Big yet low-res screen

The Alcatel Authority's screen may be a sizable 4.3 inches but only offers a low 800x480-pixel resolution. It also has shallow viewing angles and can be hard to see in bright sunlight. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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Plastic that doesn't feel cheap

Crafted from plastic, the Alcatel Authority's frame is solid and has reassuring heft. Its rectangular shape and blunted edges fit comfortably in the hand. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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A curved bottom lip

The back, bottom, and top edges of the Alcatel Authority are curved slightly to conform to gripping hands. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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Silver trim adds some style

A faux-silver metallic trim rings the Alcatel Authority, adding an extra touch of elegance. Here on the left side is the thin volume rocker. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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Texture makes it better

On the back side of the Alcatel Authority sits the main, 5-megapixel camera. A back battery cover sports a nice patterned texture that's easy to grip. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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A phone for grooving

The Alcatel Authority comes with the Muve music-rental service app installed and you can download unlimited tunes if you sign up for a subscription. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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That crazy old Android

The Alcatel Authority runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which has been around for quite some time, and feels like it. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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Bare-bones camera

While the Alcatel Authority can snap decent if not excellent pictures, its camera app doesn't offer much in the way of extras. Read full review
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2.5 stars

MSRP: $249.99

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