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ZTE Nubia 5

76
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

If you don't mind ZTE's custom Android skin, the Nubia 5 is a decent unlocked phone for a reasonable price. While the price is rather attractive, the Nubia 5 is also a good-looking handset, with Ubergizmo noting "the outer edge ... is highlighted by a thin piece of aluminum, which helps accent the overall sleek look of the phone." And, even with that large 5-inch display, Android Community says the "phone feels really good to hold -- it is solid, thin and light." On the back is a 13MP camera with which Android Central "found little grain or noise in photos," making it ideal for capturing memorable moments. Unfortunately, the Nubia 5 fails a bit with its modified Android skin, which makes changes to how Android is used, and PC Mag says "some modifications ... leave me scratching my head." At a MSRP of $449 the Nubia 5 is a solid choice for an unlocked phone, but you may want to consider installing a separate launcher from Google Play if you find ZTE's version of Android too frustrating to use.

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Reception and call quality

80
 

Display

84
 

Battery life

80
 

Camera

76
 

Ease of use

60
 

Design and form factor

80
 

Portability (size / weight)

75
 

Media support

80
 

Durability

80
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

55
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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80
 

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80
 

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Engadget

84
 

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81
 

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79
 
87

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87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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Critic

81
 

User

93
 
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84
 

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