Amazon Review by Mr.Mom
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2016's Affordable Premium smartphone
After playing around with it last few hours here are my initial impressions of the ZTE Axon 7 ( i put in a 64gb mircoSD card in it)
It comes in a medium sized box containing quite a few things (Clear plastic case,earbuds,removal tool)
-remember the Axon 7 charges via USB Type C instead of micro USB. (ZTE provides an additional addon adapter for micro usb users besides the 3.0 certified charger)
After putting in a TMo sim card ,i did notice…the processor (820) was quick & snappy.
It flowed quite easily even when i was downloading all my apps onto it…though it did get a tad bit warm.
-Now looks wise…its a sexy smartphone. Metal body with a gold tinge to it…fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone.
Looks very high end.
(Btw…it also lets you add in a pin or pattern code just in case your fingerprints dont work.)
- For those complaining of Brightness issues…you can tweek that in settings…uncheck automatic and adjust it yourself. It has a 5.5-inch, 2540 x 1400 display. Very color-accurate.
-It has dual front end speakers ( for you HiFi audiophiles. The Axon 7 sports dual Hi-Fi audio chips) i tried out a few Youtube videos…and yes its quite clear & loud. ( I haven’t had time to test the headphone jack or give it a real music test…but so far it sounds better than my old +1)
The 820 processor was excellent. i downloaded a few games (Lunar mission,Mortal Kombat X,Pacman,SSg3) Everything went very smooth…not stutter nor a glitch.
Played a few YouTube videos…watched Kodi for 2 hours straight…and it didn’t even get warm.
It comes with a 20 mp camera on the back…8mp on the front.
Since it was dark & rainy today…i only took a few shots where it seems it struggles a little in lowlight situations. ( im testing out a camera app (Snap Camera) to see if it improves this in the next few days)
Heres a few pictures though as you see…not bad at all.
Pretty good but not great
Battery wise…so far it’s not bad after solid use for 3 hrs it dropped to 70%, which isn’t bad…nor great. Once i cycle through it a few times…i’ll know more about it.( if any major issues ill post it up)
It comes with 4gb RAM & 64gb with an added slot for either additional memory (i used a 64gb microSd card to pump it up to 128gb) or an additional sim card for those who travel alot ( or you shady MoFos who use two #s)
This one thing by itself made me choose the ZTE Axon 7 over the OPO +3…additional memory comes in handy when taking hi quality pictures or 4k video (which yes this phone can do ).
Being a parent of two young kids,you definitely don’t need to start running out of memory quick on any phone.
Sorry Oneplus…but this was a big mistake on your part.
Im giving it a 4.25/5 stars (can’t with this rating system) without really testing headphone audio & the camera (in better weather)…so it might improve or stay as is.
It’s a solid smartphone…looks great…works great…sounds (so far) awesome.
It’s a feature rich smartphone which will improve with software updates
You can’t go wrong for 400 bucks…
and yes this phone just took OPO’s Flagship Killer title away from it…
It just earned it…
btw here are default apps im using …just in case anyone wants to know.
Launcher- i used the “stock android” one it comes with…why you ask?
It lets me have an app drawer which the MiFavor does not.
(it comes with 2 choices (Stock Android + MiFavor)
Dialer - DW Dailer/Truecaller (DW Dailer is great for those who drive alot…Big icons/TrueCaller to see who’s calling you.)
Gallery- ToolWiz photos
Music- BlackPlayer ( but i’ll test out the default one as well in the next few days)
Video (update: watching videos i use VLC/Snap camera’s video to record video)
Camera- Snap Camera
Here’s a solution to a popular problem for those of you who have the ZTE Axon 7.
How to save my pictures & videos on my SD Card
- Open the Camera app.
- press the settings option in the upper left corner
- press “save location”
- Press “saving location setting”
- select SD card.
Now you can save your pictures & video on your MicroSD Card. (i’ve seen this as a major issue with a few people)
Now that it’s been almost a month since i’ve had this phone…here’s a few more impressions about it.(and i added 2 more pictures & 1 screenshot)
Camera- Snap Camera works incredible with this phone,though not on that top tier of smartphone cameras…this app lets you take advantage of the 20mp camera.
Will every picture look great? No but it does a great job nonetheless
Video - I’ve tried out Snap Cameras video app to record video, it’s decent.
VLC though with the Dolby sound …works great in downloaded videos.
-I’ve had no glitches with this phone at all…Just getting a great screen cover is my only issue (Tried skinomi. Hated it…kept bubbling up)
-Id suggest everyone buy a spare usb C charger …heres what i got.
AUKEY PA-T9 USB Wall Charger with Quick Charge 3.0 for Galaxy S7/S6/Edge, Nexus 6p, LG G5 (Qualcomm Certified)
USB Type C Cable, Skyocean Type C to USB 3.0 3.3Ft/1M Braided Cable for Nexus 6P, 5X, OnePlus 2, Nokia N1 Tablet and Other USB type C Devices with a Free cable organizer
Spending an extra 20 bucks for a spare was worthwhile if i lost my original ZTE charger & cord…i use these at my house.
If any other questions…feel free to ask.