- Analysis by Christelle Nina
The GO FLIP by Alcatel is a clamshell-type phone with its share of hits and misses. Starting off with its camera-related pros and cons, we deem it worthy to mention that its 2-megapixel main sensor is unimpressive for the most part. Of course, phones this type are rarely ever the bearer of amazing photography capabilities -- but since a number of 5-megapixel options already exist in the sub-category, we can't help but to expect a bit more camera resolution from it. However, the fact that it can capture HD videos (that's 720p, for the uninitiated) is no doubt a pro.
As with photography-related specs, one really has no place expecting an ultra-thin profile from a flip phone. However, it's hard not to notice that the GO FLIP appears bulky compared to other similar models. It's 18.7mm-thick , coming second only to the rugged Kyocera DuraXE (which obviously deserves more leeway when it comes to things like this, given its rugged features).
In the face of these shortcomings, we were quite heartened by the GO FLIP's promising memory specs. Sporting 4GB of internal memory and 512MB of RAM , it easily stands out due to these features. To add to this, having a quad-core processor that runs at a respectable 1.1GHz also helps.
Battery-wise, the GO FLIP also offers significantly more juice, at 1350mAh , than many of the competition. Boasting an 8-hour talk time , it presents itself as a good option for flip phone fans who prefer to have more longevity to their devices, without having to go all out with an outdoorsy phone.
All in all, we definitely see the Alcatel GO FLIP as a realistic buy for people who would like to stick to using flip phones, but are finding themselves needing more memory and battery than the usual offering in this specific phone subcategory. Since it has a fair share of pros and cons, this phone is obviously not the most premium clamshell device out there -- so if that's what you're into, you might want to check out other Smart Flip Phones on our site.
** This phone is also known as: Alcatel FLIP GO
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