The Good ZTE Boost Max + is affordable, has a long battery life, and its large screen gives you plenty of room to watch the media.
The Bad The volume of the device is low, programs are released from time to time, and the camera is average.
The Bottom Line The ZTE Boost Max + is a decent choice for large screen phones, but instead the reliable LG G Stylo with more reliable ones.
Inexpensive, Boost Max + JTE screen for Boost Mobile ZTE is the phone manufacturer’s antidote to huge expensive devices such as Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus , which can cost upwards of $ 600 to unlock. Along with the 5.7-inch screen, which provides more space for browsing the media and browsing the Internet, the Boost Max + also has a long battery life.
But its low price goes with the trade-offs – the camera is bad, the volume of the calls is too low, and it can sometimes make a mistake.
That being said, I prefer more reliable ones LG G Stylo , which has the same display size and price, but also comes with a built-in stylus. And if you want to spend more money without doing anything at all on high-end phones, the 5.7-inch Motorola Moto X Pure Edition it’s a great halfway point – $ 400.
ZTE’s gilded Boost Max+ goes giant (pictures)
Design and build
- 5.7-inch display with 1,280×720-pixel resolution
- 6.5 by 3.25 by 0.4 inches (165.1 by 82.55 by 10.16 mm)
- 6.77 oz (194.76 grams)
Boost Max + looks like a decent, solid built-in device with its gold metallic shade that adds elegance. But the handset is large – even compared to “phablets” that have the same display sizes. It has more space (in terms of dimensions, thickness and weight) than both the budget G Stylo and the higher-end Moto-Pure Edition. He feels healthy and heavy in his hand and pocket.
On the left is a Micro-USB port for charging and transferring files, a swing, and a microSD slot, which you will need a small pin to open (one included). Above is a 3.5mm headphone jack and on the right is the sleep / power button.
The back panel houses the rear flash camera and the bottom has a speaker grille. For the most part, you cannot remove the battery door, except for the part at the top (a piece that is about eighth of the entire rear). Using a small indent in the top corner, you can rip this section with your finger to access the SIM card.
As far as the display is concerned, the screen has a high enough resolution for you to easily read text, watch videos, and view photos. Due to its spacious size, there is also a lot more space for browsing the content and browsing for applications.
However, this is not as sensitive as it should be by touch – it may occasionally take a second or harder to press to perform an action. And in 720p it’s not very sharp – you can see the smoothing of text and letters, simple icons look pixelated, and a noticeable color bar with images.
At the bottom of the display are three hotkeys for the back, home and menu. Long press the home buttons and menus to launch Google Now and the latest applications, respectively.
Software and other features
- Google Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Pre-loaded mobile apps
The device comes with the Google Android 5.1 Lollipop mobile operating system and has a number of Google applications such as Gmail, Chrome Web browser, Maps, Street View, Hangouts chat client, Docs, Photos and YouTube.
Your phone has Boost Mobile applications, though thankfully you can uninstall them if you wish. There is Boost411, a directory that lets you search for local businesses and people; a call and music portal called Boost Music; Boost Wallet digital payment system; and the Magnifying Zone, where you can check usage information and your account and stay up to date with operator news.
Other apps include 1Weather, the AirG social media app, Amazon purchases, Rideshare Uber, and NBA Game Time. There is also a PlayPhone gaming portal, NexRadio, a Gadget Guardian security app, and Messaging +, which is an SMS and video call service. And of course, you will have the primary task of managing applications such as calendar, calculator, music and video players and more.
Cameras and video
- 8MP rear camera
- 1 megapixel front camera
- Records 1080p (rear) and 720p video (front)
Photo quality was average. Even with well-lit interior and exterior settings, the images can seem blurry at the edges of the photo, and dark shades are difficult to distinguish. Light sources were often blown out and overlapped, and sometimes unnatural blue shades would cover some of the photos. Sometimes it was caused by a flash that turned white against a blue background, but at other times the flash turned off and the blue tones were still visible. To find out more about the quality of your photos, check out the images below and click on them to view them with full permission.
The video is also not much better. Although the objects as a whole were clear and easily separated, you could see the frames “throbbing” every time the cameras needed refocusing. And though the sound was great nearby, the distant sound was distorted and fuzzy. In addition, there were some really annoying times when my videos weren’t saved after I finished recording. I suspected it was due to a memory deficit (Boost Max + quickly running out of storage), but instead of alerting me before shooting video, it allows me to shoot video and then a dialog box pops up telling me that he can’t save the shots. It was quite frustrating, even when I was only recording test footage; I think it would be a lot of annoyance if I was recording something sentimental, like a concert or time with family and friends.
The camera has three shooting modes that you can switch between your fingers left and right. The default is Auto, which includes a timer and geotags. You can also enable focus lock while recording a video. The second mode is Fun, featuring six other photo and video tools: Panorama, HDR, nine real-time effects, multi-exposure, macro and smile detector.
The third mode is “About”, which gives users the most control over their photos. Here you can change the ISO level and exposure level; get access to five white balance options; turn on the gradient and show a golden spiral or rule of three rules. There are eight photo resolutions (640×480 to 3,264×2,448 pixels) and five video sizes (from MMS text to 1080p video).
Other features include a front-facing beauty meter (which changes the blur and softness of the subject or face), 4x digital zoom, and the ability to pause recording and taking pictures while shooting video.
Productivity of equipment
- 1.2GHz quad-core processor
- 16GB of internal storage with up to 64GB of expandable storage
- 2GB of RAM
- 3,400mAh non-removable battery
The device’s quad-core processor provides enough power for the day-to-day and day-to-day tasks, but it can feel slow. I have not encountered returning to the home screen, launching applications or switching between landscape and portrait mode. But I noticed that these actions take some time than high-end phones.
For the most part, everyday use is hassle-free, but the phone can be buggy at times. Apps, like our continuous video player, would come out randomly several times before we were finally able to calculate the average for battery tests (more on that later). This arbitrary denial was also noted by Internet users on the Boost product site who also noticed the same behavior.
By switching gears to landmarks, Boost Max + results place it consistently in the middle range. It takes about 51 seconds and 1.7 seconds to restart the camera. However, in all our tests in addition it scored higher than G Stylo. Its best Unlimited 3D ice storm was 4,435, while the LG device scored 4,360. The best single and multi-core Geekbench 3 Max + scores were 480 and 1,409, respectively, compared to the 460 and 1394 G Stylo. For comparison, however, the Moto X Pure Style scored 19,725 for Geekbench, and its Geekbench results were 1,271 and 3,528 for single and multi-cores. Keep in mind that these results have more powerful equipment and higher cost.
Call quality and data rate
- LTE B0/1/10/25
- 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi b / g / n
I checked the handset at our San Francisco offices and the call quality was stable and consistent. My calls did not fall, I did not hear any third-party buzz or noise, and it was easy for my partner to understand. However, I have found that the volume of calls can be louder. In the quiet room I had no problem hearing my partner, but if the noise level around me had just increased, I would have hardly heard another line. The same was true of audio dynamics – when I was holding my phone at a distance, my partner sounded too soft.
As for the second line, I was told that I also sounded clear, and that I could hear it consistently, without distortion or static.
Boost Mobile relies on its parent company Sprint for its network connection and 4G LTE speeds were slow — even by Sprint standards (which usually trail behind that of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile). Using Ookla’s speedtest app, the average download and upload rates were at a low 3.14 and 6.65Mbps, respectively. It takes about 7 seconds to download CNET’s mobile website and 13 seconds to load the full desktop version. Downloading and installing the 44.68MB game Temple Run 2 takes 2 minutes and 21 seconds on average and downloading the 1.7GB movie “Gravity” once in high definition took almost twice as long compared to other Sprint devices at 24 minutes and 25 seconds.
As always, you should take these estimates with a grain of salt. Data rates vary for a variety of reasons, such as time of day and location. What I have timed here may not be what you would personally feel.
ZTE Boost Max + average data rate
|4G LTE download rate||3.14Mbps|
|4G LTE upload rate||6.65Mbps|
|CNET mobile site load||7 seconds|
|CNET desktop site load||13 seconds|
|Temple Run 2 app download (44.52MB)||2 minutes and 21 seconds|
|“Gravity” movie download (1.7GB)||24 minutes and 25 seconds|
The approximate talk time on a Boost Max + battery is 16 hours. During my use of the device with light and high usage, the battery provided enough juice to withstand the whole working day and then the evening. During our lab test for continuous video playback, it lasted an impressive 13 hours and 20 minutes. For comparison, the G Stylo lasted 13 hours 50 minutes and the Moto X Pure Edition lasted only 8 hours 46 minutes.
Unfortunately, it took a long time to charge the battery. It took my phone charger almost three hours to switch from a fully exhausted battery to 100 percent.
With its $ 200 price tag, the ZTE Boost Max + looks tempting if you’re looking for a large but affordable device. But this has some notable drawbacks. Its camera is average, and although its daily performance is usually excellent, accidentally ending the program can be annoying in the long run (and avoid this if you get another phone).
If you can afford to spend a little more then Motorola Moto X Pure Edition provides users with the latest Android updates and you can customize its appearance. Note that it costs twice as much and the battery life is not that long, but if you do not dispute these two things, the handset is a good choice.
If you can’t increase your budget, then LG G Stylo is your best bet. Not only does it work more reliably, it also has a built-in stylus and has the same price tag. With the LG phone, you don’t have to make as many sacrifices as in terms of price and experience.