Do you really need the latest high-end smartphone? For some people it’s the only option. A friend asked me this morning if there was any argument against him getting a Galaxy S III when he bought a new phone this afternoon. No, I told him, unless you want to wait for the Galaxy S IV, or else want a lower-cost phone. He doesn’t, but there are plenty of smartphone users who don’t want to spend $200 on a handset. For them, the ZTE Force, recently released by Sprint, could provide a decent alternative.
While a 1.5GHz dual-core processor is nothing big these days, it still marks a handset of decent quality. Consider that so many low-cost phones are dealing with 1GHz processors. It also runs Android 4.0, which takes away many of the concerns of a low-cost handset. Again, many of those run Android 2.3, which is basically unusable at this point. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the ZTE Force gets an upgrade to 4.1 Jelly Bean. Since carriers have to vet any software upgrades, they tend to do that only for highly popular devices.
The 4-inch screen is nothing to write home about, and its 800 x 480 resolution won’t leave you dazzled. But really, that’s not the point. The point is that the device can run almost any Android function at 4G LTE speeds at a price that almost anyone can afford.
What is that price? Just $50 with a two-year agreement. If you don’t want a contract, you can check it out on Sprint’s prepaid brand, Boost Mobile, where you can get the force for $200.
Via Phone Scoop.