Cricket Icon Pros & Cons Review

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- Analysis by KJ David

A pretty straightforward low-end smartphone carried by Cricket (Browse other phones carried by Cricket here), Icon's cons include a measly 2-megapixel-only selfie camera whose raw pixel resolution was among the lowest as of this specs-based review. Its 5-megapixel main cam is not that enticing either, although it does offer a standard LED flash, Beauty Mode, and a maximum video-recording resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD).

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Also among its unappealing specs is a 5.5-inch display that suffers from an old-fashioned 480p resolution (960 x 480, to be exact), despite a good number of competing low-budget phones featured here on Phonerated touting HD/HD+ 720p displays. That being said, its anti-scratch Dragontrail glass finish , which makes its facade sturdier than those of some tantamount prepaid low-enders, winds up as an appreciable pro to us.

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Also far from iconic is the Icon's 2500mAh battery , if only because several similarly-specked Androids lug 3000mAh battery cells. Its hardware pros and cons also include a mundane 1.5GHz quad-core processor (MediaTek MT6739) and a mere 1GB RAM , both of which accentuate its low-caliber feature set. One of its redeeming qualities, however, is that it runs on the Go edition of Android 9.0 Pie, which is specifically designed to augment the performance and storage-management of low-class phones like itself.

Speaking of storage, this phone comes with a 16GB memory , which we consider somewhat tolerable, at least compared to the 8GB storage caps offered by some models within the same price range. A microSD card slot for up to 64GB of external storage is on board as well.

With 4G-LTE connectivity and and M4/T4 hearing aid rating rounding out its pros and cons, the Cricket Icon caters to those who are looking for nothing but essential smartphone features.

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