Samsung Galaxy Avant

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5.8/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Avant currently has an Informr score of 5.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Price
  • Build quality
  • Performance
  • Internal storage
  • MicroSD support

What's bad

  • TFT display is dull and grainy
  • Low resolution display
  • Slow, low quality camera

Adding yet another affordable option to the Galaxy lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Avant is looking to help Samsung gain a bigger foothold in the growing prepaid market. While it’s far from their flagship offerings, does it offer enough for budget users to get a taste of the Galaxy experience? Let’s head to the reviews!

One look at the Avant and you’ll know its a Samsung handset. While a bit smaller than its more powerful counterparts, at only 5.2 inches tall, the phone features the signature chrome band, rounded edges and physical home button that you’ll either love or hate. CNet played with the phone and found it “really comfortable to hold” thanks to its faux-leather rear treatment.

Sporting a 4.5-inch 960-by-540 display, the phone is far from bleeding edge. Unfortunately, Samsung made the decision to ditch their usual AMOLED display for a TFT LCD. Most reviews noted the lack of quality on the display with CNet calling it “dim and dull” and further stating that “outdoor visibility is dismal.” Some reviews also mentioned poor viewing angles and a lack of contrast.

Powering the Avant, you’ll find a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1.5GB of RAM. This is quickly becoming the standard in budget handsets. Coupled with the low resolution display, reviews found performance to be more than adequate, even with gaming. Cellphone Trek said that the Avant “performs above-average for its class.”

Unfortunately, the 5MP rear shooter with 0.3 front-facing camera are another blemish on the phone’s reviews. From slow shutter speeds and noisy photos to poor color reproduction and an aggressive flash, reviews found numerous faults with the camera. If you’re looking for a phone to take lots of pictures, this might not be the best choice. CNet summed up reviews well, calling the camera “subpar.”

Rounding out the offerings, you’ll find a nearly unheard of 16GB of internal storage and a 2100mAh battery. MicroSD support allows you to expand the storage on the phone another 64GB to make room for your media collection. Reviews of battery life were solid, with most getting a full day’s use, if not more, on a single charge.

Overall, reviews indicate that the phone is a good deal as long as you don’t mind a lackluster screen and camera. CNet summed up reviews well, stating, “If you need a phone now and price is everything, get it without qualms.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Magazine

The Samsung Galaxy Avant is a decent value and delivers a consistent, carrier-approved software experience, but stretching your budget a bit opens up far better options on the unlocked market. The $250 Alcatel One Touch Idol 3, our Editors' Choice for budget-friendly unlocked smartphones, delivers a...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
Cnet

Unfortunately, there aren't a tremendous number of options when it comes to T-Mobile phones hovering around the $200 mark. The Samsung Galaxy Avant performs above-average for its class, making it one of the better choices -- and that excellent call quality is certainly a bonus. If you need a phone n...

- Jessica Dolcourt, Cnet


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy Avant on July 30, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Avant user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy Avant with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Avant's screen size is 4.5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 15.5 days standby time, 1080 minutes (2G), 1080 minutes (3G).

Galaxy Avant Specs

Overview
Release date July 30, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100/850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.74 W/kg
Body: 1.5 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 480 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 480 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1080 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 15.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.3 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 137 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Amazon, Google Drive, Dropbox, Flipboard, Google+, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G386T, Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

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Critic Reviews


PC Magazine

A decent value for 4G LTE-equipped smartphone

from PC Magazine

The Samsung Galaxy Avant is a decent value and delivers a consistent, carrier-approved software experience, but stretching your budget a bit opens up far better options on the unlocked market. The $250 Alcatel One Touch Idol 3, our Editors' Choice for budget-friendly unlocked smartphones, deliver...More

The Samsung Galaxy Avant is a decent value and delivers a consistent, carrier-approved software experience, but stretching your budget a bit opens up far better options on the unlocked market. The $250 Alcatel One Touch Idol 3, our Editors' Choice for budget-friendly unlocked smartphones, delivers a near-flagship experience, and it's properly banded for T-Mobile's 4G LTE network. Stepping down to $150 will get you the LTE-equipped Moto E, which largely matches the Avant on features. Going with the T-Mobile-approved Avant isn't necessarily a bad choice, but venturing out into the unlocked market yields the best bang for your buck.

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Cnet

Run-of-the-mill Samsung Galaxy Avant is fine for the price

from Cnet

Unfortunately, there aren't a tremendous number of options when it comes to T-Mobile phones hovering around the $200 mark. The Samsung Galaxy Avant performs above-average for its class, making it one of the better choices -- and that excellent call quality is certainly a bonus. If you need a phone now and price is everything, get it without qualms...

More

Unfortunately, there aren't a tremendous number of options when it comes to T-Mobile phones hovering around the $200 mark. The Samsung Galaxy Avant performs above-average for its class, making it one of the better choices -- and that excellent call quality is certainly a bonus. If you need a phone now and price is everything, get it without qualms.

 

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User Reviews


kim

I used to but the buttons stopped working within 10 months.

Good phone for the price

Replaced an HTC One with this. Comparing the 2...Avant screen is dimmer but acceptable. Sound volume is lower but OK. Camera speed is comparable (somewhat slow on indoor shots). But video is much better especially indoors. The big difference is that the Avant is faster surfing the web. It has a much sn...More
Replaced an HTC One with this. Comparing the 2...Avant screen is dimmer but acceptable. Sound volume is lower but OK. Camera speed is comparable (somewhat slow on indoor shots). But video is much better especially indoors. The big difference is that the Avant is faster surfing the web. It has a much snappier feel overall than the HTC One. My first HTC One was replaced due to a known blue tinge on indoor shots. The 2nd HTC One died a few months later. I needed a good (cheap) phone fast. The Avant meets my needs and then some. At $149 (T Mobile sale) vs $500-$600 for anything else, it was a no-brainer. Finally, friends & loved ones have Samsung phones - all have been dependable. Less

A Giant Step Backwards

I had to buy a new phone (because my Galaxy SIII crashed and burned when I did a factory reboot. I went with the Avant because it's what I could afford. Big mistake. The entire system layout has been changed. What used to be the HOME button is now a second power-on switch (which means if you don't use...More
I had to buy a new phone (because my Galaxy SIII crashed and burned when I did a factory reboot. I went with the Avant because it's what I could afford. Big mistake. The entire system layout has been changed. What used to be the HOME button is now a second power-on switch (which means if you don't use a case--there are none available right now--the phone will turn on in your pocket, wallet, or purse). If you hold down the HOME button, it automatically launches Google Search--whether you want it to or not. The MENU button is no longer a menu button--it brings up a list of your most recently used apps. Again, it's hardwired, so you can't reprogram it to be more useful. And if there is any way to completely shut down an app you've just exited (so it doesn't continue to drain power), I haven't found it, short of installing a 3rd-party app to do it for you. I wish I had waited until I could afford the Galaxy 4, but it just shows how addicted I've become to technology: I COULD NOT afford to be without my cell phone (my main communication device) for another 2 weeks. The Galaxy Avant should have been named the Galaxy Lite. Less

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