Alcatel OneTouch Hero ReviewAlcatel OneTouch Hero 8.7
Calls' quality surprised us. We go through quite a few phones every month, and a very significant portion of those run into the same type of problems – hollow voices, low volume, interference and what not. But not the OneTouch Hero. The speaker is very loud, and voices are transmitted very pleasantly, without noticeable distortions, and this goes in both ways – contacts reported hearing us just as clearly.
The combination of a 3400mAh cell and frugal ARM Cortex-A7 cores translated into some downright awesome battery life numbers. The Alcatel OneTouch Hero managed to hold its ground for the whopping 8 hours and 11 minutes in our custom test that simulates real-life usage with no break. With a score like that, the Hero is actually second to none, at least when it comes to 1080x1920 resolutions. In the best of scenarios, it should be able to last for up to three days.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
Looking back at the time spent with the Alcatel OneTouch Hero, we can't help but admit that the Hero showed great promise from the very beginning. This is a device that exhibits some really impressive qualities, ones that could easily put it at the very top of the phablet food chain. The display is just awesome, and the body is well-crafted and truly compact. The camera is on par with even more premium solutions out there, and both call quality and battery life are equally top marks. The software is inviting and, in combination with the Magic Flip cover, give the Alcatel OneTouch Hero a real character. Unfortunately, that very same software feels shoddily optimized, and the MediaTek chipset just can't keep up. Pity, as this is perhaps the one thing that, ultimately, felt very wrong about the Hero.
The OneTouch Hero comes with a price tag of about $399. So how does it compare with other, similarly-priced phablets? The first one to come to mind is the new, $339 Lumia 1320. The affordable, 6-inch phablet from Nokia is somewhat similar in price, but comes with considerable hardware cuts, like a less impressive 720p display, only 1GB of RAM, and an inferior 5-megapixel shooter. The upcoming 6-inch Lenovo S930 also comes cheaper, at $319, but is similarly underpowered in comparison. It sports a comparable chipset, but only 1GB of RAM, a supposedly inferior 8-megapixel shooter and a less-detailed 720p screen. The underpowered chip aside, the Alcatel OneTouch Hero is an excellent phablet that can rival more expensive models, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One max, the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Oppo N1.
- Sturdy, well-crafted, and super compact body
- Awesome battery life
- Bright, beautiful display
- Great camera
- Call quality is surprisingly good
- The MagicFlip cover is, well... magical
- The MediaTek chip feels underpowered
- Beautiful, but heavy interface
Alcatel OneTouch Hero Review - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion