When it comes to affordable mid-range smartphone technology, Boost Mobile delivers quality without breaking the bank yet again with its recent ZTE android device, the Warp Elite. The Warp Elite is a fully functional smartphone that will cost you less than $200 and runs the highly-rated Android 5.1 Lollipop. A sleek design, top-notch camera and storage capacity position the Warp Elite at the top of its class.
The Warp Elite features a bright, clear and responsive 5.5-inch Gorilla Glass screen and boasts a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The colors are sharp and the look of the Warp Elite stacks right up there with the more expensive devices. Put simply, the Warp Elite wouldn’t easily be picked out of a lineup against the bigger players; the sleek, quality appearance really gives the Warp Elite some street cred and doesn’t look cheap at all.
If you’re anything like me, you have no problem blowing through your 100% charged battery before lunch. The Warp Elite holds a charge pretty well with moderate usage, and comes equipped with a 3,000mAh battery that has the ever-useful Quick Charge 1.0 technology from Qualcomm. Keep a spare charger on hand and you should be good to go with the battery life.
When in the market for a new smartphone, it’s as necessary to consider the camera quality as it is anything other feature. The rear-facing camera of the Warp Elite jumped from a previous 8-megapixel model to 13 megapixels, which is almost as good as it gets in the smartphone device camera department for now. If selfies and web chatting rank on the list of device priorities, you’ll be pleased with the 5 megapixel front camera on the Warp Elite.
The Warp Elite has 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, which is fairly standard with a mid-range device. A supplemental compromise in internal device storage is the option to expand up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. Overall I find that with the option to supplement memory, and a regular routine of backing up my pictures and getting them off the phone, 16GB isn’t too restrictive for moderate usage.
The Potential Downside
If you haven’t already adjusted to larger devices, in general, then the Warp Elite will likely feel big; or maybe more accurately, tall. This won’t be a huge issue if you’ve already been using a bigger device but may take some getting used to if you’re coming from a smaller, older phone. It doesn’t take long to accept the new norm for smartphones though and once you go big you’re likely to stay there. If size is your only hang up with the Warp Elite then make the switch, trust that it won’t take long for it to feel normal.
The Bottom Line
Boost Mobile is doing a great job competing in the moderate $200 and under market. With the Warp Elite you can’t expect the exact level of quality of the bigger guys, but you can be pleasantly surprised by just how well it does stack up against them. If you’re looking for affordable quality the Warp Elite is definitely worth considering.
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