AT&T Avail by ZTE hands-on: A compact Gingerbread GoPhone

Prepaid for those who want to be contract-free, ZTE's AT&T Avail is a compact 3G phone.

AT&T Avail by ZTE Lynn La/CNET

NEW ORLEANS--In addition to showing off its V96 tablet this year here at CTIA, ZTE also displayed its AT&T Avail. The device is a prepaid GoPhone that retails for $129.99.

Equipped with a 3.5-inch TFT touch-screen display, the Avail has a 600MHz processor and includes 512MB of RAM.

It's a 3G phone that's powered by a 1,500mAh battery, and has a reported talk time of 5 hours. It also has a microSD slot that takes cards of up to 32GB.

On the back, the device has a 5-megapixel camera that's capable of shooting video and has a digital zoom of up to 2.5X.

When I got a chance to handle the handset, I liked the matte plastic material that the Avail was made out of. The specs fit just around the entry-level to midlevel range, so don't expect a lot of bells and whistles.

Though some will think the price doesn't match the specs, others who like going the prepaid route may consider the Avail.

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AT&T Avail

The Bottom Line: As an entry-level prepaid handset, the AT&T Avail is reliable, reasonably priced, and easy to use. / Read full review

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Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.



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