Alcatel Onetouch lineup hands-on

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Alcatel's on hand at MWC this year with a good pile of sets so we took a few minutes to checkout the Android offerings and a lower-end feature phone. The Onetouch 908 (dark gray set in gallery below) brings Android 2.2 to the world in a very inexpensive package with quad-band GSM, 3G in the Euro range, a 2 megapixel camera and we were told could move to Android 2.3. Also on hand was the Onetouch 890 loaded with Android 2.1, a 2 megapixel camera, and lowly quad-band EDGE -- positioned for a very entry level market, of course.

Alcatel also demoed the flagship Onetouch 990 (pictured above) device, featuring Android 2.2, a 5 megapixel shooter with autofocus, WiFi, 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, and everything else you'd expect in a vanilla Android set. Unfortunately, the device we used had some severe issues with load times, starting apps, and generally moving about through the UI. It felt a bit like something was hanging on to everything we tried to do and slowing the whole device down. Last set we peeked at was the Onetouch (beginning to notice the theme here?) 903, a small dual-band QWERTY feature phone with a 2 megapixel cam, Alcatel's own UI, and -- while likely targeted at the pay as you go market -- had a really great look and feel and a top notch keyboard. These sets should be shipping between March and May of this year.