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Compact, comfy Samsung Galaxy Avant (pictures)

The small, 4.5-inch phone is easy to maneuver in one hand and has a softly textured backing that's good for grip.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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Small packages

With its 4.5-inch screen, T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Avant sports one of the smaller screens in today's smartphone space.

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Maneuverable to the max

If you prefer your handset small, this one will certainly fit the bill.

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Screen scene

Unfortunately, the screen isn't up to Samsung's usual standards. A lower 960x540-pixel resolution and subpar display technology drain the screen of color.

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Backing

One thing that is desirable is the material coating the phone's back cover. It resists smudges and feels smooth underhand.

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Camera beatdown

Another area of weakness: the 5-megapixel camera takes hit-or-miss shots. For the best luck, concentrate on outdoor images and hold perfectly still.

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Side view

Easy to hold in one hand and coming in at an economical price, the Samsung Galaxy Avant is a good choice for T-Mobile, but shop around.

For more details, check out the full Samsung Galaxy Avant review.

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