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ZTE Optik review

6.5/10 AVG.

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The ZTE Optik currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

If you’re looking for a 7-inch Android tablet with basic Wi-Fi connectivity, you have a wide range of different models to choose from. However, if your aim is to find something with not only Wi-Fi but also 3G cellular connectivity, then the number of choices drops significantly. One of the few true 3G-enabled Android tablets available on the market today is the ZTE Optik. Also going by the name v55, it comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb pre-installed. And yes, it supports 3G data through CDMA networks.

The 7-inch 1280x800 touchscreen display on the Optik is one of its best features. It is framed quite nicely by a rounded black casing which conveniently weighs only 400 grams and measures 13mm thick. As far as hardware goes, it’s pretty well-equipped. It has wireless features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS with A-GPS, plus it has 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded even further with a microSD card. A 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU keeps things running smoothly along with 1GB of RAM. If you care a lot about camera performance, you’ll be pleased to find a 5 megapixel snapper on the Optik’s back. If there’s one thing that isn’t so pleasing about it, however, it’s the 4.4 hour battery life when surfing with Wi-Fi.

The Optik was made to answer the market’s need for a low-cost Android tablet with built-in 3G wireless connectivity. And indeed, it can be acquired rather inexpensively. If you plan on getting it for yourself however, remember that a monthly service contract is necessary in order to fully enjoy that 3G data convenience. Those data costs, as some of us know all too well, can really add up in the long run.

Need to Know: ZTE Optik

1. Comes in portable 7-inch form factor with HD touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Default software can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

3. The battery won’t last a full day with heavy use. (The Bad)

4. The monthly service fee for 3G data may end up costing much more than the tablet itself. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The ZTE Optik from Sprint is a low-cost 7-inch Android tablet, just like the Kindle Fire, B&N NOOK Tablet, and Lenovo A1. So what makes this 3G tablet special? It could be 16GB internal storage with expandable microSD, Great display with 216 pixels per inch, Decent build quality w...

- Vince Font, TabletPCReview

In the case of the ZTE Optik, that aforementioned $99 price tag may lure you in, but don’t be fooled. For a 2-year contract that’ll run you a minimum of $30 per month, you’re looking at $820 when all is said and done. In case you were wondering, that amount translates to “WAY...

- Vince Font, Brighthand
Android Police

ZTE's Optik is a decent device. It certainly doesn't set any precedents, but for a 7" tablet that costs $99 on contract, it's definitely not bad. If you don't mind a somewhat lacking video/photo capture experience and can figure out the Optik's finicky video playback, this tablet can provide a smoot...

- Liam Spradlin, Android Police
Laptop Mag

At just $99, Sprint's ZTE Optik is enticing. But when you take into account the fact that you'll end up paying at least $579 for 3G speeds, it starts to look significantly less appealing. Yes, a $99 Honeycomb tablet may seem like the holy grail for budget-conscious families, but we'd suggest steppin...

- Daniel Howley, Laptop Mag

The ZTE Optik is cheap enough that it falls into the impulse purchase category, and users who drop $99 on the Optik will definitely get their money’s worth. It is a capable tablet that will perform all the basic tasks without issue, but if you’re expecting more than average from a tablet the Optik i...

- Brian K., PhoneArena

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Screen Size

The ZTE Optik's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Snapdragon MSM8660 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. ZTE's performance ratings are 4 days standby time, 4 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

ZTE Optik Specs

Release date February 5, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
800/1900 MHz
EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Snapdragon MSM8660 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 4 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.3 x 11.9 x 1.3 cm (7.6 x 4.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 400 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Exposure, Saturation, Anti Banding, Contrast, Sharpness
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV, QCP
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): ZTE v55

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