Straight Talk Alcatel One Touch Sonic LTE

Specs – Straight Talk Alcatel OneTouch Sonic

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Dimensions Height 5.27″ x Width 2.74″ x Thickness .44″
Weight 5.55 Ounces
Form Factor Large Candybar Touchscreen
Network & Technology GSM 4g LTE Data with WiFi/Activated with either AT&T or TMobile
Calling Plan Straight Talk $45 Unlimited
Downloadable Apps Yes, all apps available through Google Play store. Comes with Youtube, Google Maps, GPS Navigation.
Processor 1.4 ghz Dualcore
SD Card/Internal Storage SD card not included/Capable of up to 32gb micro SD card
Android OS Final Jelly Bean version- 4.1
Digital Camera 5 mega pixels/front facing camera/LED flash
Screen Size 4.6″ Diagonal
Battery Life 15 days stand by & up to 11 hrs talk
Button Types Capacitive touch buttons
USB microUSB v4.0
Audio Jack & Charging Standard 3.5mm iPod type / micro usb charge/data
Price $179.99

About the One Touch Sonic

sonic-4Alcatel has been making feature phones for Straight Talk and Tracfone for years but this is their first  Straight Talk Smartphone introduction.  The one notable item on the Sonic is the HUGE 4.6″ display. This is actually the largest display on a non Samsung Galaxy S Straight Talk to date with a $179.99 price tag to boot.

The other item worth talking about is the fast 4g LTE data speeds. The cool thing here is that it does not cost us any extra as the $45 cards will work on this phone and still get you the LTE data speeds. Now keep in mind that this is prepaid so excessive use is subject to data throttling which means they can either reduce your speed and or amount of data you can use. .

Despite the impressive screen size and LTE, the Onetouch Sonic can be considered more of a mid level device so quality is not quite up to say iPhone or Galaxy S standards. That said, this is a very good phone for the specs and features. I’ll go so far as to say this is probably the best sub $200 Android from Straight Talk right now.

Specs

As I touched on before, this phone has a really large 4.6″ screen that is super bright and crisp. The processor here is a 1.4 ghz Dualcore unit that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The camera is a 5mp unit with LED Flash and front facing VGA camera. You do get a bit of a bonus by way of FM radio which will work even without a cell phone signal.

Storage is about normal for Straight Talk phones as this one only has 2gb of built but you can expand it up to 32gbs via micro SD cards. One note is that this phone does not include a pre-installed card so you will need to run out and buy one should you desire the extended storage capacity.

Overall, this is an excellent performer for the price and you can’t get a bigger screen without spending Samsung Galaxy S money. The camera isn’t the absolute best I can certainly deal with that considering the price.

Digital Camera

The sonic comes with a 5mp camera which can be viewed as a bit of a drag but lets not kid ourselves, this phone costs 1/2 to 1/3 the price of the big boys. Pictures are excellent in bright light and a bit above average in low light situations. That said, it does have an LED flash. Here are various shots under different lighting conditions. Overall, I was quite pleased with the image quality this low cost phone turned out.

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Additionally, you get a front facing VGA camera. What’s most impressive are all the camera goodies such as  digital zoom, auto focus ,  nifty camera modes like  Geo Tagging/HDR/Action/Burst/Smile shot/Panorama and more.  If that’s not enough, video quality can be shot as high as a reported 1080p. For the price, I have not seen a better camera on another Straight Talk Android to date at this price point.

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Design & Look Feel

Design here is shall we say typical. Looks and feels like your average Android. That is to say, you get the 3 button Android layout with all plastic construction. The capacitive Android buttons light up when you touch them allowing you to see them in the dark. The phone does not have a light sensor though so they do light up even in the day when touched.

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The Sonic is void of any metal look trims as it features an all black semi gloss finish around the perimeter of the phone. The battery cover does have a slight rubberized texture to it. If you’re looking for a bit of bling on your phone, then the Sonic might not float your boat but I think you can overlook that because it’s quite good in just about every other aspect that matters.

About the only look feel aspect worth noting is that the screen expands to just about the very top of the phone and did I mention it is quite LARGE. Despite the rather large screen, the phone still maintains some decent dimensions and still fits in the pocket.

Performance

I think performance is where the Sonic really shines. For starters, the screen is super bright and crisp, probably one of the better screens you will find at this price point. Zooming and rotating in apps such as Google Maps are a breeze and does not have that annoying lag that the lesser powerful phones have. Do remember that this has a 1.4ghz dualcore CPU so it will run just about any app on the market.

One item that I was impressed with is the excellent sound quality of this device. The speaker opening is at the top left so it is not in a place where your hand will cover it. Additionally, the speaker opening is fairly large for a phone like this so rest assured this phone is an excellent performer in the multimedia arena.

Final Thoughts

The Alcatel OneTouch Sonic is an excellent phone for the cash. You just about the best specs and features you will find south of $200 bones.  This would be a great phone for multimedia lovers out there.