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I agree, but there's more to it than just bad apps. I use a pretty limited set of apps on my phone as well, but it would be nice not to have to worry about conflicts everytime you install a new one. The majority of people aren't going to do a factory reset and install one app at a time until their phone crashes. Then there's always issues whenever Google makes an update to the core system. Every phone basically has it's own proprietary OS. Android is just a base to build from. Most of the apps that are considered "stock android" aren't even universal.
A factory reset and only installing OTAs would probably give you the most stable experience. Nobody does that.
I keep the ones I use all the time installed now, and just reinstall occasional use ones as needed.
If anyone wants a ZTE phone running the latest Android software I recommend the ZTE Max XL
We all just have to come to the realization that we ZMP users may and
probably will never see Android 7 on this device.
honestly. I'm running a couple different units on nougat. It's not worth
it anyway. B20 update for zmp is better than anything nougat, as an os,
has to offer. I know the split screen feature in aos 7.1.1 is a desired
feature. At least I personally thought it was. But it is still very basic
and unrefined. It's not ready for the demanding user market. But I'm
ready to wait for a better version. It's just not complete. I do believe
ZTE will be one of the first to successfully optimize aos7 though. ....so
I keep checking back with ZTE.
Finally, be happy with what you have. The grass ain't always greener on
the other side. Real talk
jimlloyd 40 is 100% correct. Only T-Mobile/MetroPcs can make the decision to add Nougat to the Zmax Pro. ZTE simply supplies what they are asked to supply.
It has been T-Mobile/MetroPcs policy to provide both major and minor updates for two years with phones selling for $300 to $900. Their phones selling for $20 to $300 get minor updates for a year to 18 months but only very rarely get major software updates.
MetroPcs lets customers buy half price phones every 90 days. Many Metro customers take advantage of that policy. I have bought a dozen Metro phones over the past five years. If I wanted a Nougat phone, Metro has one for $60. Right now, Marshmallow is much more polished than Nougat, so I'm not eager to change.
Apple takes the opposite approach. We have an Apple iPhone 7 Plus in the house that cost $900. It gets minor security updates on a regular basis and it will get three major software updates over the next three years. But, for $900, you could buy ten Metro phones, enjoy them for a year, and then replace them when the new Android update comes out.
WHERE IS MY GIFT CARD I took the survey over a month ago
I mentioned this in another post but I will place it here as well.
We've reached out to the appropriate internal teams to address this issue. While the survey ran through Z-Community the gift cards are being issued through a 3rd party vendor.
I can assure you this matter will be taken care of and we appreciate the patience of all those involved.
Actually, it is a bit of a hobby of mine to compare cheap Metro phones to the Apple phones the rest of my household prefers.
I grade the Android phones on a scale where the Apple 7 Plus is at a hundred points. I have a $19 Metro phone that scores about 60 points on the Apple scale, some $30 phones at about 70 points and the Zmax Pro at 85 or 90 points.
The one area where the Metro Android phones always fall waaaay short is the camera. Never even close to Apple quality.
On the plus side, for phone calls, texts and emails, the Zmax Pro has been very smooth and reliable for just 15% of the price of the Apple 7 Plus.
I enjoy listening to Spotify with Sennheiser headphones. The Pro, to my ancient ears, sounds better than the iPhone. And, music is more important to me than a camera.
It only took me 4 to find one that was just a pain in the ****, and not completely unusable.
Mine cost $99, but it has flagship specs
I have to respectfully disagree bro.
The only thing the zmp is missing is another gig or 2 of RAM. Other than that, I'll put the specs and PERFORMANCE of zmp against g8, any minute of any day. And btw, I do that daily. So you're not bursting any bubbles here by tossing marbles. And yeah, I paid a cool Benny for my zmp.....not $850. , I'm glad you're enjoying your zmp. How long have you had it? What build number are you running?
are you on metro or T-Mobile?
That doesn't surprise me Jim.lol
Anyway.....I think I'm on Nextel
In a carpenter Jim. not an electronics engineer.
Let me explain what I mean about Flagship specs. I know that it can't compare to flagship phones such as the Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, LG G6, etc. I'm just talking about certain specs on the ZmaxPro that are awesome for a $99 device. First is the 1080p screen resolution. It is the only phone to my knowledge under $100 that has a Full HD display. Second is the size. 6" display is awesome. I like big phones. Third is battery. The 3400 mAh battery is a beast lol. I can go for days without having to charge with average usage (I'm not a gamer on phones). Fourth is memory. 32 GB and 2 GB Ram is a very large amount for me because I don't have a lot of stuff using up my memory. Fifth is a fingerprint sensor that works pretty well. Sixth is the 13 MP camera. The photes are very crisp and clear, and the color is amazing. So, in summary, those are some of the things that I think are great about this phone, and it was within my budget. I just can't afford a $700 phone. I watched many youtube reviews on lots of phones before I purchased the ZmaxPro. They all gave it great reviews for a budget phone, and helped me make my decision. While I do agree with you that it doesn't have certain flagship specs such as processor, etc, it is the best phone in my opinion for less than $100.
I have had it about 6 weeks. I'm not sure about the build number. I bought it at MetroPCS, and it currently has Marshmallow 6.0.1 I'm hoping that it gets the Nougat 7.0 update soon. A ZTE rep told me that it will be getting it, but right now they are testing it out, so he could not give me a time frame. I am very happy with my phone. Do you have the ZmaxPro as well ? If so, do you like it ? What are the pros and cons in your opinion ? Thanks for replying to my post. I just joined this community yesterday. I am fascinated by smartphones. I have been reading about them and watching youtube unboxing videos for a couple of years. I can usually detect what kind of phone people in public just by glancing at them lol. iPhones, and Samsung Galaxy's are the easiest to spot with their home buttons and logos. Where do you live ? My name is Randy and I live in Houston, Texas.
I'm on MetroPCS. You ?
Thanks man !
Glad to find others that like this phone. I'm very happy with it and found
a nice Rubberized case on Amazon for only $7.99. I got one clear and one
black. Google "Rubberized gel case ZmaxPro Amazon" and you will find it.