ZTE is synonymous with budget blowers, but its latest handset doesn't quite sit at the bottom end of the smartphone scale. Compared to its budget siblings like the Skate, ZTE's latest – the Tania (pronounced Tan-ee-aah) – has been treated to a slight bump in specs.
In true ZTE style, the Tania doesn't feature the slick casing and souped-up processors of its high end rivals. It does however pack Windows Phone 7.5 Mango – a ZTE first – a 4.3in 800 x 480 pixel screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of non-expandable storage space.
Round back you'll find a 5MP snapper with LED flash, capable of shooting 720p HD video, but there's nothing up front for video calling. The obligatory holy trinity of connectivity is also present: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
The ZTE Tania's a good bet if you want to make the move to Windows Phone without the premium pricing. And its wallet-friendly £250 price tag will hardly make a dent in your wallet. Alternatively, it will be available on contract for between £10 and £20 with Virgin Media, Go Mobile and a third anonymous "leading specialist retailer."
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