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- Service provider: Sprint Nextel
- Weight: 5.4 oz
- Diagonal screen size: 4 in
- Manufacturer: ZTE
- Part Number: FORCESPT
- Product Type: Smartphone
- Width: 2.54 in
- Depth: 0.47 in
- Height: 4.88 in
- Service Provider: Sprint Nextel
- Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Clock Speed: 1.5 GHz
- Processor Core Qty: Dual Core
The Good: The Sprint Force includes 4G LTE, NFC and comes with an affordable price.
The Bad: It’s photo quality is poor and so is the audio quality. In sunlight, it becomes difficult to view the touchscreen.
The Bottom Line: The Sprint Force cannot surpass the different, cheap Sprint handsets out there, with its call quality and a spotty camera.
The Sprint Force is manufactured by ZTE. It is a mid-to entry-level device which has an affordable price of $49.99 once users sign a two-year contract. A prepaid version that is contract-free is available from Boost at $199.99.
The Way It Is Designed!
The Sprint Force has a strong built, is compact in size and comfortable to hold. It is 4.88 inches tall, 2.54 inches wide, 0.47 inches thick and weighs 0.54 ounce. On its left side are Micro-USB ports for charging along with a volume rocker. A 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the top. There is a shortcut camera key on the right edge.
The touch screen is 4 inches and is very reflective, with a narrow viewing angle when exposed to sunlight. The WVGA display has 800×480-pixel resolution. In high resolution images, patchiness to come extent could be seen, specifically with color gradients. Above the display s a 1 megapixel camera and three hot keys for back, home and menu are found below.
At the back is a 5 megapixel camera with a flash above. Two slits for audio speakers are located below. The back plate is made of soft-touch plastic in matte and the texture has small dotted indents. The 1730mAh battery and microSD card slot could be accessed by using an indentation at the bottom to pop the plate off.
Some Of Its Features You Should Know!
The product supports an almost skinless version of Android 4.0.4, and also has the staple Google components as Gmail, Local, Chrome, Messenger, Movies and TV, Search and YouTube etc.
The basic and essential apps are already uploaded, like native browser, a music player, video player, e-mail client, calendar, alarm, sound recorder, timer etc.
Two of its own apps are included too. Sprint Zone is one of them. It is a help portal so that you can check your fees and phone balance. The other is Sprint ID to allow the user to customize the phone with apps and widgets selected before, depending on the ID profile chosen. There’re 40 packs available till now. You will get a MediaShare app from Twonky Mobile, a battery and location-pinning app named Qualcomm Enhanced Location Service.
The product also includes 4GB ROM, 1GB RAM, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Performance Of Camera And Video!
The camera is 5megapixel, with four shooting modes including panorama and macro, digital zoom, 16 Instagram-esque filters, red-eye detection, modules for adjusting contrast and saturation etc, five ISO levels, five photo sizes and three anti-band levels.
The front-facing camera has the same features but the photos could only be taken in the sizes of
640×480 and 1,280×720 pixels, there is no flash, no different shooting modes or the modules to adjust exposure and contrast etc.
The features of video for both the front and back camera include digital zoom, five white balances, Geo tagging and four video qualities‒from MMS to 720p. Continuous flash is only for real camera.
The quality of photos is poor. In outdoors and in sunlight, colors appear mutes and whites are blown out. The focus isn’t sharp and dark hues are difficult to be made out. The photos taken indoors and with dim light around were not good too, in fact worse than outdoor. Colors seems to be washed out and there is much digital noise and blurriness. In addition to this, the camera is slow in performing many of its functions; e.g taking photo after shutter is clicked, getting ready for another picture, adjusting to different intensities of light. Video quality could be considered decent, with audio picking up well and objects remaining mostly in focus.
Overall Performance Of The Phone!
Call quality is good for in-ear speaker. Any extraneous sounds aren’t heard and the calls don’t drop. Voices could be fuzzy but not so much to be distracting. No static is heard when both the parties on the call are silent. The voice is clear and easily understood.
The audio speaker could be of some trouble, like staying muted even when activated. Audio cuts in and out and sounds patchy. The maximum volume is also low. Audio from media is mostly continuous, except for being very harsh on high volume.
The speed of data is consistent and fast mostly, faster than Sprint’s 4G LTE Kyoccera Torque. To load the CNET mobile site only took 7 seconds whereas loading the full site took 16 seconds. Ookla’s Speed test app had an average of 2.33Mbps down and 3.48Mbps up. 2 minutes and 23 seconds, on average, were taken to download the 32.41MB game Temple Run 2.
The phone supports 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The processing power is adequate, but the camera can slow it down a bit. Launching apps, scrolling etc go smoothly. The frame-rate is just average, as some pixilation’s in graphics are seen. The device, on average, takes 45 seconds to restart and 2.36 seconds to launch camera.
The battery lasts for 14.85 hours of talk-time. The phone has a good battery life and can survive throughout the weekend on standby and still having one-third of its reserves available. The phone has a digital SAR rating of 1.37W/kg.
The Sprint Force is a device that can perform almost all the basic tasks, like browsing or texting etc, but the competitors offer better phones with the same price as Sprint Force. LG Mach has a sleek look and processor that is a zippier dual-core, but if the physical keyboard isn’t felt, you can go for LG Viper 4G LTE, which has fast data connection and 5 megapixel camera.