Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD Review

You’re not supposed to expect any premium device from Alcatel.  That’s how most people think anyway.  But with the release of the latest Android devices from the company like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra and the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD, these people have obviously been proven wrong.  These phones are not only nice looking, they are also priced competitively.

Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD
Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD

The Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD has a Php13,490 price tag in the Philippines.  That’s quite cheap considering its set of specs.  Here are the main specs of the Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD.

Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD Specs

  • 5-inch IPS 720×1280 pixel HD display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core ARMv7 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel
  • 2500mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, HSPA+
  • Micro-USB
  • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean

You’d have to admit that’s quite a good set of specs considering the price.  The best features are admittedly the 5-inch HD display, the 2500mAh battery and the quite capable combination of 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM.  The display is sharp and it has good viewing angle.  The colors are not overly saturated, it’s just right.  What may be a deal breaker for some is the 4GB internal storage, about 1.8GB of which is available to the user.   It’s expandable via microSD slot though.

It’s worth mentioning that the device is slim, and with the 5-inch display size, the thinness is enhanced.   The finish is great and construction is solid.  The back has a nice rubbery finish similar to what we see in HTC phones like the Sensation.   The Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD is also ultra-light for its size.

The Alcatel OneTouch Scribe HD is a fast phone.  It’s good with multitasking and apps load quickly.  In some graphics-intensive games there is the occasionally hiccup but overall it performs well.  With the nice big screen of this device, gaming and video playback is really nice.

Battery life is satisfactory.  A single charge can pump 10 hours worth of juice but if you’re heavy on apps and internet, expect only about 8 hours of use.  Camera is not that good but it’s fine.  Compared to other cameras the shots are not as sharp and they have a yellowish hue to them.  For daily use and the occasional Facebook or Instagram post, it’s fine though.


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