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Alcatel OneTouch's Fierce 2 and Evolve 2 are now available on T-Mobile

Nicole Lee, @nicole
09.10.14
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Alcatel OneTouch may have displayed a number of new devices last week at IFA, but it turns out the company is not quite done showing off its goods just yet. Here at CTIA, the company showed us two more handsets -- the Fierce 2 and the Evolve 2 -- both of which were actually announced a couple of weeks ago but are only just going on sale today. The Fierce 2 is the slightly nicer mid-level model while the Evolve 2 is meant to be a budget entry-level smartphone.

Gallery: Alcatel Fierce 2 hands-on | 8 Photos

As we mentioned, the Fierce 2 is the higher end of the two, sporting a sizable 5-inch qHD display which I found pleasantly bright and colorful during a brief hands-on. It's not the sharpest screen around obviously, but for a mid-level phone, it's not bad. The screen goes nearly edge-to-edge, leaving a little bit of bezel on the sides and a bit more on the top and bottom. Though it has a plastic shell, the Fierce 2 feels pretty solid and I like the curved corners and slim 9.9mm build. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera plus a VGA front-facing shooter, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage along with a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory and a 2,000 mAh battery. On the inside, it has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and it'll ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. I didn't notice any lag when swiping through the menus, plus I'm glad to see that it appears to be mostly stock Android. Though, as you can see in the pictures, it does have a slightly customized user interface.

Gallery: Alcatel Evolve 2 hands-on | 9 Photos

Next up is the Evolve 2, which looks and feels like a cheaper handset. Not only does it have a smaller 4-inch WVGA display, it simply feels more plasticky and toy-like. It's also chunky and quite a bit thicker at 12.05mm. There's quite a bit more bezel surrounding the screen too. Of course, the screen resolution is definitely not as good as the Fierce 2's, but I don't think the display looks that bad for what is obviously an entry-level handset. Text is still pretty legible and colors looked good enough to me. Features include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing cam, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage plus it supports up to 32GB microSD cards. On the inside, it has a 1.3GHZ dual-core processor, which means it's not the fastest phone in the world, and it only has a 1,400 mAh battery. It also ships with Android 4.4 KitKat.

As you might have guessed, these phones aren't expensive, and that's a good thing. The Evolve 2 is only $80 while the Fierce 2 is slightly more at $126. Both are available from T-Mobile right now.

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