While most of us will gladly put down a little cash to ensure a great smartphone experience, not everyone feels that way. Some users can’t afford or simply don’t need high-end handsets. For these kind of users there are devices like the newly announced ZTE Director for U.S. Cellular, a single-core smartphone that costs just a penny with two-year-contract.
If the ZTE Director looks familiar to you, that’s because it is both visually and internally similar (though not identical) to the ZTE Fury, which launched way back in March of 2012 on the Sprint network. Like the Fury, the Director sports a 3.5-inch display, a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage. There is also a 3MP camera, microSD and Android 4.0 ICS. At least on the OS front, that’s a step up from the Fury’s Gingerbread.
Let’s be honest, the experience certainly isn’t going to be great. There will be apps that just won’t perform well, or even won’t work at all. The phone will also be a little laggy at times. Still, for first time smartphone buyers with modest needs and modest expectations, it could do the trick.
If you do have your heart set on the ZTE Director, it would probably be smarter to skip the contract altogether and buy it outright for $99, though we leave that up to you.