In this comparison, we look at the Straight Talk ZTE Valet and the ZTE Whirl. The Whirl is a GSM phone which means Straight Talk will use either AT&T or TMobile. The Whirl on the other hand, is a CDMA phone. This means, Straight Talk will activate it using either Verizon or Sprint. There are a few other differences between the two that makes the Valet the phone to pick.
|Phone Dimensions||4.5″ x 2.5″ x 0.5″||4.25″ x 2.5″ x 0.5″|
|Screen Size||Diagonal: 3.5″||Diagonal: 3.5″|
|Weight||4.5 oz||4.25 oz|
|Android Version||4.1 Jelly Bean||4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Technology & Calling Area||CDMA Activated via Verizon or Sprint||GSM Activated via AT&T or TMobile|
|Headphone Jack||3.5mm (iPod type)||3.5mm (iPod type)|
|SD card slot||4gb Included, supports up to 32gb||4gb Included, supports up to 32gb|
|Camera||3 mega pixel/LED flash||3 mega pixel NO LED Flash|
Technology and Calling Area
The main difference here is the calling area. The Valet would be activated with Verizon or Sprint where. On the flip side, Whirl would be activated with AT&T or TMobile.
Screen and Phone Size
Both of these entry level phones come with a 3.5″ screen measured diagonally. There is a slight difference in dimension and weight as you can see in the table above. The reality of the matter is that both phones are basically the same in this category.
Design & Build Quality
There is no real difference between the design and build quality. Keep on mind that both of these phones are entry level so both come with all plastic construction. This includes a plastic screen. The Whirl gives you a bit more of a rounded shape while the Valet not as much.
Here is another main difference between the two. The Valet has both a dedicated camera button and LED flash while the Whirl has neither. For some, this main not be a big deal but for others it may.
The ZTE Valet is probably the better value because it comes with an LED flash and dedicated camera button. That said, the main thing to consider here is the calling area. Choose which ever phone is most compatible with where you live. Again, the Valet would be activated with Verizon or Sprint while the Whirl would be activated with either AT&T or TMobile.