Unless you want to rip your hair out, the Alcatel 5044R is not for you. It’s best suited for a child. Let’s talk about this.
Alcatel 5044R Specs
5.541 ounces (157.10 grams)
5.57 x 2.82 x 0.39 inches (141.50 x 71.80 x 9.95 mm)
Qualcomm Adreno 304
5-inch (127 mm) PLS TFT 480 x 854 p
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 8909
Quadcore 1.10 GHz
Supported Sim types
Dual sim (Nano)
2G, 3G, 4G
Also known as the Alcatel Cameo X and Alcatel Idealxcite, it was released in 2017. But it looks a lot like a smartphone from the early 2010s. To begin with, it’s chunky. Its dimensions are 5.57 x 2.82 x 0.39 inches (141.50 x 71.80 x 9.95 mm). Its screen is also not very big. It comes in at 5 inches (127 mm). In this day and age, large phones are quite popular. That’s why you’ll look odd with the 5044R by your side.
Being so cheap, it shouldn’t surprise you that it’s made from plastic. The handset rocks a textured back that feels like a dream in your hand. It doesn’t fool you into thinking it’s more expensive, though. If it’s any consolation, you don’t have to worry about dropping it. The effect on its rear gives you an expert grip.
As its display is so small, you don’t get a good viewing experience. This is especially true as its screen-to-body ratio is a measly 67.8%. There’re large bezels throughout it because of this.
It hosts a PLS TFT panel. It does not produce the most vibrant colours. It’s not powerful enough to handle bright settings, and unfortunately, it doesn’t have the best viewing angles.
If you’re looking for sharp viewing experience, stay away. Its resolution is 480 x 854 pixels. You don’t have to look close to notice pixelation.
You can play with its screen settings, adjusting its temperature and lighting to your taste. This is appreciated, but you can’t do anything about how bad it is overall.
There is regular strengthened glass on its front. Don’t get too rough with it.
You’re not met with anything a working adult would love. The Snapdragon 210 chip is inside it. It can’t handle much. That’s why we recommend the device as an introductory phone for a child.
The fact that it has so little RAM makes it harder to use. But remember that you’re paying barely anything for it. It comes with 2 GB of it. If a lot of apps are running in the background, expect force-closing.
You are getting 16 GB of space. Thankfully, you can expand it with a microSD slot. If you pick the Cameo X up locked, you might face a major issue – there’ll be carrier bloatware, which would reduce the handset’s storage to barely anything.
What about its Android version? Well, Android 7.0 is available out of the box. It’s an OS that’s super dated. No, you can’t update it to Android 10.
The battery will barely last a day. It is 2050 mAh. To charge it, you’ll be utilizing a regular 10 W charger. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know that this means it takes a long time to charge. It’d go from 0-100% in over 2-hours.
At least its connectivity features are decent. It can handle 2G, 3G, and 4G. It comes with Bluetooth v4.1.
Let’s talk about its camera before we move onto our final section:
There’s a single shooter on its rear. It is a 5 MP camera. It doesn’t take shots that are the clearest. They are known to be grainy. Things get especially bad during low-light. In terms of its front camera, a 2 MP shooter is present. As you can imagine, it performs worse than its primary lens. We appreciate that its selfie camera comes with an LED flash, though.
Now that you know more about it, you can guess that it’s not the best device. To make a better decision, compare it with alternatives.
Alcatel OneTouch Ideal 4060A
The handset is much lighter than its counterpart. It comes in at 4.79 ounces (136 grams). Considering that both phones are plastic, the 4060A feels cheaper. It’s thicker than the 5044R, which is the final nail in the coffin. Its dimensions are 2.56 x 5.20 x 0.39 inches (65.1 x 132.2 x 10.05 mm).
As it’s older than its sibling, it’s no surprise that it has a smaller screen. This was very common back in the day. It stretches 4.5 inches (114.3 mm) across. Its front is as sharp as its brother’s, though.
If you’re wondering what panel is on its display, it is a PLS TFT.
The processor inside of it is the Snapdragon 210. We met it in our Cameo X review. The phone also has the same GPU.
Storage-wise, there’s only one option. It offers 8 GB of space, with 1 GB of RAM. If you pick it up from a carrier, you’ll probably be left with too little space to do anything. As there is only 1 GB of RAM, force-closing is a very real issue.
Of course, you can expand its storage.
Android 5.1 is available out of the box, and you can’t upgrade it to Android 10. Considering the Android 11 Beta is in the works, we’re apprehensive.
A measly 1780 mAh battery is present. The handset will barely last a day. Like the 5044R, you’ll be using a 10 W regular charger. Get a good book ready, you’ll be waiting a while.
There’s a single shooter on its back. It is a 5 MP lens. Its front camera is 2 MP.
Alcatel Tetra 5041C
The 5041C is newer than its alternative. It was released in the last quarter of 2018. The phone is as big as its counterpart but lighter. It weighs 5.29 ounces (150 grams). Yes, it is plastic.
Unfortunately, it’s quite thick. Its dimensions are 5.61 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches (142.5 x 71.9 x 9.4 mm).
It comes with a more vibrant display. It rocks an IPS LCD. Its screen isn’t sharp. It has the same resolution as the 5044R. They both have around the same screen-to-body ratio too.
You’re not met with a Snapdragon chip. This time around, the Mediatek MT6739WM is present. It’s superior to the Snapdragon 210. This makes the 5041C less frustrating to use.
Its storage options are better than the CameoX’s. You’re getting 16 GB of space, along with 2 GB of RAM. What’s more, you can expand it.
Out of the box, Android 8.1 is available. Sadly, you can’t upgrade it to Android 10.
A battery you’re familiar with is present. It is the same 2050 mAh Li-on we saw in the 5044R. Both phones last about the same time. The Tetra makes use of a 10 W regular charger too.
Want some good news?
You can remove its battery if you want. We have no idea if you can do this with the other 2 discussed.
In terms of its cameras, a single set-up is on its rear. It is a 5 MP lens. The camera on its front is 2 MP.
Let’s sum things up. When it comes to the handset, you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for. It doesn’t come with the best processor or storage options. Its battery isn’t good either, nor is its screen or camera. It would be a horrible daily-driver, frankly. It might work as a back-up device, only if you barely handle any work. That’s why we think the device is perfect as a first phone for a child.
You can pick it up locked or not. Most likely, you’ll snag it from AT&T. But if it’s from a carrier, know that it’ll have bloatware. This is not what you want - the phone already has really bad storage.
When compared to alternatives, the Alcatel Tetra 5041C is a slightly better choice. After all, a better chipset is present.