AT&T Avail 2 Review
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.
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