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Now is when I wish I didn't have a dext.....3 just launched this android 2.1 powered headset which seems very sleak.

If you go via quidco £12 which makes it potentially £88 (after cashback and top up)


ZTE Racer Black

* 2.8" QVGA touch screen
* Android operating system
* 3.2 megapixel camera
* 256MB internal memory, with additional 2GB micro SD card in box
* FM Radio
* GPS
Seems to have wifi too.
More info at http://www.knowyourmobile.com/blog/532881/android_21fueled_zte_racer_launches_on_3.html

NOW £99 including £10 starter @ Three
- queenieburns
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#1
resistive screen, but really cheap for android os smartphone (lower price than the tattoo woop) so voted
#2
There are some good review on you tube. Seems a very nice phone and much less bulkier than my dext....
Also dext still hasn't update to 2.1 so really frustrated!
1 Like #3
Pulse mini, been there ,done it & cheaper.
#4
Android phones are great but the one problem i have found after buying the tmobile pulse is that the apps can only be downloaded to the internal memory and with only 256mb this will soon get full. Google have solved this problem in the new 2.2 version which lets you download to your sd card if they make on update for the 2.1 would be nice but the only way i have found to get round this problem is to root the phone and if you get this wrong it will brick your phone.
#5
The main UK review sites I usually look at don't feature any ZTC phones,so I'm thinking there must be a reason why ? I also can't find any user reviews,which often give a very different picture of reliability etc and I consider to be essential before buying any technology nowadays.
Any ZTC fans able to provide a link to user reviews on this or similar models ?
#6
flinnyourin
Android phones are great but the one problem i have found after buying the tmobile pulse is that the apps can only be downloaded to the internal memory and with only 256mb this will soon get full. Google have solved this problem in the new 2.2 version which lets you download to your sd card if they make on update for the 2.1 would be nice but the only way i have found to get round this problem is to root the phone and if you get this wrong it will brick your phone.


This has nothing to do with android and everything to do with the Pulse. If you do root it the Pulse it will now run android 2.1 and you can put the apps on the SD like you say. Definitely worth rooting the Pulse and minimal risk.

Not sure if I could handle the resistive screen on this, not voted.
#7
hi. what is meant by resistive screen? you mean touch screen?
#8
carefreeblue
The main UK review sites I usually look at don't feature any ZTC phones,so I'm thinking there must be a reason why ? I also can't find any user reviews,which often give a very different picture of reliability etc and I consider to be essential before buying any technology nowadays.
Any ZTC fans able to provide a link to user reviews on this or similar models ?


It's ZTE.
3 Likes #9
#10
bobdylan


TA!
#11
Problem with the volume of Android phones coming out is that the old ones are being left in the cold far too quickly. Basically unless you buy one of the most popular models you are very unlikely to get any updates to new versions of Android. My Google G1 stopped at 1.6 and that was sold as THE Google phone (until they decided to do the Nexus). For a good number of them the community at XDA Developers, etc keep finding ways to take them further, but this seems to me unfair that consumers have to do this.

Part of the contract for the manufacturers to get their free license for Android should be that they will provide regular updates to the current version for a minimum of two years from release.
#12
agreed this doesnt help android with thphones not being upgraded. some of the hot handesets are still on 1.6. come on manfufacturers pull your fingers out and get the phones updatim holding off on these phones for that very reason.
#13
This is a great phone only let down by poor screen resolution (something like 320X240, similar to the HTC wildfire) and the 'standard' camera. I've ordered one for my 10 year old daughter one but I'm waiting for something a little better to replace my Nokia 5800 (which is the worst phone I have ever owned but has a great camera and the screen sharp & bright).
#14
couple of questions very interested in this if anyone has one can you help answer them.

It says GPS via 3g connection. So i take it doesnt have its own GPS when there is no 3G?
#15
This looks pretty good!
#16
No wifi afaik - too much to ask on a £100 handset though it seems the T-Mob Pulse has it for about the same price!
#17
sibeer
Problem with the volume of Android phones coming out is that the old ones are being left in the cold far too quickly. Basically unless you buy one of the most popular models you are very unlikely to get any updates to new versions of Android. My Google G1 stopped at 1.6 and that was sold as THE Google phone (until they decided to do the Nexus). For a good number of them the community at XDA Developers, etc keep finding ways to take them further, but this seems to me unfair that consumers have to do this. Part of the contract for the manufacturers to get their free license for Android should be that they will provide regular updates to the current version for a minimum of two years from release.

+1

You only have to look at the frustrated Hero owners begging for an official 2.1 update!
#18
live2giveuk
couple of questions very interested in this if anyone has one can you help answer them.

It says GPS via 3g connection. So i take it doesnt have its own GPS when there is no 3G?


You are probably better off to a three shop, then if you like the phoneorder online to get quidco. (£12 cashback)
#19
ZTE is one of the world leaders in 3G, one of 2 tycoons in China (with Huawei), they are testing water in mobile phone sector, good move, this is surely a quality and best value Android phone around, what a star!!
#20
teerex
No wifi afaik - too much to ask on a £100 handset though it seems the T-Mob Pulse has it for about the same price!


It seems there is wifi.....at least according to this video review:

sorry this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUBnr-51UaE
#21
Yes it has the wlan too according to specs click on phone and look at detailed specs under connectivity. ...I am going to a 3 shop later this week as I am intrigued by it...
#22
So does the resistive screen mean you have to use a stylus/nail with it? The Pulse would still be the better option IMO (there is a 2.1 software available for it).

Su
#23
I will definitely spend a little bit more for T-mobile pulse:
http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=pdacomparer&id1=2398&id2=2025

More RAM, Pulse got 192MB while racer got only 128MB! 18bit color comparing to 16bit and capacitive comparing to resistive, also higher resolution.
#24
Tempted
I bet it would be hard to unlock this though?
#25
I have an old ZTE phone as a spare for when I send my proper phone off for repair etc. Its pretty solid and decent as a budget phone

for full specs on the racer see here, looks like it does have wi-fi.

In terms of the resistive/capacative arguement, resistive is the older tech, but isn't a problem really - unless you are downgrading from an iphone

http://www.three.co.uk/_standalone/Device_Detail?content_aid=1220462230100

Also don't forget that three gives you free skype and twitter plus (as everyone does thesedays) loads of free minutes/texts/web with regular top ups
#26
heatherw_01
Tempted
I bet it would be hard to unlock this though?


No current solution possible unless you go directly via three and thats if they let you, they squeeze excuses out of you. If they do allow you to get this unlocked its £15 + upto 28day wait
#27
Click on the link below. Then click on the >Mobile detail tag just under the price. Click on Specifications and finally on Connectivity. It says you have WLAN access which usually means you get wi-fi. I think this phone does indeed have wi-fi capability.

http://threestore.three.co.uk/payg/dealsummary.aspx?offercode=DSL0PP285
#28
Some sites say it is Android version 1.6 others say 2.1
Anyone know for sure?

http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2010/03/07/zte-smooth-blade-racer-and-mercury-and-others-on-their-way/
#29
I'm sorry but the Dext is a much better deal than this!

You also get £30 cashback through Quidco! So that means you pay £120 for the Dext which has a capacitive screen, hardware QWERTY keyboard, 3.1' screen compared to the 2.8' for this, plus unlocking it is £2 from eBay!

Just two catches though, I'm on my 3rd one after having teething problems with the last 2, it's no problem though since the phone is very good, and we don't know yet if Orange will allow the Android 2.1 on it. However, rooting is possible now and a rooted version of a stock Android 2.1 which is much faster and doesn't have the stupid Blur will become final soon after the official 2.1 is released by Motorola.
#30
Lanse
Pulse mini, been there ,done it & cheaper.


Was about to mention that.

So, how is that Pulse Mini? In looking for a phone, I've been seriously tempted by this one. Problem is, it's another weird touch screen, is it not?
#31
heatherw_01
Some sites say it is Android version 1.6 others say 2.1Anyone know for sure?http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2010/03/07/zte-smooth-blade-racer-and-mercury-and-others-on-their-way/

It has 2.1. A guy over on the 3G forums confirmed this for me.
#32
ro888
I will definitely spend a little bit more for T-mobile pulse:
http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=pdacomparer&id1=2398&id2=2025

More RAM, Pulse got 192MB while racer got only 128MB! 18bit color comparing to 16bit and capacitive comparing to resistive, also higher resolution.


The pulse is resistive, according to this review:

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/07/review_smartphone_t_mobile_pulse_mini/page2.html
#33
The pulse is resistive, according to this review:

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/07/review_smartphone_t_mobile_pulse_mini/page2.html[/quote]
he6rt6gr6m
ro888
I will definitely spend a little bit more for T-mobile pulse:
http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=pdacomparer&id1=2398&id2=2025

More RAM, Pulse got 192MB while racer got only 128MB! 18bit color comparing to 16bit and capacitive comparing to resistive, also higher resolution.


The pulse is resistive, according to this review:

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/07/review_smartphone_t_mobile_pulse_mini/page2.html


I can confirm the Pulse is definitely capactive - I have one in front of me now - sweet little phone and an absolute steal for £100 (when it was this price).
#34
Oh, the Pulse Mini is resistive.
#35
Can't decide whether to get this or not. Battery life looks awful
#36
Im on 2.1 with my HTC Desire and that's what I paid for , i was happy with all the features with 2.1 so if it was never to be updated then im not bothered . I just see updates as bonuses and not my actual right to get them . No other phone i've owned has ever had updates .
I will be getting Froyo as it's been confirmed but not sure about Gingerbread.
#37
bisoner
he6rt6gr6m
ro888
I will definitely spend a little bit more for T-mobile pulse:
http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=pdacomparer&id1=2398&id2=2025

More RAM, Pulse got 192MB while racer got only 128MB! 18bit color comparing to 16bit and capacitive comparing to resistive, also higher resolution.


The pulse is resistive, according to this review:

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/05/07/review_smartphone_t_mobile_pulse_mini/page2.html


I can confirm the Pulse is definitely capactive - I have one in front of me now - sweet little phone and an absolute steal for £100 (when it was this price).


Sorry, my bad. Should have put mini.

It's a real shame that the Mini doesn't have a capacitive screen. With that, it would be the dogs balls. With a flash, FM radio and all, the screen is really the only thing that lets it down.
#38
this looks like it, though it hasnt updated to released
http://www.gsmarena.com/zte_u_x850-3391.php
#39
The End
I'm sorry but the Dext is a much better deal than this! You also get £30 cashback through Quidco! So that means you pay £120 for the Dext which has a capacitive screen, hardware QWERTY keyboard, 3.1' screen compared to the 2.8' for this, plus unlocking it is £2 from eBay!Just two catches though, I'm on my 3rd one after having teething problems with the last 2, it's no problem though since the phone is very good, and we don't know yet if Orange will allow the Android 2.1 on it. However, rooting is possible now and a rooted version of a stock Android 2.1 which is much faster and doesn't have the stupid Blur will become final soon after the official 2.1 is released by Motorola.

Where can I buy Dext with this price?
#40
so has anyone bought the zte racer and wants to review it for the rest of us?

i'm very tempted!

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