I bought the Alcatel 918 dual-sim phone at DSE in Sydney as an emergency replacement for my previous Android smartphone, which had crashed on the flight over from NZ. I needed an inexpensive unlocked (hard to find in Australia) Android phone.
The 918 was easy enough to set up. It did take a couple of attempts to get the SIM cards in the right sockets. Only socket 1 supports 3G.
The phone has a solid feel, although the back simply pries off and snaps back on (rather than sliding-to-lock).
Reception has proved good in fringe areas.
The display is crisp, with well saturated colours. The on-screen keyboard, though, is maddeningly imprecise. It is particularly difficult to avoid hitting the space bar (no big problem) or the Go key (problem!) when trying to enter a full stop.
RAM is rather lacking, which ought not to be a problem as I tend to use few apps - but so much bloatware is installed that I could not even fully update the bloatware on Google Play without running out of memory. The bloatware is "core" and cannot be removed without rooting the phone.
One particularly worrisome bit of bloatware is an app whose name is seven Chinese characters (no translation given) - who knows what it's doing. I'm told it's some kind of instant messaging app, but it doesn't inspire confidence in the manufacturer or supplier.