I unfortunately was gifted this phone after my phone stopped working, and honestly, I would rather have my dead phone back, I just can't recommend the Pixi 4 at all.
The phone is extremely slow without any apps installed in addition to what the phone comes packed with, it's slow to the point where it often struggles to function as a basic phone, for instance, I get a phone call and I can't even answer because the call app crashes, something that should take seconds, like checking emails or text messages takes minutes instead. I don't know what else is available at the price point of the Pixi 4 admittedly, but I would suggest staying away from this price point altogether.
I bought 4 of these phones almost a year ago for the whole family because of excellent value/features for money. Covers and pouches were very hard to find in South Africa.
None of them gave any problems or failures till today. Performance and ease of use is good to me. The only bad thing is the damage / wear and tear that they endured due to not having covers or pouches on to protect them from clumsy users.
All in all good value for money and very happy with them.
Would easily buy another one.
I bought this phone for my parents for 1 year ago, which primary usage is for phone call. It works until today. 4G is working, WiFI is working, hotspot is working, camera working, speaker working, battery life is acceptable, no auto rebooting, phone call is ok. No system crash. Only thing annoying the most is the phone slowness/lag, but it does work nonetheless, it challenge the patient of using a very laggy smartphone.
I come here again to counter those bad comments.
1. This is one of the cheapest 4G Android smartphone being made. All it's spec reveal the all low spec. So, please don't expect anything miracle on this price.
2. This phone won't satisfied 99.99% of smartphone user today, if you are coming from other more expensive smartphone you has ever used. Android smartphone has come a long way, but this phone simply I would say stuck at the age before capacitive touchscreen is widely used. Remember those earlier touchscreen phone before the first iPhone being sold? It is not an insult, because this is the kind of smartphone that pack everything that are most basic by today standard, and make it works without caring the user experience and overlook the smartphone performance.
Then, what user group should I recommend for?
1. For elderly that start learning to use smartphone. Smartphone are complex, unlike the keypad phone era. This give them a touch of what smartphone is all about without spending extra to get the best phone on the market for them, where it is under utilized. At the time of purchase, the price of this smartphone undercut half even the cheapest Xiaomi and Samsung can offer. By no mean to torture them, but to give them a basic smartphone to go without breaking the pocket, not everyone is rich.
2. As a backup phone if your main smartphone are down. It does as what a phone can do, it got 4G at least, speed is decent enough. WiFi also no problem. I always use it as a WiFI hotspot where it support 4G band 5 (850), which is not supported by my old expensive smartphone.
So, the only thing unsatisfied are the performance. It lag from the 1st day of purchase, which I didn't care, just as I expected. The reason to buy this phone is because the price is so close to the basic keypad phone, which is undercut half of this phone price, and are old model that stop production long time ago. So, the only comparison this phone can make is to the basic phone, that mostly for basic call function.
I know, I can actually buy a secondhand iPhone 4/Samsung S3 at the same price as well, but that all got their own issue as well. This one at least I get a new phone, then official 1 year warranty.
If you are ok with this phone, that means cheap phone are ok for you, and much more expensive phone actually are quite pointless to own. If you are not ok with this phone, then just stick with the more expensive phone you have, at least the cheapest Xiaomi phone released every year are actually outperform this phone by many miles.
Its shit I wouldn't recommend it. It constantly tries to run fast but it just ends up glitching out and going to a black screen. the only thing you can really do with it is call and text
Had my pixi 4 5 inch for something like 2 years, used as my main phone.
The only real negative comment that I have is purely software focused, namely the "onetouch launcher" that is forced upon users with absolutely no option to uninstall or remove. Seeing as I paid for my phone and it's my own personal property to which I have not ever granted permissions nor given a choice over the forced updates. Last update completely monged up the phone to death.. I can't use the pull down menus no more and even more annoyinging is the fact that the fully functioning USB socket now only charges for seven seconds.. Plug in, count to seven then ceases to charge.. I have had to resort to using a striped USB cable with red and black wires placed in the appropriate positive and negative terminals to charge the phone..
Apart from the above, which is frankly, absofuckinglutely disgusting tactics by alcatel. My phone, my choice..
Apart from that the actual phone has been actually pretty good. My desktop pc on its desk with chair doesn't get used.. Even with its touchscreen and doodads it doesn't suit my needs, just as my tablet doesn't get used because the screen is too big..
This means that the phone is my main device for Internet access.. The phone is permanently switched on 24/7/365, YouTube is my main addiction, on all night and most of the daytime, with periods of time spent on chrome browser.
Considering the drops bumps thumps and heavy usage it has took all the abuse and continues to work.. The volume is rubbish but due to the fact that the phone cost less than some people's monthly mobile phone bill, I would swear by it. Plus a removable battery equals allowing to charge it hobo style with red and black wires to positive and negative contacts.. The battery charges way faster and holds the charge for longer.. Only overheated once too.. Bluetooth connectivity is really stable and reliable. As is the wifi hotspot function.
It can be unlocked via ebay for 2 quid and Android 6.0 is pretty much near stock. The camera is not bad, the touchscreen is good enough for my needs..
I used to be a must have latest mobile whore, I could have bought a house with what I have spent.. The difference between the top end phones and the 40 quid ones is small enough for me to see the light.. Huawei and alcatel do some decent cheap phones, spend around the 150 quid mark and anyone spending nearly a thousand or more pounds for some jumped up Foxconn slave trade suicide special should commit suicide themselves..
unknown, 25 Oct 2017Have a big problem about the volume...can't even hear when someone phones or when I want to li... moreAgree about battery. I have Pixi 4 with 4gb storage and 512mb ram,, This phone freezes and yesterday kept rebooting, i had to by a new sim card. Avoid
There are cheap phones and then there is this beauty, that couldn't be worse even if Alcatel designed a bad phone on purpose. Mine I got it for free from my service provider and not even for free it worth getting it. I am both a high and low end phone user in some occasions, but even as a low end phone this is the worst phone you could imagine
The phone is pretty good for the price but cant change the font style. Love it anyway.
The only real annoyance is that the screen gets very smudgy easily.. you really have to keep your fingers clean.
Other than that it's a fair phone, just don't expect miracles for the price you pay..
Ok, so I have this phone for a year by now, let's write review here.
In first 2-3 months phone works perfectly, but later it gets lot of problems...
Battery / Charging :
Battery nevee worked good, since beggining when it comes to 15 or 30% it starts to drain like 1% every 10 seconds and it's really annoying, I never bought new battery for it so idk is that going to work, charging takes more than 3 hours to get 100% with original charger. I changed it and it charges a bit faster.
Freezing, crasging :
Recently it sarted to lag more than before, I don't have too much apps or anything to cause it.
Camera is really bad, blurry pictures...
I got it as promo in Mtel for 20 bucks. Week after the tiny dust has started to cover the bottom of the touchscreen and 2 months later the dust is covering 1/2 of the screen.