Early user review of the T-Mobile Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL largely positive

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Yesterday T-Mobile USA released the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL online for $139 or $5.84/mo. x 24 months.

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL offers a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. Powering the device is the Snapdragon 210 CPU, clocked at 1.1GHZ. As for the battery, Alcatel is packing a 2,500 mAh battery. For the cameras, Alcatel is offering an 8MP camera on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front.

Windows Phone fans have been getting their hands on the device, and one posted his first impressions on Reddit.

Upgrading from a Lumia 640, he notes at 5.5 inch the screen is huge, if slightly washed out and not with the greatest viewing angles.  He also notes the screen feels plasticky, unlike the glass Lumia 640, and lacked a proximity sensor, and automatic screen brightness was set too low. He is not however overly perturbed by any of this.

He also found the handset appeared faster than his Lumia 640, which is an interesting observation given that the handset runs a Snapdragon 210 processor.

He was happy with the build quality noting “I like the feel. It has just the right amount of weight to it. It feels solid and well made. Not flimsy etc.” He was particularly happy with the hardware capacitive buttons, vs onscreen navigation buttons.

The handset supports T-Mobile’s WIFI calling,  unlike the Lumia 640 on Windows 10 , and games which did not run on the Lumia 640 did work on the Fierce XL.  The battery appeared to be non-removable, which was a con.

Lastly he found the price good value for money, and the $140 price reasonable.

The full specs include:

  • 5.5-inch HD Display (1280×720 pixels)
  • 1.1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad-Core Processor
  • 4G LTE Cat 4 (B2/4/12)
  • Windows® 10 Mobile
  • 8MP AF Main Camera with x2 Digital Zoom + 2MP Front-Facing Camera
  • 2GB of RAM + 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD)
  • 2500mAH battery for up to 14 hours of talk time and 820 hours of standby time
  • Additional Features: VoLTE, FCC Mandated Anti-Theft Protection and T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling compatibility

Have any of our readers picked up the handset, which can be seen at T-Mobile here? Let us know your impressions below.

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