ZTE Solar

AKA: ZTE Z795G

Available at: Straight Talk

2/10 AVG.
RATING
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Reviews summary

2/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 10 reviews

What's good

  • Large display
  • Decent processor performance for price point

What's bad

  • Bad network connectivity
  • No tethering capabilities
  • Poor battery life
  • No front camera
  • No HDMI port

Like many of ZTE's smartphones, the Solar is an entry level device. Its 4.5-inch LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 218ppi. The phone itself weighs a hefty 157 grams and measures 5.24 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches.

Behind the plastic display is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 2,070 mAh battery. As a lesser known model, there are very few expert opinions on the Solar. Non-expert reviews note the phone's speedy performance when opening and using apps.

The biggest complaint among users is the phone's poor network connectivity. Although it offers both 2G and 3G connectivity, many consumers had problems utilizing their data plan. Far too often they would not be able to connect to the network despite having full reception. Other times they would not have any reception at all for nearly a full day. The issue also affected user's ability to make and receive calls and texts though it didn't hamper Wi-Fi connection. Phone Rated also mentions that the phone does not allow tethering to other devices.

Another major issue was battery life. One user recounts his experience and states, "I used it once and it went from 100% to 85%."

Included with the device is a 5MP rear camera. The camera can record high-resolution 2592 x 1944 resolution movies. Despite allowing high quality video, the camera does not include an HDMI port so these movies cannot be directly viewed on HDTVs. There is no front camera, which makes using video conferencing apps awkward as one informal review states.

Despite the low cost of entry, actual user experience has been fairly negative and most do not recommend the product. One consumer states, "Horrible phone, not worth your time."

Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The ZTE Solar's screen is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8625 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's no secondary front camera.
Storage
No

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

Battery
2070mAh

The phone is powered by a 2070 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. ZTE's performance ratings are: 15 days standby time, 240 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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Resources

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Reviews summary

2/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 10 reviews

What's good

  • Large display
  • Decent processor performance for price point

What's bad

  • Bad network connectivity
  • No tethering capabilities
  • Poor battery life
  • No front camera
  • No HDMI port

Like many of ZTE's smartphones, the Solar is an entry level device. Its 4.5-inch LCD display offers a fairly low resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 218ppi. The phone itself weighs a hefty 157 grams and measures 5.24 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches.

Behind the plastic display is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 2,070 mAh battery. As a lesser known model, there are very few expert opinions on the Solar. Non-expert reviews note the phone's speedy performance when opening and using apps.

The biggest complaint among users is the phone's poor network connectivity. Although it offers both 2G and 3G connectivity, many consumers had problems utilizing their data plan. Far too often they would not be able to connect to the network despite having full reception. Other times they would not have any reception at all for nearly a full day. The issue also affected user's ability to make and receive calls and texts though it didn't hamper Wi-Fi connection. Phone Rated also mentions that the phone does not allow tethering to other devices.

Another major issue was battery life. One user recounts his experience and states, "I used it once and it went from 100% to 85%."

Included with the device is a 5MP rear camera. The camera can record high-resolution 2592 x 1944 resolution movies. Despite allowing high quality video, the camera does not include an HDMI port so these movies cannot be directly viewed on HDTVs. There is no front camera, which makes using video conferencing apps awkward as one informal review states.

Despite the low cost of entry, actual user experience has been fairly negative and most do not recommend the product. One consumer states, "Horrible phone, not worth your time."

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Reviews (2/10 Avg. rating)

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ZTE Solar is junk

(3 months ago)

I spent over 9 hrs over 2wks with customer service at STRAGHT talk horrible service BOTTOM LINE THE ZTE SOLAR IS CRAP AND SHAME ON STRAGHT TALK FOR USING IT. AS A REPLACEMENT OR AT ALL.

  1/10

Junk!

(4 months ago)

I bought the ZTE Solar because the salesman at Wal-Mart said it was so good. Well I had it 3 weeks and it just shut off and wouldn't turn back on. So I contacted Straight Talk and they had me send it in. It was almost 3 weeks before I received my next phone. Well I got it the day before I went on... More

  1/10

Worst phone EVER! cant get any bars and cant make or get any calls or text

(4 months ago)

  1/10

Not happy.. Horrible service.. Horrible techs

(5 months ago)

After the initial excitement for being a part of the "in" with a smart phone the happiness quickly ended. Awesome phone... Not so awesome to just sporadically loose "Mobil network" for days at a time. After having to trade inThree phones and 2 SIM cards by mail and a whole new number... More

  1/10

Do not buy! just had to swap out 3 times and not one could be activated!

(6 months ago)

This is the all time worst experience I have ever had with any phone! I talked my father in law into going with a smart phone and after trying to activate for 3 hours and the most lousy customer service that lie about passing phone to a superviser they kept telling us the sim card is bad so we would... More

  1/10

It... died...?

(7 months ago)

On my third day of having this lovely phone, I have to turn it on and off to get it to send messages or make calls. To top it off, it won't turn back on. I'm a pregnant woman and can't afford a new phone. This is the biggest waste of money.

  1/10

Great Phone, Bad Service

(7 months ago)

At first, this phone seem to good to be true. At $179, ZTE Solar can do just as much as a phone that might cost $500. When rating the phone and it's features, I would give it a 10. However, I went out of town during the Christmas holiday and since getting back home, the phone's service has... More

  1/10

So far so good

(7 months ago)

This seemed to be the only GSM phone I could find for straight talk in my area that was in my price range. In my area I can get a signal anywhere almost. I have heard alot about the problems other people are having and I hope it doesn't happen but we'll see. It does its job smoothly so far... More

  7/10

Very Nice GSM Phone, but ATT and TMobile Make it Very Sporadically Functioning

(7 months ago)

In the process of returning 3 of these phones back to Straight Talk because, at least in the New England area, the service is infuriatingly sporadic. The phone only came out in November 2013, and I had ordered two of them from the StraightTalk website. The phone was removed from the website (at least... More

  3/10

Undecided....

(8 months ago)

I can't get picture messages or group text to download. Checked my data to make sure it was on and it wasn't so I turned it on but still didn't fix my problem. It doesn't show that I have 3G when it should so maybe that's the problem? If I could fix this I am sure I would like... More

  6/10

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