TCL A2 (A507DL) Tracfone Review

Tracfone TCL A2 (A507DL) Smartphone Review

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Tracfone TCL A2 Review and Specs

A new TCL smartphone is now available from Tracfone featuring a 5.5" touchscreen, Android 10, 32 GB internal storage and 3 GB RAM.

TCL is the parent company of Alcatel, and has recently started releasing smartphones under their own name. The A2 comes with some impressive specs, particularity the storage and RAM, and also comes at a low price. We'll share all the details on the A2 in this review. Some listings for the A2 use Alcatel and TCL interchangeably.

Tracfone has been releasing a number of different smartphones to use on their prepaid network over the course of 2020 and several of them have also come with 32 GB internal storage (which is a nice feature). Keep up with all the new phones in our Latest List of Tracfone Smartphones.

Let's check the quick facts to get a snapshot of the TCL A2.

TCL/Alcatel A2 (A507DL) Quick Facts

What we Like:
-Low price
-32 GB internal storage
-3 GB RAM
-Android 10

What we Don't Like:
-Only an 8 MP rear camera
-Quad-core processor

Several of the features are quite impressive, especially the latest Android version and a reasonable amount of RAM and internal storage. We also see that the A2 cuts some corners to keep it a budget phone by only including a single, 8 MP rear camera while many competitors offer higher megapixel, multi-rear camera setups.

Time for the full list of specs on the A2.

Tracfone TCL A2 (A507DL) Features and Specs

Below are the features followed by the technical specs
  • Android 10
  • 4G LTE
  • Access to over 1 million apps on Google Play
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Alarm Clock
  • MP3 Player
  • Standard 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • SMS/MMS
  • Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) Rating: M4/T4
  • USB Charger
TCL A2 (A507DL) Specs
Size: 5.76'' x 2.8'' x 0.37'' in (5.6 oz)
Camera: 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
Screen: 5.5" full HD touchscreen with 960x480 resolution
Processor: 1.8 Ghz Quad-core processor
Memory: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB and up to 512 GB using Micro SD Card
Battery: 3000 mAh with 15 hrs talk time, 10.5 days standby

TCL (Telephone Communication Limited) is an electronics company based in China that is most well known for televisions but also manufactures cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners and more. They were founded in 1981 and have gone through several name changes, and a number of joint ventures with other companies.

In 2004, TCL announced a joint venture with Alcatel-Lucent, a French/American company, and launched the Alcatel Mobile Phone brand. Alcatel phones have been widely available in the US, and several options have also been available on Tracfone including the 

Alcatel cell phones are generally known for being very budget friendly, but not the best quality.

TCL is now releasing smartphones under their own brand name (this could be partially due to their license of the Alcatel brand name expiring in 2024) with the TCL 10 Pro one of their high-end unlocked option recently released.

Concerns over the quality of the phones from TCL may still exist, but the low cost may also be very enticing for some.

Let's get into the details of the A2 with our full review.

TCL/Alcatel A2 (A507DL) Tracfone Review

Touchscreen
The A2 comes with a 5.5" touchscreen with a 18:9 ratio and 960x480 resolution. The size of the screen is a little smaller than many newer smartphone options, but still a popular size. The screen resolution is on the low side with a pixel density of only.195 PPI. This can lead to images and video on the phone not looking as sharp or crisp as on other devices with better resolution. This is a little surprising from TCL, as they are well known for making pretty good televisions.

Internal Performance Specs
The highlight of the TCL A2 are the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. These are features most users want, and the A2 delivers that. The A2 also has a MicroSD card slot for additional external storage. 

We are not as impressed with the 1.8 Ghz quad-core processor. It is adequate for general use on the phone but may start to struggle with more resource intensive apps or games.

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Camera
An 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera come with the A2 and neither are particularly impressive. They will work for capturing images and video to share, but if you better quality photos there are several other much better options available from Tracfone like the Samsung Galaxy A20.


Battery
An average sized 3,000 mAh battery comes with the TCL A2 that provides about 15hrs talk time and 10 days on standby. With moderate to high usage the A2 will likely won't make it a full day on a single charge. For a device with excellent battery life, consider the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX with a 5,000 mAh battery.

Android
The A2 does get the latest OS with Android 10 that brings a number of updates, security patches and additional features to the device. Tracfone has started to offer some phones OS updates, but that has been limited to a few devices and it is always a good choice to get a phone with a more updated OS for security reasons.


Overall Design
We see that the TCL A2 is a little thicker than most phones from Tracfone, and the bezels on the front screen are larger than some of the newer devices we've seen, but there isn't any notch in the screen, and there is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Overall it fits in one hand well but the overall build quality is about average.

Shop for TCL A2 Covers and Cases on Amazon to protect your phone.

Conclusion
The TCL A2 from Tracfone offers some great features at a very reasonable price. With 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and running Android 10, it is an attractive option. However, the screen quality, processor and camera aren't as good as several other smartphone options from Tracfone. 

If better performance is a concern, the Moto G7 Optimo MAXX or Samsung Galaxy A20 are both devices that offer better performance and battery life and are available from Tracfone. Or consider the Tracfone BYOP program.

For budget conscious users who like the low price on the A2, the Moto G6 may actually be a better option. Even though it is an older phone, running Android 8 (but with an upgrade to 9), it has a 5.7" screen, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, octa-core processor and dual rear camera. Plus, the Moto G6 is available with a year of service for just $69.

Where to Buy the TCL A2

Get the TCL A2 from Tracfone for $59
Find the TCL A2 from Walmart for $59

View the TCL/Alcatel A2 (A507DL) User Manual and Device Tutorials for more details and information.

That concludes our review of the TCL A2 from Tracfone. Leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions.

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