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AT&T Avail 2 Review

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Interface and Functionality


Nowhere close to having the extravagant set of features found with rival Android experiences, the custom one here running on top of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on the Avail 2 still boasts all the foundational elements of Android – like its rich personalization and deep integration with Google's various services. In its attempt to mix it up beyond the usual stock appearance, ZTE has changed up the lock screen by offering us the ability to select what apps we can access from it. At the end of the day, it simply goes to show that little time or investment has been applied to liven up the experience over other offerings.

Taking into factor that we're dealing with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean here, it means that Google Now is available with the Avail 2. Aside from that, all of the core organizer apps have the usual set of functionality we're familiar with on other smartphones.

Regarded as below average in this day and age, the 3.5-inch size of the Avail 2's display makes it tough to type out messages with few mistakes using the on-screen keyboard. Not only is the layout cramped, but it's sometimes unresponsive as well.

Processor and Memory


Armed with nothing more than an aged single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor with an equally pitiful 512MB of RAM, the Avail 2 crawls with its performance – to the extent that basic operations are affected adversely! For example, you'd think that most handsets would be quick about getting to the homescreen when its home button is pressed, but with this, it surely likes to take its time. Painfully slow here folks!

Even though we're constrained by its 2.25GB of internal storage out of the box, it's something that's easily fixed thanks to its microSD card slot.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 4890
AT&T Avail 2 1857
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 13774
AT&T Avail 2 3856
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 14
AT&T Avail 2 3.6
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 461
AT&T Avail 2 264
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 1500
AT&T Avail 2 903
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Internet and Connectivity


MOST smartphones are able to handle surfing the web with ease, but unfortunately, that's not the case here with the Avail 2. Instead, it crawls trying to load up complex web sites with its HSPA data connection. Furthermore, its sluggish performance combined with its low quality display makes it nearly impossible to accept.

Part of the GSM family, it’s enabled for global travel with few worries about compatibility with other networks. Not surprisingly, it’s armed with only the bare set of connectivity features – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 09:06 4

1. boosook (Posts: 933; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The camera samples are not bad at all for a phone with that price! I've seen much worse results, even from more expensive phones with 3.2mp.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 10:32

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


"Taking into factor that we're dealing with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean here, it means that Google Now is not available with the Avail 2."

Google Now started with 4.1, so this statement is very misleading. Does this phone have Google Now or not?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 09:55

3. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


It was a mistake. Google Now IS available with the Avail 2.

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AT&T Avail 2

AT&T Avail 2

OS: Android 4.1.1
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.6 x 2.44 x 0.45 inches
(117 x 62 x 11 mm)
4.4 oz  (125 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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