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ZTE Grand X Max 2 review: It gets the job done for budget conscious consumers

Jason Cipriani | July 14, 2016
Despite a camera that fails to impress, the Grand X Max 2 is a capable phablet for Cricket Wireless customers.

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Jason Cipriani

Power and volume are on the same side, which is welcome in a device this big.

On the right side of the phone is the power button and volume rocker. The left side is where you’ll find the all-in-one SIM card and microSD card slot. Placing both buttons on the same side of the device is welcomed, especially on a larger device like this. Instead of having to reach clear across the device to adjust volume, you can easily wake the device and adjust volume with little effort.


Running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, ZTE has taken a fairly light hand in customizing the overall experience of Grand X Max 2.

There are a few tweaks, though. For example, you can change the default setting for the capacitive buttons where the left button serves as the back button, the right pulls up the app switcher. A feature called Mi-PoP adds a floating set of buttons, designed to make one-handed use easier

ZTE also included a Selfie app for quickly launching the front-facing camera and taking a photo, along with several carrier apps from Cricket Wireless.

One frustrating change involves the gesture to clear notifications on the lock screen. Nearly all Android devices I have ever used allow you to clear notifications by swiping across the notification in either direction. With the Grand X Max 2, you can only swipe to the right. Swiping to the left on a notification brings up prompt asking if you’d like to ban the respective app from showing notifications. Try as I might to change muscle memory, I continue to swipe left on notifications only to see the bright pink prompt.

Should you buy it?

For those who want a phablet on Cricket Wireless, the Grand X Max 2 is worth considering. It provides acceptable performance, and a camera that’s just okay.

With that said, the price needs to be taken into consideration when looking at its shortcomings. For $200, you’re getting a phone that will get the job done. You just need to be accept it may not always be the best job.


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