Seeing Blade Again
ZTE's Blade smartphone has gained widespread popularity with its unique bladelike design. This has naturally become one of the design styles for ZTE mobile phones and can be seen in the appearance of Libra. Libra is another important WCDMA handset model for ZTE and is made thin so that it can easily slip into your pocket. At 12.6mm thick and weighing only 115g, it is highly portable and convenient. The phone is covered in a black matte material and has a wide 3.5-inch touchscreen. The black edges around the screen are kept to a minimum. The phone has a resolution of 480×800 pixels, which is the same as that of Google's first Android phone, Nexus One. However, the Nexus One has a 3.7-inch screen, so Libra is better in terms of display exquisiteness.
Libra has a similar design to Blade and comes with smooth lines and edges. It also has simple keys. On the front of the device, there are only three usual Android keys for home, menu, and back. The screen takes up most of the available space available, so the keys are located at the bottom of the phone. Considering both cost and practicality, ZTE designed physical keys instead of touch sensitive keys for Libra.
Libra is an Android smartphone and is embedded with Google's most popular applications, including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, and Android Market. Libra with Android 2.2 allows users to share the phone's Internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Applying for a Gmail account is the first step to use Android system because many functions extend from Gmail functions. For example, using Exchange ActiveSync, users can quickly sync Gmail contracts with their Android phones. With Google Calendar, users can arrange their life and work and set email notifications to remind themselves and others of important dates. Buzz on Google Maps allows users to communicate with one another, and they can receive replies via Gmail.
Apart from Gmail, Google Maps and Android Market are also very important. Google Maps provides basic map positioning and navigation functions. It is now updated to version 5.x for more accurate positioning and richer geographic information. By logging into Google Maps using a Gmail account, users can sync their mobile's map information with a PC. Android Market is a necessary source of Android applications. Although there are many third party sources, such as Amazon's Android App Store, the Android Market is most reliable and richest App Store.
When speaking of Android applications, Libra's hardware must be mentioned. The Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor keeps up with the mainstream configuration. When combined with 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM, Libra can handle applications well. With such hardware configuration, users are provided with a satisfying Internet surfing experience using the embedded browser. Moreover, Libra is embedded with a 3D graphics accelerator, which enables an enhanced gaming experience. Multitouch controls are also supported. There is no big performance difference between Libra and the average high-end Android phone.
While providing reasonable hardware configuration, it keeps the default setting of the Android system. It is sure to win favor with users because of its high quality and affordability.
ZTE Libra Specifications:
- Frequency Band 2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
- 3G:UMTS 850/2100MHz
- Network Supported GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
- Operation System Android 2.2
- Camera 3 megapixels
- Battery 1250 mAh
- CPU Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz
- Memory 512M RAM + 512 ROM
- Built-in Storage 150MB
- Screen 3.5-inch 480×800 pixel LCD capacitive screen
- Weight 115g
- Wi-Fi Supported
- Headphone interface 3.5 mm