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Alcatel OT-995 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

The handset ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which is hard to swallow even for lower priced devices. Alcatel has pre-loaded the SPB 3D Shell on top of Gingerbread to beautify it, but it seems to add more of a visual flare and less of practical usage improvements. Default icons are spectacularly ugly and saying they are utilitarian would be a huge compliment. Overall, interface aesthetics on the device were clearly not in the focus and that’s disappointing.

The Alcatel OT-995 ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and SPB Shell 3D on top - Alcatel OT-995 Review
The Alcatel OT-995 ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and SPB Shell 3D on top - Alcatel OT-995 Review
The Alcatel OT-995 ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and SPB Shell 3D on top - Alcatel OT-995 Review
The Alcatel OT-995 ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and SPB Shell 3D on top - Alcatel OT-995 Review

The Alcatel OT-995 ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and SPB Shell 3D on top


No Ice Cream Sandwich also starts to mean more and more as the Android platform evolves. A lot of apps that we find truly make Android shine are missing - you won’t get apps like Chrome, Flipboard and Instagram, all of which require ICS or a later version.

Basic functionality is what you’d expect of Android - contacts can be easily synced with Google and you get the rich options of the Android phone book. Typing messages on the pre-loaded keyboard was also a breeze on the big screen.

Phone book - Alcatel OT-995 Review
Keyboard - Alcatel OT-995 Review
Alcatel OT-995 Review

Phone book

Keyboard

 


Processor and Memory:

Performance is one area we are particularly picky about, especially when it comes to lower-end devices that have to cut some corners. We’ve seen that infamous Android lag way too often to tolerate it. Luckily, here it’s barely seen and Gingerbread ran smoothly for the most part. An occasional stutter here and there was still noticeable, and animations didn’t move perfectly smooth, but that would be picking the nits. We also got good framerates on most of our favorite games (we played Angry Birds and Temple Run mostly) and were generally happy with the performance.

Under the hood, the device features a second-gen Snapdragon chip, the Qualcomm MSM8255A, with a 1.4GHz single-core Scorpion processor, a reasonable 512MB of RAM and Adreno 205 graphics. The high clock speed however also comes with a slight downside - the device heats up noticeably when put through the paces.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Alcatel OT-995 2700 3652 29,3
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 1953 4095 32,4
LG Optimus L5 1470 2665 14,2

The Alcatel One Touch 995 Ultra has 2GB of internal storage, of which 860MB are available to the user. Luckily, it comes with a 4GB microSD card on board, but you can replace it with up to 32GB card for even more storage.


Internet and Connectivity:

Android Browser - Alcatel OT-995 Review

Android Browser

On Gingerbread, you have Android Browser as the default browser. Google has picked Chrome as the default browser for Android 4.1, but it requires at least the ICS update, so you can’t install it here. The Android Browser is still a speedy solution that has withstood the test of time, but when compared to Chrome, its interface definitely looks dated and not so convenient. On the flipside of things, you still have Adobe Flash enabled and running. And surfing the web was a pleasure on the roomy 4.3-inch screen with scrolling and pinching in and out perfectly responsive.


In terms of connectivity, it has European-only 3G, so it is not suitable for the States; it supports speeds of up to 7.2Mbps on the downlink which should suffice for the average user.

We appreciate the presence of a dedicated HDMI port on the Alcatel One Touch 995, allowing you to easily stream your phone’s content on a bigger screen.

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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: 420; 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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