Tracfone Alcatel Pixi Glory (A621BL) Review

Tracfone Alcatel Pixi Glory Review

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Tracfone Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory Review
The Alcatel One Touch Pixi Glory is a large, budget friendly smartphone available from Tracfone since mid-2016.

It comes with a 5.5" screen, quad-core processor, 8 GB memory and Android 5.1. It is for use with Tracfone prepaid service and uses the GSM cell network with 4G capability.

In our review of the Pixi Glory we will share the full list of features and specs, look at key pros and cons, and compare it to some of the other popular smartphones available from Tracfone at this time.

To see all our reviews of, visit our Tracfone Cell Phone Reviews page.

Let's start with the main pro's and con's about the Alcatel Pixi Glory.

Alcatel Pixi Glitz Quick Facts

The Good:
Large Screen at 5.5"

The Not so Good:
Only 8 GB Memory
Only 1 GB RAM

There are a number of inexpensive smartphones from Alcatel available through Tracfone, with prices ranging from $20 (or sometimes less) to around $100. In general, spending more on a phone means you will get better performance and features, but there are also some great discounts on certain devices.

The Pixi Glory, not to be confused with the Pixi Glitz, Pixi Eclipse, Pixi Pulsar, or a number of other similarly named devices, is one of the more recent and better alcatel phones we've seen.

Let's see the full list of features and specs to get a better idea what this phone brings to the table.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory Features and Specs

Below are the features, followed by the technical specs
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G LTE capable using GSM networks
  • WiFi and GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 5 MP rear camera with autofocus, 2 MP front camera
  • Hadsfree speaker
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
  • 2 Home Screens
  • MMS, SMS, Voicemail and more
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory Specs
  • Size: 5.98" x 3.06" x 0.37"
  • 5.5" touchscreen (1280x720 resolution)
  • 1.1 Ghz Quad Core Processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB Internal Memory (MicroSD card slot for up to 32 GB)
  • Battery: 2500 mAh with 17hrs talk time, 16 days standby (non-removable)
Alcatel is a phone brand licensed by Chinese company TCL Corporation, which is known for a wide variety of electronic products including TV's and various appliances.

While the Pixi Glory has a good appearance and feel, a number of the cheaper alcatel onetouch devices feel and look somewhat 'cheap' and occasionally have quality issues. Any phone offered as a budget smartphone will have certain drawbacks in order to keep the price low.

Let's take a look at our review, with the key features we like, or found to be lacking.

Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory Review

We will start with the features we like about this phone, followed by a few drawbacks.

What we like:
The big feature on the Pixi Glory is the large screen, which is 5.5" with HD resolution (720x1280). For comparison, the Moto G4 Plus also has a 5.5" touchscreen, although it has full HD (1080x1920) resolution for an improved visual experience.

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Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory 
The 5.5" screen size means the phone is fairly big by general standards, and can take some getting used to for those accustomed to smaller phones. However, it doesn't take long before the Pixi Glory feels normal, and you are enjoying the larger surface area for reading, watching or gaming. In our experience, everyone has certain preferences on phone size, but a large screen does make it easier to use the phone as long as you can still comfortably hold it.

The performance specs on the Alcatel Pixi Glory are not very exciting, but adequate for most activities and should keep up with the majority of apps.

Lastly, we are happy to see that even with a large screen, the Pixi Glory is available at a reasonable price of $99 with airtime bundle, and occasionally on sale for less.

Now for some negative points about this phone.

What we Don't Like
While the overall performance of the Pixi Glory is pretty good, we don't like that it is limited by just 8 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM and running Android 5.1.

Many smartphone users are looking for closer to 16 or 32 GB memory to store the apps, photos videos and other content. With just 8 GB, the Pixi Glory limits how much you can load on the phone.

Tracfone smartphones don't receive OS updates, so the Pixi Glory will always run Android 5.1, which is now becoming a little outdated with Android 7.0 released for many newer (and more expensive) phones.

Another point to mention on the Pixi Glory is that the battery is non-removable, so if it dies, you will need to get a new phone.

Lastly, we do want to mention the front and rear cameras. The rear camera captures 5 MP images and look OK in good light. It can also shoot HD video (720 resolution) at 30 fps which is adequate for sharing on social media or sending to friends. There is also autofocus and LED flash. The front camera has a 2 MP camera that is more like a webcam and will struggle to take good images unless there is good lighting.

Overall the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory has some nice features for the price, and it also looks sleek, just don't expect to be wow'd by the performance. This phone is best suited for consumers who use a handful of apps, but would like a large screen for viewing photos and videos.

View the online tutorial for the Pixi Glory for help navigating on this phone.

Where to Buy the Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory

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Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glory
The Pixi Glory can be found at a variety of online retail websites, including the Tracfone website and Amazon, but we've found the best bundle deal is on HSN.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory with airtime bundle from HSN - $99
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glory on Amazon - $89

Under $100 for this phone is not a bad deal, as it is a capable device for most tasks.

Alcatel Pixi Glory Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Sky

One of the best budget phones currently available from Tracfone is the Samsung Galaxy Sky. It has a smaller, 5" screen, but comes with a number of improvements compared to the Pixi Glory, such as 16 GB memory, Android 6.0, and 1.5 GB RAM. The Sky is also often on sale for the same price as the Pixi Glory.

Be on the lookout for the new Samsung Galaxy J7, the step up from the Galaxy Sky, which we expect sometime int he near future and will have a 5.5" touchscreen, but likely cost upwards of $150.

We hope this review has been helpful in providing information about the Pixi Glory. Leave a comment with any thoughts or questions.

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