ZTE Merit 200 mb internal memory
After having this phone for a few weeks, I have decided to write my review and thoughts on this Phone.
The phone itself it fine for a light user, with just a few apps, as the internal memory is small and after a few apps installed, it will starting giving low storage space message.
For those that are new to smart phones or have complaints of a smart phone running slow or short battery life. There are two apps you will want, Kill Process or memory optimizer and a widget which will allow one to turn on and off sync, wifi, data, etc. you can turn these off when not in use.
Kill process app or free memory apps will clear unused running apps. Freeing space and memory.
My biggest complaints about this phone is the low internal memory, the processor speed is half the story and straight talk shows that Spec, the internal memory information they do not show or mention. After researching I found some specs, the ZTE Merit has 200 mb internal memory . To get around this and to install more than 3 apps, I had to root the phone and make the default install directory point to the SD card, I also use Sysappremover and Apps2Sd to move apps tothe sd card. By doing this I now have 25 apps installed, and not every app will install correctly that is something have to mess with a bit.
I expect the average user is not going to do what I have done, that is how I was able to make use of this phone beyond 2 or 3 apps. If you’re a light user and only need a few apps, this phone should be fine for you.
The Mic is in a bad location, it is at the lower bottom corner, on the edge , just where my fingers hold the phone. I have to rembber to move my finger when talking otherwise people can not hear me talk.
To end a call, you have to wait for the screen to come back on, then open dialer then touch End Call, in the settings you can change this to press power button to end call.
The Screen time at defaut is far to short I also adjusted this, this will take more battery life, but it is frustrating while you’re doing something and the screen goes blank.
Using home wifi is much faster than the 3g as with any phone, I have the option to turn off the wifi when I leave the house.
Using the 3G connection, ( the speed averages at about any other 3G ATT / Verizon phone, conected to a PC speed test shows 130MB Download, about what my Verizon USB cards does ) Pandora, you tube, and crackle work great, tv.com did work but now will not load? Netfilx works but it skips, I suspect that is on the Netflix end and not this phone. Other various video playing applications have worked well .
After researching the true specs, I have determined the Samsung Galaxy Proclaim with internal 1gb
At $179 to be the best deal with straight . the LG Optimus Black at $329.00 with Internal 2 GB storage (1 GB user-available), 512 MB RAM is the best phone, but expensive.
The LG Optimus Zip with 150mb internal memory is not so good and more thatn the ZTE Merit.
Straight talk does not offer 4G phones, I am uncertain if using a sim card will work with a 4g phone. I do know 4g if available in your area is much faster. Virgin has a 4g Phone and it allows wifi sharing, it uses sprint network. ( The merit zte uses ATT ) . I am considering going with that phone and giving this phone to a relative. ( I am really just testing this thing )..
Overall ok for a first time smart phone user with a few apps installed.
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