ZTE Blade S6 review
Customisation on a new level
My ZTE Blade S6 review highlights an upcoming smartphone that takes user interface customisation to a completely new level.
My examination of the build quality begins with the 5” HD In-cell IPS display. In-cell screens are lighter, have faster touch responsiveness and better outdoor visibility. The IPS element indicates a wider viewing angle so it doesn’t matter where friends stand when you want to show off your latest selfie.
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The 720 x 1280 screen resolution gives a pixel density of 294ppi and with almost no surrounding bezel the overall design is extremely pleasing to the eye. The ZTE Blade S6 feels extremely light in the hand at 134 grams and structural integrity has been maintained by keeping a balanced thickness of 7.7mm.
There is no shortage of power under the hood with a 64-bit octa-core 1.7GHz processor that boasts a 2GB RAM. ZTE has been very generous installing a 16GB internal memory and future memory expansion is catered for with a microSD card slot for 64GB cards.
Phone Set Up
The fun really begins with the set up and the MiFavor 3.0 UI offers plenty of customisation to match your mood or personality. The ZTE Blade S6 creators studied the psychological effects of different colours on users to provide a set of coloured backgrounds that will effect your mood.
You may want to choose a dark blue background to calm yourself down or choose a rosy pink background to cheer yourself up. There are 3 sets of different coloured icons, transitional effects and harmonious colour matching throughout.
You can learn user tips and tricks in the built-in user guide or delve straight in with the Android Lollipop v5.0 experience. Android puts plenty of content at your fingertips and one click will take your to the Google Play app store, Play Music, Play Books or Play Newsstand where you can find tons of new content.
The ZTE Blade S6 loves to make a noise and the Dolby Digital Plus with audio parameters configured for different musical styles ensures your audio sounds its best. Music and video streaming is possible and the choice of 4G or Wi-Fi means that you can do this at home for free over Wi-Fi with the back up of 4G internet access when not.
If you are enjoying media or in any other app for that matter then a small pop-up box appears when you receive notifications, thus not interrupting your current use. The conversation folder is where you can find your messages and I love the fact that you can press and hold a conversation to keep it at the top of the list.
The ZTE Blade S6 shows off further proficiency with easy one click number saving during calls, multi-call management with call switching and a dialing pad that can be resized to suit. Navigation and location based services are handled with inbuilt GPS.
Camera & Video
The photography package is very well balanced with a superb 13MP main camera offering all of the detail you could desire and a 5MP secondary camera that is in itself selfie perfected.
Read my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge review to find out about another smartphone with a 5MP selfie camera
Your self portraits can be adjusted with five levels of skin beautifying and with a whole host of voice activated commands it has never been easy to pick the right setting or activate the shutter without the awkwardness of one-handed operation.
The Group Mode takes a burst of photos and then from these it allows you to chose the best expression of everyone and combine them into a final result. 1080p video recording is also possible with the added fun of slow motion playback.
The 2,400mAh battery is perfectly sized for the device and the latest version of Android is less power hungry and contributes to excellent standby times or all day usage. If you know that you will be away from a power source for an extended period of time then switch on long standby mode which automatically adjusts the performance to achieve maximum standby.
ZTE Blade S6 verdict: I didn’t expect it to but the ZTE Blade S6 really impressed me. The top notch spec, powerful camera combination, Android Lollipop OS and customisable UI make for a nice alternative to the usual Samsung and Apple lineup.
Written by: Michael Brown