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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.

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. 

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.

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

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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.

WORDS BY GELO GONZALES
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