For some reason, ZTE has seen fit to make the keyboard nonsensically small; even in landscape mode it seems stunted and fiddly to hit the right keys.
In portrait mode it's nigh on unusable.
While the 800MHz processor doesn't pack quite the punch that we're used to from 1GHz processors, but it's not what we'd call slow to use either, although there's some occasional lag when switching between functions.
The five-megapixel camera does a fair job, although it's a little slow to capture images.
Aside from that, it's pretty standard Android fare, with widgets and Home screen customisation as standard.
Still, if the price is right, it could be a sound investment for someone who wants a good Android experience on a low budget. Our full ZTE Skate review will reveal all.
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