UNBOXING ALCATEL ONE TOUCH GLORY 918N REVIEW
By: Revengsky Joseph D. Reyes (aka rjdreyes – jcyberinux.com)
(Note: You may wonder about the Date/Time of the Smartphone is incorrect. I’m sorry about that, I’m too excited to explore the Smartphone. LOL :D)
Anyway this is my personal review about ALCATEL ONE TOUCH GLORY 918N an affordable Dual-SIM Android Smartphone. To start with, let’s take snap look on the box. (I think all the Smart phones box are getting smaller in packaging).
Quick Start Guide – Manual and Warranty Card.
microUSB Charger and microUSB Data Cable. In my opinion, I think ALCATEL should develop a microUSB charger adapter, so that you could used the microUSB Data Cable itself, but they separately made it. I guess there is a purpose on charging capabilities.
And now let’s see the Smartphone. Pretty neat, Eleagant, Smooth. Who would say, it’s an Entry Level Android Smartphone. 😀
When I held the Smartphone, the grip were fantastic, it was perfectly fit for any hand (I have medium size hand, so this perfectly match on my grip). I like the finish style of the phone, the black plastic part and with glossy glass, is the part of the touchscreen of the phone. The 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with a package buttons for menu, search and back. It has a also primary Home Screen button physically attached below the touchscreen menus. The small hole on the lower-right side part, I do believe it is for the Voice/Voice Recording. The screen has a 320×480 pixel resolution with 256k color display which entirely looks good and stands out on the first glance.
The package includes the 2GB microSD Memory card and also the 1300mAh Lithium battery(3.7V, 4.18 Wh).
It has a earpiece/headset perfectly design for music enthusiasm and daily usage call conversations.
At the back you can see the 3.0 Megapixel camera, good for taking ordinary pictures or amateur pictures. (Don’t expect too much of its quality)
For video quality, just like I said, the camera lens of the phone is an entry level and not high end level. So everything is basic and also considering the smartphone has no flash/flashlight. Taking a picture/video on day were no problem, except for night, that is a totally different story.
Then at the side there is the volume control, and the power button, The power button has an option that can power off, sleep, wake, Airplane mode and Silent mode.
You can also see an easy snap back cover remover on the edge of the phone. You can used for fingernails and remove it instantly without any hassle. 😀
At the other side is the microUSB port of charging and data connection of the phone. (I hope the ALCATEL can develop a cover on the microUSB port to cover it from daily usage and from dust/dirt.)
At the top part side of the phone is the 3.5mm stereo jack earpiece/headset port. If you have other earphones or headset you want to try, of course, this standard 3.5mm jack in can put any brand of earphones you want.
Let’s open the back part of the smartphone, as you can see the 1300mAh Lithium battery, the Dual-SIM card slot and the microSD slot which is supports up to 32GB. (So you can put more music files, video files, etc..) From the manual, you can see how to put two (2) SIM cards on the Dual-SIM slot.
The microSD slot can easily lift by your finger tips.
You can also see the Loudspeaker, good for listening music and having call conversations with loudspeaker on. (At this picture you also see how to pull off the battery on the phone.)
Okay, enough for the physical part. Let’s take a roll on the ALCATEL One Touch Glory 918N Android Smartphone. 😀
Turning the phone on, take about 30-35 seconds (more or less, I think depends on how the OS/applications loads up on the phone.) Then turning off, takes about 13 seconds.
Detecting your phone SIM Card(s), takes about 4-5 seconds.
Horray my New SIM detected. 😀
Drag the the arrow to unlock. On the Home Screen, when you touch the Menu, you can Add Widgets, Manage apps, Choose a Wallpaper(Live Wallpaper and a Standard), Search, see Notifications and Settings of the phone.
Don’t expect too much on the phone(like vibrant and clear responses like other high end Android Phone), but this phone I was amazed on how responsive the menus and apps are (although sometimes there were sluggish and lags, and depends on application usages.).
The ALCATEL ONE TOUCH GLORY 918N, is a perfect phone for those who would like to experience an Android Smartphone which is more affordable. It has a CPU Speed 650 MHz ARM, Chipset MTK 6573, an Android OS v 2.3 Gingerbread (The CPU Speed matches the needs of users who are starting or who wants to experience Android Smartphones), Memory Usage of (150 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM) – the internal memory storage of the phone is an issue because this means you will have to used limited apps or widgets running on the phone. To experience maximum fine and minimal sluggish or lags; used apps or widgets that cost low memory/RAM consumption.
The Music Player is pretty responsive and nothing to worry there are tons of music player applications. (Just remember the memory usage and of course low consumption of RAM).
Next is the Network Connectivity, It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3G – HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps. Wifi connectivity thru Wifi-spots, the response were fast and a great deal for internet surfing and social media sites. Use the smartphone on ultrafast wifi spots or on your home wifi internet, to experience that highest possible speed for the smartphone. The internet connection varies on connection settings, and number of devices that are connected on the wifi router/internet on the area. Bluetooth response and speed transfer is great, good to know it was fast to transfer and share files. On using 3G, still depends on the connection settings and the network subscribe by the user. While using 3G, I notice the consumption of the battery were 5%-10% faster than ordinary usage of the phone.
While using Internet Browser you can zoom in and zoom out the webpages by expanding both sideways of the fingertips(outward) or closing in(inward).
The touch screen perfectly fit on my fingers while using SMS messages. The feature on the phone with G-sensor to enhance the gaming experience. The TouchPal Curve Technology which helps more to spot the right word.
For gaming experience, there are games that you can/cannot play. For other games like most HD quality cannot be played, but there are other HD quality games that I tried like Field Runners. Which runs smoothly, but I have to wait longer on loading the game. Then I play Angry Birds, Ninja Jump, Paper Plane Pilot, Fruit Ninja and other games which I don’t see any problems on loading and while on game play they all run smoothly. (I will put down the list of games as I can, maybe on my next review). 😀
On Video/Movie capabilities, I think it all depends on the Player 😀 For my experience, I play a movie using Movie/Video Player App called MoboPlayer which plays all the Video/Movie codec/format such as AVI, MPEG, MKV, etc.. I think most of the codec/format can be played here. Try it for yourself. 😀
Movie courtesy of Little Nicky, this film has a respective copyrights. I used the movie for demonstration purposes only. 😀
My first expectation on the movie playback there were sluggish or lags, but I was surprised. The Movie played smoothly and without lags and not even pixelated. (I will write my reviews on the MoboPlayer soon using this phone :D)
Battery Life, well expect the 2-4 days standby time, and on daily usage 1-2 days. But all depends on the usage of the phone, so keep that in mind. 😀 (Note: I notice if you using Dual-SIM your battery drains faster. I’ll make pretty review on this soon.)
Contacts and Call Dialer everything runs smoothly. 😀 If you need to install applications you can used Easy Installer. (I’ll discuss this soon) 😀
Summary: The touch screen responsiveness is 99%, with TouchPal Curve Technology, G-sensor, Multitouch featured makes everything easier to use and user-friendly. There were times that the responsiveness and smoothness of the touchscreen is delay, due to applications used too much memory or RAM. So using good applications and right applications in a manner, will save you from any lags. Task Manager also did a good job for clearing some RAM, if you feel that your phone slowing down, this application may help you. It can also uninstall applications that currently you do not used anymore plus end or force down the applications usage.
Screen Display, don’t expect like any high end phone, because it is part of the cost budget wise for the phone. Responsiveness of keypads and apps are well done and nothing to be concern at. Internet connectivity and surfing experience nothing to concern. Video recording and Camera lack of quality due to its 3.0 megapixels and lens, don’t expect too much of it but it’s good for ordinary day with good source of light.
Audio and Video Playback, much better to used earphones or earpiece, much better experience. 😀
In general review, overall entry level rating 95% or for 8/10 rating, satisfaction is up and you got all the features you need for a basic Android Smartphone. A Dual-SIM with affordable price, what else you can ask for. 😀
Some Basic Questions:
Upgradable Android OS? So far, there’s no advice that you can upgrade the phone Android OS, I ask it from the store staff.
Can I expand the memory using Rooting? That’s out of topic, if Rooting is your way, you may refer manuals or guidelines on the internet maybe try on Google Search.
Where I can buy this phone? From respective store such on Malls. Ask from the Mobile phone stores.
(Note: Movie/Film courtesy of Little Nicky, GSM Network, Song Artist/Albums and Android Games have respective copyrights. I used it for demonstration purposes only.)
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