Telstra 4GX Buzz review


Welcome to the 2015 Telstra 4GX Buzz review.  It’s been awhile since we last reviewed a Telstra branded ZTE phone but finally a new model worth a look! The main selling point is that the 4GX is arguably the cheapest 4G/LTE capable phone in Australia albeit locked to the Telstra network. You can buy the Telstra 4GX as a pre-paid phone selling for under $80.

In terms of construction the 4GX is typically average for an all plastic phone. It doesn’t look anything special or feel it. Mind you that is not unexpected for the price.

In terms of hardware the 4GX has the specifications of what we call an entry level smartphone in December 2015. The earphone sound quality is very raw and could do with better volume. The lower resolution screen is also set back in the case which indicates the age of tech. There is nothing to boast about except for the 4G connectivity. Yes times have changed very quickly in the smartphone class since the last review.

In terms of use thanks to the low resolution screen the CPU doesn’t strain its self too much so 4GX Buzz  is reasonably nice to use when not running high performance apps. Speaking of which there are also plenty of apps to choose from so should keep you happy for another year. Since it is capable of 4G speeds the CPU especially in the browser works fine but you can tell that it needs a faster CPU to make use of the faster download speeds and perhaps more RAM too! In that respect it reminds us of how the iPhone 4GS works with iOS9 installed but the 4GX is a faster and arguably a better experience.

To conclude the Telstra 4GX Buzz is a decent cheap smartphone for those on a budget. There are plenty of better basic Android based phones but nothing with 4G capabilities and at this price!


  • Telstra 4GX Buzz
  • Network
    Tri-band 4G/LTE
    Tri-band GSM Tri Band 900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/2100
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L134 x W67.5 x D10.3 mm
  • Weight 150 grams
  • Display/s
    4.5 inch 480 X 854 pixels
  • Camera
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    480p high definition 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    1.2 Ghz Quad core
    Separate Graphic CPU
  • Memory
    1Gig RAM
    Up to 8Gig for user
    Up to 32Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Features
    A-GPS, Accelerometer, Light
    FM Radio
  • Li-Po 2200 mAh battery
    Up to 300 hours Standby
    Up to 10 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $80 AUD December 2015 (Pre-paid)