ZTE is certainly fine reputable phone-maker. The handsets always seem to be top quality and robust. Same for Huawei and Lenovo.
Originally Posted by chanchan05
Actually, I think the reason why Chinese branded devices are cheap, even by big brands like ZTE and Huawei, is that there is NO support. Unlike Samsung or HTC, who spend millions researching updates and new software they can make to take on the competition (Apple, Motorola, Nokia, etc), ZTE doesn't do over the air updates. They don't do innovations like multi-window or Sense Widgets, or services like Samsung Dive and HTC Sync. They make a phone, slap Android on it (with a few customizations but very minimal to almost none), and then sell it. If you want to update to a new Android version, but a new phone. This cuts production and maintenance costs for the model, but also decreases the duration of its lifecycle. Instead of having a 2 year life for general usage compared to other phones on the same specification range, it has like just a year before it becomes completely out dated.
Think they could be considered out dated in the United States, especially if one expects to always have the latest and greatest. Here in China, from what I've seen, people tend keep their phones for a very long time. Good quality phones like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo, are still rather expensive compared to the off-brand knock-off garbage that floods out of Shenzhen. Other thing in China, famous non-Chinese brands like Motorola, Samsung, Apple, Nokia etc, can sometimes be horribly overpriced here, rather like Louis Vuitton handbags. It's something like a $1000 for a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, just because it's a Samsung. Paying for the name.