be pushing it.

The essentials

The ZTE Blade S6 is a solid general performer, which is aided by that light UI layered over stock Android 5.0 Lollipop.

This means that you get the stock Google phone and contacts apps, which serve the purpose of making and receiving calls very well indeed. That includes a smart dialer that predicts the number you're dialing as you tap it out – whether numerical or alphabetical.

Speaking of calls, call quality was fairly poor during my time with the phone. Calls were stable enough, but the sound was slightly muffled and distant compared to more premium phones like the LG G3.

The standard messaging app feels a little out of place in this shiny Lollipop environment. Its design feels old fashioned, clashing with the aforementioned core phone and contacts apps.

I'd recommend downloading Google's own Messages app from the Google Play Store, which has a much more fitting Material Design aesthetic.

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When it comes to typing out those messages, though, the ZTE Blade S6 is quite strong. The TouchPal keyboard is one of the better default examples I've used, with a novel but genuinely useful swipe system for alternative characters.

Inputting a comma, for example, is a simple case of touching the M key and swiping down. It's quick and impressively reliable, and beats the usual press-and-hold technique hands-down.

Visually, it doesn't sit too well with the Material Design aesthetic that of Android 5.0 – it's closer to the Jelly Bean and KitKat-era keyboard – but this was one of those rare cases where I didn't feel impelled to head straight to the Google Play Store to download SwiftKey or Google Keyboard.

As well as a by-now-typical joined-up typing system, there's also an interesting new word prediction technology to the TouchPal keyboard that sees suggested words emerging from the relevant letters. You then pull the suggested words down to the space bar to select them.

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It wasn't something I found compelling or useful enough to adopt in day-to-day use, but as ever with keyboards, it's a very personal thing that will take a lot longer than a week to really click.

If you're thinking of consuming a lot of media on the ZTE Blade S6, you're really going to need to bring along a set of headphones. Of course, we'd say that about any smartphone - even the HTC One M8 with its excellent BoomSound speakers. But in this case, the less you have to rely on the phone's speaker the better.

The Blade S6's sole rear-mounted speaker is tinny and weedy, outputting an ear-achingly bad garble of noise for anything but the simplest of sounds. It's clearly been an area of compromise.

Camera

One area that ZTE hasn't compromised on with the Blade S6 is the camera. It uses the popular 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 image sensor, which is the same component as can be found in the OnePlus One and the Xiaomi Mi 4 - two more well-specced, high-value Chinese smartphones.

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The result is that the ZTE Blade S6 takes reliably decent pictures in good lighting, with accurate colours and a pleasant SLR-style depth-of-field effect when taking close-ups. Indoors and low-light shots are a little fuzzy and murky, but that's to be expected.

There's an HDR mode here that aids with those bright skies and deep shady areas, but my results with it were a little mixed. It invariably improved the skies in bright daytime shots, but the price for this tended to be a slightly false, otherworldly glow to the mid-ground or subject.

The Blade S6's camera app is a fairly accomplished affair, though it's a little dated in appearance, and would benefit from an update to fit with its Material Design surroundings.

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It's perfectly functional, though. Opposite the main virtual shutter and video controls there's a prominent toggle (seemingly styled after the Blade S6's ugly capacitive home key) that switches between Simple and Expert modes.

Simple mode is the default point-and-shoot setting, and it's all you'll need for most shots - though of course there's the now obligatory range of filters to help jazz things up. Expert mode, however, brings up settings for ISO, white balance and exposure, as well as a handy level guide and a manual spot metering tool.

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Video can be captured at 1080p, but the quality is nothing more than OK. There's no OIS to keep things steady, and the audio capture in particular is pretty sub-standard, but it does the job.

For such a cheap smartphone, the ZTE Blade S6's camera is excellent, and is certainly a good level or two above the likes of the Motorola Moto G and other Android phones in this very reasonable price range.

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Verdict

The ZTE Blade S6 offers decent specs and a pleasantly light customisation of Android 5.0 Lollipop for a very reasonable price, but its tacky and derivative design means that the phone isn't the absolute pleasure to use that it should be.

We liked

You don't usually find such a capable, modern processor in a smartphone of this price, but that's exactly what we have in the ZTE Blade S6.

The same can be said for its 13-megapixel camera which, given enough light, takes better pictures than many smartphones that cost twice the price.

It's also good to see a manufacturer showing some restraint with the already-great Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, leaving the operating system's core menus commendably untouched.

We disliked

While ZTE has made some smart choices with the Blade S6's components, its design leaves much to be desired. The phone neither looks good nor feels very nice in the hand.

Also, while it's a light skin, what additions there are in the MiFavor 3.0 UI aren't particularly memorable or useful.

Finally, while the Blade S6's 720p display is decent enough, you only need to spend a little more to get a decent phone with a superior 1080p option.

Final verdict

ZTE has turned out a highly capable Android smartphone for a very reasonable price.

In terms of power and photographic capabilities, it wipes the floor with the Motorola Moto G, which is only a little cheaper. However, ZTE could learn a thing or two about design from the current budget champ, as the Blade S6 simply doesn't look or feel very nice in the hand.

It's not balanced or attractive enough to take the affordable handset crown, then, but power-hungry Android fans on a budget may want to consider it as an option.








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Top 10 Games: best titles, cheapest prices!

The best games at the cheapest prices

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dying light

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