EDIT: See Camera fixes below!
This is my review of the Alcatel One Touch Fierce, a low cost smartphone that doesn't feel or act like a low cost smartphone. This can be had for as low as $29.99 on MetroPCS, or for around $100.00 on T-Mobile(U.S. prices). It can be unlocked to work on many U.S.A. GSM carriers as well(ebay has an unlock code for around $5.00...or you can use one from the advertisers on here).
But what I really like about this phone is how easy it is to root. I used the Framaroot app to do it in literally one step. It doesn't get any easier than that! Just use the Faramir exploit from it's list of exploits and your good to go. All works just as it would if you didn't root it, but it allows you to use all of the great root apps out there, like Greenify.
As for the specs, this is one amazing phone for $30.00...it sports a nice Mediatek MT6589M quad core processor with a equally nice PowerVR SXG544MP gpu. Plenty of power for doing just about anything you want to do on a smartphone, from surfing to gaming, all works well here. It has a good sized 4.5" TFT 540x960 pixel screen that looks great and works fine. It is also running a clean install of Jellybean, 4.2.2. Just a few T-Mobile apps are added, nothing more, nice. It does have a pair of cameras, a VGA front facing one and a 5MP rear facing one with flash...but neither are anything to write home about. I'm actually surprised it even has a front facing one for the price, many at this price point eliminate that option to save a few bucks. Unfortunately the rear camera is fixed focus, which limits it's use to simply taking pics, you can't scan bar codes(see below for fix!) or checks with it. The pics have a soft focus to them as well, but it does sport some decent post processing software to fix them up enough for social media use, so it's not totally useless.
All told, this is an amazing phone for the price. It allows for rooting easily, unlock's easily to allow it to be used on many U.S.A. GSM carriers, and the good specs and usefulness don't make you feel like you got a throwaway phone, just a nice, easy to use smartphone for next to no cash at all. Highly recommended!
EDIT: Camera apps that really improve the cameras ability to focus(for scanning codes)and zoom:
Better Camera: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.bettercamera
Camera Zoom: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...camerazoomfree
Here are the links to both where you can buy this(I'll add more as I find better deals)as well as the link for Framaroot. Remember to download that app directly to your phone(from it's browser) and then install it and run it to get it to work with the Faramir exploit.
Target Brightspot: http://www.target.com/p/brightspot-a...lot=medium_1_5
To root your phone:
Some rooting basics for those who have never done it:
Never update your phone with a phone company supplied update if the phone is rooted, this can and will most likely end up with your phone being bricked. Always unroot your phone before you do said update, then re-root after your done.
It's always best to wait awhile after a phone has been out to see if others have rooted it successfully, don't be a guinea pig, money doesn't grow on trees ;-)
Lastly, not all rooting schemes work all the time, even on the same phones. Firmware differences, the time the phone was made(different times of the year), lots of things can affect how your phone reacts to rooting. It's never, ever set in stone. As with all rooting, your taking a chance in trying it out, there's no guaranty it's gonna work so proceed at your own risk!
Here are some pics I took with the 5MP camera and fixed up a bit with the internal image manipulation software(closeup's aren't this phones forte, but it's better after around 2 feet or so):