US Cellular announced this week availability of a new budget phone, the Alcatel One Touch Shockwave. It is not a high-end phone, but it holds a few nice surprises. Since it is a semi-rugged device, the One Touch Shockwave is perfect for those customers who lead active lifestyle. The phone is available online and in stores and costs $49.99 with a smartphone compatible plan and on a two-year agreement.
While the majority of sophisticated smartphones need to be handled gently and with great care, the Alcatel One Touch Shockwave does not require any special treatment. Shock resistant casing, super tough Dragontrail tempered glass and water resistant housing provide protection from any forms of damage.
Alcatel One Touch Shockwave – Overview
The the Alcatel One Touch Shockwave for US Cellular is one of the smaller ones and features a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen display. The Shockwave is powered by a single core processor clocked at 800 MHz and sports 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of onboard memory. The phone has a microSD card slot for memory expansion compatible with up to 32 GB memory cards. As a bonus, the device come with a 2GB memory card included in the box, so you will have some more space for your photos, music, games and apps.
The Shockwave runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is quite outdated now. It may be a little disappointing to many of you, especially since there is no option of update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the operating system is not the latest one, it still offers high functionality and access to Google Mobile Services, for instance Gmail, Google+, Google Messenger, Google Talk, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Navigation and Google Play.
Other pre-loaded apps on the phone include Amazon Shopping, Amazon MP3, Amazon Appstore, Amazon Audible, Battery Saver, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, OfficeSuite for viewing MS Office documents and Traffic Manager, that monitors data and calling usage and will notify you when you will be approaching your monthly limit.
The Alcatel One Touch Shockwave is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera / camcorder with flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, music and video player, web browser, compass, e-mail client and radio. Its 1400 mAh Lithium-ion battery will guarantee, according to the manufacturer, up to 5 hours talk time and up to 16.5 days standby time.