Alcatel One Touch Fire Review

Call Quality


With the so far disastrous showing from the Alcatel One Touch Fire, we were half-expecting another crisis with call quality. Luckily, this time around we were proven wrong – call quality is definitely above average for its class, the speaker is loud and clear and people were able to hear us fine even with significant noise in the background.

Battery Life


The 1400mAh cell on the Alcatel One Touch Fire, coupled with the low-resolution screen and crippled chipset means that the phone's battery life is actually one of its strongest points. It can easily get through a day of usage, even two if you're conservative.

Conclusion


In conclusion, we've got to say that the Alcatel One Touch left us truly polarized, confused and, frankly, frustrated on a number of things.

On one hand, we acknowledge the fact that this is a budget device through and through, and lousy hardware is to be expected. On the other hand, however, we can't pretend to be oblivious to the fact that this device probably shouldn't have made the internal cut to start with.

Then, there's Firefox OS. We're plenty excited about the prospect of more diversity, we really are. Unfortunately, even when accounting for the part that the low-end hardware played, we've got to say that the OS has a long, long way to go. This means that while the underlying functionality is mostly stable and working, Mozilla is many miles away from offering the user experience that its rivals do. What's even more, while we understand that Mozilla needs to start somewhere, we've got to question whether it was the wisest decision to go with such a decidedly low-end device that simply magnifies the OS' weaknesses and only serves to push the odd early adopter away.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Call quality is above average
  • Battery can last two days

Cons

  • Extremely slow
  • Buggy and unresponsive apps
  • Camera is below average for its class
  • Low-resolution screen
  • Poor app ecosystem
  • Web browsing is frustrating

PhoneArena Rating:

3.0

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13 Comments

1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

OOh, and also "CMIIW".

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2648; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

6. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

We rate each device based on its class. We recently reviewed the very budget Acer Liquid Z3 and it scored 7.9/10. http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Acer-Liquid-Z3-Review_id3453

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Thank you for the answer. I really appreciate it.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

5. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

7. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 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

11. chamucost20

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 23, 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 -.-

9. DanielWalsh1294

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

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

10. SebasCvdB

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

12. chamucost20

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

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

13. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied! http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/VJ2rjEMrZ
OneTouch Fire
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Battery 1400 mAh(3h 3G talk time)

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