Hands On with the Alcatel Scribe HD
The Alcatel Scribe HD is a heftier device than the Idol and comes with a 5-inch, high-definition screen, too. Here are our first impressions of this Android smartphone.
AD article continues below...
The Scribe HD is Alcatel's Galaxy Note wannabe phone. It has a massive footprint and the top-tier features to go with it.
First, the sheer size of the Scribe HD is notable. Held side-by-side with the Idol, and it's like Laurel & Hardy or Abbott and Costello. It is hefty thanks to solid plastics and heavy glass that form its somewhat blunt and uninspiring shape. I like the glossy white materials. They feel and look strong, but the price is weight and a simpler look.
The device's large footprint necessitates a bigger hand. Like the Galaxy Note II or HTC DNA, it is not for those with dainty hands. It will often require to hands to interact with all the features on the screen.
The Scribe is somewhat thick, but has good button layout and controls. I had no trouble finding and using the volume and screen lock buttons, which feel good and have excellent travel and feedback.
The Scribe HD has a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen is big and bright, and images and text looked razor sharp on the glass.
Since it is called the Scribe, this smartphone will include a stylus of some sort, though the early build we say didn't yet have one built in. The Scribe will have available to it a magnetic cover (just like the iPad's Smart Cover), which latches onto the back and can be easily opened or removed. The cover protects the screen when the phone isn't being used.
As with the Idol, the Scribe will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at launch. It, too, has a light user interface overlay from Alcatel that isn't too annoying. It makes only slight changes to the appearance of the buttons and menu pages.
In terms of performance, it worked really well for a prototype that's months away from being finalized.
Hands On with the Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket
The Alcatel Idol 5 is a $200 Android phone with a premium design carved from metal and curved glass. It has a few unique features like a reversible display and a theme creator that uses the colors the camera sees.
Review: Alcatel Idol 4S - Unlocked
Alcatel's flagship Android handset strives to break through barriers with its high-end design and mid-range specs. The middle of the market is a tough space in which to play, and, rather than allowing the Idol 4S to stand on its own merits, Alcatel hopes a set of VR goggles, a case, and a pair of headphones will help sweeten the deal.
Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
Alcatel is pitching its Idol 3 smartphone as the ideal device for people who like to live free of commitments. It's a near-premium handset that costs less than many mid-range handsets.
Hands-On: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
Alcatel's new flagship Android smartphones impress with their features, build quality, and cost. Here are Phone Scoop's first impressions of these mid-market killers.