Telstra Pulse T790 Review


Welcome to the 2013 Telstra Pulse (T790) mobile phone review. Released in May 2013 this model also took us by surprise since we thought it was the Frontier or Easytouch 4G model released  last year. ThePulse is hence very similar in design to the older and higher  models but differing significantly in hardware specifications this model is clearly the lessor model. The Pulse Android OS based smart phone and priced at a very reasonable $79 AUD as a pre-paid package from most larger retailers. It is a far cry from Telstra’s first cheap smart phones which we thought where market leading in terms of price only and nothing else! The Pulse is actually quite useful.

The Telstra Pulse is terms of construction is like its more expensive relations so it does feel a little cheap but certainly sturdy enough to carry around without a case. The Pulse does feel Ok considering its price and it should last a year or two without any problems.

In terms of hardware specifications the Pulse is definitely on the basic Android end of the market. It has low resolution screen, camera, battery capacity, graphics and so forth. Mind you its not the only model with this sort of specification but one of the few knows brands selling or this price. Thanks to a 1Ghz CPU and separate graphics CPU all the expected communication like email, skype, txt, Facebook and so forth will work perfectly. However forget about Instagram or any app that relies to getting decent camera pictures. However the low resolution screen will annoy but at least it all works.

In terms of software the Pulse runs the latest Android OS which should help broaden the range of software you can run on it. Apart from the custom Telstra widgets there is nothing unique about this particular model. There are some micro lags when using but its not that bad compared to past models. It still runs well and at this price there’s not many models to choose from.

We can’t really say much more, so the conclusion to the Telstra Pulse review is that it is a decent low end Android phone for those who don’t want anything special but a cheap phone that can do most things. Its got more going it than price for a change!


  • Telstra Pulse T790
  • Network
    Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 Mhz
    Tri-band 3G 850/2100 Mhz
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbps data speed (download)
    HSUPA 2 Mbps (upload)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L116.2 x W61 x D13 mm
  • Weight 111 grams
  • Display/s
    3.5 inch 320 x 480 pixel
  • Camera
    Video Camera
  • 640x 480 pixels @ 15fps
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V3
  • CPU
    Separate Adreno 200 Graphic CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 280MB for user
    Up to 32Gig micro-SD expansion
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    AndroidApp store
    Free Google Navigator (requires data plan)
    FM Radio
    Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass and Ambient Light
    Music and Media player
    MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF, ZIP compatible
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 1200 mAh battery
    Up to 200 hours Standby
    Up to 200 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $79 AUD June 2013 (Pre-paid only)