The ZTE Tania is the first Windows Phone smartphone from ZTE to launch in the UK. ZTE isn’t a household name in the UK yet, but it makes mobile phones for UK brands including Orange and Vodafone.
The Tania is designed to be an affordable Windows Phone handsets, in fact it’s billed as: ‘the most affordable 4.3-inch screen Windows Phone on the market.’ The standout feature is the generous screen, with a WVGA resolution of 800×480 pixels.
At 10.7mm deep, the phone is very slim, with dedicated volume and camera shutter buttons located on the side. There’s 4GB internal storage, but no card slot.
The ZTE Tania runs Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango (as it was codenamed). The Windows interface looks slick and modern, but also manages to be exceptionally intuitive. Tiles containing key features run vertically down the screen, some of these – such as People and XBox are ‘live’ so update automatically.
If you’ve not used Windows Phone it’s a very flexible interface, so you can drag tiles around the screen so features are exactly where you want and even change the colour of the tiles.
Download apps from the Windows Marketplace, which is growing rapidly with over 60,000 apps, Mobile Office is pre-installed too for editing Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on the go.
There’s also a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, which captures 720p HD movies.
The ZTE Tania is powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8255 processor, ensuring performance is slick whether you are browsing the internet or playing games.
If you’re considering upgrading from an entry-level smartphone, the ZTE Tania is worth considering and we’d recommend Windows Phone for anyone nervous about making the leap to a smartphone.
The ZTE Tania will cost around £10-£20 a month and is due to be launched in the next few months.