Alcatel OT-995 Review

Introduction and Design

The Alcatel OT-995 doesn’t come from the well established names in the industry like say Samsung, but you might be surprised that the French company Alcatel has been around for quite a while and definitely has the experience to make a respectable device.

Is this device such, though? In the One Touch 995 Ultra (OT-995), Alcatel delivers a spacious 4.3-inch display for an extremely affordable price. If you are hunting for specs, it looks like a bargain. But the bland design and aesthetically dull interface, make it a very utilitarian device even for its bargain price. Are you all about the specs and should you overlook this? We need to look into more detail before answering those big questions.


The Alcatel One Touch 995 Ultra won’t surprise anyone with its appearance. It looks and feels like just another smartphone from China - your typical plastic slab with rounded corners; it screams “ordinary” with every detail. It’s not too thick at 0.39 inches (9.8mm), nor too heavy at 4.37 ounces, or 124 grams. It lays in the hand with a nice weight, though, and is comfortable to hold with the clean soft touch plastic back. Also, the back cover is practical - the soft touch plastic won’t catch smudges. If we had to sum it up in a few words, those would be solid build and dull looks, utilitarian.

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The front side, all encircled with plastic siding doesn’t impress. The device comes with the four standard capacitive buttons for Gingerbread. An issue we had is the buttons are lit unevenly, as if the designers didn't have the time to finalize the device.

One thing we noticed out of the ordinary is that the screen lock button was tucked too deep, making it a bit hard to press.


The biggest highlight of the One Touch 995 Ultra is the 4.3-inch WVGA LCD capacitive display. That resolution is definitely a great asset for the price and we were pleased with the brightness and quality of the display. As on most LCD displays, whites look impressive, contrast is good and blacks look a bit on the gray side. Viewing angles are also decent with colors getting washed out slightly only at extreme angles.

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