PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Judging by the size of mobile devices that are hitting the market, it is evident that the line between smartphones and tablets are blurring.
It wasn't too long ago when Samsung received criticism for announcing the original Galaxy Note, then considered to be too big for a smartphone as it was larger than 5in.
How things have changed, as most flagship Android phones in the market are now bordering or exceeding that size barrier.
Some have gone the extra length by adding another inch to the screen size. We see more and more manufacturers releasing devices in the realm of 6in, a size which we wouldn't have imagined anyone in their right mind to be using not too long ago.
Today we review the One Touch Hero, which is Alcatel's first foray into this market segment.
Sporting a screen that is 6in big, the Hero is obviously not a device for those who are shy of having a smartphone that is practically bigger than their face. The device undoubtedly falls in the "phablet" category, which refers to devices that are considered too big to be a phone and too small to be a tablet.
The Hero's giant IPS (in-plane switching) screen is of full high definition (HD) resolution, meaning it isn't just size without quality. The screen is nice and bright, making it usable even under broad daylight.
It's light for a phablet of this size, thanks to the sleek frame - however, the Hero's 177.6g weight can still tyre the hand after prolonged use.
Internally, the Hero comes with 8GB of memory, although only 5.4GB is available for use when the device is first switched on, courtesy of the operating system (OS) and non-removable built-in apps.
This issue of limited storage space can be easily addressed, as the Hero has a expansion slot which supports memory cards up to 32GB in size.
The Hero is equipped with an enormous 3,400mAh battery. While on paper, this is one of the bigger capacity batteries on a non-tablet device, in actual use it isn't significantly better than the average smartphone in the market. It should be able to last you a full day with average usage.
Included in the package box is a flip case called the LED MagicFlip cover. The cover, which attaches to the back of the Hero via a magnet, looks really good, especially with the LED notifications that it displays on the outside.
The cover holds down to the front of the Hero also via magnet, so users will not have to worry about the cover flapping open or close unintentionally. The material of the flip cover is also very nice, making it quite a valuable add-on.