Alcatel OneTouch Fierce Review
For me, the Alcatel One Touch Fierce lives up to its name as it really is a one ferocious device. It has a 5-megapixel camera and a quad-core processor. It is available in various carriers in the states for a competitive $99.99 prepaid price. It offers solid call quality and is available in two colors, slate and silver. It features a nice brushed-metal look which accentuates the design of the device. But apart from the stylish battery door, it feels cheap: hollow, plastic, and toy-like. At 4.6 ounces, the Alcatel One Touch Fierce is also very lightweight. It measures 5.13 inches tall, 2.64 inches wide, and 0.35 inch thick. Up top, you will find the 3.5mm headset jack and a sleep/power button. On the right spine, there’s the volume rocker and at the very bottom is a Micro-USB port for charging. Its back houses the 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash that sits right below the lens. At the bottom is the small grille for the speaker. There’s this small indentation on the bottom left corner that you can pry off the battery door. There’s also a microSD card slot (it accepts cards of capacities up to 32GB) underneath and a warning label. The label informs users that the 1,800mAh battery inside is non-removable. This is kind of bizaare given the fact that you can remove the phone's back; one would expect the battery to be removable.
The Alcatel One Touch Fierce has a 4.5-inch qHD display which can render up to 960x540-pixels of resolution. Unfortunately, the display isn't sharp. The icons have blurred edges, and the pictures looked speckled. The default wallpaper looked grainy and showed notable color banding. Compared to LG Optimus F6 which has the same resolution, its display is crisper and more sensitive, unlike this handset's display which is not that responsive or accurate. Often times, you’d felt youI had to tap slightly harder to select the items that you wanted, and typing was a bit difficult as well since the screen would incorrectly register the wrong letters. The display even has a narrow viewing angle which means some parts of the screen would look momentarily blacked out not unless of course if you are at the right viewing angle. Just above its display is the VGA camera, and right below it are the three hotkeys (for back, home, and recent apps) that light up white in use.
For the most part, the Fierce's UI stays true to a bareboned version of Android - the dialer, lock screen, and app drawer seem to have been untouched. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and as expected, it is pre-loaded with your standard package of Google apps including Plus, Maps with Navigation and Local, Messenger, Chrome, Search, apps for the Play store's Books, Magazines, Movies and TV, and Music portals, Talk, and YouTube. T-mobile loaded it with their own goodies as well including the T-Mobile My Account; a trial subscription to the caller ID service Name ID; and apps that help set up your visual voice mail and mobile hot spot. Basic apps include a native e-mail client, a notepad, a calculator, a calendar, a sound recorder, voice search, a clock with alarm functions, a voice dialer, and a to-do list. Other salient features include 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Its camera operates quite slowly, nearly 3 seconds to launch and you will need to wait a beat for it to call up certain functions and activate settings. It even takes longer than I'm used to, to switch from landscape to portrait mode. Photo quality seems to be mediocre on this camera. Colors looked muted and looked blurry (especially around the edges). And since the camera has a fixed focus, getting sharp, crisp photos of objects up close was nearly impossible.
I tested the quad-band handset (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) in our area and found out that the call quality was excellent. Voices sounded clear and I didn't hear any background noise or extraneous buzzing. Moreover, none of my calls dropped, and audio was steady and consistent. Same result when I used its speakers. Its 1.2GHz quad-core processor seems to be slower compared to other quad core powered phones. Quadrant results clocked in at 4,880, which is barely comparable to the last year's HTC One X. It has a non-removable 1,800mAh battery that provides a decent amount of power. During my battery drain test for talk time, it lasted 10.5 hours. As per FCC radiation measurements, the phone has a digital SAR rating of 0.783W/kg.
While you may be tempted by the Alcatel One Touch Fierce's cheap price, fast 4G connectivity, and reliable call quality, I’d still don't recommend it. Why? It has a laggy processing performance, unimpressive camera, and poor touchscreen.