They are Most Known for they Affordable Android Powered Smartphones. Not the best, but, defintly a good choice for the ones that can't afford something like Galaxy S3. i personally liked their OT-990, that i still use. I decided to pick it up instead of a galaxy, so i could use the rest of the money on my PC, and the phone is pretty good. Although powered by GingerBread. They Bring High End Features to the user that can't afford premium Prices.
my last phone was an Alcatel (blackberry knock-off), and from a hardware perspective it was a perfectly usable near-smart phone. The problem however was the crap OS that they had on it... seriously made OK hardware a truly awful expierence.
It was stupid things... like the selector touch-pad was not off when the phone was locked, so if it was in your pocket rubbing on your leg then the screen would always be on and drain the battery. email would not hook up to my SBS account at work. My gmail would sync to the last 50 messages, but once it had 50 messages then it would quit getting new messages. It would periodically 'forget' where I kept my custom ringtones, so when people would call it would light up... but the vibe and audio would not happen until I re-assigned the ringtones.
So, as long as someone else is making the software, and assuming Alcatel does not load a bunch of crap on them, then these should be perfectly fine cheap devices.
This week the Novo 7 VENUS also launched -- made by Ainol Electronics, which one runner up as CES "Best Tablet of the Year" 2012 -- The Novo 7 Venus is a 7 inch tablet with Quad Core processor for $149 -- that takes on the Google Nexus and other major tablets for a lot less -- Venus offers Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system, a high resolution 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a 4000 mAH battery, both front and rear cameras, a MicroSD memory card slot with unlimited storage, Google Play with access to 400K+ Apps, a MicroUSB port for connection to printers and other electronic devices, HDMI - to view personal videos and to download movies and watch in full 1080p (HD) on to a large screen TV, WiFi, Ethernet, and an option for 3G/4G connection. It's also a great gaming device with its high resolution screen and motion gaming sensor. One of the first U.S. resellers to offer this product is a site called TabletSprint - which also adds in $25 in Bonus Android Apps.