- Analysis by KJ David
An entry-level phone carried by Verizon (Explore other Verizon-carried models here), the Alcatel Avalon V offers a somewhat old-fashioned assortment of pros and cons, likely appealing to shoppers who want nothing more than the essentials.
Among its weakest points are its quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 425 (QC8917) processor and so-so 2GB RAM . Moreover, it supports only up to 32GB of memory expansion (It has 16GB of native storage), which is a huge con, knowing that plenty of competing low-end smartphones allow up to 128GB's worth of external memory.
A couple more of its disgruntling specs come from the imaging department, in the form of a dreary 5-megapixel fixed-focus primary camera and an even more disappointing 2-megapixel-only front-facing cam , both of which obviously flounder in comparison to the 13-megapixel main cams and 8-megapixel selfie cams offered by a few other budget-tier smartphones. Having said that, its main camera offers a somewhat unsung pro in its Google Lens integration , which allows users to search for particular items across various online stores by snapping a quick photo of them.
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The Avalon V feeds off an unassuming 2460mAh battery whose self-attributed scores, which include an 18-hour 4G talk time and a 350-hour 4G standby time, were significantly lower than the corresponding average values as of this on-paper Phonerated review.
Joining its low-budget pros and cons is a 5.34-inch display that, although imitates many high-end large-screen phones with its wide 18:9 aspect ratio , still winds up as a con in our book, seeing that it has a substandard 960 x 480 FWVGA+ resolution . It does, however, come with a Dragontrail cover glass that gives it native resistance to scratches and accidental drops.
Rocking a Suede finish and running on the Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box, the Avalon V makes for a viable choice for basic smartphone users and shoppers with practicality in mind.
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