Alcatel continues the tradition of offering cheap smartphones in the entry and middle class and doesn’t like to spend too much in the premium competition. That’s why they try to bring various devices who fit everyone’s need and also their budget. In that direction they presented the Alcatel Fierce XL which is one of the cheapest Windows 10 smartphones on the market.
Being a direct competitor to Microsoft, who is a little stuck with the new models, they can be proud of the improvements in the specifications and design. In addition bellow we will present the Alcatel Fierce XL and his features with the Windows 10 OS.
If you are already bored with Lumia aesthetics, then the Alcatel Fierce XL will come to you as a bit of refreshment, but don’t expect too much elegance or uniqueness because it still belongs to the entry-level smartphones. That’s why its mask is very simple looking and made of plastic. The front surface is well used so the frame and capacitive buttons don’t take up too much space of the screen. The backside is a little curved which makes it comfortable in your hand. On the right side is the physical power button which will take a little adjusting because the are quite thin and flat.
Alcatel Fierce XL has a 5.5 inch display and with that size it will be attractive to phablet fans for a nice multimedia experience. In addition we have its HD resolution of 1280x720pixels which may not be the sharpest, but in the low Windows class devices it is among the best. Pixel density is 267ppi and because an IPS LCD technology is used the contrast is pretty strong and allows a decent view even from an acute angle. The colors are not too vivid and look a little pale, while the detailing and the lighting are average too.
Windows 10 OS is the most interesting aspect of the Fierce XL because it will allow you to work with the new services such as digital voice assistant Cortana and the new web browser Edge. Cortana is one of the best apps because it answers perfectly on all voice commands, tasks and research, and connects all the internet activities with your everyday routines and trying to find the perfect solutions. Window 10 OS is a lot about the Microsoft ecosystem, so if you are a fan of the Office package, the One Drive virtual disk, OneNote notes app, the Outlook service for emails and a lot more, then you will be very satisfied because everything is very well synchronized.
Fierce XL, unfortunately doesn’t have the best hardware and we believe that Alcatel need to work on that even if it affects the price a little bit. For now, you will have to be satisfied with the average 4 core Snapdragon 210 which is a little bit slow, but it works well for the everyday tasks, while with the 2GB RAM you will be all to finish all tasks.
The whole ideology of Microsoft is that there is no need of a powerful hardware because the Windows 10 is the best optimized system, but doesn’t hold up when you find out that with Fierce XL you are unable to use the Continuum option for transforming the smartphone into a desktop computer.
It’s good that the battery is above average with capacity of 2500 mAh, so you won’t have any problems with energy management. With the 4G LTE modem you will be able to connect on a super fast mobile network data which is a big bonus in a cheap version like this. The smartphone has a 8mp camera with an auto-focus and a LED light, while for the selfies you have a 2mp camera.
Alcatel is back in the family of Microsoft with a well put-together smartphone, but it seems that they didn’t want to work too much for a better quality that will amaze all the users. Fierce XL will be a good choice if you are interested in working with Windows 10 ecosystem and if you get a good offer for it with your mobile network providers.