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Alcatel OneTouch Hero Review

0. phoneArena 14 Jan 2014, 08:46 posted on

It's been a few months since Alcatel, the face of Chinese TCL for the western hemisphere, presented the stylus-equipped OneTouch Hero, and we finally had the chance to test out and marvel at this massive, 6-inch phablet. And while the gorgeous 1080p IPS panel is definitely the highlight of the Hero, humming underneath are some none too shabby internals, like a quad-core MediaTek chipset, healthy 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear shooter, and two SIM slots. These are some rather compelling specs on paper, ones that put this device in the high-end phablet league. But, how do they actually translate into the real world?...

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posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:52 2

1. Antimio (Posts: 190; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Sweet bezels

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:57 2

2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 218; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I find Alcatel's UI one of the best looking out there. Respect! :0

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:13

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1375; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Agreed, mix of iOS 7, Windows Phone and Touchwiz. Looks great.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:22 3

9. MrKoles (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


I would leave out iOS because it is the copy of Touchwiz itself.

posted on 25 Jul 2014, 10:25

22. zacsaturday (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Agree with the touchwiz part, wish it had the multiwindow and air view though

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:23 1

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8135; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I agree with you there. It's elegant and clean.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 08:57 7

3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nice phone, the only let down is the underpowered Mediatek processor. I like the UI though.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:06 1

4. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Agreed...the Mediatek processor is a bit weak, but otherwise this looks like a pretty awesome phone...and $399 is a pretty amazing price for what you get IMO

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 14:18

15. shahrooz (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Alcatel one touch Idol X+ is gonna be awesome I think

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:17 1

6. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Is this phone even on sale? I can't find it anywhere, not even on eBay.

If this phone isn't even on sale yet, how could they review the phone without discerning that this is not a production model?

Production models are always different from pre-production models. Maybe the lag and the stutter that the reviewer encountered were due to pre-production glitches that they're still smoothing out.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:20

8. datphoneguy (Posts: 140; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Companies usually give out review models to select reviewers before official launches - this may be one of those cases.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:22

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8135; Member since: 14 May 2012)


... Or maybe it could be due to the MT processor?

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:19 1

7. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


TIL: Face Beauty Mode = No beard

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 09:32 2

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8135; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If it had a S800 processor it would have scored a 9.3 or higher.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:11

13. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


If it was even S600, MT's SoC is just plain weak

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 03:34 1

19. Glouba (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


Less expensive to score over 9.0, draw an apple on the back...

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 11:36 2

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2123; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


... so why not a 9?

The sentiment of the review translates to a 9, especially price tag considered (the Nexus 5 is about the same price, faster but runs dry like in half time, cheap build quality, bad speaker and it got 9.5).

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 18:35

16. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


if Alcatel keep on going like this, i foresee the doomsday of Samsung / Sony / HTC

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 20:10

21. Neo_Huang (Posts: 368; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


And if Vivo, Oppo, Meizu, Lenovo, ZTE, etc. go on like they are too.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 22:29

17. kevkyle (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


though am still rockin' my ascend mate, i just might get this phablet to replace my mate .....1080p versus 720p

...and that flip cover - sweet ", )

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 20:45

18. Furbal (Posts: 288; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Fix that UI bloat and I think this is a winner.. Way to go TCL

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