Alcatel as a brand is most common known by its budget bulk phones. The company behind these phones was in fact Alcatel Lucent, a large telecom manufacturer. In 2006, the mobile phone department has gone independent as Alcatel One touch. TLC is now the company behind the production. Alcatel One Touch has been growing towards low range Android powered phones and tablets since. The OT T10 for example is a 7 inch tablet running Android 4.0 ICS and costs only €120. So, what is the value, considering it as a gift for the Holidays?
The package looks nice and promising.The OT T10 itself feels solid. It’s not very large, but not light weight either. Because of the fact the tablet hasn’t very rounded edges at the back, you can’t really hold it, it lies in your hand. It’s more comfortable to hold a tablet at the edges and the bevel. The back of the OT T10 is made from a sort of grip material. The dots are only decoration, the have no function, what causes the back to be a little slippery.
Both the power button seem not logically placed, or, well, may be Alcatel should be given the front a more distinguish orientation. The moment you want to press the power button, you keep turning the tablet till you’ve found the right position, even after a certain period of use. All these seem to be minor points, but they define a general impression.
The OT T10 has a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor and 1GB of RAM. This should be enough, but the T10 doesn’t run smooth. To keep the OT T10 affordable, Alcatel has provided in a 800×480 TFT screen, which isn’t good. It’s not sharp and way too bright most of the time. Because of the fact it has no sensor, the brightness can’t be adjusted automatically. So, one time the screen is too bright, the other time the screen is not bright enough. First thing I added to the home screen was a brightness slider widget.
The OT T10 runs Android 4.0.3 ICS in a very stock edition. Alcatel added just a few apps, a music app and for some reason several Explorer apps; the tablet