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Alcatel One Touch 918 - Expert Reviews
It is always good to see new firms entering the smartphone market, for it gives consumers a lot of options to choose from and also forces the existing players to up the ante and enhance their game in order to acquire an edge over others. Also, a lot of companies which have been in the Indian market for quite some time but did not taste the kind of success they would have liked to, are trying to reinvent themselves. Alcatel is also one of those companies that have adopted Android as the software platform for its smartphones. Alcatel One Touch 918 is a mid scale smartphone from Alcatel that comes with a length of 112mm, breadth of 58.6mm and thickness of 12.1mm. The smartphone weighs 123 grams and accommodates a mini SIM that is compatible with 2G and 3G networks.
The gadget sports a 3.2 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with 256k colors of depth resolution and a pixel density of 180ppi. Obviously, both the figures fail to impress us and the resolution of 320 by 480 pixels does not help things either. A dated Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 operating system is used as the operating system that encompasses formidable software for the device. The hardware is not that impressive with a 650MHz single-core processor working with a lowly 256MB of RAM. Therefore, Alcatel One Touch 918 would not be the fastest smartphone that we have come across and the speed may take an even harder hit with high-end applications and tasks. There are various colors in which the smartphone is available namely, Black, Aubergine, Cherry Red and Pure White. The gadget has a 3.15 megapixels primary camera that comes at a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels.
The shutter gets geo-tagging feature but otherwise, is pretty modest when it comes to its assisting tools. The smartphone lacks a secondary camera, which would deprive the user from making video calls over the web. Alcatel One Touch 918 is powered by a 1300mAh standard lithium-ion battery that comes out with a winning talk time of up to 9 hours in 2G and up to 6 hours and 30 minutes in 3G. The standby time derived by the gadget is up to 430 hours, which is more than satisfactory. The built-in memory for the gadget is 150MB while ROM is of 512MB. The external memory of the device can be enhanced up to 32GB through the use of microSD card slot.
We are happy that the device has Wi-Fi hotspot that acts as the only tethering feature for the gadget while the conventional Internet features for the device include Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. The user can surf the web at a speed of 32 to 48Kbps and download data at a speed of up to 14.4Mbps. Uploading of data can be done at a speed of up to 5.76Mbps. Bluetooth 4.0 and USB port 2.0 are provided for data exchange activity as well.
Operating system and UI
The screen size is satisfactory with Alcatel One Touch 918 mobile as it comes with a 3.2 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen boosted by accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors. The display shows a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels whereas the pixel density for the screen is of 180ppi.
The music player for Alcatel One Touch 918 would runs in various compatible formats of MP3, AAC+, WAV and WMA thus allowing users to enjoy their favorite music. Movies can be enjoyed too with the help of a video player that supports various compatible formats as well including H.263 and H.264.
Alcatel One Touch 918 does not possess any front camera for video calling and thus, put the users on the back foot, should they desire to make video calls over the web. There is a primary camera though of 3.15 megapixels, which would work well with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels.
The Internet section of Alcatel One Touch 918 comes with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spot that add to provisions like GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser in the gadget. Websites like Facebook and Twitter can be accessed through SNS integration while other websites can be surfed at a speed of 32 to 48Kbps. Downloading speed is respectable too at 14.4Mbps, whereas uploading speed stands at 5.76Mbps.
An extremely low RAM of 256MB is very disappointing for Alcatel One Touch 918 and would hamper the speed of the smartphone. The device gives a 512MB memory card, which adds to the built-in 150MB internal memory. The overall memory can be taken to new heights via the usage of an external memory up to 32GB through a microSD card slot.
The users of Alcatel One Touch 918 will have quite a bit of domain to explore when it comes to games and applications. Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja can be accessed along with various applications including the likes WhatsApp and Viber.
Alcatel One Touch 918 is driven by a standard lithium-ion battery of 1300mAh that gives away a lengthy standby time of up to 430 hours. The talk time provided by the device varies with up to 9 hours in 2G and up to 6 hours and 30 minutes in 3G respectively.
Alcatel One Touch 918 is not too heavy on the connectivity front with Wi-Fi hot spot being the only extravagant feature apart from the basic offerings of Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. The GSM frequencies of 850, 900, 1900 and 1800MHz are provided for 2G SIM while for 3G, frequencies of 850 and 2100MHz work well. USB port, Bluetooth are usable for exchanging data with other devices.
Alcatel One Touch 918, when compared to Intex Cloud Y10, has a smaller screen of 3.2 inches for the former and 4 inches for the latter. The Alcatel device comes with a TFT capacitive touchscreen while Intex Cloud Y10 has a WVGA capacitive touchscreen. Both devices have a 1300mAh standard lithium-ion battery but the talk time and standby time delivered are much more with Alcatel One Touch 918 as compared to Intex Cloud Y10. Intex Cloud Y10 has Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system, which is a higher version as compared to the Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 operating system for Alcatel One Touch 918.
RAM is of 256MB in both the devices while the processor is stronger with Intex Cloud Y10. Alcatel One Touch 918 has a single-core processor while Intex Cloud Y10 comes with a dual-core processor. Alcatel One Touch 918 has a 3.15 megapixels primary camera but lacks a secondary camera. Intex Cloud Y10 comes with a 2 megapixels primary camera and a VGA secondary camera. Alcatel One Touch 918 has Wi-Fi hot spot tethering feature, which is missing in case of Intex Cloud Y10.
December 6, 2011: Alcatel has another smartphone up its sleeve with Alcatel One Touch 918 that runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 operating system, single-core processor and 256MB of RAM. The gadget does not have a secondary camera but keeps a 3.15 megapixels primary camera. The current price of the gadget is still not confirmed but the device should be priced below Rs.5,000 keeping its specifications in mind. The highlights of the camera are as follows:
* 3.2 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen
* 1300mAh standard lithium-ion battery
* 3.15 megapixels primary camera
* Wi-Fi hot spot
* Android Gingerbread operating system 2.3.5
* 512MB internal memory + 32GB microSD card slot
* 256MB RAM
* 650MHz single-core processor
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Alcatel One Touch 918 Specifications
Handset Color Black
Network Type GSM
Model Name One Touch 918
Status Available, Released 2011, November
Display Size 3.2 Inches
Resolution 480 x 320 pixels
Display Color 256K
Horizontal Pixel 480
Vertical Pixel 320
Rear Camera 3.2 MP
Camera Features Geo-tagging
Internal Memory 150 MB
Extendable Memory Yes, microSD, Up to 32 GB
RAM 256 MB
Operating System Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Processor 1 GHz, Dual-Core
GPU PowerVR SGX531
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Data & Internet
3G Yes, HSDPA
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with (A2DP)
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Messaging SMS, Instant Messaging
Music Player Yes
Video Player Yes
Alert Types MP3, Vibration
Audio Jack Yes
Battery Type Li-ion
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions 112 x 58.6 x 12.1 mm
Weight 123 gms
Input Method Touchscreen
SIM Size Mini SIM
SIM Option Dual Sim
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity
Important Apps Google Search, Maps, Gmail YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
Additional Features Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Idea TV, Idea Application Store, Navigation, Calculator, Sound Recorder, Notepad, Racing Thunder Game, Idea Customised On and Off Screen, MMS Enabled, Email Clients, Idea Mall