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Alcatel One Touch 903 Review - Specs, Performance and Verdict

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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Alcatel One Touch 903 Specs

As you would expect at this price point, the Alcatel One Touch 903 specification is quite basic. The phone is built around a single core processor that's clocked at just 650MHz. There's only 150MB of built-in storage, and less than 50MB of this is available once the OS and native apps have taken their share. Nevertheless, Alcatel does include a 2GB microSD card, so there is enough room to store plenty of audio tracks or a couple of movies on the handset as soon as you've set it up.

It not surprising that the phone didn’t perform particularly well in benchmarks, given its lowly specification. For example, in BroswerMark V2.0 it only managed a score of 450, while it completed Sunspider in a leisurely 13788.4ms. Sadly it refused to return a score in GLBenchmark, but in Linpack it was only able to muster 4.5MFlops.

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Alcatel One Touch 903 Performance

In use, the Alcatel One Touch 903 is fairly responsive when you're browsing through the menus, but it can be sluggish to call up the onscreen keyboard and switching between apps can be slow, especially compared to mid range phones.

Nevertheless, the fact that it runs on Android and gives you access to the Google Play store means you can download tons of apps for the phone, which is its major advantage over the likes of the Nokia Asha range, which has relatively few apps available.

Alcatel has understandably gone for the ageing Gingerbread (V2.3) version of Android, as it runs better than recent versions on more modest hardware. However, the company has added its own skin to the OS, so you get switches for stuff like Wi-Fi and GPS in the notifications menu, a new lock screen and some extra apps including a Battery Saver that lets you set up the phone so it disables data and turns down screen brightness when the battery is running low.

It's no surprise to find that the Alcatel OT-903's camera is a pretty rudimentary model. The sensor has a very low resolution of 2.0-megapixels, the lens if fixed focus, and there's no LED flash to help out in low light. On the plus side, there's pretty minimal shutter lag compared to the snappers on a lot of budget phones and colours don’t look too bad either. However, as you would expect, shots are short on detail, so edges in particular look quite blurry. It also mucks up the focus if you don’t hold the phone quite still while you're taking a shot.

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Battery life isn’t too bad, as despite only having a 1300mAh removable battery, we found we could get a day out of it without too much bother from medium usage. Presumably this is because the modest processor and small screen limit the amount of drain on the battery. Call quality was very good on the whole. too.


The Alcatel One Touch 903 has its limitations –- the modest processor and small, low resolution screen, for example –- however it's just about the cheapest Android phone you can get right now and despite this it's still pretty fun to use. If you're looking for a low price phone as a present for a teenager or other first time smartphone user this Christmas, it's a pretty safe bet.

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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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