Alcatel 1C review
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Our Alcatel 1C review finds an affordable smartphone that has an aluminium body and fingerprint sensor, to entice the budget shopper. However, the screen lets this phone down, so you might want to consider a phone like the Nokia 3.1 (2018) instead.
Regardless of this, lets take a look at what the Alcatel 1C has to offer.
FullView display and aluminium body
The Alcatel 1C has a 5.3” FullView 18:9 display. This format of screen makes the phone slimmer and thus easier to hold. The resolution however is sub-high definition (960 x 480 pixels) and it is hard to forgive this.
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There is better news though with the brushed anodised aluminium body. This has a high quality feel and you can choose from four colours; Metallic Blue, Metallic Gold, Metallic Rose Gold or Metallic Black.
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The phone is a little chunky at 9.2mm thick but it is light at156g. This Alcatel phone is powered by a Mediatek quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 1GB RAM, which fits with its pricing.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint sensor & memory
If you choose to buy the Alcatel 1C then you will get to enjoy the convenience of a fingerprint sensor. This is positioned on the back and it feels natural to use.
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You can bring the content over from your old mobile phone and put it on the 16GB internal memory. There is also a microSD memory card slot, that accepts cards up to 32GB.
The Alcatel 1C runs on Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. This includes apps such as:
- Google Photos - Search your gallery and back-up your photos online
- Chrome - Web browser
- Maps - GPS navigation
- Gmail - Email
- YouTube - Video streaming
- Play Store - Download apps
- Drive - Cloud storage
- Keep - Note taking, reminders and lists
- Duo - Video chat
- Play Music - Music streaming
You also get a DuraSpeed feature. DuraSpeed boosts the performance of the app you are using by restricting the activity of background apps.
Camera & Video
Plenty of camera features
The Alcatel 1C has a 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie camera. The main camera has a flash and there is a Selfie Flash as well, so you can take selfies under any lighting conditions.
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Social Square is one feature that we love. You can review and share the photo you have just captured while keeping the viewfinder open, to capture any spur of the moment action. To do this, the Alcatel 1C splits the screen in two, letting you share your photos on the bottom half of the screen, to sites like Instagram and Facebook.
Further camera features include:
- Instant Collage - Bring you photos together with four different layouts
- Photo Booth - Capture four photos over three seconds
- One-Handed Mode - Change settings and take photos with ease
Further features include HDR, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Pano and HD video capture. If you buy this phone, then one handy trick to know is to press the volume button to take a photo or press and hold it to take a burst of photos.
Long standby and talk time
The Alcatel 1C has a 2,460mAh battery and this performs well. You should be able to get up to 547 hours of standby or up to 26 hours of talk time. From flat, you can fully charge the battery in less than 3.5 hours.
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Written by: Michael Brown