- This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Net10, Simple Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Walmart Family Mobile, and Pure Talk USA. No contracts and data plans required;
- HSPA 3G Smartphone running Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), with 4.7-inch multi-touch LCD display; 2G Network GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G Network HSPA 850/1900;
- Wi-Fi networking with Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot and tethering capabilities, GPS for navigation and location services; Dual SIM card slot, 4GB storage, Micro SD expansion to 32GB;
- GPRS, HTML Web Browser, Built-in Apps: Google Play, YouTube, Google+, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Voice Memo, Notes;
- Dual camera, back-5-MP, front 2-MP; HD 720p recording; Bluetooth 3.0 stereo music; FM Radio, MP3 Player, MP4 Player;Up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 360 hours of standby time, High Speed USB 2.0, 3.5mm Audio Jack
RCA A1 4.7″ 3G Unlocked Dual SIM, Android 4.1 (Affiliate Link)
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From the beginning!
When I first got this phone for $132.99 from Amazon (Affiliate Link), it was the easiest phone to get started with other than having to figure out which way to slide the SIM card into the SIM Slot. I found the setup of the was almost a breeze to update and start using. The one problem. Then the next thing you need to do is setup the phone the right way, and install your apps that you are wanting to use with the phone.
The phone itself doesn’t have any indicator light or does some of the thing things like the Samsung Galaxy S3 but it does make it look like it is a S3! I simply love it that when I show my friends and family they say is that a S3 then I show them the back of the phone with the words RCA and laugh. It’s a cheap version of the S3 and it can be used with Straight Talk Wireless with no problems.
Display is really nice and crisp, although I did have problems with the processor which I found out was an AMD chipset for the phone. The Processor seemed adequate for the phone and you really couldn’t tell of any major slow downs on the phone as I was using it.
Tethering on this phone is enabled by default and I can easily tether my laptop to the phone via wireless or wired connection with no problems. I can see this being useful for many people who are out and about and need to check something on their portable devices.
The phone has several limited features that you want to consider before buying this phone. Some of them are quite simply that you only have a limited space on the phone to install apps. 2 Gb’s of space at most and that even using an external SD card doesn’t negate it. You can install apps and some apps can be moved to the external SD card but others will not move and take up the internal space.
Battery life on the phone was nothing unusual and I have talked to the supplier of the phone and they assure me that a new battery will be available soon for the phone. On my phone lately the battery without being plugged in last 8 hours or less without being used. I do not know if it is the apps that are draining the battery or if the battery is just going bad really quickly. So I am constantly having to keep the phone plugged in to keep the phone from going dead all together.
If you’re looking to fool people and look like you actually bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Amazon Affiliate Link) than paying the $300 out-of-pocket. You can buy S3 rubber cases and such that will fit the phone but the problem with that is when you need to charge the phone the case has to be taken off. The phone works really well for those who can’t afford a phone as the S3 but you should keep in mind that it isn’t anything like it. You can do mostly anything with this phone that you can do with other Android devices but you will be limited on some things. Overall this phone was a joy to use and to learn all about what RCA did to the operating system and to see them step into the phone arena. All in all with the price of the phone, you get what you pay for and it is a small piece of the real thing.