Before you laugh at me for owning a budget device think one moment. It's cheaper to fix than the galaxy s2 by a huge difference
HUGE UPDATE - A Root has been found and works well, but does have some bugs! How to post is linked here!
But i do admit it's a sluggish thing due to a slow processor and it's hampered by it's small internal memory (256mb ram) But with a few tweaks we can make it better WITHOUT ROOTING and for free. (note: Thanks to the developers who made these free applications - Please consider buying the full versions over the free variants I will be once I can get a play store gift card -
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to help speed other bits up go to settings, Applications. Manage Applications. go through lots of preinstalled apps, remove what you won't use and what you will tap the app and move to SD card
this will speed the phone up a bit. use the other tips to make it work fantastically
The default launcher that comes with the phone is a memory hog. Alcatel Please make a vanilla rom without the bloat! But we can change this with Holo Launcher.
Holo Launcher replaces the default launcher on any device with a low memory consumption launcher made to look like Android Ice cream Sandwich. This makes a huge difference with performance.
Now the processor. It's a 650mhz Mediatek CPU with PowerVGR graphics. but it's slow at default. We can overclock it safely to 806mhz for free using the MTK CPU Control test Just make sure you apply the mod and set to apply on boot. I've done benchtests and it's increase in speed is shown. It's far from a placebo tool. The processor still shows 650 in any settings but the benchmarks show it works.
Memory optimisation. Use Memory Cleaner and Advanced task killer
Memory cleaner is a bit placebo but in tests it does a small bit of good combined with Advanced task killer.
Use these freeware tools to make your Phone fun faster than it has before.
Now for Social media.
If you want to run Facebook Give up. it's too slow for anyone's liking on the phone in it's huge 30mb footprint. (10-15mb minimum ram use too)
I suggest Fast for facebook it's basic but works well. But as it's in beta they are improving the tool every few weeks. It's a lot more fiddly than facebook on the first look. But it works well enough.
If that's too slow for you look for Opera Mobile and use the basic mobile facebook and twitter
For twitter. use the official app. it works ok but slow at times.
Instagram users it'll throw a wobbler despite installing.(unless they listened to my email) install molome it's just as good and can send pics to instagram too!
One more tip is the 3g access is slow, it's the limitation of the device itself.
This is a quick post and more will be added over time (i just realised i can get a new phone already. but will stay with this one as i like it. quirks and all)