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ZTE Nubia Z5 Review – Yesterday’s Flagship or Today’s Cheap Phone?
08-Nov-2015, 01:10 PM
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ZTE Nubia Z5 Review – Yesterday’s Flagship or Today’s Cheap Phone?
“Cheap phones are getting good and good phones are getting cheap” – MKBHD (Marques Brownlee). We have lots of budget phones that are worth your attention but what if we take a look at the flagship from 2013, which used to cost over $500 but now costs below $130. Which one should you choose? Today’s cheap phone or yesterdays flagship? This is what we are going to find out in a review of the ZTE Nubia Z5.
Thanks to Pandawill for sending ZTE Nubia Z5 for a review.

ZTE Nubia Z5 Review: VIDEO

ZTE Nubia Z5 Review: UNBOXING

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You will notice the flagship grade quality as soon as to pick up the box, because everything just screams premium.
In fact, you are getting two high quality plastic boxes where all the contents are packed neatly. ZTE supplied the Z5 with a pair of good sounding earphones, charging plug along with the USB cable in one box and instruction manuals, SIM ejector pin and NFC tag in another.

ZTE Nubia Z5 Review: DESIGN

When it comes to the design, we are looking at what is becoming a rare phenomenon these days – a very compact device with a 5” display. It has a metal frame around the sides along with the metal buttons, which have a very good tactile feedback.
The sealed-in 2300mAh battery is kind of another let down of this phone. I could barely pass 2 hours of screen-on time on the daily use, which didn’t involve any gaming.


So there you have it, ZTE Nubia Z5, the flagship from the past. It has a great design, excellent build quality, vibrant display, decent gaming performance and it is very compact.
However, the UI is not the most fluid out there as there is occasional stutter, the camera is unreliable and the battery life is a disappointment.
How does it stack up against today’s low-end phones that have similar price? Well, pretty good I would say. For the price of $130, Nubia Z5 will most likely have a better build quality, display and audio quality. However, the difference may not be that significant and you may find some newly released low-end phones with a faster UI performance including a newer Android version, more reliable camera and much better battery life.
At the end of the day, you have to decide what are your personal preferences.
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