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Alcatel One Touch 903 review

Niall Magennis



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Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903
  • Alcatel One Touch 903


Our Score:



  • Low price tag
  • Good design
  • Decent battery life
  • Good call quality


  • Slightly sluggish performance
  • Small, low resolution screen

Key Features

  • 2.8inch touchscreen
  • 2.0 megapixel camera
  • 150MB of memory
  • 650Mhz processor
  • Manufacturer: Alcatel Mobile Phones
  • Review Price: £40.00


This year many teenagers are likely to have a smartphone on their Christmas wish list - something that's going to strike fear into the hearts of parents when they see the sky high prices of premium handsets like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. Yet, Android smartphones prices have been falling and there are many cheap and cheerful handsets available that are ideal for first time smartphone users. Just in time for Christmas, Alcatel has set new benchmark for low prices with the Alcatel One Touch 903, an Android phone that's available for £40 on a Pay As You Go basis. Admittedly it's a very basic phone, but it's still a much better option than the feature phones which were previously the only options at this price point.

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Alcatel One Touch 903 Design

It may have a rock bottom asking price, but the Alcatel One Touch 903 actually looks fairly attractive. It's available in three colours – black, white and fuchsia – and each has chrome highlighting on the band running around the outer edge of the handset, as well as on the indent for the camera found on the rear battery cover.

The battery cover has a slightly rubberised feel and, in combination with its dimpled pattern, it makes it grippy to hold. The front has a more glossy finish, but the thick border around the screen does make it look a little bit dated. Nevertheless, it's interesting that Alcatel has used physical buttons, rather than touch buttons, for the home, search, menu and back functions. Initially they feel a bit old fashioned, but they're very responsive and we grew to like the tactile feedback of the click they make when pressed.

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Alcatel One Touch 903 Screen

Naturally the Alcatel One Touch 903's screen isn’t going to win any awards for its quality or sharpness, but to be fair we've seen worse screens on Android phones that cost over £100. As a result, it's actually better than we expected for the price. Admittedly at only 2.8-inches it's one of the smallest you'll find on an Android phone and its resolution is also low at just 320 x 240 pixels. This means text on websites doesn't look anywhere near as refined as it does on mid-range phones, and often you have to zoom in quite far on paragraphs in news stories to be able to read them. You also find yourself doing a lot of scrolling around on pages just because not all that much information can be packed onto the screen in one go. Nevertheless, it's still very useable for all the normal stuff like checking emails, catching up on Facebook and browsing websites.

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December 29, 2012, 3:53 am

how to install and use different themes on it?


January 2, 2013, 4:00 am

how can i download music or video clips to my phone?

Kevin Charles Gill

January 5, 2013, 5:29 pm

This is an absolute bargain for the price. A full Android phone for £30! It's actually quite quick and has everything you'd need. The only downside is the screen which is a bit small and low res, but at this price you really can't complain. Buy one - you won't regret it.

Kharon Archer

January 28, 2013, 7:31 pm

go into a web site call hulkshare on google on your phone,it only download music

Kharon Archer

January 28, 2013, 7:32 pm

go into google playstore and download something called GO LAUNCHER EX

Kharon Archer

January 28, 2013, 7:36 pm

if you want to get themes for this phone,go into google playstore and download something called GO LAUNCHER EX

Kharon Archer

January 28, 2013, 7:42 pm

why is my LED light not working,it only works when I put the phone to charge

yasmin doyle

February 4, 2013, 3:48 pm

well i bought one just before christmas, i get messages repeating on me , sometimes my messages dont let me recieve messages either, the internet is fast and very good, but i regret buying this phone bigtime!!! absolutley hate it


February 7, 2013, 8:20 pm

lost all my contacts name, now all i'm left with is numbers! some "smart" phone

nicole ellison

February 16, 2013, 1:52 pm

i just got it today


February 17, 2013, 11:56 am

would this phone be good for me cause i am only a 11 year old boy???


March 7, 2013, 8:24 am

I was firmware upgrade my alcatel onetouch 903d. Now I have problem with My microphone.
Because when i'm calling to someone my voice in boost and i can hear it than callers voice. what can i do...

groguhe yao williams

March 19, 2013, 8:23 pm

help me to do the update on my laptop

groguhe yao williams

March 19, 2013, 8:26 pm

here is my number 22501756223/225452165

groguhe yao williams

March 19, 2013, 8:30 pm

I counted a lot about you I do not want separre demon mobile

groguhe yao williams

March 19, 2013, 8:39 pm

I loved a lot this laptop because it is powerful but ik is help me re-programming and setting of these parameters has joure so

Miguel Seon

June 19, 2013, 1:24 am

yeah im 17 and i enjoy it even though the speed is average my mom purchased one for me this year i think you should buy it if you want a simple android phone


June 23, 2013, 9:44 am

Can you please give me the internet address, so that I can buy a 903D for
my self and my dyslectic friend, for him to be able to speak an SMS is of
great benefit to him.
Thanks you kindly.


December 26, 2013, 11:49 pm

I tried downloading temple run on my altcatel but couldnt. Csn anyone help?

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