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Alcatel OT-995 Review

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Alcatel OT-995 Review
Introduction:

Alcatel OT-995 Review
The Alcatel OT-995 doesn’t come from the well established names in the industry like say Samsung, but you might be surprised that the French company Alcatel has been around for quite a while and definitely has the experience to make a respectable device.


Is this device such, though? In the One Touch 995 Ultra (OT-995), Alcatel delivers a spacious 4.3-inch display for an extremely affordable price. If you are hunting for specs, it looks like a bargain. But the bland design and aesthetically dull interface, make it a very utilitarian device even for its bargain price. Are you all about the specs and should you overlook this? We need to look into more detail before answering those big questions.


Design:

The Alcatel One Touch 995 Ultra won’t surprise anyone with its appearance. It looks and feels like just another smartphone from China - your typical plastic slab with rounded corners; it screams “ordinary” with every detail. It’s not too thick at 0.39 inches (9.8mm), nor too heavy at 4.37 ounces, or 124 grams. It lays in the hand with a nice weight, though, and is comfortable to hold with the clean soft touch plastic back. Also, the back cover is practical - the soft touch plastic won’t catch smudges. If we had to sum it up in a few words, those would be solid build and dull looks, utilitarian.

The Alcatel OT-995 is comfortable to hold with the clean soft touch plastic back - Alcatel OT-995 Review
The Alcatel OT-995 is comfortable to hold with the clean soft touch plastic back - Alcatel OT-995 Review
The Alcatel OT-995 is comfortable to hold with the clean soft touch plastic back - Alcatel OT-995 Review

The Alcatel OT-995 is comfortable to hold with the clean soft touch plastic back


Alcatel OT-995 Review

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The front side, all encircled with plastic siding doesn’t impress. The device comes with the four standard capacitive buttons for Gingerbread. An issue we had is the buttons are lit unevenly, as if the designers didn't have the time to finalize the device.

Alcatel OT-995 Review
Front-facing camera - Alcatel OT-995 Review
Android buttons - Alcatel OT-995 Review
 

Front-facing camera

Android buttons


Volume key and microUSB port (left) - The sides of the Alcatel OT-995 - Alcatel OT-995 Review
Right edge - The sides of the Alcatel OT-995 - Alcatel OT-995 Review
3.5mm jack and power key (top) - The sides of the Alcatel OT-995 - Alcatel OT-995 Review
HDMI port (bottom) - The sides of the Alcatel OT-995 - Alcatel OT-995 Review

Volume key and microUSB port (left)

Right edge

3.5mm jack and power key (top)

HDMI port (bottom)

The sides of the Alcatel OT-995


One thing we noticed out of the ordinary is that the screen lock button was tucked too deep, making it a bit hard to press.

Back - Alcatel OT-995 Review
Rear camera - Alcatel OT-995 Review
Back cover removed - Alcatel OT-995 Review

Back

Rear camera

Back cover removed



Display:

The biggest highlight of the One Touch 995 Ultra is the 4.3-inch WVGA LCD capacitive display. That resolution is definitely a great asset for the price and we were pleased with the brightness and quality of the display. As on most LCD displays, whites look impressive, contrast is good and blacks look a bit on the gray side. Viewing angles are also decent with colors getting washed out slightly only at extreme angles.

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posted on 27 Jul 2012, 02:36

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Camera Looks very UGLY!!!
No wonder its 5.5

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 08:54

4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Don't you know the Idiom ''Don't judge a book by its cover''.

I would rather want a UGLY Phone with great specs, rather for a pretty phone with crap specs. one example would be the Lamborghini android phone. Phone arena don't rate the phone mostly by its looks, but rather its specs and how fluid scrolling etc and the build quality. If you say this phone's camera is ugly, i think u r too.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 13:58

6. kpander (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Plus, the camera's pictures aren't very clear. I try to clean the eye, but they are still not clear vs my husband's htc

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 02:44 1

2. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you can disable spb shell 3d and have the normal 2.3 user interface and this phone will get 4.0 sometime this year or next year
http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/support/faq/ot-995.html
info on how to do it

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:40 5

3. smallworld (Posts: 440; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Alcatel is NOT French. They sold it to a chinese company a while ago. Get it right please it's annoying.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 13:46

5. kpander (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


My first smart phone. But the swype- every time I use an I it shuts down & won't let me add anymore words. If I go in and switch to regular keyboard & back to swype can sype again. Took it in they "rebooted" or whatever, lost everything on the phone & it worked. Now all the sudden today the Y is doing the same thing. Not sure what to do. I love the swype. Hate to take it in again & erase everything. The swype has no dictionary...not even "the, or," nothing. The regular keyboard has a dictionary. So every word I have to add to the dictionary in swype. It's almost like it gets to so many words & the letter stops working & with I & Y so close together wonder if in the phone somehow. Any suggestions

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 05:26

7. lovely (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


Hi Can u make a review of alcatel tribe touch OT-813D?, I want to know your opinion about this phone cause I'm planning to buy one. please reply.

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Alcatel OT-995

Alcatel OT-995

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1400 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size5.00 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches
(127 x 68 x 9.8 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)

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