Introduction


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
  • Documentation

Design


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.



AT&T Avail 2

AT&T Avail 2

Dimensions

4.6 x 2.44 x 0.45 inches

117 x 62 x 11 mm

Weight

4.4 oz (125 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.64 x 0.35 inches

130.3 x 67 x 8.99 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

LG Optimus F3

LG Optimus F3

Dimensions

4.57 x 2.44 x 0.4 inches

116 x 62 x 10 mm

Weight

4 oz (113 g)

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.46 x 0.42 inches

121 x 62 x 11 mm

Weight

4.27 oz (121 g)

AT&T Avail 2

AT&T Avail 2

Dimensions

4.6 x 2.44 x 0.45 inches

117 x 62 x 11 mm

Weight

4.4 oz (125 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce

Alcatel OneTouch Fierce

Dimensions

5.13 x 2.64 x 0.35 inches

130.3 x 67 x 8.99 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

LG Optimus F3

LG Optimus F3

Dimensions

4.57 x 2.44 x 0.4 inches

116 x 62 x 10 mm

Weight

4 oz (113 g)

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

Dimensions

4.78 x 2.46 x 0.42 inches

121 x 62 x 11 mm

Weight

4.27 oz (121 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display


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



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3 Comments

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

"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?

3. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

It was a mistake. Google Now IS available with the Avail 2.
Avail 2
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(5h talk time)

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