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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

Alcatel one touch 990

With a 1300mAh battery powering the Alcatel One Touch 990, we weren't expecting days on end of use from this Android smartphone. Nonetheless, we have to say we found the battery life on the poor side.

Let's qualify that a bit: you can go for about a day and a half with moderate use - browsing, listening to music and whatnot - if you haven't got the various data services enabled. What you can't do is use services such as AccuWeather or Twidroyd and expect to get more than a day out of the phone between charges.

Alcatel one touch 990

We're not talking heavy, extravagant use here either – on one of our test days, we did just a little web browsing and made nine minutes of calls, and our battery was flat before the next morning.

A bout of thrashing the battery seems to indicate that the problem lies with an inability to manage the power consumption of certain tasks when the phone's on standby.

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One thing you can do is use the Battery Saver app to kill off power-munching tasks before putting the phone to sleep, but that's a fiddle.

Still, many modern smartphones are similarly power hungry, so it's not a major downer. Just make sure you take the charge cable with you when you're travelling around.