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The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory is a 5.5-inch smartphone that comes running Android 5.1 Lollipop. The device boasts some good specifications even with the nice price tag. It has 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a potent processor, and quite decent cameras. Let's find out more as we go along with the review.
Alcatel One Touch Pixi Glory is available for ordering from the Tracfone Wireless website. The nicely packaged Tracfone box includes the gadget, back cover, wall adapter charger, standard USB cable, service guide, activation card, and a quick setup guide. Out the box, the battery is attached to the phone.
The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory has a typical design of budget smartphones from Alcatel. Let's check out the layout. The power button and the volume rockers are on the right edge. The right edge is flat with no button whatsoever. We have the noise cancellation mic and the headphone jack on the top edge. The microUSB port and your microphone on the lower edge.
The front panel is generally a 5.5-inch touch screen. The top of the display hosts the front camera lens, earpiece, and the LED indicator. The bottom of the display hosts the cryptic navigation keys. The arrangement being the back key on the left, the home key in the middle and the recent apps key on the right.
The back panel is a matte plastic which is removable to reveal the battery and the slots for the SIM and microSD cards. The battery is not user removable. The back come is also home to the rear lens, the LED flash and the hands-free speaker.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory features a 5-megapixel sensor on the back and a 2-megapixel sensor on the front. As expected from a budget smartphone, the pixels are quite on the lower side but their performance is decent.
The rear camera captures good images in good light. In limited light, there's a LED flash to illuminate the subject, also bringing out some quite bright images. A great feature I liked about the back camera is the autofocus feature that helps point out the subject clearly. The rear camera can also shoot 720p videos at 30fps which is adequate for a low-end smartphone.
The front camera lens is scaled down to bring the phone to its budget price, which is totally understandable. Of course, with no LED flash, you do not expect to capture selfies in low light settings. In enough lighting, the camera will take some good images. However, it's best reserved for video calling.
For your portal into the digital world, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory comes with a 5.5-inch capacitive touch screen. For the price I got the phone at, I found the screen to be pretty decent. A resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is what you get. The screen is not the brightest out there but for a budget smartphone, this is nice. It's very responsive, and you can watch 1080p videos just well.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory features a 2500mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. With a 5.5-inch display, you can say this is a major downside of the phone because the screen is quite big and will drown the battery faster. Luckily, the phone ships with the nearly stock Android minimizing heavy loads hence increasing battery life. A full charged battery will give you about 16 days of standby and up to 17 hours of talk time. The phone is likely to go a complete day for a regular user. For a super user, with intensive browsing and mobile gaming, you may have to find a charging outlet in about 4.5 hours.
Out of the box, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory has 8GB of internal memory, with about 4GB available to the user. Given the large display that's good for gaming and watching content, you will definitely need more storage space. Luckily, the device has a dedicated microSD slot for external memory expansion up to 32GB.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory is powered by a 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset running at 1.1GHz. This is paired with 1GB of RAM. On paper, these specifications look quite average, but the device did perform well according to my interactions with it. It comes running the stock Android 5.1 Lollipop which is very memory efficient hence the device will work just fine with the available runtime memory. Multitasking is quite good with a few apps running in the background. You will of course, enjoy the fluidity and features like Google Now on Android Lollipop which I found to be nice.
The device is 4G LTE enabled so the internet speeds are quite impressive. With Tracfone Wireless running on Verizon network coverage, call quality is great. The device has Wi-Fi that will allow you to connect to hotspots and Bluetooth for sharing files or listening to music over supported accessories. Overall, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory performance is great as you would expect from its pricing.
- 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/CDMA
- 5.5-inch display.
- Android 5.1 Lollipop.
- Camera: 5MP back, 2MP front.
- 8GB internal memory. Supports external memory expansion up to 32GB with a microSD card.
- 1GB RAM.
- Processor: 1.1GHz Quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon).
- Battery: 2500mAh Li-Ion Non-removable. Talk time up to 17 hours. Standby up to 16 days.
- Bluetooth 4.1.
- GPS capability.
- Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer.
- Hearing Aid Compatibility M4/T3.
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