Alcatel released One Touch 985N Blaze in the market, though they haven’t exactly launched it with the OT-995 Sapphire HD and the GLORY X OT-918N, which were noticeably marketed way earlier also just last month.
Alcatel OT-918N GLORY apparently came out to be a bang for a buck for many that it harvested a significant following. You may say that one of the reasons behind its recent revamp, which has been the Glory X’s recent launching, can be credited from this increased local market presence. However, Alcatel OT-985N Blaze can also be considered a decent upgrade to the OT-918N Glory and if you’re a bit restrained of the cost that is above P10K for a much greater upgrade for a Sapphire HD.
Alcatel OT-985N Blaze actually appears to be sleeker than the OT-918N Glory, with the elegant metallic band that goes around its sides, the smooth matte finish of its front casing, plus the sudden drop that gives its bottom a razor like feel. And its great that they kept the rubberized back-panel like on the OT-918N, which gives your hand a non-slippery, comfortable grip. It also housed a bigger screen of 3.5” compared with the Glory 918N’s 3.2” display, though with the same resolution at 320×480 px. The rear primary camera can be tweaked with a software to up to 5MP. It also has a secondary camera, which the Glory doesn’t have. Another thing is that this time they got the SWYPE predictive input technology on the keyboard options.
ALCATEL One Touch 985N Blaze Quick Specs:
3.5” 320 x 480 px capacitive screen display
650 MHz Media Tek MT6573 processor
512MB ROM (150MB user memory)
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hot spot
Bluetooth 3.0, A2DP
Micro SD card slot for up to 32GB memory
5MP rear camera
VGA front-facing camera
FM Radio with RDS
1300 mAh battery capacity
61.84 x 116 x 12.15 mm
Alcatel OT-985N Blaze VS. Lenovo A60
Besides the discussed upgrade above, you can actually pit Alcatel OT-985N Blaze against Lenovo A60, which would be playing on almost entirely the same specs, like the 650Mhz processor, Andorid 2.3 Gingerbread, 3G+HSDPA, the secondary VGA camera, Dual-SIM capability, the screen size and resolution, and apparently both were released on the same P8k price tag.
On top of the specs above, Lenovo A60 also managed to include the dual-active capability besides the dual-standby, which basically allows you to use the first SIM on 3G to be a Wi-Fi hotspot, while you can still use the second SIM on call and text. On dual-standby alone, which is the case for the OT-985N Blaze and even a for the Glory OT-918N, the 2nd SIM can’t simultaneously perform with the 1st SIM that is used as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Though, both dual-functionality are capable for SIM 1 and SIM 2 to receive call and text, simultaneously.
Another slight upper hand of the A60 would be the user memory that is 220MB compared to 150MB for the OT-985N. However, it is known that bloatwares that comes with both phones can actually be rid-off by rooting. So technically, the user memory can be salvaged appropriately for both. (*Note that rooting your phone can actually void your warranties or even worst is to brick your phone. So, better have a thorough inquiry first before proceeding.)
Honestly, you can easily go for the Lenovo A60 if not for its form factor. One word guys, “bulky” to look at and obviously, “bulky” to get your hands on. But if you give a preference about aesthetics and design on top of notable sets of upgrades, such as screen real estate, a secondary camera, SWYPE technology, and never minding Wi-Fi hot spots temporarily holding-off a call or text, then go for the OT-985N Blaze.