Compare Tracfone LG Dynamic 2 and ZTE Valet

In this comparison, we look at two phones with very similar specs, namely the Dynamic 2 and the ZTE Valet. Both of these phones look about the same on paper, but look quite different in person. They are also differently priced, with the Dynamic 2 being $30 more expensive, yet lacking a few items.

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LG Optimus Dynamic 2

ZTE Valet

Phone Dimensions Height 4 1.2″ x Width 2 1/2″ x Thickness 1/2″ Height 4 1/2″ x Width 2 1/2″ x Thickness 1/2″
Weight 4.45 Ounces 4.50 Ounces
Technology CDMA with 3g Data – Activates with either Verizon or Sprint CDMA with 3g Data – Activates with either Verizon or Sprint
Included SD Card Yes – 4gb micro sd card included Yes – 4gb micro sd card included
WiFi Yes Yes
Screen Material Plastic Plastic
Processor Speed 1.0 hgz 1.0 ghz
Android OS Version 4.1 Jelly Bean 4.1 Jelly Bean
Phone Type Small Candybar Touchscreen Small Candybar Touchscreen
Camera 3.0 mega pixels no LED Flash 3.0 mega pixels with LED Flash
Screen Small 3.8″ Diagonal 3.5″ Diagonal
Button Types Capacitive touch/4 Android Button layout/ no back LED backlight Backlit/3 Android Button/ Capacitive touch with Light sensor
Price $129.99 $99.99

Which is Best?

I think you will find that on paper, the ZTE Valet is the clear winner here. Now all the important specs are basically identical, namely in the form of 1.0ghz processor and Android 4.1. In the size department, both phones are basically the same size with the Dynamic 2 having a slightly larger screen. So the reason why I say the Valet is probably the clear choice is because it costs $30 less.

In the performance category, you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between these two phones. Both phones perform essentially identical. No you should be aware that the Valet comes with the Navigation app while the Dynamic 2 does not. Both are GPS capable and both have Google Maps. All other apps are the same on both phones.

Lastly, is the design difference on both of these. The winner here is the Dynamic 2 because it looks a bit more sophisticated and not quite as clunky as the valet. So while the Dynamic 2 looks better, there are a couple of design elements where it falls short for me. For example, the Dynamic 2 does not have backlit Android buttons and the camera does not have an LED flash. The ZTE Valet has both of these items.

Conclusion

In a pure comparison, the Valet is the clear choice both on a spec and price basis. There are also some design elements where the Valet is the clear choice. That said, the Dynamic 2 looks better.