Al­ca­tel Your First Choice

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK - Writ­ten by Fer­gus Hal­l­i­day

There’s a lot of choice in the mod­ern smart­phone mar­ket, es­pe­cially now that even es­tab­lished brands like Ap­ple and Sam­sung have proven them­selves fal­li­ble to many of the same flaws they usu­ally con­demn in their com­peti­tors. If you’re look­ing to buy your first smart­phone, the amount of brands and op­tions is over­whelm­ing. Ev­ery­where you look, there’s an opin­ion and they’re all con­flicted. It’s hard to know where to start.

Even more so if you’re a par­ent just look­ing to con­nect with your child by help­ing them buy their first smart­phone. If you fall into that cat­e­gory, chances are you’ll want a hand­set that’s both low cost for you and fea­ture rich for them. Per­haps most im­por­tantly, you’ll want to go with a brand that has a track record for re­li­a­bil­ity.

With so many de­mands in the mix, it’s no won­der so many par­ents go over­board and spend more than they need to. The fact is there is al­ready a brand that can pro­vide what par­ents need in a first smart­phone, and it goes by the name of Al­ca­tel. The com­pany have a ver­i­ta­ble suite of bud­get phone of­fer­ings just ask­ing to be stuffed in a stock­ing this hol­i­day sea­son.

Ex­clu­sively avail­able through Boost, the Boost Dex by Al­ca­tel fea­tures a hard in­ter­change­able plas­tic shell on one side and a 5-inch dis­play on the other side. The Boost Dex by Al­ca­tel ap­peals to the ever-fickle mil­len­nial au­di­ence by of­fer­ing up cus­tomis­able style and fan­tas­tic au­dio along­side solid specs. Like all Al­ca­tel hand­sets, it shows that low price doesn’t have to mean a lesser ex­pe­ri­ence.

Be­yond the 1.0Ghz quad-core pro­ces­sor, the Boost Dex by Al­ca­tel fea­tures 8GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory (ex­pand­able by up to 32GB via SD card) and a bat­tery that of­fers up a rea­son­able 11 hours of 3G talk-time (along­side up to 440 hours of standby-time). It’s even got the edge when it comes to au­dio, courtesy of op­ti­mized Arkamys en­hanced sound and DJ soft­ware.

Then there’s the slim-lined Al­ca­tel Pop 4. It sports a 5” screen, is equipped with 4G con­nec­tiv­ity, quick-charge func­tion­al­ity along­side 8 MP rear cam­era and a 5 MP front cam­era, with in­te­grated flash both front and back. If your child is dy­ing to take their first steps as to­mor­row’s next In­sta­gram celebrity, this is the one to go with.

When it comes to value-driven hand­sets, it earns back ev­ery dol­lar. It’s a phone that’s de­signed to go the dis­tance and de­liver all the fea­tures you know your child will want it to have.

Like­wise, the Telstra Pixi Vibe by Al­ca­tel al­lows users to cap­ture the amaz­ing mo­ments in your life, while 8GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory gives you plenty of room to store and hold onto those mem­o­ries. All told, it’s light, com­pact and ca­pa­ble smart­phone that de­liv­ers all the ba­sics. It’s ex­actly what you need at a low price point that’s al­most un­prece­dented. Boost Dex by Al­ca­tel is avail­able now for $99 at and from re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Big W, Kmart and Tar­get.

Mean­while, the Al­ca­tel Pop 4 is avail­able from Op­tus for $119, and the Telstra Pixi Vibe by Al­ca­tel is avail­able through Telstra and Har­vey Nor­man for $59.

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