|Alcatel Onetouch Scribe Easy box (Right)|
Alcatel OneTouch Scribe Easy specifications:
Android 4.1.2 Jellybean (out of the box)
5″ WVGA TFT display @ 480×800 pixels (187ppi)
Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon
1.2GHz dual-core CPU
Internal memory: 4GB
Expandable memory: Up to 32gb, microSD
GPS: 4.0 w/ A-GPS support
Rear camera: 5MP camera w/ LED flash
Video recording: 720p @24fps
Front camera: VGA
Battery: 2,500 mAh
Dimensions: 143 x 78.4 x 9.8mm
I took some shots so you know what you should expect when you get this phone. These are all unedited and actual photos. Mostly taken inside Spiral at Sofitel Manila using the Alcatel Onetouch Scribe's 5MP camera.
|Taken inside a well-lighted room|
|Taken @ Spiral Manila, this area is not that well-lighted.|
|Taken @ Spiral Manila|
|Doesn't quite handle pixelations well.|
|Reflections are kind of blurred|
|Ambiance not captured well|
|Camera handled details great|
Check out the video recording using Alcatel OneTouch Scribe's video camera that can take 720p @24fps. (3gp format)
Benchmark Test Results
AnTuTu - 5,876
NenaMark 2 - 29.2fps
Quadrant Standard - 2,947
In my one week of testing, I had a good experience using this phone. Typing on this unit is excellent! I tried to type as quick as I can and there were no mistypes. A sample of a phone that I usually have mistypes are the phones that have 3.5" screens like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket. The Galaxy Pocket has 75% chances of having a mistype for me. Another comparison is my iPhone 5 in which I have 20% chance of mistypes.
Response rate is slow. It lags in between pages and has delayed reaction sometimes. The ram is also not enough at 512mb because I get the warning "Unfortunately, 'program' has stopped". In my one week of usage, it happened to me around 6 times and that is considered a lot already.
I tried to stream music via the built-in "One Touch Radio" app. Connected it to the WiFi with battery at around 80%, I used it continuously from 1:30pm to 5:30pm and battery left was still around 30%. Not power hungry if I may say so. By the way, the 2,500mAh battery is built-in.
Actual photos of the unit: Alcatel OneTouch Scribe Easy
|The Alcatel Onetouch Scribe Easy (Front)|
|Back part of the phone|
|Right side of the phone. Volume rocker and Sim 1 slot (2G/3G)|
|Sim slot swung open|
|Left side of the phone. Sim slot #2, Micro SD card slot and Micro-USB charging slot.|
|Sim slot #2 swung open|
|Top part. 3.5mm earphone jack slot and standby/power button.|
|Bottom part: Speaker holes just on the lower left portion of the back case.|
Given the facts mentioned above, I still consider this one of the best 5-inchers at the 8-9,000 price point. The specs are just right and if you think that you cannot handle the flaws mentioned above, get ready to shell out more money to get what you want. The biggest failure for me was the camera. Given that this unit is a dual-sim, I actually initially considered selling my Apple iPad 1 in exchange of one of these units so I can have it as my back-up phone. Unfortunately, the camera is a huge downer for me. Here's a summary of the +'s and -'s.
Good battery life
SMS / Typing very responsive and accurate
Phone call clarity is normal. No distortions.
Dual active sim
Charging using the usual micro-USB (B)
Programs keep on crashing
Camera poor for a 5MP camera
Video recording quality also not that good
Had an issue using a 3rd party micro-USB charger
Do I recommend it?
Well, if you are looking for a dual-sim Android phone that has a large screen, this is your best bet so far as this one has a good battery life as well. If you need this for games and other memory intensive apps, stay away from this phone. This phone is more or less good for light apps like music streaming, video streaming and calls/SMS.
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