The Good The Alcatel Authority has a sturdy design and offers basic Android capabilities plus Muve Music downloads.
The Bad The Alcatel Authority runs the old Android Gingerbread operating system and has a slow processor.
The Bottom Line While the Alcatel Authority can serve as a first foray into Android, there are better basic smartphone deals to be found on Cricket.
Low-end Android for a midrange price
On the surface, the $249.99 Alcatel Authority looks like nice option on Cricket Wireless. The smartphone runs Android and connects to Google's vast ecosystem of software and services. The phone also is compatible with Cricket's Muve Music song-rental service, putting unlimited and portable tunes within the handset's reach. That said, newer options on the no-contract carrier have come along offering more for the same price. For example, thehas a fresher version of Android, while the adds to this faster performance plus 4G data. All that makes the Authority add up to an unsound decision.
The Alcatel Authority lacks the stunning beauty of today's superphones, which sport breathtakingly slim designs or all-metal construction. Like its sister phone on Cricket, the LG Optimus Regard, the Alcatel Authority has a chassis made from the more mundane gray-colored plastic. In line with its sibling, however, the handset feels solidly built and, weighing 4.8 ounces, has heft that I find reassuring. I also like the faux-silver trim running around the edges of the device that adds a touch of sophistication.
Measuring 5 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick, the Authority is longer yet slightly thinner than the Optimus (4.37 inches by 2.29 inches by 0.45 inch). Above the phone's screen sit a notification light, trim earpiece grille, and tiny lens for its front-facing VGA resolution camera.
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