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Alcatel One Touch Fire Review

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Posted: , by Chris P.




The only camera you get with the Alcatel One Touch Fire is the one on its back – a basic, 3.2MP snapper with fixed focus and no flash. It takes mediocre photos with little detail and washed-out colors, as one might expect.

The camcorder is far worse, however. It shoots video in the largely obsolete .3GPP format at an odd 352x288 resolution and the resulting files are really choppy (14 FPS) when viewed on a larger screen.


When it comes to multimedia, the Alcatel One Touch Fire truly brings memories of the feature phone era. The stock music and video players are as simplistic as possible, and not in a good way. Music controls, for example, should be a ubiquitous function by now, but not in the case of Firefox OS – the only way to navigate through your play list is to never leave the Music app.

What's more, support for both music and video playback is extremely limited – the device randomly doesn't recognize some songs even from the same format, and we only managed to get it to read an MPEG-4 encoded video in our tests. When we actually managed to get the device to play a video or two, it was no better, either – the speaker is loud (so loud it rattles the entire handset) and sound quality is poor.

Worst of all, there's no alternative to the built-in players on the Marketplace which is just a shame.

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posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:04 3

1. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

For an entry level smartphone, it deserves more than 3 points.
Really dissapointed that PA mostly give bad score to entry level smartphones and feature phones. PA should give the score accordingly to the phone class/level.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:09

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

OOh, and also "CMIIW".

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:22

3. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I agree that a 3 is a little low, but if the bugs mentioned here are as prevalent and serious as they say, that alone is a very good reason to have a low score.

Also consider how a device like this, while similarly priced, is of considerably less value than the budget friendly Lumia 520.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:28 4

6. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

We rate each device based on its class. We recently reviewed the very budget Acer Liquid Z3 and it scored 7.9/10.


posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:26 2

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Thank you for the answer.
I really appreciate it.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:23

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Wait, isn't this being compared to devices within the same price point?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 08:28 2

5. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

"PhoneArena.com takes over a minute to fully render, not to mention that it crashes every now and then after loading for a while. "

Uh, that's not a shocker - it does the same thing with my HTC Sensation, and that thing is what, 2 generations newer of a CPU?

Your site sucks for mobile devices.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 09:08

7. buccob (Posts: 2732; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Actually I think it is a known problem using Opera with Turbo (or Off Road) mode ON... IF by any chance that is your case...

I do not have problems with PA over Chrome, Puffin or WEBmall Browser for Sony's Small Apps

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 15:43

11. chamucost20 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

Actually, the site takes quite some time to load even on Chrome on a Huawei Y320 which is no slouch... funny how a site dedicated to mobile devices doesn't work so well on mobile devices. I have been using the One Touch Fire for a couple of months now and though it still has some bugs (like not being able to establish a data connection after turning Airplane Mode on and off), it's nothing close to the horror story PhoneArena is telling, and there's just no way the phone deserves a 3/10 -.-

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 18:06

9. DanielWalsh1294 (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

What is the effing point of this phone and OS. They are both @#$5.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 06:13

10. SebasCvdB (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)

The specs on this phone is horrible even for a low budget phone. You think Alcatel could do better at this point. Also I smell lawsuit if Apple would see this thing. I feel like I've been trasported back to 2007 / 2008 looking at this thing.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 15:46

12. chamucost20 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

Which wouldn't be a surprise, they would even sue an apple tree for "infringing on their trademark" xD

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:01

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

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

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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.53 x 2.45 x 0.48 inches
(115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm)
3.81 oz  (108 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 6.7 hours talk time

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