ZTE Axon Pro - Factory Unlocked Phone, 32 GB Phthalo Blue (U.S. Warranty)
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- Axon Pro has all of the camera options you asked for, and some you never imagined. Take high-quality photos with its dual-lens camera, which gives you quick auto focus to capture the action as it happens. Shoot 4K HD videos.
- You wanted it. You got it. Fall headphones over heels with the first true high-fidelity phone available in the U.S. that lets you hear music and record sound the way they were meant to be heard.
- Beauty. And a total beast. Axon's super-simplified Android interface pairs full-bleed images for a high-end look and feel. It also comes with lightning-fast processor, 4GB memory and large battery for all-around high performance under the hood.
- Available in three colors, your understated, yet instantly recognizable sense of style is all over Axon Pro, including a sleek metallic body and signature grill design.
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From the manufacturer
Meet the Axon Pro by ZTE.
To create Axon Pro’s stylish good looks, we worked with one of the best designers around – you. This phenomenal new phone looks – and feels – unlike anything else you’ve ever experienced. From its beautifully fashioned aluminum body style to its intuitively positioned buttons, each detail was poured over until we got everything the way you wanted it. Designed in the USA.
Axon Pro has all of the camera options you asked for, and some you never imagined. Take high-quality photos with its dual-lens camera, which gives you quick auto focus to capture the action as it happens. Shoot 4K ULTRA HD videos. Or use the smile-activated front-facing camera to step up your selfie game
You wanted it. You got it. Fall headphones over heels with the first true high-fidelity phone available in the U.S. that lets you hear music and record sound the way they were meant to be heard
- 4G LTE Unlocked Phone - supports AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket & other GSM-based networks
- Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
- Dual-Lens Camera (13MP + 2MP)
- 8MP Front-Facing Camera
- 4K HD Video Capture
- Axon Passport 1.0
- Hi-Fi Playback & Hi-Fi Recording
- 4GB RAM + 32/64GB ROM
- 5.5" CGS LCD Display (2560x1440, 534ppi)
- 2.0GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor
- 3000 mAh non-removable Battery (with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0)
- JBL In-Ear Headphones Included
- Dimensions: 6.06" x 2.9" x 0.37"
- Weight: 6.1 oz
Two lenses are better than one. Take incredible, high-quality photos with Axon Pro’s 13 MP and 2 MP camera and refocus them after you take them. Then, blur backgrounds for a beautiful bokeh effect.
Exactly what it sounds like. To take great selfies with one hand, just point and smile, and Axon does the rest.
Record 4K HD Video
When awesome happens, record it all in amazing 4K ULTRA Hi-Def for the most realistic video quality available. Give every video you take four times the maximum resolution quality of 1080p HD. Then, watch every lifelike detail played back on any 4K compatible monitor or TV.
Axon Passport 1.0
We get it, sometimes people just mess up. And when slips hit the fan, it's nice to know you can count on someone to have your back. Because your phone is your life, and Axon Passport is your lifesaver.
This Phone Is Your Jam
Whether you’re listening to music on a run, at the gym or at home, nothing sounds better than Hi-Fi audio, especially through the amazing JBL in-ear headphones that come with every Axon Pro. Axon Pro’s amazing high-fidelity sound playback gives your music fuller, louder and purer sound quality than ever before thanks to its DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) Chip.
Hi-Fi Audio Playback
Axon Pro’s amazing high-fidelity sound playback gives your music fuller, louder and purer sound quality than ever before thanks to its DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) Chip.
JBL In-Ear Headphones Included
Each Axon comes with JBL in-ear headphones so you can hear – and feel – every beat.
With Z-Tray, the amount of content on screen in locked mode is always kept to the absolute helpful minimum. And with great preloaded apps like music, Yahoo! Sports and The Weather Channel, you can stay on top of everything that’s important to you with one touch. Z-Tray reveals only what is most essential, hides everything else and, well, generally makes life easier.
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
More than an awesome new phone, it's the nerve center of all things you. Where the latest in style and the features you asked for come together to connect you with your life more intuitively than ever. From its 4K video capabilities to its Hi-Fi audio performance, it's the phone made entirely with you in mind. It's all you.
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With high-powered specs under the hood, a beautiful 2560 X 1440 display, a simple and elegant design, Android Marshmallow almost out of the box and support for almost all GSM, HSPA and LTE bands, there's a lot to be had for with this unlocked smartphone for not a lot of coin (relatively). The ZTE Axon Pro is a budget-friendly beast that you will fall in love with if you give it a chance.
+ Snapdragon 810, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage
+ Support for most WCDMA/GSM carriers LTE bands (supports all of T-Mo's frequency bands FYI)
+ VoLTE support for carriers that support it (Band 12 for T-Mo)
+ Carrier aggregration for areas and networks that support it (Band 2/4 + Band 12 for T-Mo, CA support for AT&T also)
+ Wi-Fi calling/texting (confirmed on T-Mobile)
+ Simple, elegant design with a premium look and feel
+ Relatively affordable compared to other flagships with comparable specs (such as Nexus 6P, OnePlus Two, etc.)
+ Android Marshmallow almost out of the box (2 updates once connected to WiFi had me at 6.0)
+ Great dual lens camera that actually takes good pictures
+ Quick Charge feature that can take battery from 10% to 80~85% in 60 minutes
+ 2 year manufacturers warranty (U.S. Model)
+ Comes packaged with high-quality JBL headphones that sound great with the phone
+ Capacitive touch buttons that allow full use of gorgeous 1440P display
- Battery life isn't the most optimal (has gotten much better since 2 software updates to 6.0 and some settings tweaks)
- Signal sometimes drops for a second when switching frequency bands and isn't always immediate to pick up new frequency; signal isn't always as strong as it should be on LTE
- No double-tap to wake (could be fixed in a software update)
- Only one front-facing speaker (albeit a powerful and clear sounding one)
- Some bloat apps pre-installed (can be disabled, but not fully uninstalled)
- No expandable storage
So I bought this phone to replace my Oneplus One 64GB phone which was getting a little long in the tooth, but the main reason it was replaced was that although the OPO supported LTE with T-Mobile and Family Mobile it didn't support many of the LTE bands. I just recently went on a road trip and during driving anytime I got out of any large city the LTE support would drop and I would go to Edge or no signal. Meanwhile, my wife who had the LG G Stylo would have full LTE coverage. Well, this was kind of a deal-breaker and so after a lot of research and going back and forth between this phone and the Huawei Nexus 6P, I finally pulled the trigger and bought this phone over the Nexus 6P. Don't get me wrong, the Nexus 6P is a beautiful phone and I have for the most part loved the Nexus devices and what they offer (unlocked phone, premium specs for an affordable price and the latest and most pure stock Android experience) but there are a couple reasons I chose this over the Nexus 6P and Oneplus Two.
The ZTE Axon Pro has specs that may not be able to keep up with the flagships currently just coming out, but it goes toe-to-toe with the big boys that released this past year and still comes out holding it's own. This phone comes with a Snapdragon 810 (same as Nexus 6P and OPT), 4GB RAM (1GB more than the Nexus 6P 3GB), 64GB internal storage (for this model reviewed but also comes in 32GB flavor). While the Nexus 6P does come in all the way up to 128GB internal storage, it will cost you much more than what this 64GB model is going for as of now. It also has support for most U.S. LTE Bands (LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/29/30) which should give you a variety of options of network providers and MVNOs to choose from when it comes to usability.
Price/Bang for buck factor:
With the above listed specs, I was able to get the 64GB Ion Gold variant for about $325 right here on Amazon with free two-day Prime shipping. In comparison the Nexus 6P is running about $550 USD here on Amazon (although I have seen it on sale on the Egg for $500 for the Gold variant previously but still have to pay shipping sometimes). Likewise the Oneplus Two has just recently been reduced to $350 for the 64GB variant, but you have to pay shipping). Anyway, you will be hard pressed to find a phone with these specs for this price and if you don't need the 64GB storage internal, you can always opt for the 32GB version which is now running for about $300 as of this writing.
Since I have fired this thing up, it connected right away (although I had to manually set the APN settings to get proper data connectivity) with Family Mobile (T-Mobile MVNO). Signal has been overall clear and call quality good. Even with many apps open, this thing doesn't miss a beat. No stutters, hangs or crashes. No overheating issues that I could detect (although it did feel a little warm upon first start up, after first update no more warmness). Battery life can sometimes leave something to be desired on moderate use, but once updated to Android Marshmallow 6.0 and one change to WiFi settings (set to Turn off when Asleep), battery life has gotten much better and I can make it through the day until the evening one one charge even with some moderate use (web surfing, streaming music and some playing games). This is even if I unplug the phone off the charger the evening before instead of the morning of. Again battery still leaves something to be desired, but it can be expected somewhat due to a large 1440p display and a powerful chip powering this thing. Also, even when battery life is depleted due to heavy use it is offset by having Quick Charge feature when using the supplied wall charger. I found from testing the provided wall charger will get the phone from 10% to 80~85% within 60 minutes, dependent on the features I have turned on in the background (Wi-Fi, etc.). I neglected to mention that in my original review, but a commenter mentioned it (thanks BTW!) and I wanted to add the extra info. Close to stock Android interface and not much pre-installed bloat ensures this thing runs smooth. Driving across from Las Vegas to Utah this thing maintained overall constant connectivity and data streaming with music for most of the whole trip, although there was a brief second when switching frequencies that the phone dropped connectivity and when I had one small dead zone the phone took a while to reconnect. I don't know if this is normal or a cause for concern and if so, then I will return. The good news is there is a 2-year warranty if the phone stops working then they will repair or replace at no cost to me for extended coverage. If within 35 days of purchase it is defective, I can get a full refund which is a comfort. If within 30 days I have buyer's remorse over purchasing this phone, I can get a refund but I have to pay the cost of shipping. It's a peace of mind that helps when purchasing this device and adds value to the purchase. Unless something goes wrong with it, I don't see myself returning it.
The Axon ZTE Pro has a premium look and feel that is comparable to the Nexus 6P. It has a slightly raised glass finish on the front and grill design on the top ear piece area and down on the single speaker (which is actually quite powerful sounding). The back has simple lines and design with an Axon logo. It comes in 3 colors, which is a Gold (my model), Blue (although it's very dark colored) and a Silver. I probably would have chose the Pthalo Blue or Silver if they'd been in stock, but the gold is actually quite nice to look at once you see it. The rear has dual lens camera that works actually really well and has a fast shutter speed. I was able to get some really good pics with it and my inner shutterbug started to come out while I was down on the Vegas strip. Still hard to catch one of my sons in motion, but he's like a humming bird with how fast he moves. There is also a dual flash on the back, but I haven't had to use it in auto mode. The biggest shame is covering this thing in the hybrid armor case I purchased for this kind of covered up the neat design of the phone. Lots of internal storage for taking pictures and downloading music, but bear in mind there isn't any expandable storage which is one reason I bought the 64GB variant. If you save most of your stuff to the cloud the limitation of storage isn't much of an issue.
Well, this review is getting longer than I expected and it's getting late but just to wrap up, this is a budget flagship that will go toe-to-toe with the best of them and comes out in the top three or so devices. If you give it a chance, you will find there's a great phone to be had here for not a lot of coin. It makes a few compromises (no fingerprint scanner, no expandable storage, etc.) but if none of those are deal breakers than give it a try and you won't be sorry. I am glad I pulled the trigger on this phone and would recommend the same to a friend or someone else I know. I hope this phone and this company (ZTE) get a lot more attention and credit for what they've done here: a solid flagship phone at an affordable price with timely software updates, making a great daily driver.
So after a week of use and a little more in-depth testing, a couple updates to some of the issues I was experiencing (or thought I was experiencing) and a weird random issue that happened today. First, regarding the belief that I was getting weak LTE signal compared to my wife's LG G Stylo (T-Mobile branded phone) on T-Mobiles network as comparing the cell phone signal status bar would show 1-2 bars on my LTE signal whereas hers would show 3-4 bars (of full bars). After doing some in depth testing/comparison within the native settings and within a free app called LTE Discovery (great app BTW), I found my signal strength was just as strong if not a little stronger than my wife's LG G Stylo. Upon refreshing network on both phones, my phone ranged from -107 to -104 dbm (lower is better) while my wife's phone was -107 to -106 dbm. As I said before, my data reception has been good as well as call quality data.
Second, as time has gone on since the Android 6.0 and after turning Wi-Fi to turn off in sleep mode in the settings, my battery life has gotten even better and a full charge will last me not only all day but ~24 hours with light-moderate use and until the evening when using heavily or playing games. Light-moderate use includes web browsing, streaming music and watching Youtube videos. When playing intensive games during heavy use the battery goes much faster, but that's to be expected.
Last random issue that just came up was what I thought was initially a malfunction, turned out to be after some research and reading the instruction manual was due to a dedicated camera button (that I was unaware of) being unexpectedly turned on while on the road due to my protective case and the phone mount where it was gripping said case. So if you are going to mount the phone in a phone clip keep the area clear where the dedicated camera button is (bottom right button below power button). As I use this phone more, I am really coming to like it even more! If it had external SD (can't complain with 64GB internal storage though) and double-tap to wake (can be fixed with update ZTE!) this would be the perfect phone!
UPDATES 2 & 3 3/24/16: After some lengthy road trips and torture testing, with constant screen awake, Google Maps running with GPS location on, and streaming music over LTE data I average over 3.5+ hours total screen-on time. If I charge it the evening before and take off charger around 8PM, battery will last me until 4-5 PM (towards end of work day) on a single charge with web browsing, music streaming, etc.
After recently switching to T-Mobile post-paid, I can confirm personally VoLTE is working on voice calls! I made a couple calls while on 4G LTE and signal remained on 4G LTE while calling and during voice call whereas before on Walmart Family Mobile, it would switch to HSPA+ during call and then back to 4G LTE afterwards (this also leads me to believe T-Mo is at least testing Band 12 in my area). Also, if you aren't a tech geek like me and don't know why you should care, let me just say calls on VoLTE are super clear and sound amazing! They also come thru louder as well as clearer. I was calling someone from outside and the person was inside a building and it sounded like I was right next to the person. Also, tried Wi-Fi calling and texting and even on a mediocre hotel Wi-Fi hot-spot call quality sounded pretty good. Texts can be sent on Wi-Fi as well. This was not supported on Family Mobile, but is on T-Mo postpaid so keep that in mind. As I use this phone more, I keep finding new features and things that make owning this phone even more awesome. Also if you are on T-Mobile post-paid and are looking for an affordable flagship phone that takes advantage of all the advantages the carrier provides (Band 12 extended range LTE, VoLTE support, CA Band support, Wi-Fi calling/texting, etc.) getting this phone is a no-brainer!
NOTE: Screenshot I uploaded was only edited to remove the personal information of the phone number, but this is an actual screenshot from my ZTE Axon Pro while on a voice call showing still on 4G LTE. Again, if VoLTE wasn't active it will switch to 4G (HSPA+) signal.
I will list the pros and cons.
1. The size is large enough but not too large.
2. The battery laats a full day (plus some)
3. Clearest call quality I have used (oneplus,iPhone,galaxy)
4. The antennas are amazing! (Family trip we had 1 fire phone, 2/iphones 1 blackberry- the bb had lte voice only- the others 1 bar 2 g and Axon 3 bars lte voice +data = my calls didn't drop like everyone else)
5. Feels very well built.
6. Zte passport replacement (a feature I usually buy from others - free with Axon)
7. BEST SOUND REPRODUCTION I have experienced on a phone.
8.Included earbuds are the best I have gotten bundled with a music product.
9.4GB RAM makes this blazing FAST.
1.Runs very hot the first day of use. (ZTE should be clear on this in info)
2. Battery was also dismal on first day of use (another point ZTE forgot to mention)
3.Not as customizable as I would hope. (Software update could change that)
4.Only 32 GB (non expandable) being the only option. (Being cloud based it isn't a deal breaker but other choices would have been great)
Overall, I can recommend this phone without reservation. Zte has made a QUALITY PRODUCT (designed in USA).
The battery life leaves a bit to be desired, it's not bad and it lasts a long time when the phone isn't being used heavily. It seems that the battery life has gotten a little shorter over time too. There is some software that you can't remove and isn't necessary for most people, but that comes with almost any phone. I used mine on the T-mobile network and I did notice that my service got weaker after changing to the unsupported (by T-mobile) phone, but I can't say for for if it's the compatibility or the phone itself that cause the problem. I would lose data service completely when going inside a building, but then when I attempted to make a call suddenly the bars would re-appear, kind of odd. I found the camera to be satisfactory, it gives you a lot of camera options and produces decently high quality pictures for a phone.
Overall I'd say the phone is good for the price, but not anywhere near the best on the market.
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