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After I lost my phone last week, I needed a replacement phone as I am due my upgrade in July I did not want to go and spend a lot of money on a new phone. So I bought this from the car phone warehouse for £35. It showed that I can get on Facebook with it, which is what I normally do a lot on my phone, so I thought I could keep with this for 3 months, but I am not sure I want to. The phone that I have got is white in colour and came with 3 changeable backs with it. The phone was pretty easy to set up just like most phones are, with placing the sim card in then the battery and placing the back on. Once you switch your phone on it comes up with the settings to change the time, but this can be altered at anytime by going on the settings and clicking on clock. This is also where you will find the alarm clock which has 5 alarms that you are able to set. Once you phone is set up you are ready to use it but I will say this is not as easy as with a smart phone. I found it hard at first to be able to use the touch screen, as I am used to using my thumb and it never seemed to work on the screen properly, so I found that using my finger nail actually worked better with this phone and now I can use it with ease. The phone is really pretty basic. It comes with no memory card and I still have not figured out how to put music onto the phone as it wont connect to my computer, so any music would have to be blue toothed through, and the phone will not hold too much due to no memory card. Also I can not get any games on this phone much to the upset of my kids, and I can not find anywhere that you will not have to pay for games. Also I have gave up on Facebook with the phone, the internet is really slow to load everything on it, that I get annoyed and give in with it. The signal and sound of the phone is pretty good though that's about the only upside to this phone, as I can hear people quite clearly on the other end. The messages are also not that good, as the predictive text will not let you add new words to the dictionary so I have to take predictive off for certain words not contained in the dictionary which can be a bit of a pain. Now for the camera on the phone, well to be honest I have only used this camera once and I would not use it again, as the picture quality was really rubbish, the picture was hard to make out and was blurry, so I will stick to using my own camera in future. I say you get what you pay for and with this phone I really did, it has all the basics of any other phone, but nothing besides that. As to whether I would recommend this phone, there would not be a chance, it looks nice enough but looks can be pretty deceiving.
For the last year or so I have been using a really great mobile phone called the Dell Streak which is a cross between a mobile phone and a tablet pc but having decided I wanted to trade in the big Dell for something which was compact, cheap and offered up some features that I would actually use and so I decided to go for this little Alcatel so was it worth it? Pros: This phone has a very good 2.8" touch screen which is designed to keep navigation as simple and quick as possible. When I first started using this phone I did think that the screen was not very good but if you simply calibrate your settings then it works very well and if you get yourself a little stylus pen then it makes using your phone even easier. This is a very nice looking little mobile phone with simplicity at the core of its design. The large screen looks good within the design rather than detracting from the styling and with the clean white matched to a lovely bright metallic silver the design is very much a classic one. The phone offers up great value for money...I got mine for £37 and this included a £10 top up for free (I know that this has since gone up to £50 where I purchased my handset from but even at this I feel it is a very good deal). This is a mobile that offers up a respectable line up of features like a stopwatch, alarm clock, calender, calculator, FM radio, MP3 player, 2MP camera, social networking integrated with the likes of Twitter and Facebook pre-loaded, access your email on the move, access the internet, predictive text messaging and a touch screen phone all for just about £50 (based on new price I have seen and including a £10 top up). The phone is very compact and portable with a weight of just 85g this is a perfect little phone for your bag, pocket or even just to keep in your hand. Clear calling quality thanks to the phone keeping the same quality of reception of more expensive phones on the market and a good microphone and speaker all mean that you can talk to your friends, family or loved ones easily. This phone also keeps its charge very well with me so far having been able to go 4 days without needing to charge it...in the days of people needing to cut back this is a great little saving to be had as a lot of mobile phones need charged up every single day which means you are using up your electricity (something which is becomming more and more expensive) less regularly with this phone. Keep upto date with the news, entertainment and sport as you can simply put widgets for these on to your phones home screen and click to check on the most recent info throughout your day. Auto updating means that this is even easier and always as up to date as it can be which saves you time and makes this a very useable feature (one of the main ones I use). Negatives: When calling people this (as with many touch screen phones) can have some issues with your face touching the screen and causing noise on the line (something which is not nice for the person on the other end and I should know as I work on phones every day) but with a little bit of getting used to it you figure out how to hold the phone to cut down on how often this happens. Not as powerful as some other phones out there in terms of things like its internet or camera but you know you are getting what you pay for and more with this great little piece of kit. Having been used to a phone which offered me everything you could possibly have at your fingertips I was concerned that when I went to a cheaper phone I would be disappointed but thankfully that has not been the case with this amazing little phone. Great looks, size and weight make this phone something I am not ashamed for people to see and with the simplicity of the features I find myself using text, calling and the news screens all of the time....basic yes but offering up all we need to have in a phone if we are honest. This is a great value phone and perfect for all those out there who don't want the biggest and best phones out there but know quality.