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Alcatel has a very interesting mid-level Android smartphone called Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire HD. This phone offers some great features, for a lesser price compared to other smartphones. Today’s let us take a look if this phone is really worth it.
 

Alcatel OT 995 Sapphire HD Review

My officemate purchased an Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire HD. I borrowed it for a few minutes for this review. I was amazed what this smartphone can do, considering its price. I mean, I was not expecting Alcatel was capable of making this kind of phone in the first place. My previous experience with Alcatel phone was years ago, when cell phones were like bath soaps. Anyway let’s take a look at its specifications.
 



 

Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire HD Specifications

Dimensions: 127mm x 68mm
Weight: 124 grams
Display: 4.3 inch TFT,LPS 16M colour capacitive touchscreen at 480×800 pixels with 217ppi
Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Alcatel Customized UI)
CPU: 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon
GPU: Andreno 205
Memory: 512M RAM with 2GB Internal Storage
External Storage: microSD up to 32GB
Rear Camera: 5 Megapixel at 2592×1944 pixels, AutoFocus, LED Flash
Front Camera: VGA
Video: 720p at 30fps
Data: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
WLAN: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth: v3.0 with A2DP
Connectivity: microUSB 2.0, microHDMI
Sensors: G-Sensor, Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Other Features: A-GPS, FM Radio,
Battery: Li-Ion 1500 mAh

The Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire HD has a nice body build. It’s durable and doesn’t feel like it’s made of plastic. The power button is located at the top of the phone, at the left side is the volume racker and power plug (micro USB), and at the button is the micro HDMI plug. The back of One Touch 995 has a rubber coating finish for better grip and to avoid accidental slip.

 



 

The Alcatel OT 995 Sapphire HD has a 5 megapixel camera located at the top portion of the back of the phone. While the silver line you see below is the phone’s speaker.

 

 
 


It has a nice 3D UI (user interface). Too bad, it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread only. It would be better if it was running on Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Or better yet, Alcatel would release an ICS update.

 

   


 

Alcatel One Touch 995 Camera and Video Samples

Next I have taken some photos and videos to see how good the quality is. You can see the sample images below, while the videos can be found at the source of this article.

  

   

   
 

Conclusion: So is it worth it?

The Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire HD is generally a great phone. Alcatel might have a chance to penetrate the market with these kind of smartphones, great specs for a lesser price. At the time I wrote this review, the One Touch 995 is currently priced at 13,999 (actual price might be lesser depending on the store or dealer). I checked other smartphones with the same price, but those smartphones has lesser specifications and features compared to Alcatel One Touch Sapphire HD.
Alcatel OT 995 Sapphire HD has features and specifications that an entry level smartphone doesn’t have. For people who has tight or little budget but would want to have an Android phone that has a GPU, bigger display, could do what entry level smartphones could not do, then this is really worth a try.
If you are going to ask me if I would buy one, my answer would be yes. It has a nice price tag attached to it and specs are good enough. You might want to visit SM Cyberzone and try the phone itself and see if it suites your taste.

Source: Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire HD