The first thing that will come to your mind when you see the ZTE Groove is that it lacks the modern flair of other wireless handsets out in the market today. From the name itself which sounds like a drawback from the early 80’s with its mediocre design not to mention this handset is running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it might be a little too old for an entry level handset by Cricket. However,

In terms of design, the ZTE Groove appears to be lightweight due its plastic body. At just 4.5 ounces, this is an easy handset to bring with you. It is equipped with all the necessary parts like MicroUSB port for charging, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, audio speaker, camera button, and a touch screen. The display panel contains hotkeys for faster manipulating of the Groove’s interface. The back plate can be easily removed to gain access to the battery thanks to the small indents on either side of the plate.

Just like it was mentioned before, the ZTE Groove runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is pretty much outdated. Expect to find some common apps like Gmail, Google Play, You Tube, Places, Latitude and Search among others. Aside from the standard applications by Google, you can also see Cricket apps such as MyBackup and My Account. Other apps that are found in the ZTE Groove are calendar, calculator, world clock, timer, alarm clock, voice dialer and music player among others.

Perhaps what makes ZTE Groove quite interesting is the Muve Music. This service was developed by Cricket to provide its customers with the freedom to download as many songs as they like into their ZTE Groove. The My DJ feature of Muve Music allows users to get premade playlists that are already organized according to the genre the song represents. A social app is also included where you can share playlists with other Muve Music users.

Don’t expect high quality photos and videos when using ZTE Groove. Even when there are the usual filters and options the subject appears to be grainy when taken. When placing a call, it is easily detectable that you are calling from a wireless handset but both users can hear each other well which is a point to ZTE Groove.

For $100, the ZTE Groove with its Muve Music service is enough especially when compared to the Samsung Vitality. If you are looking for an entry-level handset this might actually be something worth considering.

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