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Alcatel OT-995 Review

Alcatel OT-995 5.5

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Call Quality:

Alcatel OT-995 Review
The call quality on the phone is good with both our callers and us hearing each other well. Voices sound natural and clear, but the earpiece is a bit too quiet, so in very noisy environments you’d have trouble making out what people on the other side of the line say.


The device ships with a 1,500mAh battery (it’s easily removable) which in our experience lasted us through the day on average use. Getting that charger ready at the end of the day is our general advice for this phone.


The Alcatel One Touch 995 Ultra price differs across markets, but on average it should cost you between $250 and $270, which is very affordable.

If we had to mention rivals, we’d look at last year’s LG Optimus Black for an Android alternative, coming with a slightly smaller but brighter screen and a more alluring design. The Nokia Lumia 710 costs almost the same and will let you experiment with Windows Phone, a truly great camera and buttery smooth performance, but also has a smaller, 3.7-inch display.

On its own, the One Touch 995 Ultra fails to differentiate from other Androids. It looks like a bargain and it is if you hunt for pure specs such as the 4.3-inch screen. But in reality it’s the whole package that matters and when it comes to the actual experience, the phone leaves a lot to be desired. Design is bland and dull, the user interface borders with horrific and lacks aesthetics, and the camera is rather mediocre. For strictly utilitarian purposes, the device will definitely do, but if you want a bit more than that, you should look elsewhere.

Alcatel OT-995 Video Review:


  • Good screen for its class
  • HDMI output


  • Gingerbread
  • Ugly interface
  • Mediocre camera
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posted on 27 Jul 2012, 02:36

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

Camera Looks very UGLY!!!
No wonder its 5.5

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 08:54

4. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Don't you know the Idiom ''Don't judge a book by its cover''.

I would rather want a UGLY Phone with great specs, rather for a pretty phone with crap specs. one example would be the Lamborghini android phone. Phone arena don't rate the phone mostly by its looks, but rather its specs and how fluid scrolling etc and the build quality. If you say this phone's camera is ugly, i think u r too.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 13:58

6. kpander (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

Plus, the camera's pictures aren't very clear. I try to clean the eye, but they are still not clear vs my husband's htc

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 02:44 1

2. mrbtree (Posts: 59; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

you can disable spb shell 3d and have the normal 2.3 user interface and this phone will get 4.0 sometime this year or next year
info on how to do it

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:40 5

3. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Alcatel is NOT French. They sold it to a chinese company a while ago. Get it right please it's annoying.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 13:46

5. kpander (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

My first smart phone. But the swype- every time I use an I it shuts down & won't let me add anymore words. If I go in and switch to regular keyboard & back to swype can sype again. Took it in they "rebooted" or whatever, lost everything on the phone & it worked. Now all the sudden today the Y is doing the same thing. Not sure what to do. I love the swype. Hate to take it in again & erase everything. The swype has no dictionary...not even "the, or," nothing. The regular keyboard has a dictionary. So every word I have to add to the dictionary in swype. It's almost like it gets to so many words & the letter stops working & with I & Y so close together wonder if in the phone somehow. Any suggestions

posted on 10 Nov 2012, 05:26

7. lovely (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

Hi Can u make a review of alcatel tribe touch OT-813D?, I want to know your opinion about this phone cause I'm planning to buy one. please reply.

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:01

8. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied! http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/VJ2rjEMrZ

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Alcatel OT-995

Alcatel OT-995

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 1400 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.00 x 2.68 x 0.39 inches
(127 x 68 x 9.8 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)

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