The ZTE Optik is a budget tablet from ZTE and Sprint. At just $99 on a two-year contract, it should be able to reach some pretty high sales numbers provided that the hardware works well.
I happen to have gotten one in for review today and put together an unboxing for your viewing pleasure. Join me past the break to see what's inside the box and get my initial impressions.
When you open the box, you're greeted with the ZTE Optik's 7-inch, 1280 x 800 display. It's covered with a Sprint anti-texting message; while I agree with the message, I'm not so sure that a lot of people are going to use their tablets while they drive.
The tablet comes on a white platter made of cardboard. When you remove those two things, you'll unveil the rather skimpy list of included accessories: a propietary connector-to-USB cable and the wall charger. There's also a little bag right next to the charger, which is meant to be used to ship your old phone to a recycling center so it can then be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Again, I totally agree with the message . . . I just don't see why anybody's going to be replacing their phone with a tablet. Maybe the Optik has some hidden cell phone features – after all, I did get a phone number on the outside of the box.
Finally, here's everything outside of the box. For a budget tablet, this is all you should expect. What you shouldn't expect is how good the Optik feels in-hand: it's got enough weight to make it feel substantial, yet it's light enough to take anywhere you go. The back is made of purely matte materials, and there are even two mesh-like patches of material on either side of the tablet (when it's being held in landscape).
I haven't had enough time to play with it to say anything about its performance, so be sure to check back soon when I've written my review. In the meantime, please feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments and I'll do my best to answer them in the final review.