"A real review."on by ohmannuel
Plenty of accessories.
Easy to Root.
Camera protrudes (easier to damage).
Back facing speaker.
Tiny front facing camera (0.3mp)
Standard glass screen.
Non removable battery.
Lack of development.
Camera's lack of autofocus.
Summary So after looking up all the review I could not sit well with the opinions. I knew that with it's given ability the phone should perform better than the results. After buying the phone and putting it through its paces here is my review. This review is taking into account that I was shopping for a phone for Metro PCS.
Details of the Pros.
I paid $100 for this phone at a Merto PCS retailer. It came with a free hard/soft case. Most of the physical Pros are up to opinion. I think that the phone looks good but that does not mean you will. If feels solid in my hands but your hands might be different, and so on. One physical Pro that transcends is the amount of aftermarket accessories. At 4.5 inches, the screen is larger than any other phone in the $60-170 range. Only the Galaxies are larger ($400-500), and the $200 LG F6 has the same screen.
Now for the Cons. They really dropped the ball by not going with gorilla glass. Even though I am careful with my phone it would have been nice to have the added protection even at a $20 more. Now for the battery. In all my use the batter works great but a lot of reviewers make a big deal about the non removable battery. Iphones, HTC, and Motorola all have phones without a removable battery. So to me it's not a con, but I added it just based on the fact that I would have preferred it having a removable one. The Mediatech cpu is not the strongest and is definitely not taking advantage of Dual-core processor.
Details on performance:
If this is your first android phone you will love it. If this is an upgrade you are going to be happy. If you came from a better phone this will do until you save another $500. I could tell you about the call quality being good, the text being easy to use and the good options for the keyboard, but really I want to talk about the camera. The camera is the single biggest CON on this phone. Or should I say the fact that it does not have an auto focus is the problem. There are hundreds of camera apps out there that can fix this minor problem. I choose "Camera FV-5" it has worked great for me. There are some real problems though in my opinion. The Alcatel one touch Fierce is not looking like it is going to get a lot of development. Meaning it will not be updating to the newest android updates or very many manufacture updates. The phone is easily rooted for those who like to do that. But it has a locked bootloader which makes it harder to find recoveries and custom roms. You can however use a custom loader to customize your phone to your hearts desire and given the inner workings of this phone it handles demanding themes well.
They really could have added a little more to get a lot more out of it. A lot of the critics forget that this is an android phone and almost everything about how it works is changeable. The photos are not bad what so ever. In fact they are quite good. And again, if the original photo is not perfect, there's an app for that. Even if I was using the best camera I would still edit them before sharing. The actual phone part of the Alcatel one touch Fierce is great, call quality is awesome and texting is easy and fully customizable. This phone is quite capable and is as much as $100 less than the realistic Metro competition.
Pros Quad core processor
Minimal default software
Timed shut down/power on
Novice friendly UI
Scratch resistant display
Battery lasts all day
Manages RAM usage very well
Voice clarity and volume
Cons Speaker phone
Display isn't as sharp as standard
Default ringer volume
Phone storage space
Automatic shut down/power up is turned on
No auto focus
Not very true to color
Protruding camera requires use of a cell phone case for protection
Summary For me this was intended as a small upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, and so far I've been very pleased with it after a month of usage and don't regret my decision. The only thing I really miss from my Exhibit is the auto focus and blindingly bright flash, along with some of the built in advanced tools like a process manager that was easily accessible from the task switching display. I really feel that I got a great deal considering this phone only costs $100 through Metro PCS (the Exhibit costs $130). Alcatel obviously wanted to create a budget phone that included the hardware components consumers tend to value the most, such as a large display, and I think they did a great job at balancing features vs cost. I've seen a lot of complaints about this phone, but as an advanced user I find most of them easily explainable/fixable and not manufacturer error but user error. I've had no issues with this phone at all... I haven't even found any bugs in the firmware to date. Of course, I also expect to get what I paid for, and I realize this is no Galaxy S4 or X, nor did I pay for such. I just wanted a decently performing, inexpensive smart phone that could keep up with my heavy multi tasking and usage, and that's exactly what I got. :-)
Pros Large enough screen
Speedy processor (quad-core)
Loud speakers, call quality is awesome.
Cons Camera is not very good.
Video quality is bad as well.
Summary 4.2.2 JB
Pros Big Screen
Cons Flimsy plastic, won't recognize voice commands properly through my bluetooth device.
Summary Good phone for your teen son or daughter wanting their first phone.
Pros best ever.
Cons screen size is large to compared other mobiles
Summary best of luck
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