AT&T Avail 2 Review
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when a smartphone company sees itself in a bind, especially when its reputation in the high-end segment is rather lacking in the US, it's only fitting to focus the attention on the prepaid market. ZTE is quite simply one of those companies, despite the push it has made with some of its more spec heavy smartphones, it's still not enough to get ahead of the game. Enter the AT&T Avail 2, a no frills $79.99 outright Android smartphone that’s lined up ready for AT&T's prepaid portfolio. It’s dirt cheap no doubt, so we’re curious if it’ll at least give us something decent to use day in, day out.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
Nope! You're not going to find anything swell with the design of the AT&T Avail 2, since it's the poster child of conventional smartphone designs – if there is really such a thing! Indeed, we appreciate that it's super compact and lightweight when compared to the greats of today, but regardless of that, it just comes off cheap due to its flimsy plastics and questionable construction. The rear might have a faux pas leather finish, but as a whole, its design is pretty much forgettable.
Much like all other basic smartphones, all the bare essentials are found with this – like its trio of capacitive Android buttons, earpiece, LED notification light, light/proximity sensor, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, power button, volume control, and microUSB port.
Checking out the rear, it features a paltry 2-megapixel fixed focus camera and two notches that hide away its internal speaker. Sorry folks, there isn't a front-facing camera with this, which limits its overall functionality over other smartphones. Prying off the rear casing, we're granted access to its 1500 mAh battery, full sized SIM slot, and microSD card slot.
Cringe worthy to say the least, the AT&T Avail 2 is packing along a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 TFT display, which fails to impress us in any way. For starters, detail isn't one of its strong points, as its 165 ppi pixel density count delivers garbled looking visuals. Secondly, the display is so bad that it distorts at all angles except when it's viewed head on – giving it an extremely washed out look. Meticulously looking at it more, the display has a noticeable cooler look, which makes the color white appear a bit blue in tone. And finally, the surface of the touchscreen feels more like brittle plastic, which seems to be a magnet for finger prints and it's super prone to scratches as well. Overall, it's pretty pathetic! But did we really expect anything else out of it?
AT&T Avail 2 360-Degrees View