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ZTE Axon 7: 5 best and 5 worst things

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The 5 best and worst things I believe the ZTE Axon 7 comes with. Enjoy! _________________________________________ Want to sponsor the next Android Police video? Get in touch: videosponsor@androidpolice.com. Background Music: ▶ Back Alley Kat: https://soundcloud.com/back-alley-kat ▶ Circle us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AndroidPolice ▶ Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AndroidPolice ▶ Subscribe to the RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed
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swish swish (28 days ago)
OK if you are watching and you are thinking of buying the phone The software has been fixed The bell notification has been fix About the buttons being same you will get it after three days And because your mind is so accustomed to it you can locate the buttons in the dark
Juan Lunar (1 month ago)
This phone is water resistant?
Roger Wittekind (1 month ago)
Thanks for the video. Well some of those thing were fixed on the Axon 7 mini but the Axon 7 mini owners had to wait longer to update to Android 7 which gave us multi-window and let us run apps that crashed before the update. I know now I'll have to do an Axon 7 mini video myself.
Wonders (1 month ago)
Of course it's a concrete reason that it has an SD card slot. Privacy reasons and constant hacking of the cloud would demonstrate that.
westbender 820 (1 month ago)
I have a 7 and a first gen Pixel. Can't figure out which one to sell. Love the 7's sound and sure don't like the easily hit power button. The pixel sure likes to take pics in low light situations.
Corey Burns (2 months ago)
I had this phone for about 2 weeks and I must say if zte follows up with this blueprint they will make alot of noise
Israel Magalit (2 months ago)
What's "adoptable storage?"
Mambutu O'Malley (2 months ago)
Biggest Con: Android.
greg yance (2 months ago)
For the price you wont get a better smartphone,even today, so NONE of those little details are breaking deals
herman stokbrood (2 months ago)
So he thinks 64GB is enough (who doesn't?) but still think the lack of adoptable storage is one of the 5 worst thinks...*sigh*
Frederick Röders (2 months ago)
It even has a headphone jack. Yes that is a thing to focus on now.
Chris Shelton (4 months ago)
The Axon 7 does have adaptable storage. I have a ZTX Axon 7 and that was the first thing I added. They just released an update that now allows up 264 gb of additional space.
mangbecak1 (4 months ago)
Intense gaming....Pokemon go
sha har (4 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWLsspDeQpU&t=1775
Mithila Dissanayake (4 months ago)
Hey mine is a A2017 but it works just fine and the one you mentioned about that that you have to touch the bell to see the notifications. It can be enabled in settings to see the notifications without tapping the bell icon☺️
Verknixt (4 months ago)
Ist it better then the honor 8?
You no longer have to tap the bell on the notification panel and the camera has had huge improvements as well as the fingerprint sensor. Great video though, Keep up the good work man! Just earner yourself a new subscriber!!
michael markey (4 months ago)
won't play in HD on Google Play or vud u.
Florianski _ (5 months ago)
Your fingerprint sensor must be broken mine works just fine.
Kurt Rozentaun (5 months ago)
Is this phone still rocks? Or there are exist a better solution?
Ummet SPACEdingd0nggg (5 months ago)
I was interested in this phone about a month back but am rejecting the idea of getting an Axon 7 since getting a Samsung J7. The reason? Overpriced damn phone by ZTE where high spec camera at 20mp or whatever does NOT justify a damn $400 price point
luis cruz (4 months ago)
But the camera isn't even this phones selling point....
10p6 (5 months ago)
The only thing that is really an issue is the camera at night. With Android 7.1 this is nearly as fast as the S8. The fingerprint reader on mine opens up instantly.
dablet00 (6 months ago)
would be nice if you typed everything in the video description. i can read it all in 40 secs instead of watching all 6 mins of the vid
chris p (6 months ago)
you can now adjust what features you want on the swipe down hot bar
Ricky (6 months ago)
having trouble choosing between axon 7 or nexus 6p plz help me
Ricky (5 months ago)
Immanuel Kant thanks!!
Immanuel Kant (5 months ago)
Ricky Axon 7 because of battery, even better speakers, no overheating, sd820 and superior headphone jack sound
Midnight Gaming (6 months ago)
He sounds like the wizard in whiterun in skyrim
Dedgy Blazer (6 months ago)
intense gaming
g231 g (7 months ago)
wich one is the best between the zte axon 7, honor 8 and huawei p10 lite ?
Ricardo Álvarez (7 months ago)
so, does it mean I can't put apps into my Samsung SD card??? I bought a 128 SD card to have the internal memory as free a possible!! please help!
Blazing Comet (7 months ago)
0:55 he calls pokemon go "intense gaming"
Brokoth (3 months ago)
xXBlazing _CometXx he never did, he just said it is great for extreme games....
d1234 (7 months ago)
fully charge the device in under 2 hours!!!! thats a fucking long time though
Joe Gates (7 months ago)
Hopefully no ghost touch problems like the Moro G phones.
HERPY DERPEDY (7 months ago)
why is mine constantly crashing
Filip Dimitrov (8 months ago)
If its Ui is not good can't u install another launcher?
Heath Carter (8 months ago)
The capacitive buttons not being backlit would be my largest pet peeve.
GEAGO (8 months ago)
What is thé speaker un vidéo ?
Ben Walsh (8 months ago)
the buttons are only dots because you can change what they do! I love it as I seem to be the only one that prefers having the back button on the left. lock screen notification bell - you have a finger print scanner... you don't even need to press the power button to open your phone and with it being a finger scanner on the back not a thumb on the front I personally have it unlocked before my hand even leaves my pocket, think the only time I see the lock screen is if the phone restarts. can't defend the camera, it's just a trade off for the price being so good and same for the lack of SD integration but compared to the big brand flagships and even the oneplus 3, the fact you can use a memory card at all is fantastic!
LatvianBHood (8 months ago)
iPhone 7?
Andreas Baum (8 months ago)
On Gearbest it's for 379.99 dollars with coupon code: ZAXON7 http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_424342.html?wid=11&lkid=10341877 Gearbest is a well known online store, so...
Nuk3town (8 months ago)
I hate how my iPad mini is not really portable
Aiden C (9 months ago)
slow fingerprint reader? I have this phone and i have to try a few times to tap the sensor fast enough for it to NOT work.
michael jeacock (9 months ago)
a lot of the software problems were fixed in the 7.1.1 update and we finally got the promised daydream compatibility.
Mark Mustafa (9 months ago)
I needed to know the pros and cons given I am looking for a budget, smart phone to replace my first generation Moto G (don't judge me). I am familiar with one plus 3, Alcatel, and Honor. I am, however, leaning towards the Moto G 5 or the Moto Z play. I guess if you go Moto, you get hooked.
D Stanoev (9 months ago)
Another con : If you crack your screen or anything goes wrong with this phone, you're absolutely screwed! There are no aftermarket replacement screen/digitizer/screen assembly available and moreover, you will lose the waranty if you don't send it to ZTE to be repaired for whatever issue you have with it. The phone comes with 2 year warranty and ZTE will charge you approx. $90 for the screen, you will send it to them, it will arrive a week later, they will "repair it" for another 10 - 15 days and send it back to you. Then you will wait another week to arrive. The repair will be performed by somebody who had a quick training to do it and reading manuals while doing it. This person is most-likely a former delivery guy or waiter, maybe a dog walker. But what I just described is the best case scenario. When I sent mine for screen replacement it was fully functional and I was using it with the cracked screen for a month before I send it to them. 12 days after it was delivered to them I decided it's been too long and called them to see what's the progress. They told me the phone is unrepearable !??!! There was no damage on the frame or anywhere else but the top layer glass when I sent the phone to them. The technical support representative told me if I need more details I need to wait 48 hours for him to contact the technicians and find out why exactly is unrepearable. 48 hours later I called again and after 20 min conversation they told me I have to wait up to another 48 hours, so that they can escalate it to another department. And promised to call me as soon as they obtain any details. Nobody called in the next 48 hours, so I called again and asked to speak with a manager. The "manager" told me "she will escalate the problem to the responsible department" but also told me the motherboard is damaged, therefore is unrepearable. The only thing they can do is ship to me a refurbished device to replace mine. The problem is, that my phone was used for only 2 months and taken care of. From the minute I got it out of the box it was put in protective case and screen protector. They want to ship to me a device with unknown history that could be all scratched, the battery might be half worn out, the charging port might be barely making contact, the previous owner has been spitting on it and so on and so forth. So now I need to wait another 4 days for them to find out who is lying that the motherboard is damaged. If they ever tell me, I will update the comment. There is another option they give you if something goes wrong with your phone. Initially you pay them $90 for the repair + $435 which they will hold for a month, then they ship you a refurbished device that becomes yours and once you receive it, you should send yours to them. Once they receive your phone, they will decide if it's covered by their warranty. If they decide it's being water damaged or something else to void the warranty, they will keep your $435 and you will be screwed with refurbished phone with no warranty for more than the price of brand new one (I paid $300 for mine at Best Buy)
Strutting_strat (9 months ago)
tempted to buy this but it seems too similar to my htc with those bezels :/
George Karaolis (9 months ago)
I own the Asian version of ZTE Axon 7 (6gb and 128gb storage) Your review is indeed very representative of Axon 7. These are exactly the points that I have issues with. I would only add that the phone is VERY slippery and do not advise to handle it without a decent case or skin.
juan ochoa (9 months ago)
for all those stupid comment of ONLY 3250 mah ... jus remeber that this phone has a 2k" large screen, so that why actually many people report that they only reach about 3 hours of ON SCREEN most of the time. Plus those Chinse UI ofen take significant extra baterry rather tha more pure Android version. Soi the point is correct idiots. -_-
Lennart ten Dam (9 months ago)
The fingerprint sensor itself is not bad, you just need to configure it the right way. I never get any rejection and it almost works instantly after trying to do my best to configure it
Mohd Ashraf (9 months ago)
the fingerprint scanner is 0.2s slower than other phone .. stop whining
John Yong (10 months ago)
the camera and software is the worst amongst all! I'm using A2017G the camera shoots very very bad quality pictures and the sound quality due to software updates it became worst when plug in my headphone jacks!
CosworthsMerryMen (10 months ago)
The fact that you got the buttons confused even when you said, "they were in the same order" is a little depressing.
DRWXP (10 months ago)
Does it support gapless playback on Google play music?
Cool Chris (10 months ago)
I have my dislike of the ZTE Axon 7 - none. The 5 dislikes that you listed are unfounded. They are not negatives but more of a preference. You just earned a thumbs down.
Victor Lim (10 months ago)
hey
HARITH ISKANDAR (10 months ago)
honor 8 tops the camera
Brett H (10 months ago)
lol... the fingerprint scanner works fine with dry fingers he said.. why the hell would you be using this phone with wet fingers.. it's not waterproof...hahahaha... I'm guessing he meant with sweaty fingers...just thought it was funny at the time...
Patrick (10 months ago)
*This phone should be $100 or $200 more* without camera compromises and software tweaks(more android pure). Mid-Rage to me seems silly. If you have trouble paying for top tier $650+ phone, than you should go lower speced. If you can't afford a $700 phone, than go for sub $200 used or new budget phone. Most people who pay for mid tier are scraping to afford it. You should be able to drop $700 on a phone and not even care too much of money gone if you dropped it and broke. Only worry should be getting in contact with business associates/family/friends. The features in this phone are great with DAC and front facing speakers, and AMOLED, and fast charging. Features missing in high end phones audio wise, so they should up the price and keep it for the people who can afford dropping the cash on phones in the first place. Stick to budget phones under $200 people!
Daniel Kirk (10 months ago)
0:40 "even though it only has 3250 mAh of battery" who the hell are you man? ONLY??? What the actual???
Don Zuan (10 months ago)
So you just watched bunch of other rewievs,gatherd it all togheter,and now you call it your own without a single perosnal opinion what so ever.Bravo duche
imaczech (11 months ago)
camera on low light is the worst thing
Reviews (11 months ago)
Link for buying it waaaaaaay cheaper: http://ali.pub/0dysq
anonymous (11 months ago)
Reviews There's one with 128 Gb storage for only $346 also on AliExpress.. the seller is Brother Group
CMXCIX (11 months ago)
Great hardware, horrible software
Elias Jr Martinez (11 months ago)
complaining about the position of the bottons is just lame my friend, you have to get uised to it its like a video game all of them offer a different botton settings.
Lucky Lou (11 months ago)
The bell in lock screen can be changed in the options menu. I was annoyed with this, until i changed it to always show up.
Toushirou23 (11 months ago)
Listening to you speak, I can see the spit in my mind..
kada jawi (11 months ago)
Big issue with the Axon 7 outside the US is the second class citizen treatment users get. The EU version doesn't get the close to stock Android version the US gets. It gets a buggy, highly modified and ugly version that also doesn't get updates as fast. Want to switch to a different ROM? Not so fast, the bootloader is locked. Unlocking it is difficult and risky, unlike the US version where you can just ask for an unlock... Stupid ZTE...
Ben Fillman (1 year ago)
it's fucking ugly
2nice Friends (1 year ago)
can I use this device in the usa? I recently purchased a vivo xplay 5 but had to return it cause it was no 100 % compatible with google
serstylz2 (1 year ago)
Needed a video to show me how snappy and responsive this phone was. Rocking a Galaxy S5 and ready to upgrade. Thanks
HARRY ELDRIDGE (1 year ago)
Your video is so ridiculous OMG you are nick picking at the finger print scanner why would any finger print scanner work with dirty fingers and why would you pick up your 📱 if your hands were that dirty. Remember crack is wack
Cole Farby (1 year ago)
I got the axon 7 a while back and I agree with everything you said but I don't find the capacitive buttons bad at all. They are a little close together but I have never had any problems or irritation using them.
Joanna Wong (1 year ago)
The capacitive buttons is a good point rather than bad. I like the way ZTE made their capacitive buttons such that I can switch the "back" and "recent" buttons like those found in Samsung phones. This is why it is shown as two dots so that the buttons can be switched. For those interested in switching or prefer the right hand to tap the back button, LG V20 is the other phone that lets you switch the capacitive buttons.
Bill Cheung (1 year ago)
Dirty finger ? lmfao
Uros Sretenovic (1 year ago)
waterproof maybe?
Jorgen Sandstrom (1 year ago)
I think that ZTE is on the right track with the Axon series. Axon 8 , if they take care of the front button and make them backlit and further polish the software. I almost/might consider the Axon 7/8 just as a musikplayer. God thinking there ZTE!
dzw9000 (1 year ago)
what is adoptable storage? it sounded like you said it didnt have expandable storage and then you show it's expandable storage? are you drunk?
Nick N (1 year ago)
Does anyone have this phone with Verizon? What are your experiences like?
Joe Gonzela (1 year ago)
what about service connection and wifi connectivity, does it has any lags or low signals issues ? does the LTE antenna fully functions at all time, does the signal drop down often ? thanks
Joe Gonzela I don't have that kind of issues so far... and I'm using tmobile.
Joe Gonzela (1 year ago)
what about service connection and wifi connectivity, does it has any lags or low signals issues ? does the LTE antenna fully functions at all time, does the signal drop down often ? thanks
oscarronie ._. (1 year ago)
looks like the m8
Sulha Iqbal (1 year ago)
doez it get heat??
JennY (1 year ago)
Notification bell is now optional (read: so gone!) with the build 29 update. yay!
s0mEoNe UkNoW (1 year ago)
"Extreme Gaming" Shows Pokémon Go...
Paul Cotton (1 year ago)
Finally saw this phone in person at best buy on black friday. Its a very nice looking phone. If I didn't have 4 2016 phones already i would buy this one.
gbessone (1 year ago)
I love this phone. My only complain is the camera. Wish there was something that could be done to improve low light. Camera is a big thing for me.
GFA Showcase (1 year ago)
+gbessone Yes, it is excellent in those conditions. I wont dispute that nor should i. But you act like the Axon 7's camera comes with VGA or some shit. Axon's camera is more than enough for most everyday shots. I've had worser cameras(Zenfone 2)...
gbessone (1 year ago)
GFA Showcase you never go to clubs or bars with your friends? You dont walk the streets after the sun goes down? I shoot just as much in low light than in daytime. And my S7 is excellent in these conditions
GFA Showcase (1 year ago)
+gbessone Who goes around shooting in low light? Even in DSLR cameras, low light isn't that good.
gbessone (1 year ago)
GFA Showcase haha that is ridiculous, who goes around carrying a second camera in his pocket. I have no problem shooting in low light with my galaxy s7
GFA Showcase (1 year ago)
gbessone Don't shoot in low light, get a compact camera for that. They're cheap.
Anurag Pande (1 year ago)
dobly
anonymous (1 year ago)
I hate its software and its look especially the back.. looks very cheap.. however, everything else is perfect for me.. but these themselves are a deal breaker
Cliff Martin (1 year ago)
I just bought one. I like many things abt the phone but one I don't like is the fact the apps are NOT installed in the App drawer in alphabetical order. In order to do so one has to manually drag the apps into alphabetical order one by one. Yuck! I also don't like the fact that you can NOT create folders & place them where you want them like you can in most other Androids phones. Also the Calender and Mail Apps are very "Washed Out or Bleached Out" looking, not enough contrast. Hopefully when ZTE releases Android N for the Axon 7, they will fix a lot of the complaints and bugs.
Daniel Duedu (1 year ago)
Cliff Martin use Nova launcher to fix all that, I'm looking forward to purchasing this phone and I plan on using Nova launcher to fix all the software issues, btw how is the sound through headphones?
ThierryTheuns (1 year ago)
"Only 3250mAh" Meanwhile on my Nexus 5... 2400.
TheDeceivingEye (11 months ago)
kickthejamz - Similar situation here, my sibling states that he "won't ever" buy ANYTHING other than an iPhone. Clearly the result of the trends that go on these days.
Roy Glass (1 year ago)
ThierryTheuns exactly, it's the sad truth
ThierryTheuns (1 year ago)
+kickthejamz Your sister will probably still end up with the iPhone. It's a trend thing. iPhone sounds a lot cooler than ZTE.
Roy Glass (1 year ago)
ThierryTheuns yeah I got a 256 gb SD and started converting cds into FLACs plus google play premium your right the sound quality is excellent. I'm trying to convince my younger sister to get the A7 mini only 199$ at best buy right now, yeah its got some lower specs then it's big brother but she wants an iPhone 5s which the A7 mini beats it in every aspect, sucks she doesn't realize what a deal that is. iPhone and Samsung are way overpriced.
ThierryTheuns (1 year ago)
+kickthejamz My main reason were those two as well. My 250Ohm DT990s sound great with the phone, even my old music (downloaded in 2006) still sounds good. And the dual speakers blew my friends' mind comparing them to their phones.
Pablo Sanchez (1 year ago)
yoooooo rcr
John Ross (1 year ago)
best device of 2016 even without stock. If we get stock or cm it will be god like
Patrick F C Bronsema (1 year ago)
That bell on the lockscreen is an welcome feature for me. Because no one can see my notifications. The rest on your 5 worst thing is just getting used to them.
bjdeboy (11 months ago)
exactly!
BubbLeT (1 year ago)
Have had the phone for week now and can easily use it at night (only took 3 days ahah). Another con is that there are no current tempered glass screen protectors that fully cover the axon 7's screen due to the slight curved edges :( Honestly, to many pros for it's cons and this phone is outrageously good.
ahmad hejazi (1 year ago)
where can I find the version without capacitive keys?? because I saw it on YouTube
shadymike88 (1 year ago)
i want good pictures (decent night pictures too) and good music experience. which phone do i choose? there seems to be something lacking in every phone that i look at! :(
Sunil Zishan (1 year ago)
shadymike88 LG V20 mate.
TheCommandMaster (1 year ago)
you have to look for a higher budget phone because MOST low budget phones like this one suffer when it comes to pictures in low light. :/
Rafe Adler (1 year ago)
I would totally buy it, this phone is a Nobrainer for me BUT: - horrible UI - ugly, ugly back
vegas wajeel (1 year ago)
I heard that this phone has reception issues..
Ryan Chase (1 year ago)
Nice.
Yehoshua Thompson (1 year ago)
Ryan Chase It's optional
Ryan Chase (1 year ago)
Yehoshua David is the bell no longer there?
Yehoshua Thompson (1 year ago)
it was fixed, as well as the notification bell on the lock screen. ZTE has done well by responding to the criticism and making the phone better
TheCommandMaster (1 year ago)
i think this was fixed in a recent update not sure though.
Classic mistake to rely on the stock camera app. Instead Camera MX would greatly improve your night pictures and give you better results during daylight as well. I have CMX on my Axon Mini and it makes all the difference.
Noah Goldowitz (1 year ago)
great vid, thank you

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