About the ZTE Unico
The ZTE Unico is the first affordable LTE phone from Straight Talk. This phone can been as an affordable version of the Samsung Galaxy S phones though to be honest, specs on this one aren’t quite as impressive but it is the only other LTE Straight Talk at this time that’s not going to break the bank.
The main item on this phone is basically the fast LTE internet connectivity at an affordable price. Now don’t be turned off by the ZTE brand because their phones are on the up and up. The next item worth mentioning is the 4.5″ screen that’s large without it being obnoxious.
Other than the LTE connectivity, specs are fairly robust. Not don’t expect this to be a monster in terms of specs because after all, this is a budget device. For starters, we find a 1.6ghz processor which is plenty fast for just about all apps and games you can download.
As I mentioned above, the phone comes to us with a 4.5″ screen that’s crisp and clear. I like the 4.5″ screen because it’s plenty large for watching movies. Despite the fairly large screen, the phone still remains relatively compact measuring just 5.25″ high by 2.6″ in width.
About the only weak spec here for an LTE phone is the camera as it only has 5mp of resolution. At this point, I would expect better from a phone of this caliber. I say that because you can find 5mp cameras on other Straight Talk ZTEs that are much cheaper than this. I wouldn’t call it a deal breaker, just something to keep in mind.
Design & Look Feel
As is often the case with these Straight Talk ZTEs, the design is somewhat pedestrian. The phone is all black plastic construction and does not have much by way of fancy trims and such.
The layout on this one is pretty much the same as it is on other ZTE phones. Just below the screen we find a 3 button capacitive touch layout which is common to all other ZTE Phones currently on the Straight Talk page.
There’s not a whole lot more to talk about here as everything such as power/lock (top right), volume (upper right hand side) and charge port (bottom) is where you would expect.
The Unico is a good offering for those who want LTE speeds without spending Samsung Galaxy S money. Specs are good though not great for an LTE device. What I really like about it, however, is the affordable price tag which under cuts the Galaxy S by more than half. That said, don’t expect the same performance but as with all things in life, this is a bit of a compromise.