Alcatel OneTouch Evolve Review
Despite being a wallet friendly device, the all-black Evolve does not look particularly cheap. Compared with the design on the Fierce, the One Touch Evolve looks understated with its soft-touch matte back cover and silver accents. It’s also presented with a shiny dark detail around its edge, just near the display, which helps elevate the design. It measures just 4.7 inches tall, 2.5 wide, and 0.4 inch wide, the One Touch Evolve is just perfect for one-handed use as it goes without straining to tap any part of the screen. I am accustomed to using a much larger phablet, so this Evolve feels tiny in my hands, which is a welcome change. It's also a bit heavy weighing at 4.7 ounces, though that did not bother me at all. Up top, you will find the usual power/lock button and a headset jack, along the right spine you will find a volume rocker. Its charging port is on the left side making the phone awkward to hold in your left hand while it’s charging. On the back of the smart phone, there's a removable battery that covers the SIM /SD card slots. It has capacitive hot keys found on the bezel below the screen for the home, back, and menu controls.
It has a 4-inch 480x800-pixel touch screen that doesn't look sharp.
The Alacatel One Touch Evolve has a 5-megapixel back rear facing camera which for me is a deal breaker as it has a fixed-focus lens that can't take sharp up-close pictures. The brand included a few extra camera features including continuous, smile detection, panorama mode and facial-detection technology. It also comes with a front-facing VGA camera that works just fine though the output is not clear and vibrant.
Alcatel's One Touch Evolve is available on T-Mobile's network in the US. I tested the device in our area in San Francisco and found out that the call quality was impressive and clear, though its earpiece and speaker made audio sound flat and muffled. Performance wise, its sluggish 1GHz processor also slows things down. Using 2 or more apps simultaneously will cause hangups or will eventually shut down the device. However, playing mobile games like Temple Run 2 is OK as it did not freeze or shut down though the graphics didn't look sharp. The gameplay is not as smooth as well compared on other handsets. In my battery drain test, its 1,400mAh battery lasted for just over 3.5 while playing video continuously. In my real-world tests, the smart phone stayed alive during a full day of making a few calls, checking emails, and playing a simple game. As per FCC, the One Touch Evolve has a digital SAR rating of 1.49W/kg.
For its price, it seems ok. For $99 off contract, this probably is one of the cheapest phones on T-Mobile, as of October 2013. I’d only recommend this device to entry level users, as it can do basic and the usual tasks. Not for games or hardcore users indeed!