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Alcatel One Touch Fire Review

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Alcatel One Touch Fire Review

Introduction


Alcatel One Touch Fire Review
Alcatel One Touch Fire Review
Alcatel One Touch Fire Review
It's been a while since chatter of a Firefox OS was nothing more than a faint whisper, so we'll be checking up with the Mozilla-developed platform's progress as it performs on the Alcatel One Touch Fire with a level of excitement. Originally known as Boot to Gecko (B2G), Firefox OS has definitely been going on for a while now, though an essential question remains: is the OS worth investing into?

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • USB Cable
  • Earphones with a microphone
  • User manual

Design


As most other low-cost smartphones out there, the Alcatel One Touch Fire is just a slab of glossy plastic. We see nothing impressive or innovative about its design, but we can't call it bad either. The handset itself, despite being a bit chubby, is light, comfortable to hold, and small enough to fit in most pockets. It can be used easily with a single hand thanks to its petite proportions. The overall feel you get when interacting in any way with the One Touch Fire, however, is decidedly low end – the plastic feels even cheaper than usual.

Underneath the phone's touchscreen we have a single capacitive button that takes the user back to the home screen when tapped. The power and volume buttons, located on the top-left and left sides of the handset respectively, are well exposed and have a nice travel to them.


Alcatel OneTouch Fire
4.53 x 2.45 x 0.48 inches
115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm
3.81 oz (108 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

ZTE Open
4.49 x 2.44 x 0.49 inches
114 x 62 x 12.5 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

ZTE Open

Sony Xperia E
4.47 x 2.43 x 0.43 inches
113.5 x 61.8 x 11 mm
4.08 oz (116 g)

Sony Xperia E

LG Optimus L3 II
4.04 x 2.41 x 0.47 inches
102.6 x 61.1 x 11.9 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)

LG Optimus L3 II

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.



Display


The 3.5-inch TFT screen on the Alcatel One Touch Fire is barely passable, though this is somewhat justified by the phone's budget price point. While we're far from simply dismissing a display simply because of its compact proportions, there's a point to be made about the annoying persistence of 320x480 pixel panels. Viewing angles are average at best and outdoor visibility is problematic. As is the case with many budget phones, the display is one of the largest sacrifices you'll have to make when buying into a device like the One Touch Fire.

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posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:04 3

1. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 294; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


For an entry level smartphone, it deserves more than 3 points.
Really dissapointed that PA mostly give bad score to entry level smartphones and feature phones. PA should give the score accordingly to the phone class/level.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:09

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 294; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


OOh, and also "CMIIW".

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:22

3. jellmoo (Posts: 452; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I agree that a 3 is a little low, but if the bugs mentioned here are as prevalent and serious as they say, that alone is a very good reason to have a low score.

Also consider how a device like this, while similarly priced, is of considerably less value than the budget friendly Lumia 520.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:28 4

6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


We rate each device based on its class. We recently reviewed the very budget Acer Liquid Z3 and it scored 7.9/10.

http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Acer-Liquid-Z3-Review_id3453

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:26 2

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 294; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Thank you for the answer.
I really appreciate it.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:23

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6631; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Wait, isn't this being compared to devices within the same price point?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:28 2

5. sprockkets (Posts: 940; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"PhoneArena.com takes over a minute to fully render, not to mention that it crashes every now and then after loading for a while. "

Uh, that's not a shocker - it does the same thing with my HTC Sensation, and that thing is what, 2 generations newer of a CPU?

Your site sucks for mobile devices.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:08

7. buccob (Posts: 1046; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Actually I think it is a known problem using Opera with Turbo (or Off Road) mode ON... IF by any chance that is your case...

I do not have problems with PA over Chrome, Puffin or WEBmall Browser for Sony's Small Apps

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 15:43

11. chamucost20 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Actually, the site takes quite some time to load even on Chrome on a Huawei Y320 which is no slouch... funny how a site dedicated to mobile devices doesn't work so well on mobile devices. I have been using the One Touch Fire for a couple of months now and though it still has some bugs (like not being able to establish a data connection after turning Airplane Mode on and off), it's nothing close to the horror story PhoneArena is telling, and there's just no way the phone deserves a 3/10 -.-

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 18:06

9. DanielWalsh1294 (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


What is the effing point of this phone and OS. They are both @#$5.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 06:13

10. SebasCvdB (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


The specs on this phone is horrible even for a low budget phone. You think Alcatel could do better at this point. Also I smell lawsuit if Apple would see this thing. I feel like I've been trasported back to 2007 / 2008 looking at this thing.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 15:46

12. chamucost20 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Which wouldn't be a surprise, they would even sue an apple tree for "infringing on their trademark" xD

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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
256 MB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.45 x 0.48 inches
(115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm)
3.81 oz  (108 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 6.7 hours talk time

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