Some of you might recall the hilariously funny TV show called the Flight of The Conchords and sometimes it is a simple reminder name like that which will tip you towards buying a low-end device. If it only means throwing down around $100-200 to bring back many memories of your favorite episodes then why not.
Of Course, the new ZTE Concord 2 will do a better job than just that. It will come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and will be released by US phone carriers T-Mobile and MetroPCS (pictured) on the 19th of May. Some blogs are comparing this smartphone with other like the Moto E. Personally I would prefer the Moto E over this because it comes with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat which is way ahead of the OS on this. The Moto E also has better screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and a pixel density of 256 ppi. What’s more, the Moto E is 4.3-inches display. Now lets compare that with what we know about the Concord 2.
The ZTE Concord 2 has a 4.0-inch display, screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with 233 ppi. It has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and lacks a front facing camera. However, so does the competitors. It also has a Snapdragon MSM 8210CPU processor, dual-core clocked at 1.2GHz and 4 GB of built-in storage space. Those looking for more can obtain it by buying the 32 GB microSD memory card that fits the existing slot.
You will also get the online services such as Picasa, Google+ and YouTube. It will have USB charging so you can plug it into most computers or laptops that run enough power to support it and charge it that way if you lose the charger and retain the USB cable.
Other notable features include the MP3 music ringtones, Haptic feedback, speakerphone, silent mode and flight mode, polyphonic ringtones and vibration.
Summing up, the Moto E and the Concord 2 do share many of the same features and they also lack many of the same including a camera that doesn’t have an autofocus and or a front-facing snapper. The only real difference is that the Motorola entry-level smartphone will give the latest operating system where as the ZTE’s entry will not. Who’s got a better name? You already know my opinion on that.
The other smartphone I am expecting to rival this is the LG L70. I might be a bit biased on this one because I love what LG have brought to the table with their entry-level devices this year and the L70 is no exception. It comes with Dual SIM support which is very handy for places around Europe where it is against the law not to change SIMs when you cross the border into other countries. Obviously in the US that isn’t of any concern and there is no real advantage of being with the LG instead of this ZTE unless you want an even bigger 4.5 inch display and Android 4.4 Kitkat.
The ZTE Concord 2 is priced around $150 for both T-Mobile and MetroPCS.