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Alcatel One Touch Hero Hands-on

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Alcatel One Touch Hero Hands-on
The phablet category went from nothing to the most contested niche in the span of three years, after Samsung introduced the first Note, and this year everybody plus dog and cat are making phablets, and even bigger ones at that.


Alcatel enters the fray with the One Touch Hero, and when we examined the handset plus the accompanying accessories, the phone fully deserves its title. It is huge, with a bright and vivid 6" Full HD display, yet thanks to the minimized bezel all around, it is fairly manageable, though one-handed operation is a full stretch. Alcatel has provided the usual interface enhancements for one-handed operation, like shrinking the dialer or keyboard to the left or right on the screen, so you can tap with your thumb only, but it is still uncomfortable to use this way.


The stylus felt a bit tight to take out and insert back in, so we hope it will be worn in with time, and the provided software for making a good use out of it is not yet on the level of Samsung's apps like S Note and the new Multi Window mode. There is no app drawer, like on Lenovo's phablet, instead everything is placed on the homescreens, making it faster to access.

Specs and performance

The phone sports 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek chipset coupled with 2 GB of RAM, which is enough for your daily routines, though we'd like to see a more powerful silicon in a phablet like this. The handset sports a tucked-in stylus, like Samsung's Note family, which would presume some multitasking on your part, so a beefier chipset is warranted here, though we didn't have issues with Android 4.2 and the interface overlay in our quick encounter with the phablet.

The rest of the specs are top-notch, with a 13 MP camera and LED flash peeping from the back, while a generous 3400 mAh battery pack is tucked under the cover, one of the large units in the class. Alcatel also provided a memory card slot for expansion of the 16 GB you already have, so the phablet has all the makings of a premium one.

Boatload of accessories

A notable addition to the Hero are the numerous accessories for it, such as an E-ink back cover, pico projector stand, or the Bluetooth accessory for checking out call logs, emails, text messages, and controlling your music player, while the gigantic phone stays in your pocket or purse. These, however, are prototypes still, and Alcatel reps told us they are still mulling which ones are to make it to market, alongside price and availability of the One Touch Hero phablet.

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posted on 06 Sep 2013, 04:25 7

1. eli577 (Posts: 84; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)

Not bad Alcatel, not bad....

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 15:20 1

17. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)

this looks like nexus 4 front screen, gs3 back design with htc one x plastic feel note size screen and stylus.
honestly this is alot better than alot of other phones sold by famous brands.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 16:39

18. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)

Looks very good to me, specially the front.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 04:50 1

2. Boybawang (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

What about the price?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 04:54 4

3. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

I would never consider this one to come from alcatel :)

I really like it, especially the E-ink back cover !

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 05:08 2

4. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 76; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

That is one hairy hand

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 05:25 1

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Nice tiny bezels! :)

And there is no need to talk crap that if you want to have a tiny bezels you have to put all buttons on the back like LG did with LG G2, because it is just an excuse and not true.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:06

6. trkota (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

Why didn't you pull out the stylus?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:13 5

7. affandi (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Damn, this makes the Note 3 look like a device from the 90's

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:31

9. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

Yeah!And you're Batman!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:53 2

11. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

He is american psycho!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:58 1

12. chemhaz (Posts: 161; Member since: 04 May 2012)

I agree, it looks like a HTC One / Sammy Note III hybrid.. I like it.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:29

8. MCrapp (Posts: 318; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)

Looks nice(like LG G2 and Samsung illegitimate child!)

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:52

10. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

First it was LG... now Alcatel... gee everybody complaint about Samsung's Galaxy S4 design, but competition is basing their designs on it! I really like this phablet tough, but what I really don't understand is why PhoneArena is already complaining about its Mediatek chipset when this is still a pre-production unit! I don't get reviewers these days...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 07:41

13. srk_s_rao (unregistered)

what are those side holes on the back?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 10:44

16. Sharky (Posts: 243; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)

That's the connector for the flip covers.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 08:58

14. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

This phone is just proof that any manufacturer has the capacity to make a well designed phone. Even the underrated companies are surpassing apple.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 09:05

15. hellonerds (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

Front is clean but the back is bit sloppy looking.. Nice phone still

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 18:24

19. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Very nice, loving the slim bezels, doesn't even look like a 6" screened phone.

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