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ZTE Axon 7 Mini 32GB 4G LTE Gray Unlocked Smartphone 5.2
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: General phone quality, Android updates, unlocked dual SIMs.

Cons: Signal level, battery life, indoor photos.

Other Thoughts: I’ve had the ZTE Axon 7 Mini about six weeks. I like the Mini. I choose the Mini due to it being unlocked, having a reasonable price, being shipped with a soft-case, having a 2-year warranty, and having dual SIMs. The fingerprint reader works reliably. I have tested a dual-SIM configuration – no complaints. Appreciate being able to choose one SIM for data service while leaving both SIMs active for receiving calls and texts. This phone is a big step up from a previous generation of ZTE phones I have owned.

My Mini replaces a 2-year old Android cell phone that used the Verizon cellular network. When I activated the Mini I switched from the Verizon to the AT&T cellular network. I thought that would be no problem, since we have an iPhone 5 that also uses the AT&T cellular network, exhibits a low but adequate signal level, and always has service. A bad move. At our house the Mini exhibits a poorer ATA&T signal level and sometimes says “No Service”. I have installed a SIM from a second MVNO that yields identical AT&T signal quality, so this appears to be a ZTE problem.

The Mini camera is adequate, with pleasing colors. But I don’t like the Mini indoor images: the constant f1.9 aperture (and the resulting lack of depth-of-field) which is usually combined with a slow shutter speed and a high ISO. All images suffer from enthusiastic image sharpening.

The Mini battery life is below my expectations. But the battery does charge fairly quickly, so being near a recharging source once during the day seems to provide adequate power. It’s necessary to dig into the Android app and power settings to get the best battery life out of the 7 Mini.

Never liked Android 5.x, but I am very happy with Android 6.x. I appreciate that ZTE has provided continuing Android updates.

This is the first device I own that uses a Type-C USB connector, so I had to purchase some additional USB Type-C cables.

I could not find a tempered glass screen protector to fit the Mini, and had to settle for a less desirable film-type screen protector. The rounded vertical edges of the 7 Mini prevent the screen protector from sticking at the vertical edges.

I cannot get the Mini to back up my contacts and other settings to my Google account. (That account still has backups from by two previous Android phones.) When will Google provide a version of Android that allows a user to take and restore a complete backup of an Android phone, as can be done with iOS using iTunes?

I can’t get rid of the distracting lock screen wallpaper.

ZTE may be clearing out stock of this phone - new phones were recently announced with a larger battery. Unless this phone can be purchased at a bargain price I would wait for the newer ZTE phones.

Rexus PST-3 Digital Power Supply Tester with LCD
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Works as expected. 08/07/2016

This review is from: Rexus PST-3 Digital Power Supply Tester with LCD

Pros: Good device.

Cons: No latch indicator on 20/24 pin connector.

Other Thoughts: The supplied printed instructions were O.K., but viewing the PST-3 YouTube videos made a big difference in understanding the various PST-3 connectors and the LCD display.

The 20/24 pin connector does not indicate which is the latch side. Can be confusing the first time inserting a 20-pin connector.

Accidentally bounced the PST-3 off a hard tile floor and it survived with no damage.

ORICO 25AU3 Aluminum 2.5-Inch Tool Free USB 3.0 SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure - Red
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as expected.

Cons: Weight, sharp edges.

Other Thoughts: The bulk of the 25AU3 enclosure is a chunk of heavy aluminum "u" channel. The top and bottom edges of my enclosure shows cut marks with somewhat sharp edges.

The protective case fits well, will protect the enclosure from cosmetic scratches, and allows the USB cable to be inserted without removing the enclosure from the case. The case significantly ads to the enclosure bulk when being transported and has no storage for the USB cable.

The USB 3.0 cable supplied with my enclosure is not 3.3ft as described on the Newegg site but approximately 23 inches – still adequate.

The supplied printed User’s Manual did not help me much and I was frustrated trying re-latch the open enclosure after inserting a disk drive. Viewing the ORICO 25AU3 YouTube videos was the only cure.

My disk drive did rattle inside the enclosure. Be careful if you pad the drive to keep it from rattling. When I placed a foam pad to the top of my 320GB drive the drive would not properly seat into the SATA connectors. I had to place the foam pad on the bottom of the disk drive.

No problems so far. Performance is about what is expected for a 2.5” USB 3.0 enclosure. The bright color (mine is red) is attractive. While I prefer the older slightly smaller ORICO 2588US3-BK enclosure with rounded edges I would still recommend this enclosure – especially if the protective case is an attractive option.


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Date Joined: 03/09/01

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