Times are changing, so as our demands, especially when it comes to smartphones. In the old days, when android phones were merely a luxury, and most of us could afford it- people were ready to compromise on performance quality and design.
In today’s time, we have a lot of competition. Several brands are not only exceeding customer demands by offering outstanding performance, but also luxurious design under a small price tag.
So, every phone goes through a fine-tooth comb to ensure that customers are getting their money’s worth or not.
Alcatel also came out with a budget android phone. Although Alcatel is known for bringing out decent quality budget android devices, we do not understand what went wrong with developing the A30.
Even though there are a few points that might convince you to give A30, but we noticed more cons than pros with this budget Alcatel device.
Reasons to Buy
- Attractive Design.
- Android 7.0.
Reasons Not To Buy
- Limited Storage.
- Laggy performance.
- Poor camera result.
- Pixelated screen quality.
- Heating issues.
- Connectivity issue.
- Permanent Authentication Problem (no in every phone)
||720 x 1280 pixels|
||Scratch-resistant glass (Dragontrail), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor|
||8 megapixels (Single camera)|
||Autofocus, LED, Time-lapse video, Video calling, Video sharing|
HARDWARE & PERFORMANCE
||Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 8909|
||Quad-core, 1100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7, 32-bit, 28 nm|
||16 GB (Internal), up to 32 GB (Expandable)|
||Android (7.0 Nougat)|
||2460 mAh, 15.00 Hours Talk Time, 10.4 days (250 hours) Stand-by Time|
||LTE 800, 1900 MHz|
|Bluetooth (4.1), WiFi, USB 2.0, VoIP, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync|
|Accelerometer, Haptic feedback, Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording.|
|Wireless screen share, FM Radio, Earpiece, Loudspeaker, 3.5mm Audio Jack.|
With its inbuilt fingerprint scanner, the A30 Fierce smartphone elevates user security to a higher level, providing speedy and dependable biometric authentication for accessing the device and securing critical data. The A30 Fierce smartphone was designed with user convenience in mind, and it includes a proximity sensor that recognizes the presence of objects or hands, allowing for hands-free operation while preventing accidental inputs.
The A30 Fierce smartphone provides a greater visual experience by dynamically changing the brightness of the display to meet the surrounding lighting conditions, leading to less strain on the eyes and improved readability. The A30 Fierce smartphone includes an inbuilt accelerometer sensor, which detects variations in acceleration as well as movement and enhances the device’s performance and responsiveness.
The above specifications are based on official data supplied by the manufacturer. Nevertheless, we also include user reviews. If you find an error or something missing in the specifications for the Alcatel A30 Fierce above, please let us know right away.
We can assure you that you will be highly impressed with Alcatel at first glance. The premium-looking design with carbon fiber design back cover, metal frame, and a speaker grille at the front that adds a unique element to this phone – will convince you that it is not a budget phone.
However, your perspective might change when you look a little closer to find out that both the frame and the frame is made with plastic.
The front speaker might look good, but it takes up a lot of the screen space and makes the phone look bulkier. The on-screen navigation buttons further narrow down the screen space. So, if you are someone who prefers a higher screen-to-body ratio than the disappointing 69.24 % of Alcatel A30, then prepared to be disappointed.
If you don’t care about the body that seems carbon fiber and metal, but it is actually colored plastic, then the overall appearance is quite impressive.
The A30 Fierce weighs 157 g and strikes the perfect combination between power and versatility, which makes it an excellent alternative for consumers looking for a smartphone featuring an ergonomic design. The size of a phone can affect how easy it is to hold, how readily it is capable of being carried in pockets or bags, and how much screen real estate it provides.
The conventional notion is that smartphones with just 2 GB of RAM will be limited. More RAM in a smartphone equates to greater speed and increased multitasking capacity, guaranteeing that users can do a variety of tasks smoothly, including surfing the web, video streaming, and using productivity applications, without suffering significant stuttering or performance limitations.
The internal storage space of the A30 Fierce smartphone is limited to 32 GB. While this is capable of offering adequate capacity for important files, apps, and multimedia files, it may fall short for those with bigger storage needs. Expand the storage capacity of your A30 Fierce with a supported microSD card, giving you more room for apps, images, videos, and documents.
GSM is still a viable and valuable technology in the present era. The A30 Fierce’s 4G functionality means that customers can stay active on the internet and easily access their favorite online content, whether watching videos online, exploring social media, or downloading files. The A30 Fierce’s Wi-Fi capability is a crucial feature, allowing users to connect to Wi-Fi networks to access data, surf, and other online activities.
The A30 Fierce smartphone includes Bluetooth capabilities, allowing users to connect to compatible devices to take advantage of wireless audio streaming, hands-free calling, as well as data sharing. The A30 Fierce smartphone, which includes a dedicated GPS receiver, boosts outdoor activities by giving accurate position data, allowing users to explore new locations, identify nearby sites of interest, and more. The A30 Fierce’s built-in FM radio feature will enable A30 users to listen to a wide selection of radio channels, including genres, news, and discussion shows.
The A30 Fierce smartphone’s micro USB connector provides a dependable and established means for charging as well as data transfer, albeit it might not provide the same adaptability as USB Type-C. The A30 Fierce smartphone supports versatility by including a 3.5 mm headphone port, which ensures compatibility with a wide variety of wired headphones, earbuds, and audio accessories.
Hardware and Software
We expected the phone to perform well because, at the end of the day, looks do not matter. Unfortunately, with Alcatel A30, the internals is not even impressive.
You cannot expect much with an outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 and 28nm CPU combination with only 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage that makes only 7GB available storage.
If you are expecting a better expandable storage option, then Alcatel does not fail to disappoint us again with a meager 32GB external storage. The disappointing hardware result in laggy performance and never-ending storage issues.
Alcatel A30 has impressed us with Android 7.0 Nougat. All the functions run properly, but the phone is not upgradable to Android 8.0. This might disappoint a few users, but budget phones usually aren’t upgradable, so we will give this one to Alcatel A30.
Display Quality And Battery Life
We shouldn’t be expecting a Full HD display on a budget, but several other budget phones offer brighter colors and sharper screen quality, but if you compare Alcatel A30 with other Alcatel phones, then you’ll be impressed with the colors and sharp enough screen display.
However, the 720p resolution goes in Alcatel A30 favor because of the limited 2460mAh battery life. If we talk about the battery life, once again Alcatel A30 disappoints us because the battery drains too fast due to the power-hungry 5inch display and CPU.
What surprised us, even more, is the non-removable battery, so you cannot opt for a new battery yourself if the one that comes with the phone fails to perform in the longer-run.
The camera has a huge expectation vs. reality gap. You might get impressed with an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash and 5MP front camera, but it all comes down to the performance, where Alcatel A30 disappoints us again.
The images turn out to be flush, flat, pixelated with a lot of noise. The video quality isn’t impressive either, and the videos are blurry and shaky. So, if you are someone that likes to use the camera quite a lot, then buying Alcatel A30 would not be a smart idea.
Although we ensure that our reviews are unbiased and wholly based on our personal experience, however, with Alcatel A30, we decided to go a step further, and we decide to find what other users have to say about their user experience.
We found mixed reviews, leaning more towards bad reviews. On the one hand, many users complained about the poor performance of this android device; on the other hand, some users praised the phone for its amazingly low price and outstanding design.
Analyzing The Competition
You might be enticed by the affordable price of this phone but unfortunately Alcatel has made a few compromises to keep the price low, which has a drastic impact on the overall performance on the phone.
The slow processor, subpar battery performance, and disappointing camera quality really leave much to be desired. Considering that at the current price point the A30 does make a sensible choice but there are better affordable options out there.
This phone faces stiff competition in the form of the Zmax Pro, ZTE’s Avid Trio, and LG’s Stylo 3, which provide better specs and performance in a similar price range. All these choices make it hard for the A30 to truly stand out.
You could even opt for older phones like the Blu R1 HD to get more value for your money and if you are ready to invest a little more, then the Motorola G5 Plus will give you far better experience and specs.
Do We Recommend Alcatel A30?
If you want a one-word answer, then NO! We want to save your money and spend it more wisely; there are a ton of other phones than will offer money value for money.
Although it is the age when phones are highly rated only if they are do not perform exceptionally, but they also do not fall back on the design aspect.
However, Alcatel A30 did not only disappoint us with its poor performance and software issues, but this phone does not even earn any brownie points for its design. Even though Alcatel A30 looks premium, but when you go in-depth, the entire case is made with plastic with no glass protection.
There are no specific reasons why we would want to recommend this phone to you. Until and unless you find this phone for half its price or you do not have many choices available.
Affordable Android smartphones are one of the leading ways people consume mobile media. Alcatel is among the brands offering a wide range of inexpensive Android-based smart devices, the A30 phone being one of them.
The A30 from Alcatel comes under the entry-level price range, meaning it has a lot of stiff competition in the category. It offers a solid build and a number of essential features you would expect from a device of this level. Nothing really stands out as being unique or remarkable. The battery life is decent, and it may seem like a good option for the money you are paying. However, upon further research, you will find several better offerings from different brands at a similar cost.
If you are a beginner-level, casual user, the. Alcatel A30 could be an option, but we encourage you to explore your options further in the same price category. One big reason is that in 2023, the features of the Alcatel A30 don’t hold up against most other devices of today. You will get more value for your hard-earned buck somewhere else. So, in conclusion, the A30 doesn’t earn our recommendation due to its many shortcomings.
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