Meet the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2!
Alcatel is aggressively gunning after the budget-conscious market with their newest entry-level smartphone, the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2. Priced at just Php3,990 (or free at Plan 350 with Sun Cellular) the device boasts of a quality build, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 3G connectivity, and Dual SIM functionality. Now you’re probably thinking… hey some local brands offer higher specs at the same price. What should make you seriously consider Alcatel though is that they have their own manufacturing plant and QA process in place (not rebrands). They also have a fairly competitive after sales support system (1 year warranty with 34 authorized service centers).
Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 Spec Sheet
- 1GHz MediaTek 6575M CPU
- PowerVR SGX531 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
- 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive display
- 320×480 resolution, 165 pixels per inch
- 3.2-megapixels rear-facing fixed-focus camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- Dual SIM, dual standby
- FM radio, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/aGPS
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1,400mAh Battery
We’ve had a unit for a few days now and we’d like to share with you guys our unboxing experience as well as our initial impressions.
Alcatel knows how to package their goods
If there’s one thing that Alcatel has been doing pretty well with their One Touch product line it’s how they package their products. Not only are boxes sturdy and tough, the art direction is pretty awesome as well. We love how they went minimalist with their designs. We have a clean product shot with a few accents at the front and product iconized specifications and features at the back.
We peeled off the two adhesive tapes keeping the lid and popped it open. As usual the first thing that greeted us was the device itself. Underneath the phone were the peripherals and accessories which included the micro USB to USB cable, wall charger, earphones, screen protector (yay), manuals, and the warranty card.
Not the slimmest phone in the block but feels sturdy, durable, and reliable
The Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 measures 115 x 61.2 x 12.2mm and weighs in at 122g. It’s not the slimmest nor lightest phone in the block but the quality of the materials and the heft makes it feel solid and compact. We found the 3.5-inch screen though to be a little too small especially since most entry-level devices are already using 4-inch displays.
The back of the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 has a smooth black matte finish which gives it a more premium feel. Fortunately it doesn’t attract smudges and fingerprints like crazy (which some smartphones with matte finishes do). All the ports, controls, and buttons are located on their usual spots on the sides of the device.
In short, the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 does not feel cheap despite the affordable price tag.
Software Check: Android Jelly Bean works on a single core CPU!
We were expecting the user experience on the Glory 2 to be a lag fest considering it just had a single-core processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Fortunately for everyone that’s not the case. While there are occasional delays and slow-downs they’re not at the level that you can call deal-breakers. Over-all Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a good experience on this device especially if you manage memory and running tasks (we suggest you guys download Memory Booster app from Google Play, works wonders).
Alcatel pre-loaded several apps already on the device to save you the trouble of downloading them again. Some of the notable ones are the the usual social networking apps, TouchPal keyboard, and Skype.
We tried playing with a few games with it and for the most part the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 worked. You shouldn’t have any problems with casual titles like Candy Crush, Temple Run, and Angry Birds. It did stutter quite badly though when we loaded up graphics intensive games but that’s to be expected given the processor and RAM.
Initial Verdict: Not bad Alcatel!
Everything considered the Alcatel One Touch Glory 2 feels, sounds, and looks like a good buy. Yes there are other local brand alternatives with “better” specs but after-sales service and durability has always been the most common problem. That’s something that Alcatel hopes to address with their 34 authorized service centers scattered nationwide.
To see testimonials on the durability of Alcatel smartphones you guys should check out the feedback they’ve been getting on their Facebook page. Read through some of the comments and see for yourselves.
Alcatel is definitely on the right track. They’ve been churning out very competitive products lately and all they need to do now to get better market share is to turn up the volume of their marketing efforts. Congratulations Alcatel and good luck to you guys!
Disclosure: As you guys can see Alcatel is an advertiser on Unbox. However they don’t have any say on editorial content so the views of this writer.