I received this phone at Christmas 2000. My parents bought it for me, and I can't say that I was very happy. I looked at the phone and I put on a fake smile and said Thanks. However, this phone grew on me, and even after I bought myself a Motorola V2288 six months later, I still used this one, and I gave my Motorola to my mother the Christmas after. Payback!! As far as I am aware, this phone is now unavailable in the shops. This phone may not look stylish, but it is very cute, and strangely unique. In this opinion I won't go on about the battery life and reception etc, that will be covered in the other bits below, but look at the boxlists to see what I thought of it. If you buy this phone, you will be on the Virgin network as it is the only network the Max DB uses. This may sound limited, but Virgin is a very huge company, and in my opinion the best network around, and I believe if you check out the networks on Ciao, I think Virgin comes top. Those looking for games, do not buy this product. This phone does not have any games. There are two buttons on the left hand side of the phone. These are generally for scrolling purposes, and may be hard to press sometimes. Anyone not having this phone will have a little difficulty handling it. The phone holds 200 numbers (at least on my phone it does) and this is a lot compared with the others. When you want to text somebody, you can ONLY use CAPS LETTERS. You have no option to use small caps, so therefore so are stuck with the caps all the time. In terms of ringtones, ah. You cannot download any onto your phone as far as I am aware, and the ringtones are pretty poor. They all have the same sort of sound (ie that electric instrument) sound. There is one called Cool which does sound quite good. When you receive texts from people, you cannot decipher who the person is, until you reach the end of the message, and then you can scroll again to find out who the person was. At least they tell you who its from, when some phones only give you the number. There is no predictive messaging on the phone. You can bar incoming / outgoing calls onto the phone. This is very useful if you want to avoid certain people on the phone. The battery lifetime is excellent in my opinion - I didn't have to recharge it very often. The battery lifetime is shown on the screen with 3 bars. The phone is very robust - it is chunky and although it may not look the best, it does provide excellent protection to the phone. You cannot change covers either. The reception I found wasn't brilliant - and Although this phone isn't exactly top notch now, I liked it, and prevailed with it even after the Motorola. I now have a Nokia 3310 (doesn't everyone?!) and the Alcatel is now on my shelf in my room.
::Stats:: Weight: 150gr Size: 122x48x25 mm Standard battery: NiMH 650 mAH Talk Time: Up To 4h45 Stand-by Time: Up To 130h ::Features:: * Range of Colours: Denim Blue, Lolita Grey, Gala Black, Ranger Green and Techno White. * Built-in Handsfree Mode * SMS * Directory * Redial list * Speed Dialling calls * Personalize Menus ::Verdict:: Ive been using the One Touch Max DB for over a year now, on the Virgin Mobile network. Its not as feature packed as many other mobiles are now, but thats probably due to the amount of time its been in the shops. Ok, so how do I find it...well first ill point out the strengths. A major reason for me buying this phone was the charge-up time. Like most people, I live my life in the fast lane (well more like the middle lane), but I needed a phone that I could whack on the charger and then an hour later it be fully charged for the next 5 days. This phone allowed that, I didnt have to leave it on over-night to charge like some of my mates, first half of the footy and its done. As for the actual Talk and stand-by time, I find the 'bars' can be a little misleading. There are only 3 and you can think the phone is 2/3's charged, take a call for a few minutes and your getting "low battery" warnings. But that aside, if I only make a few calls then it last 4-5 days easy. There is no predict facility on the SMS like many phones now, naturally this is a disadvantage but I find the phone as good as any ive used for text messages. The directory stores 200 names + phone numbers, but it only allows 10 characters to enter a name. This can be very annoying when you run out of space. The actual amount is well enough - i havent used half yet (must be a billy no-mates). The built-in hands free speaker come in handy if im in the car, it allows all of us (in the car) to talk to the caller . Not used that often - but its a nice little feature. Im sure you dont need me to explain other features like speed and re-dialling which are common-place on all phones these days. Overall I would recommend the phone to first time phone buyers. Experienced users may become frustrated with the lack of up-to-date features that make mobile-life easier. Also any ringtone fanatics be warned, there will be on answering to the A-Team theme on this phone as you cant download any - your stuck with the standard ones.
Alcatel is a relatively new phone manufacture but its started of with a bang. It excels in hands free mobile phones providing crystal clear hands free conversations at the press of a button. The Alcatel MaxDB was its 1st released pay as you go phone in the UK and when it was released it was top of its range. However even now it can prove a excellent phone for those people after a cheap but also not under featured phone. As you can see by the picture the phone is a very sporty white & black colour but for those who prefer a toned down black version they also offer the phone in black & grey. The phones buttons are layed out very well with some very useful scroll buttons on the side of the phone, used to scroll down menus and txt's. The phone is not exactly compact but it can comfortable fit into your pocket and is definitely not a bulky or "brick" phone. It is also not very heavy for its size and it also offers you a choice of AAA batteries instead of the normal phone charge up battery. The phone also comes complete with a belt clip on so you can attach the phone onto your trousers. Its main feature is its very good hands free feature as stated earlier in the review. Giving you the chance to have crystal clear(as long as a good reception) conversations well standing meters away from your phone. Other features include the usual time & date, phone lock & 20 ring tunes. So basically for those of you out there for the latest stylish and feature packed phone onthe market rule this phone out. However those who are not willing to spend a lot but who would not like a unstylish and under featured phone then pick up this phone for as little as £20 under Virgin & £30 for other networks.