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Alcatel One Touch 990 review

Will this budget phone be the new king of cheap Android phones?

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Our Verdict

It doesn't quite top the Orange San Francisco for us, but it's worthy to join the high-class, low-budget crowd

For

  • Cheap and cheerful
  • Basic phone tasks are handled pleasingly
  • Android 2.2 runs admirably for a budget smartphone
  • Good speaker and you can listen to radio
  • YouTube's great

Against

  • Video capture is poor
  • Battery will need charging daily
  • No Flash support
  • Some jerkiness in web browsing

Video footage using the default settings on the Alcatel One Touch 990 proved even more disappointing than the stills camera. Check out the pixilation on the grass and the river in our test clip. Colours also seem washed out, and transitions from light to dark aren't superb either.

Alcatel one touch 990

The sound is the only part that we can really find kind words for, capturing our disbelieving exclamation well.

It's worth noting that you have a plethora of video quality options, including WVGA, VGA, CIF, QVGA and QCIF, plus a choice of encoders, but we're not sure that the hardware can make real use of them.