Hello TechENT readers! I’m Elizabeth, a 23-years-old female of who is into music and books. I had an opportunity to have a firsthand experience with Alcatel’s One Touch Flash the other day and I will let you all know on what I think about the device below! I have used it for about a week or so, and I’d like to rate my usage of the phone as pretty frequent with data network. I’d like to start off with saying that the battery life is amazing of all sorts. It lasted me 2 days with frequent use of data, video streaming, and internet browsing. I will now start off with its hardware specifications, then to the software area, and then to the camera. I’ll finish it off with what I think could be improved and my overall thoughts of the device.
First off, the version of the Alcatel One Touch Flash I was able to use and review was the white colored one – they had another one which is sort of black and grey. The difference between both, as I’ve learned later on, is the material of the back casing. The device is light and I think that the size of the device is just nice – it’s got a big screen but it’s not too wide that I have to use both my hands to type or operate. I think that the design of the phone is sleek and rather stylish as it was thin too. The call quality was good and I could hear clearly the other person. It tends to heat up a little bit, but it wasn’t a big issue for me.
Getting back to the point of the difference in the back materials for the devices, the white one has a smooth and plastic back casing whilst the black and grey one had a textured, metallic back casing. I had no idea about the difference in the materials at first, so I thought that I didn’t really like the smooth and plastic finish of the back casing. It was rather slippery for me as I try to grab on it. The lightness of the phone’s weight didn’t help as well. I personally prefer my devices to feel more solid – something that has more weight to it so that it felt steady in my hands.
Something I didn’t have a chance to mention in the video round table discussion of the Alcatel One Touch Flash with the TechENT team was the placement of the power button and the volume buttons. It was placed at the right side of the device, with volume buttons above the mid-length of the phone and the power button below the mid-length point. I find the positions of the buttons rather awkward, but maybe because I’m used to having devices that have volume buttons on the upper left side and power buttons on the upper right side.
Moving on to the software side, I find that the Graphical User Interface (GUI) was very smooth. It didn’t lag at all and was smooth throughout my usage of the device. It was easy to use and was user-friendly for the basic functionalities. The display was vibrant and as I fiddled with the settings, there was a setting in which you can adjust the temperature tone of the screen, and how saturated the colors would be. I thought this was a smart setting as people see colors differently.
I later came to learn about the ability of the Smart Wake gesture, where you can double tap the screen to unlock or lock it. And as I’ve learned later, you can do gestures of several letters to immediately go into a specific function – like M for Music and so on. I find the Smart Wake gesture a convenient way to unlock the screen as I find the position of the power button awkward. The other gestures weren’t so much of a use for me as I don’t remember which alphabet goes to which application. However, I find that the screen wasn’t as responsive sometimes. That’s when I had to use the power button at the side. Sometimes, I had to tap twice or thrice to be able to ‘press’ onto apps or links.
One of the selling points for the Alcatel One Touch Flash as according to Alcatel was the camera. For RM699, the device’s rear-end camera has 13MP and the front-end camera has 5MP. I find it impressive as usually I perceive that with such a price, they won’t have such high-spec cameras. I personally don’t take a lot of pictures but I find that the pictures that the device too was very detailed and it was nice as it is – no need for editing the pictures later on. Selfies were pretty good as well – it had automatic face recognition. The Beauty Feature mode for selfies was interesting for me as it made my eyes bigger, my face smaller, and my skin smoother. It felt a little weird but I believe it’s because I don’t edit my face much usually.
Moving onto the things that I think could be improved in the Alcatel One Touch Flash. I think it would be better if they had a tutorial or introduction to the features that the phone provides. There was a feature of Hotknot Screen Transfer that I didn’t know it had until the roundtable discussion. This would be useful for those who share files of all sorts with friends and family. As I’ve mentioned, I learned some features of the phone later on and for most of the features, I was able to know them as I was fiddling with the settings myself. The gestures function and the display options, for example, were self-discovered. If there was an introduction guide or tutorial that shows all the functions, I’d probably be able to use the device’s full potential and functions.
Overall, for RM699, I think that it’s a solid device. With the specifications, I think that it offers a lot more with similar price range products. I like how smooth the GUI was and the smart wake gestures. I would definitely recommend this device to my female friends as I know they would like something that’s light and easy to use, especially those who like taking pictures and selfies. I would, however, think that it’ll be best if they introduce the functionalities of the device first as I think that they are what that made it unique and stand out with all other devices. It was a shame I couldn’t fully use its functions as I didn’t know of it then.
This review was contributed by
Elizabeth Hendra Sucipto, a 23- year old girl who has a background in business. She’s a regular reader of the website. She has an interest in books and music.