Sprint has a new ZTE powered smartphone launching this week. The Sprint Vital, as it is being called, will be a dual-core 1.5GHz powered device running a nearly stock version of Android 4.1.2. While this may sway some people in the HTC or Samsung camps to steer towards this phone, there are plenty of reasons not to.
The specs are midrange at best for today’s standards. The dual-core processor is able to run at most times without issues, but with quad-core and even octo-cores becoming the norm, it is hard to think how this device will be performing in two years. The 5″ HD display certainly delivers media well and the 13MP camera compares nicely to its counterparts from other manufacturer’s flagship lines.
The 8GB internal memory issue is still one that drives Android users to drink heavily. With only 8GB, one needs to figure that the maximum amount of App memory the device has is near 2-4GB. Not enough to play those powerful games, or many of them at least.
Lastly, the ultimate failing point to the Sprint Vital, the price tag. With a comparable device, like the Blu Note II 5.3, clocking in at $229.99 without a contract, the $99.99 contract price seems a bit stiff. The worst part is Sprint requires a $50 mail-in rebate to get it down this low.
That said, the total 2 year cost on the Sprint Vital is nearly $3300 after taxes and fees. When one figures that a non-contract Galaxy S II and two years of Boost Mobile service will cost just under $1400, the Vital becomes a very tough sell.