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Smartphones on a Budget: The Alcatel Glory X and Sapphire HD

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by Gelo Gonzales | May 17, 2012
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Last week, we showed you some of the best smartphones in the business. "The Smartphone Elite," we called them--a cast headed by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and iPhone 4S. With their top-of-the-line features came a top-of-the-line catch in the form of a top-of-the-line price tag. Because like the Bimmers of the world, they are not cheap.

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So are we calling these phones from Alcatel, such as the ones you see above, cheap? Not exactly. They're more budget-friendly, but that doesn't mean they don't offer bang for your buck. Alcatel's like an old friend we haven't seen or heard from in a long while. Now, they come knocking at our doors with the new Alcatel onetouch 918n Glory X and the onetouch 995 Sapphire HD. And for anyone on the look out for affordable Android smartphones, these units are more than welcome to enter. 

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First off, we have the 918n Glory X. Techie.com.ph calls it the OT Blaze Glory 918N's "slightly upgraded sibling," hence the physical similarities. The Glory X (awesome name, by the way) is slightly thicker, which is due to the fact that you can change its covers like the Nokia phones of old. It's a neat if unnecessary feature; a nod to the early 2000s when such a feature could decide a phone's success. In this era, we're more enchanted with numbers, and the Glory X is aware of that. It features Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 650MHz chip, 200MB of RAM, and dual-SIM capability (a rarity in this class).

Not mindblowing, right? Well, here's an important number: P6,199.That's the cost of the Glory X. For the price, those specs are about as close to blowing minds as you get.

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More expensive is the Alcatel onetouch 995 Sapphire HD, coming in with a tag of P13,999.

How does it justify all those extra 9's? To begin with, the Sapphire HD has a very large touchscreen--perhaps the largest ever found on an Alcatel--at 4.3 inches. That alone is impressive, because phones with a screen like this are hard to come by in this price range. Sure you can go up a bit the ladder, and find the HTC Sensation XE and Galaxy SII, but the Sapphire HD might have enough to tempt you to stay. It boasts a single-core 1.4GHz CPU, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus for imaging, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and an intriguing 3D Home Tray that lends a uniqueness to the phone.

For Alcatel to attempt to set the phone apart is admirable. Secure with their identity as an Android phone for those on a budget, and with numbers to back it up, it's hard not invite this one or the Glory X for a longer stay inside our pockets.

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