Given its sluggish processor and ho-hum camera, you do indeed "get what you pay for" with the Awe. However, at $100 off-contract, what you "get" is actually pretty satisfying. If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

- Lynn La , Cnet 

Reviews summary

4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 2 reviews

What's good  

  • Very affordable
  • Average size display
  • Good battery life

What's bad  

  • Sluggish processor
  • Poor camera performance
  • No 4G LTE

The ZTE Awe is a basic Android phone, which specs-wise, is clearly average. Its main features include a 4-inch touchscreen display with sub-HD resolution, a 5 megapixel main camera complemented by a 1 megapixel front cam, a dual-core CPU, and a 1,650mAh battery that lasts almost 10 hours in terms of talk time. While it doesn't look like much at first glance, most user reviews we found online indicate that it was powerful enough for a basic smartphone and was available for a reasonable price.

Although you won’t find the latest version of Android on it, the Awe does run one of the newer flavors of the OS by default. It comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which lacks a few new features but fortunately still supports all the same apps and has some neat software tricks. To be more specific, it should be able to run the latest Android games as evidenced by reviewers, unless the games have high-resolution graphics, of course.

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The biggest complaints about this phone appear to stem from its processor and camera, which are deemed by Cnet’s Lynn La as “sluggish” and “ho-hum,” respectively. However, she feels that the poor performance is somewhat justified, in the sense that “you get what you pay for.”

In the end, the ZTE Awe is seen as an acceptable phone despite its flaws not only because the price is right, but also because its overall performance is acceptable.


Specs summary

Screen
4"

The ZTE Awe's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8630 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1650mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1650 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 6.3 days standby time, 672 minutes (2G).


Prices (Where to Buy)


Online Buying Options

Virgin Mobile ZTE Awe Prepaid Smartphone

from eBay

  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located in: USA

ZTE Awe N800 - 4GB - Black (Virgin Mobile) Smartphone

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  • Condition: New
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located in: USA

ZTE Awe N800 - 4GB - Black (Virgin Mobile) Smartphone FAIR

from eBay

  • Condition: Used
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located in: USA

ZTE Awe N800 - 4GB - Black (Virgin Mobile) Smartphone

from eBay

  • Condition: Used
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located in: USA

ZTE Awe Emblem N800 (Virgin Mobile) 3G WiFi Camera (B-1496)

from eBay

  • Condition: Used
  • Availability: In Stock
  • Contract: No
  • Located in: USA


Resources


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Carriers Who Offer This Phone

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Reviews summary

4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 2 reviews

What's good  

  • Very affordable
  • Average size display
  • Good battery life

What's bad  

  • Sluggish processor
  • Poor camera performance
  • No 4G LTE

The ZTE Awe is a basic Android phone, which specs-wise, is clearly average. Its main features include a 4-inch touchscreen display with sub-HD resolution, a 5 megapixel main camera complemented by a 1 megapixel front cam, a dual-core CPU, and a 1,650mAh battery that lasts almost 10 hours in terms of talk time. While it doesn't look like much at first glance, most user reviews we found online indicate that it was powerful enough for a basic smartphone and was available for a reasonable price.

Although you won’t find the latest version of Android on it, the Awe does run one of the newer flavors of the OS by default. It comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which lacks a few new features but fortunately still supports all the same apps and has some neat software tricks. To be more specific, it should be able to run the latest Android games as evidenced by reviewers, unless the games have high-resolution graphics, of course.

Show more

The biggest complaints about this phone appear to stem from its processor and camera, which are deemed by Cnet’s Lynn La as “sluggish” and “ho-hum,” respectively. However, she feels that the poor performance is somewhat justified, in the sense that “you get what you pay for.”

In the end, the ZTE Awe is seen as an acceptable phone despite its flaws not only because the price is right, but also because its overall performance is acceptable.

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Reviews (4/10 Avg. rating)


Though slow on speed, still a great prepaid value

from Cnet (2 years ago)

Given its sluggish processor and ho-hum camera, you do indeed "get what you pay for" with the Awe. However, at $100 off-contract, what you "get" is actually pretty satisfying. If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

Given its sluggish processor and ho-hum camera, you do indeed "get what you pay for" with the Awe. However, at $100 off-contract, what you "get" is actually pretty satisfying. If you're in need of a low-cost prepaid phone, the Awe will satisfy, but if you want a quick-moving phone, move on.

Less
6/10

Shuts down, Unreliable

(about 1 year ago)

Had this phone a few months now. It was my first smart phone so the price was good. The first couple of months it was good then it began to shut down when I rec'd incoming calls(?). Now it shuts down at incoming calls, outgoing calls and when ever it feels like it. Missed several calls.

Had this phone a few months now. It was my first smart phone so the price was good. The first couple of months it was good then it began to shut down when I rec'd incoming calls(?). Now it shuts down at incoming calls, outgoing calls and when ever it feels like it. Missed several calls.

Less
2/10