The Android Advantage
The popularity of the Android platform these days is a windfall for device manufacturers like Alcatel. Prior to the introduction of Android, Alcatel is a brand associated with inexpensive feature phones. Today, Alcatel still keeps affordability in its formula but with the help of the Android platform, the brand is now gaining more traction among practical Filipino consumers.
A member of Alcatel’s current line of Android smartphones is the One Touch Glory 918N. Like the affordable Samsung Galaxy Y S5360, this Alcatel handset runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The phone packs a 3.2-inch screen with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, a bit larger than that of the S5360, yet the difference is barely noticeable.
Below the display, the 918N features three capacitive buttons and one physical Home key. On top, the device carries a 3.5mm audio jack, while its left side hosts a micro USB port. The right side is a busy portion, being occupied by the volume rocker and the power button. In terms of wireless connectivity, the 918N can go online via 3G and Wi-Fi, and supports Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.
For the most part, the 918N is matte black, which is actually good as its body is less prone to unsightly fingerprint smudges, except of course in the case of the touchscreen display. The phone’s back cover has a rubbery surface which provides users with a good grip on the device. Removing the cover is an easy affair, thanks to the discreet notch on the phone’s corner. Inside, the 918N reveals one of its key features: a pair of slots that supports the handset’s dual SIM characteristic.