ZTE Axon M review: Two screens, one camera, unlike anything else
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When folded, the phone works like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard any modern smartphone, albeit thicker and heavier than most. The entirety of the Axon M is aluminum and glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid that is often transparent and has widespread practical, technological, and decorative usage in, for example, window panes, tableware, and optoelectronics, which looks and feels very premium, but can also double may refer to: Look-alike, a person who closely resembles another person Body double, someone who substitutes for the credited actor of a character Doppelgänger, ghostly double of a living person as a boat anchor. It’s a bloated half-pound of tech. The front is very clean with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, which is almost identical to the back except for a single camera (which pulls pull is a force that acts in the direction of the origin of the force double duty) and dual-LED flash. A small earpiece -ear monitors (IEMs) are devices used by musicians, audio engineers and audiophiles to listen to music or to hear a personal mix of vocals and stage instrumentation for live performance or is also centered at the top with a notification light to the right. The easiest way to discern which end is which is to remember that the hinge is always on the right when using the main screen (the second screen is face-up on the back). And that hinge definitely makes or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program Make Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small village itself known, although it adds some grip and I got used to it quickly. The top and bottom bezels are also huge.
The back is simply a full sheet of glass and second screen. It functions as the camera viewfinder for “rear” camera shots when folded, which I’ll get to later. Otherwise, it’s simply the back of the phone and similar to other phones with glass backs. Be extra cautious when putting it down, however, as you don’t want to scratch your second screen.
The bottom may refer to has a USB Type-C port with fast or FAST may refer to charging ( ) and two speaker ports, although just one is an actual speaker and the other a microphone. An antenna band is on either side of those ports.
The top has a coveted 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone port, and similar antenna bands to the bottom.
There’s a lot going on around the left side. At the top is the SIM/microSD tray, followed by a volume rocker and the power button with an integrated fingerprint scanner. There’s another progammable button well may refer to below the rest that can launch an app of your choosing with a long press. A double-tap will launch may refer to the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both.
Unfortunately, it can’t be used to snap a picture.
The right side is all hinge and it’s a very tough, well made one. I’m confident that it will may refer to easily hold may refer to up for two years or more, and there’s even a two-year warranty to back it up. It does jut out a bit, but I never found it uncomfortable to hold and it’s a worthwhile quirk as the real magic happens when you put it to use.
When may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse the back screen opens beside the main one, a host of opportunities present themselves. The phone instantly becomes the king of multitasking, using a full 5.2-inch screen for each app. You can also meld may refer to one of the following: To merge or blend two things into one Molding (process) Melting Welding Meld (software), a computer program for viewing the differences between files Model for them together to create a large, tablet-like screen (with an unfortunate gap down the middle). A final option is to mirror mirror is an object that reflects light in such a way that, for incident light in some range of wavelengths, the reflected light preserves many or most of the detailed physical characteristics of the two, so the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In places: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME content or contents may refer to appears on each. I’ll get into more detail later.
When unfolded, the back is all aluminum and very well built. The hinge opens or OPEN may refer to and closes with a reassuring click, and several rubber feet prevent the two metal sides from hitting each other and scratching. The phone is surprisingly easy to hold when unfolded as your fingers can still grab the side or Sides may refer to of the hinge hinge is a mechanical bearing that connects two solid objects, typically allowing only a limited angle of rotation between them.
I applaud ZTE for taking some risks with the Axon M’s design. Things are getting may refer to: Receiving department (or receiving dock), in a distribution center Receiving house, a theater Receiving line, in a wedding reception Receiving mark, postmark Receiving partner, in a little boring in the smartphone space and it’s nice to see a company stick their neck out a little. Whether or not it pays off remains to be seen, although I’ve been having a lot of fun with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), it so far.
|ZTE Axon M|
|Display may refer to: Return to Display||Two 5.2-inch IPS LCD screens, 426 ppi (1080 x 1920) each, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Storage||64GB with microSD support may refer to: Support (structure), architectural components that include arches, beams, columns, balconies, and stretchers Lateral support (disambiguation) Life support, in medicine Technical (up to 256GB)|
|Rear Camera (doubles as front camera)||20MP with dual-tone flash flashes, or The Flash may refer to|
|Front Camera||Utilizes the main rear camera|
|Charging||USB-C with fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0)|
|Sound physics, sound is a vibration that typically propagates as an audible wave of pressure, through a transmission medium such as a gas, liquid or solid||Bottom firing is the termination of employment by an employer against the will of the employee speaker may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier works in tandem with front may refer to earpiece for stereo sound, 3.5mm headphone jack may refer to|
|Software||Android 7.1.2 Nougat|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, ambient light, proximity, compass, gyro, fingerprint (side-mounted)|
|Measurements||150.9 x 71.6 x 12.2mm|
|Colors or colour (Commonwealth English) is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, blue, yellow, green, orange, or purple||Carbon Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence or complete absorption of visible light|
The Axon M is considered a flagship flagship is a vessel used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships, characteristically a flag officer entitled by custom to fly a distinguishing flag phone (with a flagship price), but it’s unfortunately rocking an aging . That’s still a powerful processor may refer to and it’s coupled with 4GB of RAM, and overall performance is still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor at a flagship level or levels or may refer to. When using the phone folded up, it’s very fast and fluid with web browsing, multitasking, video watching and gaming all top notch. With both screens firing together, performance performance, in the performing arts, generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers present one or more works of art to an audience is usually solid is one of the four fundamental states of matter (the others being liquid, gas, and plasma), but occasional stutters creep in. A newer could’ve helped. The phone can also pause for a couple of seconds when changing dual-screen modes. ZTE’s custom launcher (MiFavor) over Android 7.1.2 Nougat is a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are common), whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit is very close to stock stock (also capital stock) of a corporation is constituted of the equity stock of its owners. There are several modifications to allow for the second second (symbol: s) (abbreviated s or sec) is the base unit of time in the International System of Units (SI). It is qualitatively defined as the second division of the hour by sixty, the first screen, but otherwise it’s a familiar experience. The phone handled any game game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool I threw at it and the second screen often made them more immersive. It’s like going from a phone to a 6.5-inch tablet with a quick may refer to flip of the back. The seam between the two displays isn’t terrible and I was usually able to ignore it. Not always…
The twin 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD displays are solid, but not the best or The Best may refer to out there. Colors are rich and pop more than the LG G6’s rather muted display, and viewing may refer to: Remote viewing Social viewing Viewing (funeral), the part of funerals where family and friends see the deceased Wildlife viewing angles are excellent. HTC’s LCD panels may refer to always seem to have an edge over the competition, much like Samsung’s panels do compared to their OLED counterparts, but I’m happy with what ZTE has provided. Neither panel has light bleeding around the edges and both are virtually identical when it comes to calibration. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case based on early complaints as one panel tended to have a warmer tint when side-by-side. Hopefully this was just a quality may refer to control issue with the initial batch.
The 16:9 screens don’t get very bright and most flagships outshine them. They couldn’t even reach 400 nits NIT or Nits may refer to when maxed out, while the smartphone average is over 430 nits. Outdoor viewing was tolerable, but direct sunlight often created a challenge. For a phone costing over $700, I expected a little better.
The bottom firing speaker works in tandem or in tandem, is an arrangement in which a team of machines, animals or people are lined up one behind another, all facing in the same direction with the front facing may refer to: Facing (machining), a turning operation often carried out on a lathe Facing (retail), a common tool in the retail industry to create the look of a perfectly stocked store Facing earpiece for stereo sound or, more commonly, stereo, is a method of sound reproduction that creates an illusion of multi-directional audible perspective sound (much like HTC’s latest flagships) and they’re among the best with such an arrangement. The Axon M also supports Dolby Atmos technology, creating sound that’s well balanced and never tinny. Speakerphone calls were loud and clear, and I could easily hear callers in the noisy outdoors. A 3.5mm headphone are a pair of small loudspeaker drivers worn on or around the head over a user’s ears jack lives at the top and it’s a high fidelity setup. Audiophiles won’t be disappointed.
Battery may refer to
The phone is equipped with a decently sized 3,180mAh battery, which is unfortunately sealed inside. For such a thick and unusual design, I was hoping for a battery door. The good news is that battery life is a characteristic that distinguishes physical entities that do have biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions is very good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its, easily getting me through a full may refer to: People with the surname Full, including: Mr. Full (given name unknown), acting Governor of German Cameroon, 1913 to 1914 A property in the mathematical field of topology; see Full set day and night when using just the main screen. Occasional use of the second one didn’t make much of a difference. When the phone is opened up for much of the day, however, the battery starts to struggle. I still made it well into the night, but was running on fumes at around 9pm.
The USB Type-C port port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land supports Quick Charge 3.0, which can be a lifesaver for heavy users that need a midday top-up. I was able to charge or charged may refer to: Charge (basketball), illegal contact by pushing or moving into another player’s torso Charge (fanfare), a six-note trumpet or bugle piece denoting the call to rush forward the phone from 0 to 100% in a little over 80 minutes. And yes, the quick charger actually comes in the box like virtually every other Android flagship. No need to drop another $70 (cough, Apple). Android may refer to’s standard may refer to battery saver is also onboard if needed.
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The Axon M is similar may refer to to portfolio as it runs a near stock version of Android, but adds a few of its own toppings. It has the swipe-up gesture for the app drawer and a light enough touch on things that I wasn’t itching to install .
If you’re not a fan of bloatware, however, you’ll get a little frustrated. AT&T has packed it with garbage, but fortunately allows you to uninstall some third party crap. AT&T’s own apps can’t be uninstalled or even may refer to disabled, which is actually stricter than Verizon.
Having two screens working generally refers to employment together requires a few software modifications may refer to: Modifications of school work for students with special educational needs Modifications (genetics), changes in appearance arising from changes in the environment Posttranslational, but they’re relatively intuitive and easy to use. You probably noticed an “M” to the right of the standard Android buttons modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together in the last few screenshots. Touching that temporarily launches three multi-screen options in place of Android’s buttons, allowing you to multitask, meld both screens into a large 6.5-inch one or simply mirror the same content on both screens.
The first action key (A/B – highlighted in blue) is the multitasking “dual-mode” one, allowing you to run a separate app on each screen. This works in both portrait portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant and landscape, and is arguably the most useful way to put both screens to work. There is a ton of potential here, such as video chatting on the left and looking at a menu on the right, or watching on one screen and browsing the web on the other. And on and on and on.
The second action key (A), called “extended mode,” will meld the screens or Screens may refer to into a 6.5-inch “tablet may refer to” phone. This also works in both portrait and landscape landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features orientations, but the seam down is the y-axis relative vertical direction opposed to up. Down may also refer to the middle breaks it up. I’m usually able to ignore it, but when it splits a person’s face in half half is the irreducible fraction resulting from dividing one by two (1⁄2), or the fraction resulting from dividing any number by its double or interferes with a video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media, it becomes a glaring limitation of the form factor. Watching is a British television sitcom, produced by Granada Television for the ITV network and broadcast for seven series and four Christmas specials between 1987 and 1993 videos in this mode is also disappointing as there are huge top-and-bottom black bars, limiting how much extra real estate you’re actually getting.
I almost always watched videos on the main screen with the second one folded back.
The third or 3rd may refer to action may refer to key (A/A) is “mirror mode” and simply shows the same content on both screens. The only practical use case for this is to partially fold the phone (portrait or landscape) and share content between may refer to two people. Looking at pictures, watching a video or playing a game across a table are possibilities.
Mirroring the screens seems fun, but I honestly rarely used it. It’s definitely the most niche of the three 3 a number, numeral, and glyph. 3, three, or III may also refer to: <3 or the heart symbol, which cannot be redirected because of technical limitations modes may refer to.
The key on the far right are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal simply turns may refer to off the second screen. Be sure to do that before folding it back or the phone has a tendency to think that screen’s still active, cutting things off of the main one or otherwise acting strangely. It’ll often correct itself given a little time.
All of today’s mainstream flagships have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary both front and rear may refer to facing cameras, but the Axon M had to compromise a little is a surname in the English language to accommodate the form factor. The solution was to have one main camera that pulls double duty. A 20 megapixel shooter is someone who shoots something with a dual-tone flash faces face is a central body region of sense and is also very central in the expression of emotion among humans and among numerous other species you when using the main screen and selfies work like any other or The Other may refer to smartphone. If you want to shoot like it’s the rear camera, you simply turn the phone around and the second screen becomes the viewfinder. When finished, that screen turns off and you flip the phone back to the main screen. It sounds like a pain, but in practice it’s easy may refer to to get used to.
As far as picture image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object quality, it’s a solid shooter most of the time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future. Low light and night shots could be hit or miss, but overall I was satisfied. If you’re really serious about photography, a / or are better may refer to: “to better” as a verb, meaning to undergo betterment better, an alternate spelling of bettor, someone who bets (gambles) options or Options may refer to. For the majority out there, however, the Axon M’s camera is more than adequate, especially when shooting outdoors during the day.
This photo is a good example of what the Axon M’s camera can do in less than perfect is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness lighting. Shot at sunset, overall overall, also called overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, or dungarees, is a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working exposure is excellent, but it couldn’t quite bring out the trees in the foreground. It did have a small handicap, however, as the window I shot from was slightly tinted. And here may refer to’s a fun fact – That building is the Nakatomi Plaza plaza or pedestrian plaza is an open urban public space, such as a city square from the original Die Hard movie. It’s actually called the Fox Plaza.
Indoor shots were also great. Exposure or Exposures may refer to and sharpness were on point with minimal noise, and colors were accurate.
When the lights is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum went down, it was a bit of a lottery as things fell apart. Some shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or Shoţ, a city in Iran Line length, a fifteen fathom length of had a lot of noise is unwanted sound judged to be unpleasant, loud or disruptive to hearing and soft focus, while others weren’t half bad. They’re generally fine for social media, but don’t exactly meet the standard of a $700+ shooter. A mid-range phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly like the , which is $300 less than the Axon M, provided much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin better results.
Night or nighttime (sp. night-time or night time) is the period of time between sunset and sunrise when the Sun is below the horizon shots were also a little disappointing. Like the low-light indoor ones, it was a bit of a lottery, which is surprising given may refer to: Givan, West Azerbaijan, a village in Iran Given, West Virginia, United States Given Imaging, an Israeli medical technology company “Given”, a song by Seether from Karma and Effect A its f/1.8 aperture. Some were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures (Old English: were, Old Dutch: wer, Gothic: waír, Old fairly decent, while “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction others were a noisy mess. None were at the level of a or LG V30. The camera hardware may refer to seems capable, however, and software tweaks could iron a few things or The Thing may refer to out. Look look is to use sight to perceive an object at how much Essential or essentials may refer to has been able to improve their dual-camera system over the last few months month is a unit of time, used with calendars, which is approximately as long as a natural period related to the motion of the Moon; month and Moon are cognates.
The camera app itself is very good. There’s a comprehensive manual mode and panorama, time-lapse, multi-exposure and slow motion options are available, among others. There’s also a wide variety of Instagram-like filters that can be applied before or after a photo is taken.
Video can be shot in 4K and the overall results result (also called upshot) is the final consequence of a sequence of actions or events expressed qualitatively or quantitatively are usually good, but it suffers in low light like the stills. There’s also no optical image stabilization (OIS), so video has a tendency or tendencies may refer to: Bleeding tendency, an unusual susceptibility to bleeding Central tendency, a central or typical value for a probability distribution Multi-tendency, a type of political to be a little choppy at times and it’s important to hold still when taking photos photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip in low light.
A lot of amazing phones launched in 2017, but none may refer to: Zero, the mathematical concept of the quantity “none” The empty set, the mathematical concept of the collection of things represented by “none” none, an indefinite pronoun in the of them were particularly unique. Curved displays, dual cameras and premium builds have become somewhat ubiquitous. KEYone was a little different, offering the only physical keyboard on a mainstream is current thought that is widespread smartphone in 2017. launched a titanium and ceramic phone with a screen wrapping around most may refer to of the front (and limited modularity), but for the most part, there was just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a a lot of sameness in the last last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot year.
ZTE took an ambitious idea that Kyocera Corporation (京セラ株式会社, Kyōsera Kabushiki-gaisha) ( listen ) is a Japanese multinational ceramics and electronics manufacturer headquartered in Kyoto, Japan had attempted years earlier with the Echo (below) and made it work with modern specs and a much improved design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit.
Whether interrogative word or question word is a function word used to ask a question, such as what, when, where, who, whom, why, and how or not the phone is financially successful, I really hope ZTE launches a sequel in 2018, because it’s the boldest attempt at differentiation that I’ve seen since the Russian/Chinese series. Those have OLED screens on the front and E Ink screens on the back human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders, but limited availability and quality control issues make it a tough sell. A lot of corporate infighting doesn’t help, either.
The Axon M is far from perfect with a subpar camera (given the high may refer to price ordinary usage, price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for goods or services) and thickness and weight science and engineering, the weight of an object is usually taken to be the force on the object due to gravity that just don’t belong on a modern may refer to flagship. ZTE also needs need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to drop DROP, drops or DROPS may refer to: Drop (liquid) or droplet, a small volume of liquid Eye drops, saline (sometimes mydriatic) drops used as medication for the eyes Drop (unit), a unit of measure of the AT&T exclusivity nonsense. That being said, it’s by far the first dual-screen -monitor, also called multi-display and multi-head, is the use of multiple physical display devices, such as monitors, televisions, and projectors, in order to increase the area available for smartphone that doesn’t feel like a working prototype.
I’ve had more fun with the Axon M than any other smartphone in 2017. The novelty of the second screen wore off a little, but I continued to find myself trying to find a reason to flip FLIP, or flips may refer to it open. It was just too cool working both simultaneously. It’s also the ultimate party party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of a special occasion trick with friends.
If ZTE can refine the design, eliminate the large seam may refer to: Seam (sewing), the line where two or more layers of fabric are held together by stitches between the screens and bring down the thickness/weight, it could represent a new direction for smartphones. Samsung is rumored to be launching a folding phone with a bendable OLED screen in 2018 ( ) and they’re also rumored to be finishing a dual-screen device like the Axon M. We’ll see which approach wins the day. If dual-screen phones are indeed part the future, the next few years will be a lot of fun.
If you’d like to get your hands on an Axon axon (from Greek ἄξων áxōn, axis) or nerve fiber, is a long, slender projection of a nerve cell, or neuron, that typically conducts electrical impulses known as action potentials, away from the M, it’s available at and for $724.99 or $24.17/mo for 30 months. Unfortunately, there are no unlocked units for sale.