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Alcatel OneTouch Hero Review

Alcatel OneTouch Hero

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Interface and Functionality

Alcatel has delved deep into Android, tweaking, changing. The result is a rather nice-looking UI, but one that is poorly optimized.

Stock Android aficionados beware: the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean found running on the OneTouch Hero is miles away from Google's idea of a clean, minimalistic UI. The software is definitely very functional and well-thought out for the most part, though it is also heavy on the hardware.

It goes without saying that the lockscreen is of a custom make, featuring shortcuts to the dialer, messaging and the camera. This being one of Alcatel's fanciest models available, it's also been loaded with a bunch of proprietary apps. These include a tiny Alcatel app store with less than 20 apps available, a note-taking app best used in unison with the stylus and even a pretty interesting Ultimate Saver app that strips down your phone of all non-essential functionality, leaving you with little more than the option to place and receive calls and send messages.

Dual SIM

The OneTouch Hero has slots for two microSIM cards. The dual SIM software is very well made, allowing you to easily switch between and manage the two cards, regardless of whether you're placing calls or would like to set a default behavior for browsing. Unfortunately, we're looking at a dual-standby arrangement, meaning that your second SIM card will be offline whenever you're in a call.

Processor and Memory

The silicon within leaves something to be desired, especially for a top-shelf product.

Doing the muscle-work underneath the Hero's stylish exterior is a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T, coupled with a healthy dose of 2GB of RAM. We've got to admit that we were let down by the chipset found on-board, though this does not come without a few key notes. For starters, the UI stutters until it has been cached into the memory, and super graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 8 don't exactly run smoothly, either. And yet, we can't help but point a finger at Alcatel, too. This is not the first time we're testing this chip, and it sure held its ground better in the past. In other words, the ostentatious interface sure is quite heavy, and just feels poorly optimized.

But perhaps the biggest gripe is not with the chipset itself. This is supposed to be one of Alcatel's high-end models, yet the serious delays in getting this phone to market meant that it was too late to jump ship and appropriate one of the newer MedaiTek chips, which sport an improved GPU among other things.

Internet and connectivity

Browsing on the crisp, 6-inch display of the Alcatel OneTouch Hero is pure, untainted pleasure.

There's an interesting discrepancy with MediaTek chipsets – they can't quite compare with Qualcomm's highest-end solutions when it comes to graphical prowess, yet browsing is something they seem to handle quite well. To that end, the surfing experience on the 6-inch Alcatel OneTouch Hero is quite enjoyable, and isn't riddled with stutters and irritating hang-times, whether we're talking the built-in browser or Google's Chrome.

On the connectivity end, the usual line-up is obviously present: Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and NFC, but there's no 4G LTE radio to be found.

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Display6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Quad-core, 1500 MHz
Size6.24 x 3.17 x 0.33 inches
(158.5 x 80.6 x 8.5 mm)
6.26 oz  (178 g)
Battery3400 mAh, 20 hours talk time

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