Alcatel Flash 2 Buyers Guide

One of Lazada’s top hits is the Alcatel Flash which initially sells at 6190 pesos but not ypu can purchase this mid range phone at 4990.

I bought one two weeks ago and. I’m happy on its performance since this was planned as a replacement of my old Xperia Z phone.

On this review, I’m aiming to let you understand without going on the technicals. So you don’t have to be a genius to know if you’re gonna buy it or not.

Out of the Box

When the item came, it’s still have its plastic on, meaning it’s brand new, unlike the other items that I’ve bought on lazada, like the colonial mod vape and the eleaf istick 40w.

It includes an LTE smart SIM card that I haven’t tested yet. The Flash,  charger, a separate leather back cover with flip  and a mediocre headset (which can be compared to those 20 pesos headset that you can buy on the streets).

Likes

-Viewing angles are good, I’ve now used this phone as my movie center since I only do watch movies at 720p.

– Storage is at 16GB and it can support my 64GB sd card.

-Knock to wake up screen is responsive and you can also put in gestures on the phone. ( I use it often so tgat I don’t need to extend my fingers)

-You can also assign functions on the physical keys on these phone. I’m currently using the volume rocker down as the back since the back capacitive buttom is a bit too far for my reach when im using it on one hand which I prefer.

-No bloatwares!!! More space!!! It’s like youre running on stock android!

-Speaker is one of a kind. It produces loud volumes and when I use spotify, I opt out from using speakers anymore.

Two things that I loved most about this phone is the camera and the battery.

Camera may not have that quick auto focus feature on it but it produces quality images for me. I’ve got three updates on these phone and all of those was for the enhancement of the camera.
This phone also have a dedicated camera buttom and a two tone flash which you’ll love, most hugh end phones offer two tone flash nowadays.
The front camera also have a flash on ut which you can also adjust the brightness when you’re taking your selfies.
Whem focusing, it also blurs out object at the back of the subject which makes you feel like a pro(lakas makafeeling)
They said you can also buy dedicated lenses on alcatel stores when you’ll shoot macro and they also have the fiah eye lens. But I haven’t search for one. Lazada offers flash with free lenses on it though where you don’t need too clip it anymore.

Battery is amazing. Ive been using it since 10AM today, and it’s already 6 now and it is still at 30%. I’ve been watching movies on Facebook using free data and I’ve also downloaded games in the playstore, stacks, and played it for an hour but the battery level is at 30%. Imagine. It has been almost 8 hours of me using this phone and the it is still alive. (don’t judge me if I doing nothing).

But hell yeah, it can last a day and it can take good photos, that’s all that we need.
I will try to download NBA 2k16 later and I’ll update this post if it can run the game smoothly at full graphics if you’re also into gaming but if you’re just into CoC or clash royale. You want have any problems playing them.

Hate

Yes, I put it that way, since I really hate this annoying this on this phone.You might want to consider this things before you buy this phone.

Back button is not working now. After using the phone for two days, the back button is not working anymore, that’s also the reason that I’ve used tge volume rocker as the back. There was one time that it worked after it being fully charged but when the battery goes down, it ain’t working again. Then after a few days, it really stopped working regardless of what’s its battery level. Aside from it being to hard to reach it ain’t working anymore.

Cheap headset. I really don’t use the word cheap, I usually used inexpensive,  but on this case the headset is cheap. It’s cheap. Got no other words on how to describe it.

Headphone jack is unsteady. There was an instance where I don’t here any sound at all. It recognizes that I’ve plugged in headphone but It doesn’t make any sound even at full volume, tried a different one but it srill is the same.
Hell yeah, the song is playing when I plugged it out. 
I’ve tried it again and it currently working now. Who knows until when it’ll work.

-And lastly, I hate this phone because it is already broken. Given that it is brand new. Though I’m cover with Lazada’s money back guarantee for 14 days, I can return it and get a full refund, I don’t want to get that hassle of bringing this in an LBC store.

Not to good on this phone(my opinion)

-Battery takes some time to charge. 2-3 hours in my case using my charger which charge my Xperia Z in just 1 and half hour.
-The back cover is designed to feel like a volcanic stone.
-Bezel is thick. Both flash and my Xperia have the same 5″ display but the Flash seems bigger, well taller because of ots bezels and its metal-like finish on the sides and top.
-Power button is located above the volume rocker.
-Upon using this phone, I’ve deleted the pre installed Touchpal Keyboard since it has the google keyboard installed as well but there was no option in using the google keyboard so I restored the phone for the touchpal to be preinstalled again. (Not a big deal tgough, just update the google keyboard first before deleting the touchpal)

Conclusion

Though it seems like this phone is already broken, I’ve decided not to return it anymore. I’ve just used the other functionality of this to cover for the back button issue. Because for me battery and camera is all that’s important and specially my time. I’m not thinking that this phone will last a year and I beed to replace this again. But still, I’m happy with its performance. The camera may have some lags on using it but the outputs are great, just make your fingera steady or take multiple shots.

And if you have a solution to my current back button issue, please comment it below. I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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One response to “Alcatel Flash 2 Buyers Guide

  • maeryk

    i bought a unit last December 2015 from Lazada, all is working just fine when a stain appeared on the upper right corner of the LCD. It was never dropped, LCD is intact, no crack or chip, and with tempered glass since day 1. I also noticed that the back button is finicky, needs to be pressed several time for it to work. I decided to bring it to their service center in SM Marikina (citylights). Their technician checked it first for lcd cracks, when he found none, he checked the motherboard for burns and found none as well. He told me that the unit needs to be sent to the main office for service as they need to replace the LCD. I left it there and after one week, i got the phone with new LCD now. Looking good as new again. And the virtual buttons working perfectly again.
    You can bring your unit to their service centers to have it checked and serviced if needed. Just bring your Lazada acknowledgement receipt as it serves as invoice.

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