Alcatel OneTouch Hero phablet review

The Scribe line was initially focused on smartphones with a large screen diagonal, the so-called phablets. And if the first model of the Scribe HD family differs in that it has a screen diagonal of 5 inches, then in the OneTouch Hero under consideration it is all 6 inches, and here we can safely say that size plays a role. As in the Samsung Mega 5.8/6.3 review, it is necessary to realize who will be the consumer of such a device, which cannot be called small and compact, although it can be hidden with a big stretch in a jeans pocket.

Phablets are devices that occupy an intermediate position between smartphones and tablets, we can safely say that they are a kind of compromise. Significantly larger than smartphones, but already with a screen on which you can comfortably watch movies, play games or spend time in the browser. But still, initially, phablets were more inclined towards smartphones (the Note line is 5-5.5 inches), but their new generation is often brought closer to small tablets. As a rule, manufacturers believe that such a device can replace both a tablet and a phone, a kind of universal two-in-one solution. For budget phablets, which undoubtedly include OneTouch Hero, this reasoning applies in full.

Purchasing such a device 3bdrm Apartment in Kinondoni for Rent can be interesting primarily for young people, those who actively spend time on the net, correspond using social networks or IM-messengers, want to get a long work from one charge and at the same time a wide range of opportunities. At the same time, for such consumers, the size of the device is not so important, rather, its cost and availability come to the fore. It goes without saying that phablets occupy a significant market share in Europe. They are most popular in Asia, and here their number is constantly growing, people are choosing a larger screen size. In Russia and Europe, only among young people there is a tendency to get carried away with such devices, while older people are cool about such devices. Unless they have vision problems, in which case a large screen size with variable font becomes a kind of salvation for them.

Many manufacturers have attempted to bring their phablets to market, but Samsung's Note line holds a solid first place in sales, while other manufacturers are content with modest volumes. The difference is that Note is not just a device with a large screen diagonal, but it has a whole set of programs for taking notes, drawing and so on. What's more, WACOM's screen technology is such that it provides very accurate data entry - you can draw quite professionally on such a device. Competitors, and OneTouch Hero is another confirmation of this, are trying to create cheaper solutions, abandoning expensive technologies. This is probably why it is worth considering such phablets as competing not with the Note line (flagship, good case materials, performance), but with Mega. But at the same time, all external signs of Note and a set of programs are present, as well as a stylus. But you should not consider OneTouch Hero as having similar characteristics to Note, they are very different. The OneTouch Hero is a mass-market product that offers a tablet/smartphone symbiosis, without many extras or unique features. That is, something in the style of Mega. Hence it is worth evaluating this device.

Design, dimensions, controls

The size of any modern smartphone is determined by the quality of the screen (substrate thickness, sides, and so on). It would seem that saving on space in a 6-inch model is not worth it, it will still turn out to be large. But just like Idol X, OneTouch Hero used a high-quality screen, which saved a couple of millimeters on each side. The dimensions of the device are as follows - 158.5x80.6x8.5 mm. Weight - 150 grams. Pay attention to the comparison with Note II, the sides of the screen are smaller, and the overall size of the device is not much larger. With a much larger diagonal, this is definitely an achievement that Alcatel engineers can be proud of.

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To understand the size of the phone, you can look at its comparison with Alcatel Idol X, equipped with a 5-inch screen.

Compared to Alcatel Idol X

In the hand, the device lies well, there are no complaints. On the front panel you see three touch keys, above the screen - the front camera, as well as the light sensor. A contact group is visible on the back surface, right there is a magnet to which the cover sticks. The complete cover does not have any built-in electronics, it just covers the screen. At the same time, you can buy Magic Flip separately, this cover has LED indicators that show the time or icons of different events.

There is a connector for a stylus at the bottom end, it is initially attached to the case (there was no stylus in my sample, but later I will update the review according to a commercial sample). On the right side is a slot for microSIM, just below the power button, as well as a paired volume rocker. On the left side there is a slot for memory cards, on the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but the headphone output is placed on the top end, these are standard 3.5 mm.

The monolithic case, different color schemes - everything together speaks in favor of this model, I like the matte plastic, as well as the overall impression of the device in the hands. It does not look intimidatingly huge and is quite comfortable (I remember being surprised that the Mega fits quite well in the hand, but this device is just as good).

Display

The phone has a 6-inch IPS-matrix with a FullHD resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, which is not yet typical for most second-tier manufacturers. The screen is covered with DragonTrail glass, it also has an oleophobic coating, the prints are not so noticeable.

The viewing angles are maximum, the brightness is excessive, which forces it to be twisted by half, otherwise there is an overexposure of the white color. There is a light sensor that can adjust the backlight automatically.

The screen fades in the sun, but not much, it remains readable. The screen type is capacitive, up to 5 simultaneous clicks are supported.

Alcatel emphasizes that this model has a very thin frame around the screen (zero frame), in fact, the distance is 2.4 mm, which is extremely small, and visually it seems that the screen occupies the entire space from edge to edge.

The screen quality is somewhat inferior to the same Note II, but for its price group this is one of the best screens.

Battery

The battery is non-removable, lithium-polymer (Li-Pol), capacity - 3400 mAh. According to the manufacturer, the device works on average 18 hours in 3G and 20 hours in 2G in talk mode, and up to 600 and 400 hours in standby mode, respectively. Music playback time is 24 hours.

With normal use of the device (an hour of calls, two hours of music, about an hour of social networks, a few photos), it is quite enough for two full days. With less load - for three days or even a little more. In the most difficult scenario, he will work with two SIM-cards until the evening. Full battery charge time - 3.5 hours (up to 90 percent - 2 hours 45 minutes, charging at 2A).

In my opinion, this device has become the record holder in terms of operating time among its classmates, it really demonstrates a very high survivability. But, of course, everything will depend on how you use it.

Memory and memory card

The smartphone is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, on average about 1 GB is free after the device boots up. 8 GB is allocated for data storage in a single-symbol version, but about 5.5 GB is available (in a dual-symbol 16 GB in total, 12.7 GB is available). The single-symbol model has a slot for a microSD memory card. The maximum capacity is 32 GB.

Performance

Here, the MediaTek MT6589 chipset is used, but unlike previous devices, it was called Turbo due to its higher frequency (from 1.2 to 1.5 GHz). Processor quad-core, 1.5 GHz, ARM Cortex-A7 (FPU and NEON). PowerVR SGX 544MP acts as a graphics accelerator.

On a smartphone, you can run almost any complex toys or applications.

Information from various applications and performance tests.

Камера

Модуль камеры Sony EXMOR, такой же, как в Idol X. Интерфейс камеры переработан в пользу упрощения, вы можете включить HDR-режим, получить панораму, отключить вспышку, но и только. Можно фотографировать нажатием на экран, в точке нажатия происходит фокусировка, далее аппарат делает снимок. К сожалению, чуда не произошло – качество матрицы значительно хуже, что видно на детализации фотографий, зачастую они получаются смазанными даже днем. Но при съемках в помещении камера этого аппарата и вовсе плывет, появляются шумы, при съемке со вспышкой идет засветка картинки, а фокус нещадно ошибается, превращая картинку в мыло. Одним словом, 13 мегапикселей здесь — скорее маркетинговый ход, чем реальность в сравнении с Galaxy S4 либо Sony Xperia Z, камера значительно слабее. Впрочем, посмотрите сами на примеры снимков с этого аппарата.

Запись видео поддерживается в разрешении 1080p, до 30 кадров в секунду.

Итоговый вывод по камере – типична для бюджетных аппаратов, звезд с неба не хватает. Многие производители второго эшелона предлагают качественные 8-мегапиксельные модули, которые снимают очень неплохо, тут в погоне за цифрой рискнули поставить другой модуль, что вылилось не в слишком хорошие фотографии.

Коммуникационные возможности

Телефон работает в сотовых сетях 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 МГц) и 3G (850/900/2100 МГц). В наличии Bluetooth версии 4.0 для передачи файлов и речи. Присутствует беспроводная связь Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. Аппараты, естественно, могут быть задействованы в качестве точки доступа (Wi-Fi Hotspot) или модема. Для передачи файлов и синхронизации данных используется USB 2.0 (High-Speed). Есть не слишком востребованная функция Wi-Fi Display, когда вы можете передавать сигнал с телефона на другое устройство по Wi-Fi. Традиционно присутствует функция Wi-Fi Direct.

Software features - Android 4.2.2

In Idol X, Alcatel introduced its software shell for the first time, here we also meet it. Often people prefer "naked" Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities. This moment is a subject for controversy, but judging by the polar opinions, the shells have the right to life. In my opinion, companies investing in their creation cannot physically add the "Disable Shell" option, as this will make their work in vain. It's a pity, I'm sure that this would increase the value of the smartphone in the eyes of consumers.

OneTouch Hero introduced MultiView mode, when the window is divided into two halves and each can have its own application, we first saw this feature on Note II. Of the unique applications for this device, it is worth noting Scribe Note (handwritten notes, recognition works very badly), Scribe Calculator (an excellent application in which you can write and immediately get the calculation of formulas, it works perfectly).

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day by pulling down to see the forecast for three days. The icons are pretty cute. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a list of tasks for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could dwell on each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this, this is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The handset has support for unconverted video, but the chipset doesn't handle 1080p well, the sound often goes out of sync or doesn't exist at all. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

Good screen, but the shortcomings of the chipset make it impossible to watch any files, in this aspect the Galaxy S4 is more omnivorous and digests a larger number of formats and files. On the other hand, these are still models of different price ranges.

Impressions

In terms of communication quality, there are no complaints about the device, the ringer volume is excellent, you can hear it even from the bag. The vibrating alert feels unusual due to the thickness of the case, you often don't notice it. There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission.

At the end of September, the device will appear in Russia at a price of 16,490 rubles, which does not look like an extremely low cost, but on the other hand, this is one of the first devices with a 6-inch FullHD IPS screen, as well as a 13-megapixel camera (which turned out to be pure marketing).

The model seemed to me very interesting and worthy of attention - it has a record battery life, good ergonomics. But it should be considered only if you need a device with a large screen, and multimedia capabilities (camera, video playback) are not so important. On the gray market, Samsung Galaxy Note II costs about 20 thousand rubles, and this is a device of a different class. However, in China or Hong Kong it will be possible to buy OneTouch Hero even cheaper, about $350-400 including shipping. But it should be remembered that in this case you will not only have a guarantee, but also a Russian-language firmware, and the probability of its official appearance is close to zero. In the bottom line, we have not an ideal, but very interesting phablet for the mass market. If you need such a device and you understand why you need it, then this model is definitely worth a closer look.

Alcatel OneTouch Hero phablet review

The Scribe line was initially focused on smartphones with a large screen diagonal, the so-called phablets. And if the first model of the Scribe HD family differs in that it has a screen diagonal of 5 inches, then in the OneTouch Hero under consideration it is all 6 inches, and here we can safely say that size plays a role. As in the Samsung Mega 5.8/6.3 review, it is necessary to realize who will be the consumer of such a device, which cannot be called small and compact, although it can be hidden with a big stretch in a jeans pocket.

Phablets are devices that occupy an intermediate position between smartphones and tablets, we can safely say that they are a kind of compromise. Significantly larger than smartphones, but already with a screen on which you can comfortably watch movies, play games or spend time in the browser. But still, initially, phablets were more inclined towards smartphones (the Note line is 5-5.5 inches), but their new generation is often brought closer to small tablets. As a rule, manufacturers believe that such a device can replace both a tablet and a phone, a kind of universal two-in-one solution. For budget phablets, which undoubtedly include OneTouch Hero, this reasoning applies in full.

Purchasing such a device 3bdrm Apartment in Kinondoni for Rent can be interesting primarily for young people, those who actively spend time on the net, correspond using social networks or IM-messengers, want to get a long work from one charge and at the same time a wide range of opportunities. At the same time, for such consumers, the size of the device is not so important, rather, its cost and availability come to the fore. It goes without saying that phablets occupy a significant market share in Europe. They are most popular in Asia, and here their number is constantly growing, people are choosing a larger screen size. In Russia and Europe, only among young people there is a tendency to get carried away with such devices, while older people are cool about such devices. Unless they have vision problems, in which case a large screen size with variable font becomes a kind of salvation for them.

Many manufacturers have attempted to bring their phablets to market, but Samsung's Note line holds a solid first place in sales, while other manufacturers are content with modest volumes. The difference is that Note is not just a device with a large screen diagonal, but it has a whole set of programs for taking notes, drawing and so on. What's more, WACOM's screen technology is such that it provides very accurate data entry - you can draw quite professionally on such a device. Competitors, and OneTouch Hero is another confirmation of this, are trying to create cheaper solutions, abandoning expensive technologies. This is probably why it is worth considering such phablets as competing not with the Note line (flagship, good case materials, performance), but with Mega. But at the same time, all external signs of Note and a set of programs are present, as well as a stylus. But you should not consider OneTouch Hero as having similar characteristics to Note, they are very different. The OneTouch Hero is a mass-market product that offers a tablet/smartphone symbiosis, without many extras or unique features. That is, something in the style of Mega. Hence it is worth evaluating this device.

Design, dimensions, controls

The size of any modern smartphone is determined by the quality of the screen (substrate thickness, sides, and so on). It would seem that saving on space in a 6-inch model is not worth it, it will still turn out to be large. But just like Idol X, OneTouch Hero used a high-quality screen, which saved a couple of millimeters on each side. The dimensions of the device are as follows - 158.5x80.6x8.5 mm. Weight - 150 grams. Pay attention to the comparison with Note II, the sides of the screen are smaller, and the overall size of the device is not much larger. With a much larger diagonal, this is definitely an achievement that Alcatel engineers can be proud of.

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To understand the size of the phone, you can look at its comparison with Alcatel Idol X, equipped with a 5-inch screen.

Compared to Alcatel Idol X

In the hand, the device lies well, there are no complaints. On the front panel you see three touch keys, above the screen - the front camera, as well as the light sensor. A contact group is visible on the back surface, right there is a magnet to which the cover sticks. The complete cover does not have any built-in electronics, it just covers the screen. At the same time, you can buy Magic Flip separately, this cover has LED indicators that show the time or icons of different events.

There is a connector for a stylus at the bottom end, it is initially attached to the case (there was no stylus in my sample, but later I will update the review according to a commercial sample). On the right side is a slot for microSIM, just below the power button, as well as a paired volume rocker. On the left side there is a slot for memory cards, on the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but the headphone output is placed on the top end, these are standard 3.5 mm.

The monolithic case, different color schemes - everything together speaks in favor of this model, I like the matte plastic, as well as the overall impression of the device in the hands. It does not look intimidatingly huge and is quite comfortable (I remember being surprised that the Mega fits quite well in the hand, but this device is just as good).

Display

The phone has a 6-inch IPS-matrix with a FullHD resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, which is not yet typical for most second-tier manufacturers. The screen is covered with DragonTrail glass, it also has an oleophobic coating, the prints are not so noticeable.

The viewing angles are maximum, the brightness is excessive, which forces it to be twisted by half, otherwise there is an overexposure of the white color. There is a light sensor that can adjust the backlight automatically.

The screen fades in the sun, but not much, it remains readable. The screen type is capacitive, up to 5 simultaneous clicks are supported.

Alcatel emphasizes that this model has a very thin frame around the screen (zero frame), in fact, the distance is 2.4 mm, which is extremely small, and visually it seems that the screen occupies the entire space from edge to edge.

The screen quality is somewhat inferior to the same Note II, but for its price group this is one of the best screens.

Battery

The battery is non-removable, lithium-polymer (Li-Pol), capacity - 3400 mAh. According to the manufacturer, in talk mode the device works on average 18 hours in 3G and 20 hours in 2G, and in standby mode - up to 600 and 400 hours, respectively. Music playback time is 24 hours.

With normal use of the device (an hour of calls, two hours of music, about an hour of social networks, a few photos), it is quite enough for two full days. With less load - for three days or even a little more. In the most difficult scenario, he will work with two SIM cards until the evening. The time to fully charge the battery is 3.5 hours (up to 90 percent - 2 hours 45 minutes, charging at 2A).

In my opinion, this device has become the record holder in terms of operating time among its classmates, it really demonstrates a very high survivability. But, of course, everything will depend on how you use it.

Memory and memory card

The smartphone is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, on average about 1 GB is free after the device boots up. 8 GB is allocated for data storage in a single-symbol version, but about 5.5 GB is available (in a dual-symbol 16 GB in total, 12.7 GB is available). The single-symbol model has a slot for a microSD memory card. The maximum capacity is 32 GB.

Performance

Here, the MediaTek MT6589 chipset is used, but unlike previous devices, it was called Turbo due to its higher frequency (from 1.2 to 1.5 GHz). Processor quad-core, 1.5 GHz, ARM Cortex-A7 (FPU and NEON). PowerVR SGX 544MP acts as a graphics accelerator.

On a smartphone, you can run almost any complex toys or applications.

Information from various applications and performance tests.

Камера

Модуль камеры Sony EXMOR, такой же, как в Idol X. Интерфейс камеры переработан в пользу упрощения, вы можете включить HDR-режим, получить панораму, отключить вспышку, но и только. Можно фотографировать нажатием на экран, в точке нажатия происходит фокусировка, далее аппарат делает снимок. К сожалению, чуда не произошло – качество матрицы значительно хуже, что видно на детализации фотографий, зачастую они получаются смазанными даже днем. Но при съемках в помещении камера этого аппарата и вовсе плывет, появляются шумы, при съемке со вспышкой идет засветка картинки, а фокус нещадно ошибается, превращая картинку в мыло. Одним словом, 13 мегапикселей здесь — скорее маркетинговый ход, чем реальность в сравнении с Galaxy S4 либо Sony Xperia Z, камера значительно слабее. Впрочем, посмотрите сами на примеры снимков с этого аппарата.

Запись видео поддерживается в разрешении 1080p, до 30 кадров в секунду.

Итоговый вывод по камере – типична для бюджетных аппаратов, звезд с неба не хватает. Многие производители второго эшелона предлагают качественные 8-мегапиксельные модули, которые снимают очень неплохо, тут в погоне за цифрой рискнули поставить другой модуль, что вылилось не в слишком хорошие фотографии.

Коммуникационные возможности

Телефон работает в сотовых сетях 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 МГц) и 3G (850/900/2100 МГц). В наличии Bluetooth версии 4.0 для передачи файлов и речи. Присутствует беспроводная связь Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. Аппараты, естественно, могут быть задействованы в качестве точки доступа (Wi-Fi Hotspot) или модема. Для передачи файлов и синхронизации данных используется USB 2.0 (High-Speed). Есть не слишком востребованная функция Wi-Fi Display, когда вы можете передавать сигнал с телефона на другое устройство по Wi-Fi. Традиционно присутствует функция Wi-Fi Direct.

Software features - Android 4.2.2

In Idol X, Alcatel introduced its software shell for the first time, here we also meet it. Often people prefer "naked" Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities. This moment is a subject for controversy, but judging by the polar opinions, the shells have the right to life. In my opinion, companies investing in their creation cannot physically add the "Disable Shell" option, as this will make their work in vain. It's a pity, I'm sure that this would increase the value of the smartphone in the eyes of consumers.

OneTouch Hero introduced MultiView mode, when the window is divided into two halves and each can have its own application, we first saw this feature on Note II. Of the unique applications for this device, it is worth noting Scribe Note (handwritten notes, recognition works very badly), Scribe Calculator (an excellent application in which you can write and immediately get the calculation of formulas, it works perfectly).

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day by pulling down to see the forecast for three days. The icons are pretty cute. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a list of tasks for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could dwell on each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this, this is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The handset has support for unconverted video, but the chipset doesn't handle 1080p well, the sound often goes out of sync or doesn't exist at all. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

Good screen, but the shortcomings of the chipset make it impossible to watch any files, in this aspect the Galaxy S4 is more omnivorous and digests a larger number of formats and files. On the other hand, these are still models of different price ranges.

Impressions

In terms of communication quality, there are no complaints about the device, the ringer volume is excellent, you can hear it even from the bag. The vibrating alert feels unusual due to the thickness of the case, you often don't notice it. There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission.

At the end of September, the device will appear in Russia at a price of 16,490 rubles, which does not look like an extremely low cost, but on the other hand, this is one of the first devices with a 6-inch FullHD IPS screen, as well as a 13-megapixel camera (which turned out to be pure marketing).

The model seemed to me very interesting and worthy of attention - it has a record battery life, good ergonomics. But it should be considered only if you need a device with a large screen, and multimedia capabilities (camera, video playback) are not so important. On the gray market, Samsung Galaxy Note II costs about 20 thousand rubles, and this is a device of a different class. However, in China or Hong Kong it will be possible to buy OneTouch Hero even cheaper, about $350-400 including shipping. But it should be remembered that in this case you will not only have a guarantee, but also a Russian-language firmware, and the probability of its official appearance is close to zero. In the bottom line, we have not an ideal, but very interesting phablet for the mass market. If you need such a device and you understand why you need it, then this model is definitely worth a closer look.

Alcatel OneTouch Hero phablet review

The Scribe line was initially focused on smartphones with a large screen diagonal, the so-called phablets. And if the first model of the Scribe HD family differs in that it has a screen diagonal of 5 inches, then in the OneTouch Hero under consideration it is all 6 inches, and here we can safely say that size plays a role. As in the Samsung Mega 5.8/6.3 review, it is necessary to realize who will be the consumer of such a device, which cannot be called small and compact, although it can be hidden with a big stretch in a jeans pocket.

Phablets are devices that occupy an intermediate position between smartphones and tablets, we can safely say that they are a kind of compromise. Significantly larger than smartphones, but already with a screen on which you can comfortably watch movies, play games or spend time in the browser. But still, initially, phablets were more inclined towards smartphones (the Note line is 5-5.5 inches), but their new generation is often brought closer to small tablets. As a rule, manufacturers believe that such a device can replace both a tablet and a phone, a kind of universal two-in-one solution. For budget phablets, which undoubtedly include OneTouch Hero, this reasoning applies in full.

Purchasing such a device 3bdrm Apartment in Kinondoni for Rent can be interesting primarily for young people, those who actively spend time on the net, correspond using social networks or IM-messengers, want to get a long work from one charge and at the same time a wide range of opportunities. At the same time, for such consumers, the size of the device is not so important, rather, its cost and availability come to the fore. It goes without saying that phablets occupy a significant market share in Europe. They are most popular in Asia, and here their number is constantly growing, people are choosing a larger screen size. In Russia and Europe, only among young people there is a tendency to get carried away with such devices, while older people are cool about such devices. Unless they have vision problems, in which case a large screen size with variable font becomes a kind of salvation for them.

Many manufacturers have attempted to bring their phablets to market, but Samsung's Note line holds a solid first place in sales, while other manufacturers are content with modest volumes. The difference is that Note is not just a device with a large screen diagonal, but it has a whole set of programs for taking notes, drawing and so on. What's more, WACOM's screen technology is such that it provides very accurate data entry - you can draw quite professionally on such a device. Competitors, and OneTouch Hero is another confirmation of this, are trying to create cheaper solutions, abandoning expensive technologies. This is probably why it is worth considering such phablets as competing not with the Note line (flagship, good case materials, performance), but with Mega. But at the same time, all external signs of Note and a set of programs are present, as well as a stylus. But you should not consider OneTouch Hero as having similar characteristics to Note, they are very different. The OneTouch Hero is a mass-market product that offers a tablet/smartphone symbiosis, without many extras or unique features. That is, something in the style of Mega. Hence it is worth evaluating this device.

Design, dimensions, controls

The size of any modern smartphone is determined by the quality of the screen (substrate thickness, sides, and so on). It would seem that saving on space in a 6-inch model is not worth it, it will still turn out to be large. But just like Idol X, OneTouch Hero used a high-quality screen, which saved a couple of millimeters on each side. The dimensions of the device are as follows - 158.5x80.6x8.5 mm. Weight - 150 grams. Pay attention to the comparison with Note II, the sides of the screen are smaller, and the overall size of the device is not much larger. With a much larger diagonal, this is definitely an achievement that Alcatel engineers can be proud of.

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To understand the size of the phone, you can look at its comparison with Alcatel Idol X, equipped with a 5-inch screen.

Compared to Alcatel Idol X

In the hand, the device lies well, there are no complaints. On the front panel you see three touch keys, above the screen - the front camera, as well as the light sensor. A contact group is visible on the back surface, right there is a magnet to which the cover sticks. The complete cover does not have any built-in electronics, it just covers the screen. At the same time, you can buy Magic Flip separately, this cover has LED indicators that show the time or icons of different events.

There is a connector for a stylus at the bottom end, it is initially attached to the case (there was no stylus in my sample, but later I will update the review according to a commercial sample). On the right side is a slot for microSIM, just below the power button, as well as a paired volume rocker. On the left side there is a slot for memory cards, on the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but the headphone output is placed on the top end, these are standard 3.5 mm.

The monolithic case, different color schemes - everything together speaks in favor of this model, I like the matte plastic, as well as the overall impression of the device in the hands. It does not look intimidatingly huge and is quite comfortable (I remember being surprised that the Mega fits quite well in the hand, but this device is just as good).

Display

The phone has a 6-inch IPS-matrix with a FullHD resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, which is not yet typical for most second-tier manufacturers. The screen is covered with DragonTrail glass, it also has an oleophobic coating, the prints are not so noticeable.

The viewing angles are maximum, the brightness is excessive, which forces it to be twisted by half, otherwise there is an overexposure of the white color. There is a light sensor that can adjust the backlight automatically.

The screen fades in the sun, but not much, it remains readable. The screen type is capacitive, up to 5 simultaneous clicks are supported.

Alcatel emphasizes that this model has a very thin frame around the screen (zero frame), in fact, the distance is 2.4 mm, which is extremely small, and visually it seems that the screen occupies the entire space from edge to edge.

The screen quality is somewhat inferior to the same Note II, but for its price group this is one of the best screens.

Battery

The battery is non-removable, lithium-polymer (Li-Pol), capacity - 3400 mAh. According to the manufacturer, in talk mode the device works on average 18 hours in 3G and 20 hours in 2G, and in standby mode - up to 600 and 400 hours, respectively. Music playback time is 24 hours.

With normal use of the device (an hour of calls, two hours of music, about an hour of social networks, a few photos), it is quite enough for two full days. With less load - for three days or even a little more. In the most difficult scenario, he will work with two SIM cards until the evening. The time to fully charge the battery is 3.5 hours (up to 90 percent - 2 hours 45 minutes, charging at 2A).

In my opinion, this device has become the record holder in terms of operating time among its classmates, it really demonstrates a very high survivability. But, of course, everything will depend on how you use it.

Memory and memory card

The smartphone is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, on average about 1 GB is free after the device boots up. 8 GB is allocated for data storage in a single-symbol version, but about 5.5 GB is available (in a dual-symbol 16 GB in total, 12.7 GB is available). The single-symbol model has a slot for a microSD memory card. The maximum capacity is 32 GB.

Performance

Here, the MediaTek MT6589 chipset is used, but unlike previous devices, it was called Turbo due to its higher frequency (from 1.2 to 1.5 GHz). Processor quad-core, 1.5 GHz, ARM Cortex-A7 (FPU and NEON). PowerVR SGX 544MP acts as a graphics accelerator.

On a smartphone, you can run almost any complex toys or applications.

Information from various applications and performance tests.

Камера

Модуль камеры Sony EXMOR, такой же, как в Idol X. Интерфейс камеры переработан в пользу упрощения, вы можете включить HDR-режим, получить панораму, отключить вспышку, но и только. Можно фотографировать нажатием на экран, в точке нажатия происходит фокусировка, далее аппарат делает снимок. К сожалению, чуда не произошло – качество матрицы значительно хуже, что видно на детализации фотографий, зачастую они получаются смазанными даже днем. Но при съемках в помещении камера этого аппарата и вовсе плывет, появляются шумы, при съемке со вспышкой идет засветка картинки, а фокус нещадно ошибается, превращая картинку в мыло. Одним словом, 13 мегапикселей здесь — скорее маркетинговый ход, чем реальность в сравнении с Galaxy S4 либо Sony Xperia Z, камера значительно слабее. Впрочем, посмотрите сами на примеры снимков с этого аппарата.

Запись видео поддерживается в разрешении 1080p, до 30 кадров в секунду.

Итоговый вывод по камере – типична для бюджетных аппаратов, звезд с неба не хватает. Многие производители второго эшелона предлагают качественные 8-мегапиксельные модули, которые снимают очень неплохо, тут в погоне за цифрой рискнули поставить другой модуль, что вылилось не в слишком хорошие фотографии.

Коммуникационные возможности

Телефон работает в сотовых сетях 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 МГц) и 3G (850/900/2100 МГц). В наличии Bluetooth версии 4.0 для передачи файлов и речи. Присутствует беспроводная связь Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. Аппараты, естественно, могут быть задействованы в качестве точки доступа (Wi-Fi Hotspot) или модема. Для передачи файлов и синхронизации данных используется USB 2.0 (High-Speed). Есть не слишком востребованная функция Wi-Fi Display, когда вы можете передавать сигнал с телефона на другое устройство по Wi-Fi. Традиционно присутствует функция Wi-Fi Direct.

Software features - Android 4.2.2

In Idol X, Alcatel introduced its software shell for the first time, here we also meet it. Often people prefer "naked" Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities. This moment is a subject for controversy, but judging by the polar opinions, the shells have the right to life. In my opinion, companies investing in their creation cannot physically add the "Disable Shell" option, as this will make their work in vain. It's a pity, I'm sure that this would increase the value of the smartphone in the eyes of consumers.

OneTouch Hero introduced MultiView mode, when the window is divided into two halves and each can have its own application, we first saw this feature on Note II. Of the unique applications for this device, it is worth noting Scribe Note (handwritten notes, recognition works very badly), Scribe Calculator (an excellent application in which you can write and immediately get the calculation of formulas, it works perfectly).

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day by pulling down to see the forecast for three days. The icons are pretty cute. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a list of tasks for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could dwell on each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this, this is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The handset has support for unconverted video, but the chipset doesn't handle 1080p well, the sound often goes out of sync or doesn't exist at all. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

Good screen, but flaws in the chipset make it impossible to watch any files, in this aspect the Galaxy S4 is more omnivorous and digests a larger number of formats and files. On the other hand, after all, these are models of different price ranges.

Impressions

In terms of communication quality, there are no complaints about the device, the ringer volume is excellent, you can hear it even from the bag. The vibrating alert feels unusual due to the thickness of the case, you often don't notice it. There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission.

At the end of September, the device will appear in Russia at a price of 16,490 rubles, which does not look like an extremely low cost, but on the other hand, this is one of the first devices with a 6-inch FullHD IPS screen, as well as a 13-megapixel camera (which turned out to be pure marketing).

The model seemed to me very interesting and worthy of attention - it has a record battery life, good ergonomics. But it should be considered only if you need a device with a large screen, and multimedia capabilities (camera, video playback) are not so important. On the gray market, Samsung Galaxy Note II costs about 20 thousand rubles, and this is a device of a different class. However, in China or Hong Kong it will be possible to buy OneTouch Hero even cheaper, about $350-400 including shipping. But it should be remembered that in this case you will not only have a guarantee, but also a Russian-language firmware, and the probability of its official appearance is close to zero. In the bottom line, we have not an ideal, but very interesting phablet for the mass market. If you need such a device and you understand why you need it, then this model is definitely worth a closer look.

Alcatel OneTouch Hero phablet review

The Scribe line was initially focused on smartphones with a large screen diagonal, the so-called phablets. And if the first model of the Scribe HD family differs in that it has a screen diagonal of 5 inches, then in the OneTouch Hero under consideration it is all 6 inches, and here we can safely say that size plays a role. As in the Samsung Mega 5.8/6.3 review, it is necessary to realize who will be the consumer of such a device, which cannot be called small and compact, although it can be hidden with a big stretch in a jeans pocket.

Phablets are devices that occupy an intermediate position between smartphones and tablets, we can safely say that they are a kind of compromise. Significantly larger than smartphones, but already with a screen on which you can comfortably watch movies, play games or spend time in the browser. But still, initially, phablets were more inclined towards smartphones (the Note line is 5-5.5 inches), but their new generation is often brought closer to small tablets. As a rule, manufacturers believe that such a device can replace both a tablet and a phone, a kind of universal two-in-one solution. For budget phablets, which undoubtedly include OneTouch Hero, this reasoning applies in full.

The purchase of such a device 3bdrm Apartment in Kinondoni for Rent may be of interest primarily for young people, those who actively spend time on the net, chat using social networks or IM-messengers, want to get a long work from one charge and at the same time wide range of possibilities. At the same time, for such consumers, the size of the device is not so important, rather, its cost and availability come to the fore. It goes without saying that phablets occupy a significant market share in Europe. They are most popular in Asia, and here their number is constantly growing, people are choosing a larger screen size. In Russia and Europe, only among young people there is a tendency to get carried away with such devices, while older people are cool about such devices. Unless they have vision problems, in which case a large screen size with variable font becomes a kind of salvation for them.

Buying such a device 3bdrm Apartment in Kinondoni for Rent 3bdrm Apartment in Kinondoni for Rent may become interesting primarily for young people, those who actively spend time on the net, correspond using social networks or IM-messengers, want to get a long work from one charge and at the same time a wide range of opportunities. At the same time, for such consumers, the size of the device is not so important, rather, its cost and availability come to the fore. It goes without saying that phablets occupy a significant market share in Europe. They are most popular in Asia, and here their number is constantly growing, people are choosing a larger screen size. In Russia and Europe, only among young people there is a tendency to get carried away with such devices, while older people are cool about such devices. Unless they have vision problems, in which case a large screen size with variable font becomes a kind of salvation for them.

Many manufacturers have attempted to bring their phablets to market, but Samsung's Note line holds a solid first place in sales, while other manufacturers are content with modest volumes. The difference is that Note is not just a device with a large screen diagonal, but it has a whole set of programs for taking notes, drawing and so on. What's more, WACOM's screen technology is such that it provides very accurate data entry - you can draw quite professionally on such a device. Competitors, and OneTouch Hero is another confirmation of this, are trying to create cheaper solutions, abandoning expensive technologies. This is probably why it is worth considering such phablets as competing not with the Note line (flagship, good case materials, performance), but with Mega. But at the same time, all external signs of Note and a set of programs are present, as well as a stylus. But you should not consider OneTouch Hero as having similar characteristics to Note, they are very different. The OneTouch Hero is a mass-market product that offers a tablet/smartphone symbiosis, without many extras or unique features. That is, something in the style of Mega. Hence it is worth evaluating this device.

Design, dimensions, controls

The size of any modern smartphone is determined by the quality of the screen (substrate thickness, sides, and so on). It would seem that saving on space in a 6-inch model is not worth it, it will still turn out to be large. But just like Idol X, OneTouch Hero used a high-quality screen, which saved a couple of millimeters on each side. The dimensions of the device are as follows - 158.5x80.6x8.5 mm. Weight - 150 grams. Pay attention to the comparison with Note II, the sides of the screen are smaller, and the overall size of the device is not much larger. With a much larger diagonal, this is definitely an achievement that Alcatel engineers can be proud of.

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2

To understand the size of the phone, you can look at its comparison with Alcatel Idol X, equipped with a 5-inch screen.

Compared to Alcatel Idol X

In the hand, the device lies well, there are no complaints. On the front panel you see three touch keys, above the screen - the front camera, as well as the light sensor. A contact group is visible on the back surface, right there is a magnet to which the cover sticks. The complete cover does not have any built-in electronics, it just covers the screen. At the same time, you can buy Magic Flip separately, this cover has LED indicators that show the time or icons of different events.

There is a connector for a stylus at the bottom end, it is initially attached to the case (there was no stylus in my sample, but later I will update the review according to a commercial sample). On the right side is a slot for microSIM, just below the power button, as well as a paired volume rocker. On the left side there is a slot for memory cards, on the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but the headphone output is placed on the top end, these are standard 3.5 mm.

The monolithic case, different color schemes - everything together speaks in favor of this model, I like the matte plastic, as well as the overall impression of the device in the hands. It does not look intimidatingly huge and is quite comfortable (I remember being surprised that the Mega fits quite well in the hand, but this device is just as good).

Display

The phone has a 6-inch IPS-matrix with a FullHD resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, which is not yet typical for most second-tier manufacturers. The screen is covered with DragonTrail glass, it also has an oleophobic coating, the prints are not so noticeable.

The viewing angles are maximum, the brightness is excessive, which forces it to be twisted by half, otherwise there is an overexposure of the white color. There is a light sensor that can adjust the backlight automatically.

The screen fades in the sun, but not much, it remains readable. The screen type is capacitive, up to 5 simultaneous clicks are supported.

Alcatel emphasizes that this model has a very thin frame around the screen (zero frame), in fact, the distance is 2.4 mm, which is extremely small, and visually it seems that the screen occupies the entire space from edge to edge.

The screen quality is somewhat inferior to the same Note II, but for its price group this is one of the best screens.

Battery

The battery is non-removable, lithium-polymer (Li-Pol), capacity - 3400 mAh. According to the manufacturer, the device works on average 18 hours in 3G and 20 hours in 2G in talk mode, and up to 600 and 400 hours in standby mode, respectively. Music playback time is 24 hours.

With normal use of the device (an hour of calls, two hours of music, about an hour of social networks, a few photos), it is quite enough for two full days. With less load - for three days or even a little more. In the most difficult scenario, he will work with two SIM-cards until the evening. Full battery charge time - 3.5 hours (up to 90 percent - 2 hours 45 minutes, charging at 2A).

In my opinion, this device has become the record holder in terms of operating time among its classmates, it really demonstrates a very high survivability. But, of course, everything will depend on how you use it.

Memory and memory card

The smartphone is equipped with 2 GB of RAM, on average about 1 GB is free after the device boots up. 8 GB is allocated for data storage in a single-symbol version, but about 5.5 GB is available (in a dual-symbol 16 GB in total, 12.7 GB is available). The single-symbol model has a slot for a microSD memory card. The maximum capacity is 32 GB.

Performance

Here, the MediaTek MT6589 chipset is used, but unlike previous devices, it was called Turbo due to its higher frequency (from 1.2 to 1.5 GHz). Processor quad-core, 1.5 GHz, ARM Cortex-A7 (FPU and NEON). PowerVR SGX 544MP acts as a graphics accelerator.

On a smartphone, you can run almost any complex toys or applications.

Information from various applications and performance tests.

Camera

Sony EXMOR camera module, the same as in Idol X. The camera interface has been redesigned in favor of simplicity, you can turn on HDR mode, get a panorama, turn off the flash, but that's all. You can take pictures by pressing the screen, focusing occurs at the point of pressing, then the device takes a picture. Unfortunately, the miracle did not happen - the quality of the matrix is ​​much worse, which can be seen in the detailing of the photos, often they turn out to be blurry even during the day. But when shooting indoors, the camera of this device floats at all, noises appear, when shooting with a flash, the picture is lit, and the focus is mercilessly mistaken, turning the picture into soap. In a word, 13 megapixels here is more of a marketing ploy than reality compared to the Galaxy S4 or Sony Xperia Z, the camera is much weaker. However, look at the examples of pictures from this device for yourself.

Video recording is supported at 1080p resolution, up to 30 frames per second.

The final conclusion about the camera is typical for budget devices, there are not enough stars from the sky. Many second-tier manufacturers offer high-quality 8-megapixel modules that shoot very well, here, in pursuit of digital, they risked installing another module, which resulted in not very good photos.

Communications

The phone works in cellular networks 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (850/900/2100 MHz). Available Bluetooth version 4.0 for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The devices, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or a modem. USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. There is a not-too-demanded Wi-Fi Display feature, when you can transmit a signal from your phone to another device via Wi-Fi. Traditionally, there is a Wi-Fi Direct function.

Software features - Android 4.2.2

In Idol X, Alcatel introduced its software shell for the first time, here we also meet it. Often people prefer "naked" Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities. This moment is a subject for controversy, but judging by the polar opinions, the shells have the right to life. In my opinion, companies investing in their creation cannot physically add the "Disable Shell" option, as this will make their work in vain. It's a pity, I'm sure that this would increase the value of the smartphone in the eyes of consumers.

OneTouch Hero introduced MultiView mode, when the window is divided into two halves and each can have its own application, we first saw this feature on Note II. Of the unique applications for this device, it is worth noting Scribe Note (handwritten notes, recognition works very badly), Scribe Calculator (an excellent application in which you can write and immediately get the calculation of formulas, it works perfectly).

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day by pulling down to see the forecast for three days. The icons are pretty cute. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a list of tasks for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could dwell on each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this, this is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The handset has support for unconverted video, but the chipset doesn't handle 1080p well, the sound often goes out of sync or doesn't exist at all. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

Good screen, but the shortcomings of the chipset make it impossible to watch any files, in this aspect the Galaxy S4 is more omnivorous and digests a larger number of formats and files. On the other hand, these are still models of different price ranges.

Impressions

In terms of communication quality, there are no complaints about the device, the ringer volume is excellent, you can hear it even from the bag. The vibrating alert feels unusual due to the thickness of the case, you often don't notice it. There are no complaints about the quality of voice transmission.

At the end of September, the device will appear in Russia at a price of 16,490 rubles, which does not look like an extremely low cost, but on the other hand, this is one of the first devices with a 6-inch FullHD IPS screen, as well as a 13-megapixel camera (which turned out to be pure marketing).

The model seemed to me very interesting and worthy of attention - it has a record battery life, good ergonomics. But it should be considered only if you need a device with a large screen, and multimedia capabilities (camera, video playback) are not so important. On the gray market, Samsung Galaxy Note II costs about 20 thousand rubles, and this is a device of a different class. However, in China or Hong Kong it will be possible to buy OneTouch Hero even cheaper, about $350-400 including shipping. But it should be remembered that in this case you will not only have a guarantee, but also a Russian-language firmware, and the probability of its official appearance is close to zero. In the bottom line, we have not an ideal, but very interesting phablet for the mass market. If you need such a device and you understand why you need it, then this model is definitely worth a closer look.