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When I first saw this phone I was instantly impressed with it's size, sleek good looks and nice big screen to read text messages on. I've had this phone for over two years now, and it still manages to hold it's own against the new phones out at the moment. It's very small, being just a little larger than a credit card thus accounting for its lightweight and the name ‘Alcatel pocket’. It has a long battery life, staying active on stand-by for over 80 hours and around 6 hours talk time! Features: The Alcatel pocket is not WAP enabled, although there is a feature to send and receive e-mails, faxes, SMS messages and voice messages - so it's pretty versatile. It vibrates for those awkward moments when you just don't want to be bothered, or just enjoy the feeling of something vibrating in your pocket. Needless to say, my phone is always on vibrate, which I think is a feature which is a must nowadays, especially since almost everyone has an annoying new ring they have to share with those around them. Other features include text messaging, call divert, alarm, 3 phone books, calculator and there's even a feature where if you’re in the car, the phone answers itself and turns off your car stereo allowing you to talk without even touching it. When your call is finished, it turns your stereo back on for you! You do need a special car kit though, available only from Alcatel, but hey! what a great feature! Trouble areas: Alcatel, holding only a small portion of the mobile phone market, don't tend to make their phones as user friendly as some other ones on the market. The navigation around the features is a little difficult at first, so I'd recommend reading the manual. This did however work out to my advantage because firstly, you quickly get the hang of it, and secondly, no other bugger can fiddle with it and change your settings. It does have a nice big navigational button with up/down/left/rig
ht making it easier to get around. The ‘Pocket’ also has a few functional drawbacks. The text-messaging feature doesn’t allow the user to create a message and input a number from your address book. You have to remember the recipient’s number. This can become a pain as most of your friend’s numbers probably exist as names. Swapping between calls can sometimes be quite confusing as the ‘hang-up’ and ‘new line’ icons look very similar. Basically, it’s a great little phone which at first is a little difficult to use, but after you get used to it, it’ll serve you faithfully for many years.