With its 5-inch screen, front and rear cameras and Android 6.0 operating system, the Alcatel U5 provides basic smartphone features at an eminently affordable price.
These days, shopping for a new smartphone can feel like a challenge worthy of Sisyphus himself. The sheer number of options available is staggering and with seemingly every manufacturer claiming that its handsets are the most powerful, feature-packed devices to grace God's green earth, separating the truth from mere marketing speak often requires a level of technical expertise the average person should not be expected to possess.
This dilemma becomes all the more frustrating when you're just trying to purchase a basic smartphone to help you keep up with the relentless pace of modern society. It can seem like the concept of a simple, no-frills smartphone has gone completely out of fashion, abandoned in favour of bleeding-edge devices priced as if they were made out of solid gold.
However, there are still plenty of companies producing affordable and accessible smartphones. Take Alcatel, for instance. Its Alcatel U5 smartphone checks all the boxes of a modern smartphone without weighing itself down with dozens of flashy features or a wince-worthy price tag. If all you need is a device capable of handling calls and texts, checking your emails, browsing the Internet and other straightforward tasks, the Alcatel U5 warrants your consideration.
- An unassuming design built for functionality rather than fashion.
- 480p resolution is a little on the low side for a 5-inch screen.
- Perfectly functional, albeit entirely humdrum.
- Primarily suited for basic tasks and not much else.
- 1GB of RAM limits multi-tasking capabilities.
- Up to 11 hours of talk time and 441 hours on standby, according to Telstra.
- Should easily make it through a full day on a single charge.
Pricing and availability
A smartphone without all the complications
The Alcatel U5 offers a simple, streamlined smartphone experience with a very attractive price tag.
- You can purchase the Alcatel U5 for $99 through Telstra or from retailers like Big W and Woolworths.
|Display size (inches)||5|
|Display resolution (pixels)||854 x 480|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||196|
|Battery size (mAh)||2,050|
|Rear camera (1) resolution||5|
|Rear camera (1) aperture||N/A|
|Rear camera (2) resolution|
|Rear camera (2) aperture|
|Rear camera (3) resolution|
|Rear camera (3) aperture|
|Front camera (1) resolution||2|
|Front camera (1) aperture||N/A|
|Front camera (2) resolution|
|Front camera (2) aperture|
|Network category speed||Category 4|
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