I first layed my hands on this phone about a week ago, but this was enough time to observe all of it's features, some pleasing but unfortunately shaded by the inconvenients. I was happy to find a rather easy-to-use phone but profoundly bitter when i discovered that even with a fully charged battery, the backlight and display text would start to blink severely when initiating a call or sending an ordinary sms.
- it can also use regular AAA size batteries in case you're not at home and expressly need to use the phone
- it employs a docking type charger, which is a more elegant and easy to use solution
- it has several power saving features: backlight on/dimmer/off(you don't need backlight in the daytime), led on/off , auto shutdown after a user-definable period.
- good receiving sensitivity and broadcast power; much to my surprise, from this point of view it's comparable to a Motorola C250, as i was unable to get it to show less than 4 signal markings out of the total 5 unless i removed the antenna. This performance is probably due to it's rigurous construction, circuitry design, screening, etc (i did peek through it a bit)
- good audio quality, comparable to more expensive phones
- nice grip and nice feel as well, due to it's shape and it's rubber strip
- the keypad unlock sequence is well thought
- the keys with multiple functions (such as message/phonebook or #/keypad lock ) are properly marked so that you can't get confused
- replacement batteries of larger capacity than the original, covers , and other accesories still readily available on the market
Now for the negatives:
- basic features only, and doesn't excel at those either; the sms feature is not very intuitive to use, and nor is the phonebook
- it's original battery is of only 650mAh, which allows only about 2 days of normal use; by normal use i mean an average of 30 minutes of call time a day.
- it's power efficiency is rather low because while it's standby consumption is average, it's consumption during calls shoots up quite high and too fast, so that if the battery is a few months old you may find that the phone shuts down when trying to call, even though the indicator shows the battery to be at 2/3 power. If using AAA batteries, anything short of alkalines will only give you 10 minutes of talk time.
- the battery compartment locking mechanism is fragile and very prone to breaking if frequently used
- the SIM holding system is fragile and does not always ensure proper connection of the SIM, so random errors appear sometimes, especially in case of mechanical shock(doesn't have to be too much of a shock)
- the scroll keys are located on the left side of the phone and are not backlit, so that they are rather uncomfortable to use for right-handed people
- the other keys are not transparent, and thus in the night time they are lit mostly on the edges and the markings on them are hard to see with normal backlight and impossible to see if using dim backlight(to save power)
- the microphone isn't too sensitive and doesn't receive the voice too clear
Quite possibly... The Alcatel One Touch Easy db isn't the most attractive phone on the market, nor is it the lightest or smallest. It doesn't have any gimmicky features at all either. What it does have though is all the ability to perform all the basic tasks that most mobile users would require it to. This is not a mobile phone that I use - my weapon of choice is the Siemens C35i (separate op) for various reasons, which include the ability to connect to WAP services on the Siemens (The Alcatel does not support WAP). I received the Alcatel phone on BT Cellnet Pay and Go from a well-known insurance company as a free gift, and have since given it away. **~~**~~** WHAT'S IN THE BOX? **~~**~~** The rather small blue and yellow (yuk!) box contains the following items, assuming that you have bought the phone as part of a BT Cellnet Pay & Go Package: - Pay & Go Getting Started Guide - Pay & Go User Guide - Alcatel One Touch Instruction Leaflet - Desktop Charger - The Phone Itself - £10 Top-up card. **~~** The "Getting Started" guide **~~** This is presented as a small, three page card that tells you all the basics. It folds out into a long strip and gives the following details: Page 1: Simply tells you to insert the SIM card and charge the battery. No details on how to do this though. It then guides you through activating the phone, giving you the number to call and guiding you through all the entries that you should make once you have contacted the pre-pay centre. Page 2: Gives a list of places that sell top-up cards. Page 3: Gives a list of contact numbers and also provides a small card that you can write your new mobile number on and punch out. The card once punched out is a nice size to fit into a wallet. Overall, the start-up guide is very poor. It doesn't really provide
any details about how to get the phone up and running... and the list of retailers selling top-up cards is not really that useful. The Guide certainly doesn't come up to the same standard as those provided with phones which are billed monthly on the BT Cellnet network. The guide that I received with my Siemens C35i was much more helpful. **~~**~~** The "User Guide" **~~**~~** This little book is much more helpful than the start-up guide. It is 38 pages long and gives a lot of useful numbers, tutorials, and guides to using Cellnet services etc. There is information on: - Buying calltime (Including number to dial, how to top up using credit/debit card etc) - "Quickdial" numbers (How to get to voicemail, balance, top up, customer care, etc etc using short codes) - Making calls (Includes a bit about making International Calls) - Monitoring calltime (Conditions about how often you have to top up, what happens when calltime is low etc) - Voicemail (What it does, a guide to the menu system) - SMS (Just a simple guide to what it is) - Safety (Just a common sense guide) There are also a few pages detailing BT Cellnet services like InfoTouch and FindMe. The full service agreement is also printed in the back of this little book. **~~**~~** The Instruction Leaflet **~~**~~** It's not really in a very nice format. Most phones I've used come with 'proper' instruction manuals, however the Alcatel phone comes with a leaflet that starts out small and becomes huge as you fold it out more! It is nicely divided into different sections that deal with all the main features of the phone, but it can be quite hard to find the answer to any specific problem that you may have. All the individual features are well explained once you find what you are looking
for though. **~~**~~** The Charger **~~**~~** Has to be one of the nicest things about this package. The desktop charger is provided in the box (It's usually an optional extra with most phones) It sits nicely on a desk or table, and you simply sit the phone in the cradle when it's time to recharge. It's a nice arrangement. The only downside is that you cannot use the phone while it is charging... ************ THE PHONE ITSELF *************** GENERAL COMMENTS ================ Well, for a cheap phone, it's very well specified. Apart from the usual numeric keys, you have two scrolling buttons on the left hand side of the phone. These added buttons can be used to navigate through the menus, or you can use the 2 and 8 buttons to move up and down through them. Below the display the phone has four function buttons, arranged in a North, South, East, West configuration. The North Button is used to access the menu and to confirm actions. The East Button is used to switch the phone on and to dial out. The South Button is used to switch the phone off and to cancel actions. The West Button is used to access the phonebook and text messaging (SMS) functions. CALL RELATED FEATURES ===================== Making Calls ------------ Making a call is as easy as you would expect. Simply enter the number, press the dial button, and that's it! You can also choose numbers from the phonebook and press dial to place calls. The Alcatel phone also has the ability to insert pauses into the dialling sequence, but I don't really see the point in this. Receiving Calls --------------- Equally simple. You simply press the dial button to answer. You can turn the ringer off when you receive a call by pressing the cancel button, but strangely there is no option to reject a
call. Additional Options ------------------ The phone has a rather handy inbuilt call waiting feature. You can juggle two calls (incoming or outgoing) and switch between them using the selector button. It does sometimes drop the call on hold if you use the feature for too long, but it can be handy. You can also save incoming numbers into the address book while you are talking, and the phone does allow you to read your text messages while talking, although in practice this feature is useless (as you have to take the phone away from your ear in order to do so, unless you're on hands-free) Also, you can switch hands-free mode on and off while you are talking. Just be careful not to put the phone anywhere near you ears when it is in hands free mode the volume does increase significantly! The hands free feature is built into the phone, there's no need for a separate hands free kit. It works rather well for the most part, although the microphone doesn't have a great range. PHONEBOOK FEATURES ================== You can store up to 250 numbers on the SIM card, which should be plenty. You can't use the phone memory itself for storing numbers though. Making a new entry is easy enough, you just enter the name of your contact followed by their number and that's it. They can be changed easily at a later date. SMS FEATURES ============ This is the worst thing about the phone. The SMS features are difficult to use and you can only send and receive upper case letters. You can store 20 messages on the SIM card, and the phone comes with a number of different templates for messages (such as messages to tell people you will be late etc) but it's just let down by a complicated menu system in this area. It also has icons that don't really show anything obvious, you have to keep referring back to the instructions to find out what they mea
n. E.g. When a message is sent, you don't get a written confirmation. It shows a little icon to tell you whether the message got through or not. There are a number of neat features such as "call-back" which allows you to immediately call the sender of any received message, and you can send messages as faxes or e-mails, but the whole SMS section just isn't very friendly. AUDIO FEATURES ============== You can select from a number of ringtones and adjust the volume of them. All the ringtones are pretty annoying though, and the volume settings don't really work properly. E.g if you set a high volume, then the phone will ring quietly at first and it will take some time before the phone starts ringing at the set volume. You can also toggle sound on and off for key presses and for receipt of text messages. You cannot choose tones for these features though. TIME / DATE FEATURES ==================== Simple time and date interface in there. There's also an appointment feature which I didn't find to be very useful as it will only store one appointment at a time. CURRENCY CONVERTER ================== Again, not much use. It can only convert to and from Euros... **~~**~~** CONCLUSIONS **~~**~~** Overall, the Alcatel One Touch Easy db is a good budget phone that tries to pack a lot of features in. Most of the features are not useful enough to warrant inclusion. However, it has much better specifications than most phones in this price range and is a good choice if you're only interested in making and receiving calls on the move. The built in hands free kit is a definite plus point...
Although not the most attactive phone on the market, this phone offers a great range of features for the price you pay! Advantages include: + A loudspeaker function, which can be useful when you're in the car or when a group of people want to speak at once, and the soundquality from the speaker is suprisingly clear, although the sound for the caller at the other end is apparantly not so clear (according to friends whom I have used the loudspeaker function with). + Time and date display, and a reminder facility which sounds an alarm and displays an alert at a set time and date, this even works when the phone is switched off! + The ability to use AAA batteries (smaller batteries, found in newer remote controls), useful for when you don't have access to your phone charger. + The menus are customisable, so you can have your most accessed menus appear as soon as the menu button is pressed. Dissadvantages include: - The buttons are a little fiddly (especially the side scroll buttons) and not too intuitive to use. - The battery compartment is a little flimsy and has become loose on both of my phones now (had to have the first one replaced). Overall, if you can't afford a flashy phone, but still want some useful features, this is probably your best bet!
This phone is very cheap and tacky looking. I would much rather invest in a Philips c12 at the same or maybe less pice. This phone is available on BT Cellnet and also Virgin. I would recommend Virgin as the calls are much cheaper. I don't like the apperearence of the phone, it is very early 1990s. Their aren't many good features on this phone and it is easily placed out of date as Alcatel brings out a phone very regulalry. There are no games or ringtone composer. I dont like it much.
Well I was finally cut off by BT CELLNET at the end of September one of the last to have an analogue mobile on the planet, it served us well and never let us down. So I was forced to get another mobile phone after much deliberations I decided pay as you go was the route I needed to go but what network and phone. As soon as saw the Alcatel I knew this was the phone for me. It felt nice in the palm of my hand it look different rather than the common Nokia or BT mobiles about. I have had it about a month now and no problems apart from still haven't learnt what my number is, but then again I didn't know my last and I had it 3 years. I paid £50 for it and got the phone, charger, in car charger, hands free ear kit, cover and £10 of free calls which isn't bad. All in all a good solid purchase.
If like me you thought, that phone looks funky, young etc, you will have bought it, now i bought mine on the Virgin network (which is itself a good network)the first thing i wanted to buy was a leather phone case (as the only Alcatel phone you can buy here is white)i tried every possible retailer and no joy, i went to the Alcatel website stil no joy. You can adapt various cases to fit ie, pink furry case from Claires Accesories. Then when on holiday (costa brava) i realise the Alcatel there is like the Nokia here - very popular, i found the actual leather case for my phone for only £4.99. Why oh why can we buy the Alcatel One Touch phone but NO accessories. 01/08/00 i have found a website where you can order your phone case for only £6.99 its www.e2save.com hope this helps..
This was the phone that i got for my mum who has a phobia of all things technical and electronic. She doesn't like to program the video...you get the picture! it said it was easy to use and it is but i don't think it is as easy to use as mine, a nec500. the menu system is logical once you get used to it and the number of buttons has been limited which is good and there are little symbols to help you remember what each button does eg a padlock for the key lock feature. the thing that confuses her is that for some features you have to hold down the key and for others you have to tap once the same key. its very small and light and ideal for a first time user. I do not know the price as it came on a pay as you go contract but I do not think it is expensive. It is also very sturdy as it has survived being dropped a number of times.