Straight Talk ZTE Majesty Z796C Full Review

Another day, another ZTE phone for Straight Talk. Today, we look at the ZTE Majesty (Z796C). This one is of the CDMA flavor, so your service will be activated with either Verizon or Sprint. What's new here, at least for a Straight Talk ZTE, is a much improved 1.2 ghz processor, so this is a relatively high end device for ZTE. Also new on this phone is a better 5mp camera which takes decent pics. Not a bad phone for a ZTE Straight Talk so like Huawei, they are improving their prepaid phone selection.

Carrier Straight Talk

Release Date August 2013/September 2013

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ZTE Majesty Z796C Specifications


Android Operating System

Jelly Bean Android version 4.1

Phone Processor Speed

Data Speed
3g and WiFi

Phone Dimensions
5.37" x 2.61" x .48"

Phone Weight
5.3 OZ

Form Factor
Candy bar touchscreen

Screen Size and Resolution:
4.0" Diagonal, 480 x 800 pixels
Carrier Technology:
CDMA via Verizon or Sprint

Battery Life:
Up to 12hrs talk time, Up to 11 days stand by


Camera resolution:
5.0 MP

v 2.0

Charge and data cable port
Standard Micro USB

Headphone Jack
Standard iPod type size - 3.5mm

Maximum Micro SD card Support
Supports up to 32Gb support. Comes with 4gb sd card.
Straight Talk/Net10 ZTE Majesty Review

ZTE Majesty Features

Affordable price with fairly high end features, latest Android 4.1 operating system, powerful processor, good camera, Google Play app downloads, Google Maps, gps navigation.

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Typically, I am not a huge fan of the Chinese brands because most the time they are, to put it bluntly, pieces of crap. However, this latest round of new phones for Straight Talk has brought some pretty good little phones for the price. The ZTE Majesty is one of those higher end Chinese brand phones that Straight Talk is rolling out. What's good here is the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the 1.2 ghz processor which is great since most of their previous devices have been of the sub 1ghz variety. So while the Majesty does not bring anything new to the table, it does bring good specs to the value prices Android segment.

Features And Performance

Performance on this guy is top touch what with the 1.2 ghz processor on board. I hated the last Straight Talk ZTE phone I tested which was the Merit. Performance on that thing was not the best which was probably because of the older Android 2.x OS it came with. That thing would not play Netflix vids for crap. That is not the case with the Majesty, this is a top notch phone specs wise and performs very well. It's got plenty of horsepower to run just about any app you throw at it and Android 4.1 runs everything very smoothly. Also on this phone is a fairly good 5.0mp camera so you can take decent pics. It also has a secondary front camera as well. They won't be of iPhone quality but they are much improved.

Features wise, we get the typical Android stuff which includes Google Play app downloads, Google Maps, GPS, Google Navigation, YouTube, etc. You won't find a whole lot of extras in that department because after all this is still a value phone which is fine by me. That said, the phone has everything you need and nothing is disabled in anyway. I forgot to mention that it does have a built in FM radio which is always good to have.

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One thing the Chinese are not know for and that is for making flashy phones, at least not for Straight Talk. This one is no different because it's pretty straight forward. You have a shiny charcoal gray bezel around a plastic screen. There's nothing by way of fancy decorative trim or anything like that. Personally, I don't mind this as the phone is plenty functional and I don't need it to be part of my wardrobe accessories or anything.

The layout is again straight forward. You have the 3 Android button layout with capacitive touch type buttons. On the left you have the volume buttons and charge port. The top you have the 3.5mm headphone jack and power/lock button. That's about it on the layout so like I said, nothing super fancy here just a functional and familiar layout which is typical on the Chinese brands.

Wrapping it Up

The Majesty is a good value phone that sits squarely in the mid grade section of the Android scale. It's got very good specs for a phone at this price range. There is nothing super fancy about it so all I can say is that its a phone that gets the job done without spending a lot of money and without sacrificing specs for budget.