ZTE Blade Z Max: Big battery, big screen, dual-lens cameras, and $130

Do you ever feel like you have to compromise buying a really great phone because you're not feeling the high price tag? Now, you don’t have to. I'm about to tell you why the ZTE Blade Z Max is the hottest new phone on the market.

And the best part? It’s only $130. Yep, One. Three. Zero.

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So let’s get straight into the specs, shall we?

The ZTE Blade Z Max runs on the latest version of Android 7.1 and comes with dual-lens rear cameras, because let’s be honest, one is just not enough. It’s equipped with a 16 megapixel lens with an additional 2 megapixel lens. That means you can take photos in a variety of ways. I’m no photographer, just an active IG’er. But I do love the portrait and monochrome mode. There’s even a fisheye option- no attachment lens needed!

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Entertainment never looked better, thanks to the 6-inch full HD screen. The fingerprint sensor is also on the back so there’s even more room for the edge-to-edge display.

So you’re probably wondering, how’s the battery life?

Blade Z Max is packing... a super-large and long-last battery and promises up to 31 hours of talk time. And yes, just in case you were wondering, I really talk on the phone that much.

You can also keep the phone on standby for 22 days and charge on-the-go with Qualcomm's quick charge capabilities while texting or streaming.

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One of my favorite features is the memory on this bad boy. While most phones are equipped with 16GB of memory, this phone comes with 32GB of internal memory, but is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card, so you can store all of your favorite photos, videos and songs and never miss a moment.

Obviously, this is not a big investment for all of its high-tech features. So is this my new favorite phone? Let’s break it down.

Here’s the good:

  • Unbeatable price ($130) that fits anyone’s budget

  • It’s super thin (one third of an inch), and the phone still fits perfectly in your palm and pocket

  • Dual-lens rear camera and great photo editing features

  • Long battery life: 31 hours of talk time in 1 charge

  • Bright, colorful 6-inch full-HD display

  • There is no annual contract or commitments, unlike other phones


Here’s the bad:

  • Performance can be slow

  • You're locked to MetroPCS

  • Picture quality is slightly pixelated

What’s the verdict?

The ZTE Blade Z Max for MetroPCS comes with some of the bells and whistles of the latest iPhone and Samsung, including a dual-lens camera, fingerprint sensor, beautiful 6-inch HD display and fast charge, for just $130. While it could use just a few tweaks on its performance (it’s not the Ferrari of phones), it’s a really smart phone for a really smart price.

So, Yay or Nay? YAY!

 

This post was made possible in collaboration with ZTE.

Photo: Jessi Casprowitz

Photo: Jessi Casprowitz

Behind the scenes! Special thanks to the incredible team at PRO Sports Communications for helping with this video. Watch the video: https://youtu.be/cQMy-o-LW98

 

Fitness apps that keep you on track

Being an entrepreneur means never really being off the clock, so it’s easy to put fitness on the backburner. These days there are so many fitness apps out there promising to motivate you and keep you on track. But it’s so easy to buy an app related to an activity as a substitute for actually doing that activity! So how effective are these apps as opposed to a personal trainer or class instructor? Whether you struggle with motivation or simply don’t have time to get in the gym, here are my top 3 fitness apps that actually get results!

1. The Nike + Training Club app is designed specifically for women (but anyone can use it) and has workouts curated by celebrity trainers, Olympians, and professional athletes. The app tracks your progress the more you use it and has a reward system as encouragement to keep you going. The app lets you personalize your workout by allowing you to link or create your own playlist to go along with the routines. My favorite aspect of Nike +Training Club is that you can enter an end goal into the app, so each workout is tailored to making you reach your fitness goal.

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2. No matter how many #MotivationMonday posts you see, motivation can be so hard to find! If the drive to go to the gym eludes you sometimes, the Charity Miles app could be just what you need! Every mile you run or walk raises money for a charity of your choice. Before you start your workout, choose a charity and get moving to help a cause! The Charity Miles app is easy to use and helps make your workout make an impact beyond your fit goals,

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3. So much fitness, so little time! If you’re always on the go like me, the 7 Minute Workout Challenge is a must! This app curates daily workouts for you, and they’re only 7 minutes long! The 7 Minute Workout Challenge is a great way to make a work break productive, and get you  moving during a workday. These workouts are pretty intense, so make sure you’re warmed up before starting your challenge.

Bonus Tip: Don’t rely on wearable fitness tech to tell you how many calories you’re burning! While heart rate and speed readings are fairly accurate, research shows that fitness tracking wearables are off by about 27% when it comes to calculating how many calories were burned during a workout.

Whether you’re a natural-born athlete or not, these apps can help get you off the couch and on track to reaching your fitness goals!

Bad WiFi slowing you down? Kiss buffering goodbye with eero

I don’t know about you, but I cannot even deal with bad wifi. Especially in my own home! My bedroom was barely getting any signal, and how was I supposed to look at adorable cat pictures while laying in bed?

Not to mention how my husband always seemed to hog the wifi connection! I don’t care how funny your Netflix show is, babe! I have emails to send and videos to watch! Bosslady has to work!

We needed a solution. Enter EERO.

Kiss bad connectivity and dead spot issues goodbye. eero is the world’s simplest and most reliable wifi system. With a router and range extenders, known as beacons, you can cover your entire home with their patented TrueMesh software. Unlike most wifi and extender systems, eero gets automatic security updates and any new threat is addressed immediately and automatically, without you doing anything.

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All you need for eero is a modem, internet service, and a cell phone. The eero connects to an app on your phone and supports both iOS and Android. The eero also integrates with Alexa if you own an Amazon Echo.

eero is sleek, small, and will be basically invisible in your home, as has an elegant, white design. It’s so easy to set up that even your husband could do it!

It’s simple for anyone to set up using the smartphone app, and includes features like parental controls, the ability to set up a guest network, and sharing the password with guests over email or through a text message. Buh-bye to the pesky and annoying buffering wheel, WiFi dead zones, and the dreaded reset button. eero gives you peace of mind knowing your WiFi will always work so you can get back to doing what you love to do in your home.

I work from home and when my husband chose to work from the home office, we used to have to take turns doing everything. Even sending emails was a chore and took forever! eero does exactly what it says it will: boosts the internet and blankets my entire home. Thank goodness, because I almost threw my husband’s laptop out the window! No more website-loading roulette!

Especially when you work from home, or have a wifi hog for a husband, it is time to walk into 2017 and upgrade your internet experience. You need the best connection to do your best work!

Getting great wifi all over the house shouldn't be such a headache! Use promo code TECHSESH to get free overnight shipping with the purchase of an eero system and say good-bye to buffering!

This post was made possible in Collaboration with eero.