Alcatel Shine Lite review
High-end character without the price tag
If you fit into the twenty-somethings age bracket, then Alcatel is targeting you with the Alcatel Shine Lite smartphone. Alcatel has done a good job of selecting a number of key premium-phone elements for the Shine Lite, while keeping the pricing very affordable for the price conscious.
The UK pricing for the Alcatel Shine Lite begins as £12.50 per month on a 24 month term and you are sure to be surprised at what you get for this money. So let’s get on with our phone review.
The Alcatel Shine Lite is made from a combination of glass and metal. The front and back faces are made from curved 2.5D Dragontrail glass. This curves gently at the edges, which is particularly finger friendly when swiping in or out, from or to, the edge of the screen.
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Dragontrail glass is a chemically hardened form of glass that is both crack and scratch resistant. Its use on the back gives a durable surface that won’t wear over time, while reflecting light in a charismatic way.
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The symmetrical form includes a metal frame that has been polished and brushed in different areas to give the contrast of matte against shine. The choice of colours includes the Alcatel Shine Lite Prime Black and Shine Lite Satin Gold.
The 5” IPS display has a high definition resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The IPS screen technology makes the display readable from wider than normal viewing angles. The display has also be optimised for use under direct sunlight.
The design of the Alcatel Shine Lite sees a body that measures 7.45mm thick and weighs in at 156g.
Phone Set Up
It is unusual to find fingerprint security on a phone in this pricing bracket, but the Alcatel Shine Lite has a fingerprint sensor and it puts it to good use. From the lock screen, you can use different fingerprints (up to five) to go straight to your favourite apps, such as Facebook, Instagram or the web browser.
In practice, it is rather difficult to use much more than the index finger of the hand you are holding the phone with. It does however, work very will if you flip the phone over and use fingerprints from the other hand.
The fingerprint sensor can also be used to secure the Safebox feature, where private documents, videos and images can be stored.
The Alcatel Shine Lite runs on Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, which means you get a series of useful Google apps pre-loaded. These includes the Play Store, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Drive, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Hangouts, Photos and Keep.
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This Alcatel smartphone also comes with the Boost app, which can increase performance by analysing the phone. Boost might recommend stopping background apps running, cleaning junk files and enabling power saving.
These apps do take up a portion of the Alcatel Shine Lite’s internal 16GB memory, but thankfully there is a microSD card slot, for expanding the memory. The hardware for this phone includes a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, 4G internet connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS and dual microphones for noise cancellation.
Camera & Video
The Alcatel Shine Lite has a high resolution 13MP camera. This camera is paired with a dual-tone flash for correctly lighting scenes and capturing balanced results. The main camera can also capture video at 720p (high definition) quality.
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The secondary camera has a 5MP resolution and, once again unusually for a phone at this price, is paired with its own selfie flash. For ease of use, there are gesture controlled selfie functions.
Camera apps includes Face Show, which auto generate selfie videos and Split Catcher, which creates multiple-view collages using both front and back cameras. Easy Shot, Pano (panorama) and Selfie Album are also included.