Thursday, 29 May 2014

Alcatel onetouch t'pop and android

Well, I wanted a phone for my girlfriend, she was not really that bothered. I thought "you can't go wrong with this, only £20!". How wrong I was.

What you won't find in reviews for this is that there is only 100mb internal storage. This of course isn't too bad, is it. Surely you just put a 32gb memory card in and it's just as good as an iPhone 3GS! Nope!  Well, here's my rant:

one thing no-one really says is that Android has to use the internal storage to store some information about each app, and most of the time it's xxMB's big. Yes, it does store extra data for the app (pictures, music) on the sDcard but you'll soon fill up the 100mb internal storage with the information it does NEED to store internally. i managed to install 4 apps before it started complaining. I think it's pretty poor design which limits you to this internal memory. Surely android can fix it so you use your sd card! There are ways to do it, but it'll take you a few hours, and it's pretty technical. 

But the worst bit wasn't actually the lack of apps, it's what happens when it runs out of internal storage space. On an iPhone it simply won't let you update apps and take more pictures. Thats about it though. Surely android would be the same?

Nope, it turns out Android doesn't care how much storage you have left. What happened was that she couldn't actually answer the phone when it rang!!!!! Very poor design in an operating system.

What should happen is it should include answering the phone as a priority app and reserve a little more space for this as well. The trouble is that if it did do this, Alcatel couldn't really sell this phone. Poor from both points of view.

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