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Alcatel One Touch 995 Review

By Simon Thomas on 21st May 2012


3G Total Score

Pros :
Good processor, great budget display, sharp, decent snapper, good customised version of Gingerbread 



Cons :
Pedestrian design, disappointing battery life

 

Verdict :

The Alcatel One Touch 995 is a very usable handset that offers plenty of features usually reserved for pricier models

Full Review and Specification for the Alcatel One Touch 995

If you haven’t got too much to spend on a smartphone, it’s worth looking out for the handsets from Alcatel. The French phone maker has brought out some great budget-busting devices – a particular favourite being the One Touch 355, which does a good job of mimicking a BlackBerry. Here we have the flagship One Touch 955, which includes some decent features and specs in a solid handset.

 

 Value for money


There’s plenty on offer for your £150. Under the hood is a 1.4Ghz chip that runs Android Gingerbread smoothly. You might be disappointed you’re not getting the latest Ice Cream Sandwich version, but Alcatel has done a good job of adding some useful tweaks to the OS.

 

Desktops can be personalised as you wish with website and app shortcuts and a limited choice of widgets. What is new is on the favourite apps bar along the base of the screen – in the centre is a button, which, when tapped, brings up a 3D carousel. Flick through this to get to any desktop you choose.

 

There are 12 desktops that can be added, with themes such as Pictures or Weather. It’s a neat way to manage your phone’s setup, and we like the animations. The notifications bar has some power shortcuts for switching on and off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS and so on – they are set within a scrollable bar so you can access twice as many as you can on LG’s Optimus L3 and L7 handsets. It’s a pity that the lock screen can’t be customised though, which means you can’t fire up apps such as the snapper quickly.

 

Looks-wise, the One Touch 995 is never going to win any prizes – it’s a straightforward rectangular mobile with rounded corners. It has a chunky body but has good build quality. The 4.3in screen runs over most of the front of the handset, and there is a rubberised reverse side. It’s quite resistant to scuffs too, which is good if you’re on the clumsy side.

 

Big screen star


The screen is truly impressive for a mobile at this price. The TFT display may not be as sharp as those on the Sony Xperia S or HTC One X, but it’s up there with the likes of the LG Optimus L7 and HTC One S. We liked the bold colours and the viewing angles were good too – it’s fine for watching full-length films on.

 

The size of the screen lends itself to surfing the net too – particularly for complex pages with lots of words and pictures. The display is also very responsive, so you’ll be able to zoom in and out with pinches and taps as you wish.

 

In the picture


The onboard camera also impresses – it’s a five-megapixel model that produces sharp snaps that look good on TV or monitor – and for low light picture taking there’s an LED flash. Action shots come out well, with very little blur – good for fast-moving pets or children!

 

For anyone who likes to mess around with apps, there are plenty pre-installed – (although you may not enjoy uninstalling them if you need to free up space). If you want more apps and games, you have full access to Google Play. We played some high-speed games in 3D (think Asphalt 5 HD, for instance) and they played smoothly with great framerates at all times.

 

Battery life is not so impressive though. Even in light use, we got about 24 hours – start streaming video and you’ll run out of juice in two hours. Anyone who likes their media or playing games would do well to keep a charger with them.

 

Our conclusion


Alcatel has managed to produce a perfect budget Android handset. It doesn’t look anything much, but its strong chip, roomy display and impressive snapper, along with some great Gingerbread updates, make this a more appealing phone than some that cost more than £100 more. Only the battery life is a tad disappointing.

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Alcatel One Touch 995 Review Scoring

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Alcatel One Touch 995 Phone Specification

GENERAL

Type of device

Smartphone

Operating System

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Dimensions

127 x 68 x 10mm

Weight

 

Form factor

Touchscreen

Input

Touch Screen

Processor speed

1.4GHz

CPU

1.4GHz processor

Graphic chipset

 

Status

Coming Soon

DISPLAY

Screen size

4.3 inches

Screen type

TFT

Resolution

480x800

Display type

16 million colours

Memory

RAM

 

Internal storage

3.5GB

Memory card slot

 

Camera

Camera

5 megapixels

Secondary camera

VGA

Special camera features

LED flash, auto-focuse

Sound

3.5mm Jack

 

Music player

Yes

Audio recording

 

Radio

 

FM Radio description

None

Video

Video recording

 

Video player

Yes

Video calling

 

Video streaming

 

Additional Features

Browser

Android

Games

Yes

Voice control

 

Voice dailing

 

Other

 

Messaging

SMS

 

MMS

 

Email

 

IM

 

Connectivity

Band

Quad-band

Wi-Fi

 

Bluetooth

 

USB

 

NFC

 

GPS

A-GPS

Network

EDGE

 

GPRS

 

HSDPA

 

4G/LTE

 

Other

Colors (Standard)

Black

Handsfree speaker phone

 

Customisable ringtones

 

What's in the box

Charger, earphones

Website

www.alcatelonetouch.com

Battery

Standby

Not available

Talktime

Not available

Battery life multimedia

2 hours


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