Gowtham Venkatesh Gowda (Jul 29, 2014)
on Gadgets 360
I tried many Smart phones within 20k range. Sony, Samsung, Zen and many others. But this is the only phone which has all best features that a Smart should have for this generation. %0a%0aComing to looks, is outstanding. The slim design is superb. But however back panel is delicate. Definitely needs a protection, with respect to screen, no screen guard necessary, comes with a scratch resistant glass . Very compact design yet beautiful. Micro sim slots on opp sides. %0a%0aWhile looking into performance, till today I have never experience even a single problem. No slow down, no hanging and of course no heating problem (many Smart phones are having this problem in common) even while playing high graphic games or while charging or on long calls. Sound quality is excellent, Full HD. Connectivity is very good. %0a%0aComing to battery, it comes with a 2500 mAh battery which gives a long lasting backup. The only drawback is the limited memory. %0a%0aI recommend 09/10 for this phone. No other phones can give this better at the price of 17k. Go for it.
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Mahesh NC (Jun 27, 2019)
Bought a phone which I was waiting to launch under the launch day offer and promised one delivery from Flipkart.. The word I uttered as soon as I opened the box was awesome.. For my good the phone is also awesome in its services.. Processor is too fast and it gives the complete satisfaction.
Its worth paying money.. Only suggestion is to include a digital watch display on Boomband, which will not make you feel apart the crowd. It is really a good phone and I am surprised to know that Flipkart has no stock the next day.
Phone runs so smooth with the octa core processor.. Camera clarity is good.. The best is the video clarity.. You will be amazed by the HD clarity videos.. Now I feel why didn't they give an extra slot to increase the memory?
A good phone worth its money!!!!
Sougata Chatterjee (Jun 27, 2019)
I bought this quickly just after saw the news paper that morning. Yesterday it is delivered and I am very much satisfied with the performance of the phone. Display is good, light-weight, OS is fast. I think it's a good choice in this price range.
Bought It, Used It and feel its Worth It
Rohit Subbayya (Jun 27, 2019)
First of all, there are a lot of people rating and reviewing this who have not even bought the phone and are merely reviewing it from seeing the specs, so, most of them are not accurate.
I bought the phone two days back and Flipkart delivery was really awesome, got it in one day.
Now coming to the phone itself :-
The display is pretty good. Though its not the same as the high end sony or apple phones, for its price range the display is really good. Moreover, there are settings where the saturation and hue can be adjusted, pretty good stuff. The UI is also quite decent and if you dont like the UI there are sufficient launcher apps and themes which can be installed. I also got a software update as soon as I switched on the wi-fi. Videos play seamlessly and pictures look good.
OK, the 13 mp is not really the same as a nokia 13mp, but on the other hand its not as terrible as people are making it out to be. I clicked quite a few pics, both in sunlight and flash and the pictures came out quite good. The camera does have some options but its not as many options as available in other phones. But there are lots of apps for camera, so that won't be much of a problem.
I could easily run parallel apps, music playing in the background while browsing the net etc., and the basic games such as temple run, candy crush etc., work without glitch. I haven't downloaded any high end games yet. The phone comes preloaded with asphalt 7 and it runs quite well.
LOOK AND FEEL:-
The phone definitely has premium looks, no questions about it. Though one thing to keep in mind, the screen is smear-resistant, no finger prints on the screen, BUT the backpanel is a fingerprint magnet. Another sad part is that the power button is top, of a 5" phone, so its kinda irritating to lock and unlock while holding in one hand(unless you have a really huge hand)
The JBL earphones are the DEAL! they are extremely good for the price range and the phone has HiFi sound. For 17k the phone is totally worth every buck when it comes to audio.
Its not a smart watch or anything, It is a simple band with limited functions - a) Pedometer - counts the number of steps b) alarm c) phone locator d) sleep timer e) call notification. Its skyblue color and cant wear it to office and all. Can be used while running and stuff though. Secondly it operates on bluetooth, so naturally affects the battery. its kinda fun, not much use unless u r a regular athlete and its worth it only because it comes for free.
Decent battery. Lasted almost an entire day with non-stop usage. But as the battery is sealed, only time will tell as to how it will perform over the long run.
For 17k this phone is a steal. it definitely looks and feels more expensive. The add-on goodies are not much, but definitely add to the value. None of the other phones in the same price range are as good. Only the service network is doubtful and that is a risk.
Rahul Garg (Jun 27, 2019)
Update after 1 month+ of usage:-
Battery charges faster when I charge it through Laptop...not sure why but that's what I have observed. FM application sucks & FM Sound is not that great...though the downloaded songs work great...crystal clear n loud. UI is still buggy but mainly in the corporate email application one otherwise its quite OK.
Everything else is working just great. I am satisfied with the battery. Almost 24 hours my phone remains on WIFI & still battery stays longer.
I am continuing with my 5 star rating...but my overall satisfaction level has come down to ~95% - only because of the FM radio sound which I'm not sure why is not perfect.
Update after 7 days of usage:-
Totallllly 101% satisfied. Facebok was not working but they sent a firmware update & everything has fallen in place. Only minor irritant is a bit of buggy UI which can be sorted with a Nova Launcher or similar app (though I've not done that so far)
Boomband - I use it under my shirt's sleeve in office. Amazing responsive pedometer. Some people asked about it & found it trendy. Not that bad color as people mentioned in some of the reviews.
Kitkat is coming soon so the risk no. 5 I mentioned below is gone...& so as risk no. 6. I went to Alcatel website & found out that the customer service center is very near to my home - so risk no. 4 also goes out of window. I also read somewhere that Alcatel is planning big for India & going to launch 5 or 6 new models in this very year. I think this phone at this point of time is a steal. Durability only time will tell but I have used Lava, Karbonn & Micromax without any issues for years...so I have a feeling that this phone will work as well.
This phone caught my imagination. I was looking for a phone with dream specifications in reasonable price & this one checked all the boxes. I have this phone in my hand now & using it for last 24 hours. Flipkart delivered in a day, as usual.
Before buying it - I was thinking about the risks. It's a gamble actually - Risks are aplenty, here goes the list.
1) Whole device is locked. You can't open it.
2) SIM goes inside in a side pocket, never seen something like this. SIM may fall if pocket is loose.
3) You are not sure about after sales service of Alcatel
4) It's made by TCT electronics & not exactly by Alcatel Lucent. TCT only uses the brand Alcatel.
5) Its android version is not the latest one & looks like there will be no update. 3 years down the line (if the phone survives) most of the apps might not work on this version
6) There are hardly any professional reviews of this phone in India
I did a thorough research before taking the bait. This phone is released in China in Jan 2014, so actually they are selling it there since last 4 months. Its sold as TCL onetouch Idol X+. Many users from European/Asian countries have ordered this phone from Chinese websites & 98% of users have reviewed it as positive there. Even popular mobile review site has given this phone 8.8/10. I could not find any seriously negative review about this phone anywhere. Risks made me a bit uncomfortable but I went ahead & ordered it.
So far its behaving like a nice phone. Screen is awesome. Phone is light & grip is good. Power button is at the top - that will take some time to become used to. Network is fine & calls are loud n clear. Internet is working good. SAR value is 1.1 - a bit on higher side compared to other new devices. WIFI worked like a charm. Video recording is awesome though it's not auto focus. Camera clicked ok pics. Youtube HD videos are treat to watch. Pics on facebook look so slick than my previous phone. JBL headsets fits into ears like a plug fits into a socket. My only little complaint is that FM radio plays great when I'm stationary but shows some disturbance when I'm moving or walking. I did not witness it in my earlier phone. Phone got slightly heat up while I played a heavy game. Battery performance is like i'm losing 1% of battery every 10 mins with normal usage. Boomband is like a nice colorful watch which is working as a responsive pedometer.
In my 24 hours, so far I've not been able to find a deal breaker - God ...I Hope it remains this way
I will update the users here again in few days as I test the phone further.
Worthy SmartPhone at a Decent Price.
Dilip (Jun 27, 2019)
First and foremost would like to add is that the delivery experience from Flipkart was awesome. Delivered on time as stated. Received the phone yesterday evening. Its been since 24 hours that i have been using the phone. Review about the phone is as follows.
Review not comparing with other phones in any manner, purely based on Value for Money and other factors.
Primary Importance for any Smartphone:
Pretty good in hand. Feels sturdy and looks good too. Main highlight is the screen. Screen is not a fingerprint magnet. Form factor is excellent. Thin and light too.
Back panel is a fingerprint magnet.
Pros: Processor being octa core with 2GB RAM, phone is fast and very responsive. Applications like Asphalt 8 and Asphalt 7 work without a hitch.
Cons: Since its octa core phone tends to heat up while using high performance applications resulting is battery draining faster.
Camera and Multimedia:
Pros: Camera quality both front and back is good and decent for the price range and specification. Front camera is impressively good and supports HD recording. Sound quality is decent and loud enough through the built is speakers. Sound quality is excellent through the bundled JBL Speakers. Multimedia experience such a video play back is excellent as the screen supports Full HD resolution.
Cons: nothing much.
2500mah battery is good but depends on application and usage.
Pros: beautifully looking phone with great features and everything great about it.
Cons: After sales service looks bleak.
Definitely a phone to try out if the budget permits. Already been using Sony Xperia C and Nokia Lumia 925, so was able to judge the phone in a better way.
Nikhil Raut (Jun 27, 2019)
When I opened the box I was truly pleased by seeing the phone. Its very slim phone with high quality design.
Here is my note to all buyers below 20k:
No phone provide a Full HD 5 inch display with 441 ppi ! Plus it comes with Corning Gorrilla glass (though version is 2 not 3, but still its a Gorilla glass !) so scratch/break proof !
Update to KitKat will also be available. (Heard on internet). But still Jelly Bean is not less than awesome. The google speech is far better than Cortana. (I have Lumia 520 with WP8.1)
The speaker of the phone is very nice and HD quality. I hear better sound than my laptop :P !
Haven't experience the Boomband, but its nice to show off :P. (I am more interested in phone)
13MP + 2MP Cameras and dual sim ! Must have phone !
Enough of plus points here are Cons:
The JBL Earphones comes in the box is not good quality. You can compare it with china earphones sold on the street. I am going to but new JBL earphones for my awesome phone.
Senthil Raja (Jun 27, 2019)
Nice product form alcatel..i love the touch response and phone is wait less. Nice to handle. Total i love it..
Feeling Awesome with this Phone...!
Mahesh DN (Jun 27, 2019)
1. No lag during multitasking
2. Awesome Screen clarity
3. JBL Headphone works fine with integrated Hi-Fi, Totally Audio quality is Good
4. Slim and light weight
5. Boom band works fine
So Totally best hardware, you can trust.
1. No Expandable memory
2. We cannot remove battery
3. Looks like Charger and Head phone plug-in quality is not good (I think we should plug in charger vary carefully)
4. Now there is no Cover and scratch guard available in market.
5. Not sure about quality of services in service centers...!
Although we can say It's a Value for Money... :)
Value for the money and good looking
Balachandran (Jun 27, 2019)
I got this phone yesterday. Good looking, sleek. You do not need to open the cover to insert the sim. Really the webpages load very fast and also You tube. Yet to use the boom band. Head Phone very good. Phone speaker also good. It seems no service center in India. Normally phone gets spoiled only when you misuse it or damage it. Worth taking a risk.