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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Camera

Camera
yes (13 megapixels) (Flash) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes

Media

Media playback
yes

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (UMTS / WCDMA)

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
443 PPI

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Other features

Flight mode
yes
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