- Analysis by KJ David
Released as part of Cricket's 2019 prepaid Android phone lineup, the Wave packs a bevy of entry-level pros and cons. These are led by a humdrum quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm MSM8909 processor whose raw clock rate shies of the 1.3GHz top speeds scored by many of its introductory-class 2019 rivals. Its engine is accompanied by no more than 2GB of RAM , which we consider a rather unsurprising setback for a phone within its price group -- it was priced at only $40 around the time of this technical Phonerated review.
The Cricket Wave will not be making waves within the entry-level market when it comes to photography any time soon, considering that its cons also include a modest pair of an 8-megapixel rear-facing main camera and an underwhelming 5-megapixel-only front-facing camera , the latter being easily overshadowed by those of the best selfie smartphones in town. Note that some tantamount smartphones rock 13-megapixel main cameras and 8-megapixel selfie shooters.
Going back under the hood, the Wave is loaded with 16GB of internal memory that's accompanied by a 128GB maximum external memory allowance , which we consider an appreciable pro, at least compared to the 64GB- or 32GB-only top-up storage ceilings offered by many of its contemporaries.
Joining its low-end specs are a 5-inch IPS display with a run-of-the-mill 1280 x 720 resolution, a 4G-LTE network adapter, and some preloaded Cricket apps, including My Cricket and Cricket Wi-Fi Manager.
The Wave's pros and cons are powered by a 2500mAh battery that befits a low-caliber Android phone (Cricket mentions a 3300mAh cell on another part of its spec sheet). Having said that, its 17-hour maximum talk time was roughly 13 percent higher than the average mark when we were checking it out.
With the Android 7.1 Nougat platform and a Blue finish topping it off, the Cricket Wave winds up as a viable choice for budget-cautious shoppers or those who do not need anything more than a basic smartphone.
** This phone is also known as: Freetel Wave
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