Ah! The ZTE Zmax! A phone with a 5.7-inch screen. That’s my kind of thing. I think phones with screens smaller than 5.5-inches are too small.
What sets this one apart from others is its affordability: US$252, off contract. And it’s being sold by T-Mobile and can use their 4G network.
So, what’s not to like?
The first stop is always this joint, so I can get to the Google Books PDF Test page for the links. But this is the stupid Mobile version:
I need the full Desktop version:
And my attempt …
… which included not only The People of the Abyss, but the iOS condensed version of The American Magazine.
And Foxit Mobile PDF straight from the Google Play Store:
And things got painful. The American Magazine was taking way too long to download, even though it’s only about 30MBs. Along the way, the download got bollixed and aborted, so I was left with just The People of the Abyss:
Click the below to see the rendering of the text:
Ick. That’s reminiscent of the Acer Iconia A1-830.
But here’s the thing: I can read it. At the smaller screen size, the text doesn’t look awful as it did on the 7.9-inch Acer Iconia A1-830. It’s readable.
I would have liked to have tried The American Magazine test too, but it wasn’t happening.
But this test did answer my question: Could I read smaller Google Books PDFs on such a phone? Yes. Not only are they readable, the rendering and paging speed is entirely acceptable.
Now the video:
As for the phone itself, it finally got a review while I was out and about doing this test:
They give it an 8. It seems more like a 7 to me.
I’m in no hurry to choose anything. The Google Nexus 6 — with an even bigger screen, plus a likely Snapdragon 805 CPU with Android L — will debut later this month. Sure, it’ll cost more but what it delivers will probably be more than any multiple of its price over the ZTE Zmax. We’ll see.