Lately, I have been enjoying my Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra 6033 Smartphone. I really found that Alcatel has made an amazing comeback through Idol Ultra, but then my love for Alcatel grew bigger because of their One Touch Scribe HD.

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This will be part I of our review of Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD

Unboxing

The retail box is similar to the packaging of One Touch Idol Ultra. The box is made of hard paper with a smooth finish. The phone is displayed side view on a background with the phone Model written on the upper part of the box. You will see the specs and other information at the back.

The box contains the following:

  • Scribe HD Handset
  • 3.5mm Headset
  • Micro USB cable
  • Charger Adapter
  • Flip Cover
  • Capacitive Stylus Pen

No Manual is found on the box since what I have is a review model unit. Trust that the retail box contains a manual. The box that I also got does not have a screen protector in it but I guess they will include on in the retail boxes.

Unboxing Photos

Built and Specifications

The Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD has a very sexy feel on my hands. It’s design is fit for professional women that’s why this is also one of my top choice for mother’s day gift. It has a matte finish at the back which is the same with my Idol Ultra and its camera is embossed. It is thin and light weight and boasts a High Definition screen with awesome viewing angle. You can even watch a video without the headset because the speakers are already loud enough to hear the sound.

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Top: Power/Sleep Button, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
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Bottom: Microphone
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Left Side: SIM Cards Slot, Micro USB Port
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Right Side: Micro SD Slot, Volume Buttons
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Back: 8MP Camera, Flash, Spreakers

The Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD has a 1.2 Ghz Quad core processor. It uses MediaTek MT6589 for its system Chip, 1GM RAM and has a 4gb memory expandable up to 32gb. Obviously, the specs are way better than Idol Ultra but costs lesser (PhPPhp13,490). Do take note though that Scribe HD is more positioned as a note-taking and productivity device at the expense of portability and sleekness.

Need for Speed Most Wanted runs very smooth. I have not tested it on other HD and 3D games but I will post a follow-up review of this device on those kind of games.

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It is running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 out of the box.

Full Specs

  • 5-inch IPS 720 x 1280
  • 1.2GHz quad-core
  • 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM expandable to 32GB
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0; GPS w/ A-GPS support
  • 8 MP camera w/ LED flash, 1.3MP front
  • Android 4.2.1 Jellybean
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Dual SIM (Micro SIM)

Battery

 

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Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD has an impressive battery life. At 21% it has been up for more than 26 hours and has been used for more than four hours. I was able to download a 500MB video file and also watched it on this device.

Camera

The Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD has an 8MP camera which captures high quality images. It also has a LED flash at the back for shooting in low light or dark scenarios.

Panorama of Scribe HD is clear and it can be compared with the panorama of my Samsung Galaxy Note II. (See review of Note 2 here and here.)

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Here are some of the photos taken from Scribe HD.

SIM Card Management

This is one of the best feature that a Dual SIM phone can have. Not all Dual SIM phones has this features.

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You can also set the SIM Card information. You can change the indicator name, choose whether you would like to display it first or last four digits, and you can also change its back ground color.

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The Message app looks like this. On the bottom of each message you will see the indicator of the network of which SIM card was the message sent to. You will also identify it by the color of the indicator.
Sound Profiles

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You also have an option to set your sound profiles, so that it will be easy for you to switch it whenever you are at home, in your office, driving, or outdoor. You can also personalize it by assigning a name to each profile. There is also an option wherein you can boost the bass sound if you will be using a headphone.

Default Saving Memory

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Most Jelly Bean phones does not have this kind of option. With Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD, you get to choose your saving memory whether Internal Memory of the External Memory Card. This is where your applications and file will be installed. One of the most unique features of this phone is this Default Write Disk.

Benchmark Score

When we announced that we are reviewing this Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD, our readers are always asking about the benchmark scores. So, here it is.

  • Quadrant – 3946
  • Antutu – 12810

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Stay tuned for the 2nd part of my review of Scribe HD. Part II will include other features and our tests on Video Recording, Gaming Experience, and other features. So if you want to see know more about this device, please hit the comments below so that we could include it on the Part II.

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