Well at last GSM did what everyone looking forward to 'A review of Axon 7' thk u
I purchased axon 7. I had problem with the audio. People cannot hear me when I make a call. Cast to Bluetooth or HD TV the audio become very faint. So I replaced the phone.
The calling problem is okay now but the cast audio problem is not fixed yet.
Got this phone unlocked off Newegg. Works perfectly fine with WIND mobile, if any other WIND customers are wondering - the one they sell on Newegg is the model with the right band support (as of writing this, October 2016).
The screen is large and beautiful with punchy colors that can be slightly adjusted between a few saturation levels and color temperature levels. The fingerprint sensor is well placed for quick one-handed use but since it's on the back it's harder to use when set down. Despite no reviews mentioning it, hopefully this pops up in Google search for anyone wondering: This phone does have a notification LED - it's below and slightly to the left of the front-facing camera. The Capacitive buttons on the front are *not* illuminated and are slightly close together - YMMV on whether or not close together is good. I think it's good because there's no chance of the base of my thumb accidentally triggering back/recent apps. The capacitive buttons' functions can be swapped in order. It does *not* take a long time to memorize where they are, as I was using it in the dark just fine not 30 minutes after unboxing, and I haven't struggled with it once (have had it for a month or so now).
In my mind the best thing about this phone is dual stereo front-facing speakers, Dolby Atmos EQ software and built-in DAC quality. If you love having your media sound detailed and clear, this will please you. At maximum volume this phone is room-filling loud, and yet still preserves audio output quality through the speakers. Do note that while the phone sounds great, Dolby Atmos is a finnicky piece of software that does not play well with some music player apps and may disable itself - you can try doing a factory reset to get it back up. Annoying yes, but that's the fault of the application being buggy not the phone itself.
I won't comment on camera quality as I don't really care for it and there's enough samples out there.
The phone feels nice in hand - the right balance of physical size and weight to feel premium in the hand but not like a brick. It's also very friendly for soft skin - no harsh edges to cut into your palms. All control buttons (volume and power/lock) are on the right side of the phone and are clicky and responsive. The all-metal unibody does feel nice, but as it's been said elsewhere it is uncomfortably slippery - I wish they'd have given it a more matte texture to make it both easy to grip and soft in the hand. Luckily they provide a thin flexible clear plastic case for you to help keep your grip on it. Aside from the front speaker grilles, the phone is elegant looking - no garishly large logos or strange shapes/edges.
It does run MIUI on top of Android, but as far as skins go it's not intrusive in the least. By default (they include a skin for MIUI selected by default called "Stock Android") all it does is change how the quick and (full) menu settings look and are organized. That's all. It doesn't really add or take much from the stock android experience, and this is coming from someone who was a Motorola loyalist.
As far as "bloatware" goes, there's next to none. There is one or two apps that aren't default Android/Google apps or basic smartphone utilities (ex. media player apps, file browser).
The honest to God only complaint I have with this thing is the stupid STUPID "Notification bell" they add to the otherwise generic lockscreen. On the stock lockscreen it hides notifications by default and to see/interact with them you have to tap a bell-shaped icon on the lock screen. Some might call this an extra layer of privacy from peepers on your phone, but anyone who has used a smartphone will know to tap the icon to see them. It's a frustrating little unneeded addition - the only one I can think of as being frustrating about the MIUI skin over Android.
Lastly, for the hardware specs - runs snappy with its 4GB of RAM and SD820 processor. Battery life, you can look at more detailed reviews for that, my anecdotes won't say much. It came with around 50 - 60GB of free space from the base 64GB it comes with after system and pre-installed apps, which is pretty good all considered. It's got dual SIM capability, *and* accepts microSD cards, but they're in the same tray so you *cannot* have a microSD card and two SIM cards installed (the tray accepts two SIM cards or one SIM and a microSD).
If you want a crazy-good media experience out of your phone, get this thing. The price is just right.
Pepa RSV4, 09 Oct 2016Hello. I really like the Axon 7 and thinking that buying it at Amazon.de. Nobody has not giv... moreOn every android phones or tablets, when you don't have your prefered language installed, you go to play store and install "more locals"
Bought this phone for $399, it's a hell of a phone. The speakers rock and the display with is on the level as any phone at 700 to 800 dollars.
Chook, 15 Oct 2016Says available in China.... What about Australia????Presale from ZTE Australia now. AUD699, so not cheap with banana republic Aussie dollars. The big issue with Chinese mobiles is just what is in the hardware and software we dont know about.
gales gales, 21 Oct 2016very nice phones im very like this phones zte axon seven thank youWhy very nice!?
Dolby Atmos/Dual stereo speakers/exclusive chip audio/2K display
Good looks & equitable price, Very nice phone's! Agreed.
Tangkhg, 18 Oct 2016https://www.amazon.de/ZTE-Smartphone-Display-Megapixel-Speicher/dp/B01I092IPC/ref=sr_1_1?s=tel... moreWill they provide zte UK warrenty for this? Also would this add tax or customs duties on top.?
very nice phones im very like this phones zte axon seven thank you
nimz13, 17 Oct 2016Hey mate - where did you order yours from if you dont mind me asking?https://www.amazon.de/ZTE-Smartphone-Display-Megapixel-Speicher/dp/B01I092IPC/ref=sr_1_1?s=telephone&ie=UTF8&qid=1476794884&sr=1-1&keywords=axon%2B7&th=1
This is direct from ZTE. Works out equivalent to £417 (and £14 cheaper than I paid!). I bought from Amazon.de direct because ZTE listing was sold out, but they've clearly stocked up!
Came within 3 days (and that was over a weekend), loving it so far!
gturf, 18 Oct 2016I was just about to order one since I thought this would be one of those fully unlocked phones... moreAre you crazy, for Axon 7 the support is amazing, already root and bootloader unlocked!!!
I was just about to order one since I thought this would be one of those fully unlocked phones, but there is little support from XDA for it. I checked the year-old Axon Pro on XDA, and there is pitiful support (http://forum.xda-developers.com/zte-axon) . Does ZTE not have unlockable bootloaders? If not, why? Don't they want them to sell them to the people in the US who are most likely to buy them? Why would they cripple what looks to be, spec-wise, a great phone? A big battery, a true 5.5" display without wasting screen with soft buttons, and SD card capability (the lack of which causes me not to buy another Oneplus). But they don't allow XDA to provide the most battery efficient roms with the fastest updates and best performance for it? WTF, ZTE?
Just ordered from Amazon.de, can't wait till it gets here next week!
Anonymous, 09 Oct 2016I owned AXON 7 for a few days, unfortunately it had to go back because of speakers issues. It ... moreAs far as i'm aware (but I could be wrong); there are three 'models' or setups of the Axon 7: China, US, and EU. Essentially the same hardware, but certain features and settings in the software have been altered to meet the needs of the audience the model is going to. I've avoided buying the China version, as from what i've heard these models normally come with a different/more modified OS to suit the government restrictions etc, and to make them good for outside use they're wiped with a more 'friendly' OS (to include GAPPS etc). Too much fiddling around in my opinion. Could explain the bugs you got (but again I could be wrong); i've gone for an EU model as presumably this model is what the UK would get anyway? Will update and let you know any problems I get with mine (should land on my desk in the next 24 hours!)
Benboy , 08 Oct 2016This is THE phone ! If you can get it in the UK for a good price...Unfortunately because of the crappy GBP (and we haven't even Brexited yet!) you pay slightly over the odds for this phone- I paid £430 from amazon.de, which is almost £100 above the RRP of £350 (US RRP is 400USD). But considering that retail is about to go up by 5% due to our crap currency, better 430 than more!
91k, 16 Oct 2016I AM NOT AGREED WITH YOU! Lenovo zuk z2 pro 6gb ram with 128gb memory (400 dollars) and simpl... moreWhere do you live to get such low pricing on Zuk 2 pro ? Pretty much everywhere i check it's from 480-550 $.Some ebay sellers sell it for 600$ even.Xiaomi mi 5 around 350$ yeah.So far almost the Zte axon 7 is around 400$.
techlover1, 11 Oct 2016Well, (okay the ZTE Axon 7 is not perfect, & nothing is), it needs some software updates, ... moreI AM NOT AGREED WITH YOU!
Lenovo zuk z2 pro 6gb ram with 128gb memory (400 dollars) and simple zuk z2 (250 dollars) and Xiaomi mi5(300 dollars) are the best snapdragon 820 pricing phone available in the world right now..
Axon is nothing against those beasts in term of pricing, trust me ..