Alcatel Blaze Glory OT-918N Specifications:
Chipset MTK 6573
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
3.2" LCD with HVGA resolution
Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
G Sensor (Similar to Accelerometer)
|Press the "mic" icon for voice input|
4 reasons why the Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N is a great buy:
1) Dual-standby simThis phone can accommodate 2 sims. Both will be active and usable! What's great with this phone is, they have solved my previous problems when using dual sim phones. My problem with my Samsung dual sim was, you are not made aware what sim you are currently using to send or call. With Samsung, Sim is switchable with a button on the right side of the phone. With my Nokia dual sim, you are made aware in an annoying way. Every time you make a call or try to send a SMS, it will prompt a message asking you which sim to use. This is okay at first but eventually, it becomes annoying. With the Alcatel 918n dual sim, you remain aware of what sim you are using. The currently used sim will be written on the send button. Same thing when calling. I love Alcatel's dual sim system.
|Press the "Globe" button to send using Globe. Press the "down" button to select other sim|
|To call, choose which default sim to use|
|Choose the default sim to use for data, SMS or calls!|
Since the phone is HTC-like, I can't help but compare them. The HTC I tried was also running an Android system. It was the HTC Chacha. I thought that HTC Chacha was the perfect phone. Qwerty keypad, touch screen and android OS... but no! After a few weeks of trial, battery life was very very bad. Using WiFi, the phone wouldn't even last a day. What more if you are using 3G, right? With the Alcatel 918n, you get it for half the price of the HTC Chacha and you get a phone with a better battery life. I used 3G the whole day and there was some juice left for a few more hours.
Technically speaking, HTC Chacha has a bit of a larger RAM, but I can't seem to open some apps on the Chacha because it keeps on saying 'not enough memory' or a similar message to that. Even though I already closed most, If not all the apps, I still get that warning message. With the Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N, I never did encountered that. More or less, I used the same apps with both phones -- Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Browser and the messaging system. Apps run smoothly without complaints!
Siri, meet Iris. Iris, meet Siri. Honestly speaking, Siri is more advanced than Iris. Iris is similar to Siri but for Android and is present in the Alcatel 918n. With Iris, I can pretty much say that they are utilizing the Wolfram Alpha system (Available in iOS as an App). I guess Siri is too but Siri can access your phones messaging, phonebook and other features like alarm and calendar. With Iris, it can only do basic search and information inquiries. Here are some of the questions I tested with Iris:
For less than 6,000 pesos and having all these features, this phone is a steal! Since pinoys are price conscious and more and more are becoming brand conscious, the price point of the Alcatel is actually very afforadable, compared to some of the China phones and even some of the other branded phones out there!
Alcatel provided me with this review unit. While the phone is still with me, I am encouraging you to ask me questions so I can help you decide whether this phone is for you or not. I'm just a comment away. If you don't want to ask through the comment section, email me. My email is located on the left side bar of this blog.
Update: There is an existing GPS problem with this phone. Stay tuned for updated if this feature matters to you. Please join the discussion in the comments section below if you find a fix/work around/update.
For more information,
Alcatel 918n Facebook Page
Alcatel Official Website
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