Alcatel One Touch Fierce XL

5.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Alcatel One Touch Fierce XL's screen is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 Quad core 1.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 720 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



This budget Windows Phone's 5.5-inch display is definitely XL, but there's nothing fierce about the device's modest specs and performance.

- Mike Prospero , Tom's Guide 

Windows phones still lack major apps, but if you're looking for a budget phablet on T-Mobile, the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is worth considering.

- Ajay Kumar , PC Magazine 

Reviews summary

5.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

What's good

  • Affordable
  • Decent performance
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Very poor camera performance
  • Poor sunlight visibility and viewing angles
  • Poor gaming performance

Besides Microsoft, Alcatel is one of the few manufacturers producing Windows 10 phones. The OneTouch Fierce XL might not be the best phone available, but it is one of the only Windows options for T-Mobile users. For its size, it also is one of the cheapest phones available from the carrier so it might be enough to entice a few people switching from their feature phone to a smartphone.

The Fierce XL, as the name suggest, is quite large measuring in at 5.98 x 3.06 x 0.37 inches. As expected, reviewers had problems using it one-handed despite its size and thick bezel. With that said, they note that its plastic chassis makes it uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time. As far as design, most were unimpressed with its generic rectangular design with rounded corners. The only thing that sets it apart from other phones is the blue back cover and the awkward camera housing bulge that prevents the phone from lying flat.

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As a budget phone, there are certain compromises Alcatel had to make in order to reduce cost. The most obvious is the screen. The 5.5-inch screen only has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. At this size, experts were not surprised at its lack of sharpness though they were let down with its poor viewing angles and bright light visibility. On the plus side, they did find the colors to be fairly vivid albeit on the cooler side of the spectrum.

Powered by a 1.1GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Fierce XL might not be the fastest phone on the market, but it handles basic tasks relatively well. With that said, critics point out it is slow to open and switch between apps. Likewise, gaming performance didn’t blow them away especially with the more graphics intensive games. Battery life, on the other hand, did meet their expectations lasting a full day with moderate usage.

As for the 8MP rear camera, it didn’t win over any of the reviewers. The pictures they took were average at best with lack of definition and graininess appearing prevalent in almost every shot. The front 2MP camera was also very poor with very bad detail and poor color accuracy.

Of course, the biggest hurdle Windows phones needs to overcome is the lack of apps. Unfortunately, with millions of apps on Apple and Android, Windows has a very long way to go.

Despite its shortcomings, most reviewers recommend it for people who want a capable budget phone and don’t care about having top specs or millions of apps. Tom’s Guide states, “While there’s no standout feature, the device performs well for a budget phone.” With that said, most of them suggest spending extra to get a better experience with a budget Android phone. Win Beta states, “It’s very well-priced, but I feel I wouldn’t want to live with this phone for an extended period of time.”


Reviews (5.4/10 Avg. rating)


Tom's Guide

This cheap Windows Phone is just ok

from Tom's Guide

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is a capable large-screen phone for those who don't want to spend a lot and like what Windows Phone 10 has to offer. While there's no standout feature, the device performs well for a budget phone. Be prepared for a lack of apps compared to Android and iOS (something Windows Phone fans have likely come to grips with) and a poor camera (something they shouldn't have to settle for). If you want to give Windows a whirl, though, the Fierce XL is an inexpensive way to do it.

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The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is a capable large-screen phone for those who don't want to spend a lot and like what Windows Phone 10 has to offer. While there's no standout feature, the device performs well for a budget phone. Be prepared for a lack of apps compared to Android and iOS (something Windows Phone fans have likely come to grips with) and a poor camera (something they shouldn't have to settle for). If you want to give Windows a whirl, though, the Fierce XL is an inexpensive way to do it.

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PC Magazine

Affordable, latest software, expandable storage

from PC Magazine

The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is an otherwise capable phablet, and you won't find a device of a similar size and price in T-Mobile's lineup. But if you're willing to go the unlocked route, both the Blu Life One X and the Huawei Honor 5X offer better builds, faster hardware, nicer displays, and a more comprehensive Android app ecosystem for a similar price. Unless you're a true Windows enthusiast, you're better off picking an Android alternative.

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The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL is an otherwise capable phablet, and you won't find a device of a similar size and price in T-Mobile's lineup. But if you're willing to go the unlocked route, both the Blu Life One X and the Huawei Honor 5X offer better builds, faster hardware, nicer displays, and a more comprehensive Android app ecosystem for a similar price. Unless you're a true Windows enthusiast, you're better off picking an Android alternative.

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WinBeta

Isn’t much else exciting about the phone

from WinBeta

I would be inclined to say it’s an “okay”, maybe even “decent” phone if its speaker were at least average. One of the joys of owning a 5.5-inch display phone is being able to watch videos on it with aplomb. The display handles the visual side of the experience well, but the speakers are so abysmal that it ruins any chance of a decent non-headphone-powered viewing experience. Speaker performance was one of those things I had taken for granted with other phones and was shocked at how much it dampened the smartphone experience.

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I would be inclined to say it’s an “okay”, maybe even “decent” phone if its speaker were at least average. One of the joys of owning a 5.5-inch display phone is being able to watch videos on it with aplomb. The display handles the visual side of the experience well, but the speakers are so abysmal that it ruins any chance of a decent non-headphone-powered viewing experience. Speaker performance was one of those things I had taken for granted with other phones and was shocked at how much it dampened the smartphone experience.

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GadgetUnit

Offers quite a bit of phone for just a little bit of money

from GadgetUnit

I have to say that, for $119 (plus tax), the Fierce XL is a fantastic device overall. It performs well, lasts a long time, and has a camera that can get the job done. If you’re someone who doesn’t use their smartphone too much, but wants something that’s still somewhat capable, the Fierce XL is very hard to beat.

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I have to say that, for $119 (plus tax), the Fierce XL is a fantastic device overall. It performs well, lasts a long time, and has a camera that can get the job done. If you’re someone who doesn’t use their smartphone too much, but wants something that’s still somewhat capable, the Fierce XL is very hard to beat.

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Herald

Oddball phone

Nice larger screen , but...I should have gotten a LG K-& !! This one mutes by mistake when on speaker phone mode then the call is disconnected one way or another (painful issue) plus the frequents box appears (always) so you can never miss the accidental opportunity to call people when your ear touches the box. That's just 2 of the annoyances.
Nice larger screen , but...I should have gotten a LG K-& !! This one mutes by mistake when on speaker phone mode then the call is disconnected one way or another (painful issue) plus the frequents box appears (always) so you can never miss the accidental opportunity to call people when your ear touches the box. That's just 2 of the annoyances. Less
Cc

Major Battery Problems

Battery in this phone is terrible..Fully charged it will not last a day not even 10 hours...Wish I never bought it...

Great user phone

I have had this phone on Metro pcs since November 7 the only draw back is the battery life but other than that I have no issues runs great over 15 apps and still no issue with slowing down.


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 2, 2015
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 Quad core 1.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Body: 1.25 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 720 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.8 x 0.9 cm (6 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 173 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Operating System: Windows Mobile 10
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