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Alcatel One Touch Fierce Review

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Camera:


The camera’s user interface is one area that is not stock Android, as you have different modes to choose from, including normal, HDR, face, panorama, time-laps, smile detection, as well as scenes (auto, night, sunset, etc), flash, color effects, white balance, ISO, and resolution.


Regarding the 5MP camera, it is fixed-focus, meaning it does not auto-focus like most other smartphone cameras. Because of this, you need to be at least 6 feet from the subject, otherwise they will look blurry. Images that we took outside on a sunny day are a bit of a disappointment (are you noticing a trend here?) as colors look muted and overall dark at times, instead of being bright and true-to-life. Image detail was also lacking, as pictures were generally soft and fuzzy, instead of sharp and crisp. Inside images continued this trend, and with lower light levels more grain and “fuzziness” is visible. Still, images are usable and OK compared to other budget phones. The LED flash is a bit of a joke, as it doesn’t really illuminate a scene, and instead gives everything a blue hue.

Video recording is limited to 1280x720p resolution at 30 frames-per-second. Again, we were not surprised that video quality was lacking, with the image being overly dark and dreary looking. 



Multimedia:


Alcatel includes their own Music Player, in case you’re not a fan of standard Google Play Music app. It has a basic user interface, with tabs across the top for artists, albums, songs, and playlists. It also features a built-in EQ with preset settings, or you can adjust it manually. Even through the music quality isn’t the best we’ve head, we were actually quite impressed with the music playback through the rear speaker, as it was plenty loud with nice tones and lacking any distortion. Naturally, using a pair of earbuds will provide a better quality experience.


The thumbnail view in the Gallery app is nothing that we haven’t seen before, as it’s pretty much stock Android. For playing back your own videos files, most formats are supported, including MPEG-4, H.264/263, DivX and Xvid. But again, we’re let down by the poor color reproduction and viewing angles of the display.

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posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:36

1. Planterz (Posts: 826; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I have no iinterest in this phone, but I gotta ask...WTF is up with the Vellamo Metal score?

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:25

2. FAUguy (Posts: 77; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


Sorry about that, it has been corrected.

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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6589M, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.13 x 2.64 x 0.35 inches
(130.3 x 67 x 8.99 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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