Alcatel have been making telecomms equipment and devices just about since the medium was invented. They started making mobile devices in 1998, of which the CameoX is the latest.
Packed with great features and running Android, the CameoX takes on the big boys. The Alcatel CameoX has a Mr Aberthon ranking of 9.4/10.
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Alcatel are/were a French company, who have been making telephony equipment for 125 years. In recent years, Nokia have taken over the brand for mobile devices, of which the CameoX is one. By the way, just to be clear, the name is pronounced “Cameo X”, like two different words, and not “cameox” as it is often written.
When you have not just 125 years of experience, but are partnered with the great pioneers of mobile technology, it’s only natural that the CameoX would be a fantastic piece of gear.
The CameoX has a 5″ display, which means the overall look and build is towards the larger end of things. It’s not quite phablet size but, if you’re used to a 4″ iPhone model, then this will feel huge. Overall, though, it is very manageable and comfortable in the hand. Any size differences are easily adapted to, and the CameoX feels nice and secure in use.
At 5.7 x 0.4 x 2.2 inches, the CameoX is actually smaller than many 5″ display models. At 5.5 ounces, the CameoX is definitely not the heaviest largest-screen smartphone around.
The CameoX has a micro-textured feel to the rear case, which adds to the “grippiness”, and this is carried through to the power button. Overall, this is a very smart looking smartphone indeed.
Yes, we’re getting our money’s worth out of the TV/Movie meaning of the word “cameo”, so you’ll just have to live with it.
The 5″ display makes for a great movie and gaming experience. Protected by Dragontrail glass, multi-touch is also built in. The 5MP rear camera has LED flash and Image Stabilization for rock-steady pictures and video. It is also capable of capturing 720p HD video and is accessible via a double-click of the power button at any time. The front camera is 2MP and very selfie-friendly.
The display also employs an ambient light sensor. This allows the device to adjust the screen brightness based on the light wherever you are, for maximum viewing comfort.
The processor in the CameoX is a Quad-Core affair, so there is plenty of power available for whatever tasks you need to perform. The battery is 2050mAh, which gives 15 hours of talk time and a massive 500 hours of standby. That’s over 20 days, to save you doing the math.
There is 2GB of RAM memory and 16GB of storage built in. The MicroSD card slot allows you to add up to a further 128GB of storage if you need it. This makes carrying your entire music collection, or a box full of movies really simple.
As you’d want from a modern smartphone, all your connectivity options are well covered. 4G, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS are all built in and ready to serve you. There’s also a mobile hotspot feature as well as an FM radio built right in to the CameoX.
Like all our smartphones, the Alcatel CameoX is fully unlocked and ready for use on any GSM network in over 160 countries worldwide.
Given that we haven’t even mentioned the amazingly low price, it’s amazing that such a smartphone is available for so little.
|Dimensions||5.57 × 2.83 × 0.39 in|
|GSM or CDMA|
|Android Operating System|
|MicroSD Card Slot|
B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B8 (900)
B1 (2100), B2 (1900 PCS), B5 (850)
|Supports Carrier Bands|
AT&T up to 3G, Metro-PCS up to 3G, T-Mobile up to 3G
|Charging Port Type|
|Front Camera Resolution|
|Rear Camera Resolution|
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