Alcatel has announced three new small tablets for the U.S. market, which will all be powered by Google's Android platform.
The company unveiled the One Touch Evo7 HD, One Touch Tab7 HD and its Tab8 HD during CES 2013. The One Touch Evo7 HD, for one, is a 7-inch tablet that will be available in WiFi, 3G and 4G variants; the two latter versions will offer a removable SIM card module.
It also sports a 1,280x800-pixel IPS screen, a microSD slot and a Micro-USB port. It's powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU and will ship with Android 4.2. Also included is a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, accompanied by a VGA front-facing camera.
Other specs include 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The Wi-Fi model will be available for $179, while the 3G and 4G variants that ship with removable storage will be priced at $249 and $349, respectively.
The second tablet is another 7-inch device with a 1,280x800-pixel screen. The One Touch Tab7 HD is lighter and slightly thinner than the Evo7 HD and features the same specifications, apart from sporting 8 GB of storage and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as Bluetooth 2.0 compatibility. The One Touch Tab7 HD will be available in just a Wi-Fi version and will be priced at $149.
Rounding off the trio of tablets is Alcatel's 8-inch tablet, the Tab8 HD. Aside from the downgraded 1,024x768-pixel resolution, the device sports identical specifications to the Tab7 HD. It'll be available for $179 upon launch.
All three of the aforementioned tablets will release sometime during 2013's third quarter, which is between April 1 to June 30.
It was stupid things... like the selector touch-pad was not off when the phone was locked, so if it was in your pocket rubbing on your leg then the screen would always be on and drain the battery. email would not hook up to my SBS account at work. My gmail would sync to the last 50 messages, but once it had 50 messages then it would quit getting new messages. It would periodically 'forget' where I kept my custom ringtones, so when people would call it would light up... but the vibe and audio would not happen until I re-assigned the ringtones.
So, as long as someone else is making the software, and assuming Alcatel does not load a bunch of crap on them, then these should be perfectly fine cheap devices.