ZTE Tania: The Windows Phone On A Budget

Amazons Weekly Deals, out of the blue, had a Windows Phone for sale at £90. Conditioned through years of crapware, instantly I assumed something was wrong. I’d never seen Windows Phones go on sale for this low but at this low a price, I didn’t wish to miss out on this opportunity to test out the hardware. After researching the phone for around five minutes I decided it was worth a shot.

That’s when the ZTE Tania came into my life. Is it worth showing up in yours? Let’s find out!

Before you start taking out your wallets, I’m sorry to say that the deal is now over. However, the price is still low at around £130. In this review, I’m going to highlight all my favourite parts, and hopefully encourage you to pay some attention to this new release.

Who Are ZTE?

Up until I discovered the Tania, I had never even heard of the ZTE brand. This definitely made me a bit skeptical. It turns out ZTE is a massive telecommunication business based in China and is one of the biggest in the world. Of course this made me feel a bit stupid for not knowing this beforehand. Having said that, it did make me a bit more confident knowing that I wasn’t buying a cheap knock off.

The ZTE Tania.

Keep in mind that given the price point, I was still expecting a poor quality and displeasing product. To be honest, I didn’t know what exactly to expect. In the past I’d always trusted the big brands: Apple, HTC and Nokia. Brands that have a worldwide presence and are world renown. Buying from a relatively unknown company scared me. This was a new concept, and I was waiting for the disappointment. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised.

The Phone

First of all, I’m not going to compare this device to the upper class phones costing £400+. This phone fits in its own market, and shouldn’t be put in the same league. Bearing that in mind don’t be expecting anything cutting edge when I look at the technical specifications either.

Side view.

The ZTE Tania has a 4.3″ screen, a bit bigger than the average mobile. The 1GHZ processor it sports, not too fast, but not a slouch either, will definitely get you through the average day. The phone also has a 5 mega pixel camera equipped with an auto flash and a bunch of other different effects. And as you may of guessed, the Tania runs on Windows 7.5. This is one of my favourite operating systems because of its right mix of beauty and simplicity.

Features I Love!

Let me paint you a picture: for the last year I’ve been using a HTC with a relatively small screen size and this highly disappointed me. Swapping from my tablet to my phone was a feat which always saddening, everything just looked small. So, when my phone arrived and it had a screen size of 4.3″ I was surprised and overjoyed. For the record, it has a bigger screen than iPhone 5 at 4″ and a bit smaller than S3 at 4.8″.

If you want a big screen for a cheap price I feel the ZTE Tania is the best way to go. The phone doesn’t even seem oversized, fitting in my pocket or bag easily although, my classmates seem to say differently. In my own opinion, this is a perfect size for daily use. Having a bigger phone than normal isn’t really uncommon in today’s market.

Windows Phones.

The Windows operating system. Though this may not seem too impressive to a Windows Phone user, to readers who haven’t used it before, you probably don’t know what you’re missing out on. The OS is brilliantly engineered and yes, I probably say that too much. And I know that some people dislike the Metro design, but I don’t really see how. It may not be iOS or Android, but there’s definitely an element of something modern and new.


Ok, of course I have a few things I don’t like about the phone but they aren’t massively important. However, I really can’t justify anything I say as it comes down to this being a highly inexpensive phone. These things, as assumed, aren’t going to be perfect.

Firstly, if you’re looking for superb quality visuals, you’ve come to the wrong place. The graphics aren’t terrible to be honest, but they aren’t the best. This may just be me being too used to the Nexus 7, although I’m not going to complain too much about this.

The browser. Internet explorer is the built in browser on Windows phones and I don’t really like it too much. I see IE as a thing of the past, not a thing of the here and now. I know brands like Opera do have apps on the Windows Phone network, but, I would love to see some of the other big competitors too. However, this is highly doubtful, seeing as this is made by Windows.

Why Buy The Tania?

All in all, the Tania is definitely one of the best phones on the market for its price bracket. It has some desirable features, such as screen size and operating system, and best of all it’s for a cut down price. This phone may disappoint you in some specific areas, but really this is a fantastic piece of machinery, changing the way I view newer, not so well known brands.

What do you think of the ZTE Tania? Is this worth the small price tag? Let us know below!