ZTE nubia Alpha Review

Created date: 03/18/2019, 21:25:37, Updated date: 04/15/2020, 11:54:03

Detailed review of ZTE nubia Alpha's features

We did a detailed review of the ZTE nubia Alpha's capabilities, specs, features, and ease-of-use. You can check our reviews on each aspect of this device, and our how much we recommend it when compared to other smartphone. This is a consolidated and detailed review of the ZTE nubia Alpha's features.

Review of the product design of the ZTE nubia Alpha

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an ZTE nubia Alpha, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the ZTE nubia Alpha around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The ZTE nubia Alpha is a size that can easily be held in one hand. Even when holding it along with other things such as a wallet, its size makes it difficult to drop accidentally.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the ZTE nubia Alpha in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The ZTE nubia Alpha is a size that is easy to put in your pocket. When you take it out of your pocket it hardly catches on the edge of your pants so you can take it in and out with ease.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The ZTE nubia Alpha is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the ZTE nubia Alpha by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The ZTE nubia Alpha is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The ZTE nubia Alpha is a slightly heavy smart phone so using it with one hand for a short period doesn't cause any pain, however when used for long periods continuously it can hurt your hand. If you add a case and accessories it feels even heavier. It is preferable to use the phone with two hands and a proper case.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

The size of the ZTE nubia Alpha makes it possible for you to reach the edges of the screen even when holding the phone in one hand. Being able to reach the edges of the phone even with a firm grip makes it an easy phone to use.

The size of the buttons on the App

Overall, the operating buttons on the ZTE nubia Alpha feel small. This makes it easy to mistap, but usually this won't be a problem once you get used to it. The operating buttons in games are generally small so you may feel like it is hard to control when you're playing.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

You can type easily on the ZTE nubia Alpha even with a tight grip. Even when typing at high speeds you can type freely without having to loosen your grip.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

It is difficult to not have typos with the ZTE nubia Alpha because each button on the keyboard is quite small, and it is almost impossible to type fast with the device. With a device this size, it'd be better to switch to flick input so you can type faster.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the ZTE nubia Alpha is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

The display of the ZTE nubia Alpha is somewhat small and this can make letters feel small as well. However as the size of the writing can be adjusted in the OS settings and the screen isn't so small that it is hard to see images, this shouldn't be an inconvenience for normal use. While it doesn't seem well suited for reading long sentences in emails or when researching something, I can say that it is suited for short messages and for looking things up quickly.

Ease of reading sentences

The ZTE nubia Alpha displays fonts relatively nicely, and even small characters can be displayed nicely. While people with good eyes can see the jagged outlines of characters when they look at the display up close, this does not make the characters difficult to see. It can be said to be a display that is adequately suitable for reading text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The ZTE nubia Alpha can display photos and videos beautifully. While people with good eyes can see jagged outlines when they look at the display up close, it is not really something of concern.

Ease of writing sentences

When typing a sentence with the ZTE nubia Alpha the keyboard obscures the screen to some extent. While I do feel like there isn't enough work space to allow for long sentences, for short sentences it isn't really an issue.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

When using the ZTE nubia Alpha for calls, emails, or for chatting the processing power can be insufficient, and you can experience slowdowns as a result. When using apps it felt like the motion would get caught up which was a bit stressful. For ordinary more relaxed use this slowing isn't at a level that would bother you, but its performance is not suited for fast control.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

The performance felt lacking when using the internet and SNS. Sometimes the apps felt like they were running slowly. If I kept using it when that happened apps would close suddenly or stop completely.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

For example, if you're using multiple apps simultaneously, such as swapping between SNS or chat frequently, it will gradually start to operate slowly. If you use it for a long period in this way apps can begin to forcefully close due to lack of memory and can crash.

Summary of ZTE nubia Alpha performance and functions

The size and weight of the ZTE nubia Alpha

The body of the ZTE nubia Alpha is 1.4 inches (35 mm) wide, 1.9 inches (47.1 mm) long, and 0.5 inches (13.8 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 4.01 inch, and it weighs 158 oz (158 g). The size is slightly smaller than normal smartphones, making it relatively easy to use with one hand. The drawback is that the screen is small and a bit hard to see, but overall the device has achieved a good balance. It's good for people who want to comfortably use their smartphone with one hand. It is quite heavy and not really suitable for operating with one hand.

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Dimensions (width x height x thickness)1.4 inches (35 mm) x 1.9 inches (47.1 mm) x 0.5 inches (13.8 mm)2.8 inches (72 mm) x 5.9 inches (151 mm) x 0.5 inches (12.1 mm)2.2 inches (56 mm) x 3.9 inches (99 mm) x 0.6 inches (15.5 mm)
Weight158 oz (158 g)226 oz (226 g)105 oz (105 g)
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Display of the ZTE nubia Alpha

The ZTE nubia Alpha has a AMOLED screen with a resolution of 244 x 960. The screen clarity is the same as a standard smartphone. It is perfectly satisfactory. If you look closely at the screen and have good eyesight, you can see some dots on the screen.

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Display size4.01 inch5.2 inch2.8 inch
Display typeAMOLEDTFTTFT
Screen resolution (width x height)244 x 9601080 x 1920320 x 280
Pixel density247 ppi423 ppi151 ppi
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The battery life of the ZTE nubia Alpha

The ZTE nubia Alpha has a battery capacity of 500 mAh. The battery capacity is slightly less than that of a standard smartphone.

The processing capability of the ZTE nubia Alpha

The ZTE nubia Alpha uses the Qualcomm MSM8909W Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU with 1.1GHz×4(Quad core). The memory capacity is 1GB. It has low spec processing power and its performance is lower than typical smartphones. Also, memory space is slightly smaller than average smartphones. There are many times when storage space feels insufficient. Ultimately, it's just barely enough to get by.

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ChipsetQualcomm MSM8909W Snapdragon Wear 2100Snapdragon 821 MSM8996SG
CPU specs1.1GHz×4(Quad core)2.4GHz×4(Quad core)1.1GHz×4(Quad core)
RAM size1GB4GB512.0MB
Storage size8GB64GB4GB
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The camera of the ZTE nubia Alpha

The ZTE nubia Alpha has a back camera with 5 MP. The rear camera performance is low compared to other smartphones. In general, performance tends to feel insufficient more often than excellent.

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