Review of the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz from Tracfone
Below are the specs, features and our review for the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi available from Tracfone. We have compiled the information here to provide our readers with the best resources for making decisions about buying phones from Tracfone.
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The Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz is a budget smartphone that comes with some surprising features like Android 4.4, and a price that is almost unbeatable. But is this phone worth it? And what about a few specs that could be serious drawbacks? We will be covering all this and more in our review of the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi.
For those who might not know, Tracfone is a prepaid wireless phone company that offers both airtime, and cell phones throughout America. Tracfone doesn’t actually own any cell phone towers though, but rather contracts with other carriers like Verizon and AT&T to use their networks. With Tracfone, you can have cell phone service for less than $10 a month if you don’t need to use your phone very much, and they have more airtime options for those with more needs.
For more about Tracfone, start with our Beginners Guide which will cover the basics, and then you might want to visit our Cell Phone Reviews page to see the various phones they offer.
The Pixi Glitz is one of the newer phones from Tracfone, and it uses GSM towers from AT&T. It was released in the Fall of 2015 as Tracfone continues to roll out more smartphone options for their network.
Alcatel is a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer (as is ZTE) that was founded in 2004 and is a subsidiary to another Chinese company called TCL, according to Wikipedia sources.
On first glance one can immediately tell that the Pixi Glitz doesn’t have the same performance as some of the other phones Tracfone has recently released like the LG Sunset and ZTE Quartz, however the price on the Pixi is what sets it apart, as many consumers have found the phone for $10 in stores, or sometimes even less.
Before we get into the full specs for this smartphone, we want to share our quick pro’s and con’s.
Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz Quick Facts
-Inexpensive – $10-20
The Not so Good:
-Small Screen and Poor Pixel Density- 3.5″ at 167 PPI
-Low RAM and Internal Memory
-No Front Camera
There are certainly some trade-offs for this phone, but let’s take a look at the full list of features and specs before we get any further.
Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz Features and Specs
Below are the features, followed by the technical specifications.
- Android 4.4
- 4G Connectivity on AT&T GSM network
- FM Radio
- Voice Dailing and hearing aid compatible
- 3 Home Screens
- MP3 Player
- Voicemail, call waiting, caller ID
- Access to over 1 million apps on Google Play
- Triple Talk, Text and Data for life
Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz Specs
- Size: 4.41″ x 2.45″ x 0.47″
- 3.5″ Touchscreen – TFT LCD
- 1.3 Ghz Processor
- 512 RAM
- 2 GB Memory (up to 32 GB external Micro SD card)
- Battery: Talk Time 5.7 hrs, Standby 12 days
Android 4.4, while not the newest, is a relatively recent version of the operating system and one that will allow a number of apps to be compatible with this device, we just wish the phone and more memory and RAM. It appears that some sources indicate this phone comes with 4 GB internal memory, but we only noticed 2 GB total space, of which a little over 1 GB is actually available to the users. The RAM is also on the low side, at only 512 mb.
So let’s get straight to our review of the Pixi Glitz and discuss what we like and don’t like about this Tracfone smartphone.
Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz Review
What we Like:
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As we mentioned, this phone uses Android 4.4 which is a relatively recent version and we would be disappointed if it used an older version. One of the more popular features is the ability to ask Google questions by simply saying ‘OK Google’. This is a very handy feature when you want to look up something in a hurry.
The Pixi Glitz uses GSM networks and has 4G connectivity. Before you buy this phone check that you will have service in your area for the Tracfone GSM network, which would be AT&T.
Finally, the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi does come with all the basic calling and texting features like voice dailing, Caller ID, MMS, and more. You also get Triple Talk, Text and Data for life – which means anytime you add airtime it will get split into three buckets, and also be tripled. Note, triple minutes doesn’t work on the new smartphone airtime cards.
What we really find great about this Tracfone Android phone is the price. But remember how much the phone costs we looking at the performance
Now we will share some of the drawbacks for this device.
What we Don’t Like:
There are a number specifications that are just not up to par for this phone including the RAM and internal memory.
The minimum RAM most phones have these days is 1 GB and many phones even have 2 or 3 GB in order to handle the more resource intense apps that are available. RAM also helps with multitasking, so only 512 MB of RAM will mean the Pixi Glitz can’t run as many apps at once. The internal memory is limited, but not as low as the old LG Optimus Dynamic.
Screen size on the Pixi is also small at only 3.5″ and with a rather low pixel density of about 167. For some, this might be a positive because the phone will be easier to fit in a picket, but the small screen size does make the keyboard a little harder to use and type on. The larger the screen, the larger the keyboard which generally makes for easier typing.
The Pixi Glitz also lacks and front camera, and the rear camera is just 2 MP. It is hard to complain about this phone too much, since the price is so low, but we just want everyone to be aware that you will not be getting everything on this phone that a more expensive phone might have.
Lastly, the phone does feel a little cheap. This is as expected however, for a device at this price point.
|Maps on the Pixi Glitz|
This phone mainly comes down to the money (as you could probably tell), and for the money it is pretty good value. But those looking for a phone to run a variety of different apps and keep up with various daily needs, this device might not cut it.
At the price, one could just take a risk and buy the phone to see how it works, but if you’re actually looking for a phone to use in the long run, you’re better off with a higher quality and better performing device.
What the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi might be good for are people who only need a smartphone for one or two things like checking email. It might also be good for children as a first phone, because if they drop it or lose it, the investment is very small.
There is an interactive tutorial for the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz to help show how it works and where to find various features on the phone.
Resources for Tracfone Android Smartphones
We have created a number of helpful articles about using Android phones with Tracfone, and you can read them for yourself to help learn more about how these phones work, and how to get he most form your device.
First off, read more about How Airtime Works on Tracfone Smartphones which includes an explanation of the differences between smartphones and non-smartphones with Tracfone.
Learn how you can Check your Airtime Balance on Tracfone Smartphones which is not as simple compared to non-Android devices, but there are several different options.
Also read up on the new Smartphone only Airtime cards and see our analysis on whether they are a good deal. And lastly, visit our Android Tracfone List which you can use to browse the different smartphones offered by Tracfone, and quickly compare the options.
We hope this information has been help, and leave a comment below with your thoughts or questions!