ZTE Grand X Review

ZTE Grand XThe ZTE Grand X is an Android 4.3 device for the budget conscious smartphone user. Coming in at only $149 from Bell Canada, this device has simple and powerful feature set that is great for people who want a smart phone but don’t want to pay a premium to own one!

The review below may seem to be super critical however our experience with this device was quite good in terms of real world usage. We were able to snap photos and share them, chat with friends and take calls without issue.

The device feels great in the hand, and really is quite good considering the price point.

The Specs

  • 5 inch 720p Display
  • 1.2 Ghz Quad Core Processor
  • 5 Megapixel Rear Camera
  • 1 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
  • Expandable up to 32GB VIA Micro SD Card Slot
  • 1.6GB (Approximately) of internal storage
  • 4G Connectivity (Sorry no LTE on this model.)

The Camera

As you can see from the gallery below the images come out OK and will do in a pinch, however you’ll likely want to own a digital camera for better shots when you really need them. Recording video with this device at times feels really laggy as if the camera is running out of processor power or something.

Performance

Again from the gallery of benchmarks below you can see that this is truly a budget device and does not compare with the higher end smartphones, but from our experience with the ZTE One X, the phone performs day to day tasks with ease.

The Verdict

To be quite honest we have mixed feelings about this device. On the one hand the price point is fantastic for an entry level Android device but on the other hand, we’d love to see some improvements made to the camera. We don’t need more megapixels but better quality shots overall would be great.

If you’re in the market for a budget Android device the ZTE Grand X would be a fantastic fit, but if you’re looking for high performance and play quite a few 3D games, then you may want to look elsewhere.

Super Smash Club Canada Rules Defined!

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In the video below Reggie Fils-Aime President and COO of Nintendo of America issued the challenge to Canadians everywhere to come up with a set of rules for Super Smash Club. Canadians answered with vigor and the best 10 rules have been selected and set.

The Rules of Super Smash Club

  1. First rule of Super Smash Club: You must talk about Super Smash Club.
  2. All battles will take place on final destination stages.
  3. Fight for fun the first match, fight for glory in the second.
  4. Free for all: 1 vs. 1 vs. 1 vs. 1.
  5. Three-minute matches. No more, no less.
  6. Level the playing field. Smash Ball only. No other items.
  7. Always change characters after a win.
  8. No stalling or air camping.
  9. Save all punches, kicks and taunts for the game.
  10. Respect those Smashing. Respect the Club.

Along with the announcement of these rules comes another announcement of new Super Smash Club gatherings across Canada!

Get the full schedule after the jump!

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HTC Announces the RE Camera

re-camera-blueHTC announced a new camera yesterday that resembles the flashlights we all owned as kids.

Features of the HTC Re Camera:

Intuitive Design

Designed to fit your hand seamlessly and the moment naturally, RE provides distraction-free video and photo capture. Its waterproof construction enables more shooting options than ever before, and its one-button operation won’t leave you fumbling between modes.

Cinematic Features

Explore different views with RE’s cinematic features. Capture time-lapse videos at the push of a button, or watch the action you’ve recorded in slow motion. RE’s only limitation is your imagination.

Instant Streaming and Cloud Back-Up

RE pairs seamlessly with your phone, and instantly streams everything. Edit your photos and videos at the push of a button. Coming soon, RE will also back up your photos and videos to the cloud, so you can access them from anywhere.

No news on a Canadian release date or a release date at all from what we can see.

Dragon Age: Origins Free Until October 14th!

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 8.04.12 PMSome consider Dragon Age: Origins to be one of the best role playing games of all time for the PC and for a limited time, you can get a copy FREE!

Follow the link above and sign into your Origin account to download your free copy, but do it quickly as this title will only be free until October 14th 2014.

Check out the gameplay after the jump!

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