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This is the phone I was given after my other was stolen. I am pretty sure you can still pick these up from around £20 though.
This phone comes with the QWERTY keyboard which makes it much easier to text, the simplistic stuff such as Calander, alarm etc and you can also download some apps which means you can get onto facebook too!
The design is very similar to the design of a blackberry phone but is more square and clumpy, the phone is sadly very vulnerable to wear and tear, up close it does look like a cheap phone, but from afar it does look just like a blackberry phone without the label.
*Ease of use*
The phone is so simple to use, The menu is really clear and easy to navigate through, texting takes less to no time thanks to the keyboard, Its very easy to lock and switch on and off. The Battery also lasts for ages.
The camera is only 2 megapixals, the camera doesn't seem to do anything in low light settings, Some photos turn out yellow, say if there's only a lamp in the room and its fair to say that pictures only turn out well during the daytime. The camera response is slow and pictures mostly come out blurred, it's pretty much impossible to take a picture of yourself without a mirror because of this.
The phone comes with a music player - This is useless to me now because the phone needs special headphones, without headphones however the music is very loud for a phone. The phone also comes with some Games on Java, none of them are fairly interesting either. The image viewer can be quite slow and unresponsive. The phone can also hold an SD card which allows you to hold up to 4gb of extra media, but the phone keeps all these things separate and searching through the images and music on the SD card does become a bit of a nightmare. The SD card holder also has a habit of opening really easily and discarding the card.
*Connectivity and Internet*
The phone does not have wi-fi, this means you either pay for the internet (this can be expensive on Pay as you go) or it's included in your tariff. I tend to get some free internet when I top up my phone, The phone also has bluetooth to send files to other phones and newer ipods. The browser is fast, for this type of phone it really wonderful and easy to use. It's not as fast as smartphone's however.
This phone is defiantly value for money, it's easy to use and includes a lot of features, This phone would be perfect for somebody looking for something simple with a camera. It's reliable and will last ages. However, if you need a phone for the internet you will need something a bit more upmarket.
I bought this phone from a Carphone Warehouse after my old Samsung mobile finally gave up the ghost after 4 years. I send a lot of texts so this time, I decided to opt for a phone with a QWERTY style keypad. I orignally wanted a similar phone to this one made by Nokia but they had sold out so as I was desperate for a mobile, I picked this one.
It cost me £29.95 (plus I had to buy £10 worth of phone credit) so it was much cheaper than the Nokia phone that I originally wanted. And for the price, the phone has loads of extra features that are very handy. For example, the phone holds upto 800 contacts, has 2 megapixel camera, can play mp3 and radio, has the capacity to send email and also has applications which mean that you can check Facebook, update Twitter etc.
However, after using this phone for 2 weeks, I noticed that I couldn't always hear the other person. This problem occured on and off for about another 2 weeks before I decided to take the phone back to the shop. I was then told that the speaker was broken and that it had to be sent away for repair. 5 weeks later and the phone was returned to me after having been fixed by The Carphone Warehouse.
The phone in itself is okay. I use it for calling, texting and sending the very odd email via my Gmail account but other than that I wouldn't really recommend it. Despite it having a Facebook application, I have never been able to get it to work, despite being told several times by O2 that all my web settings are up to date. Secondly, the material that the phone is made from isn't very durable. I have had the phone for about 4 months and already quite a few of the keys have chipped. Also, the internal memory isn't very large - you can't store more than a few pictures and about 100 contacts on my phone without needing to buy an extra memory card which I think is a bit cheeky.
All in all, you get what you pay for with this phone. It's fine if you're happy with a cheap and cheerful phone but personally, I wish I'd gone for the Nokia now.
This is basically a cheap version of the Blackberry. It would be perhaps a good phone for teenagers who are annoying their parents to get them a Blackberry. It has the qwerty pad that so many smart phones have now, but the internet is highly basic and did not really function all that well.
I discovered that the phone got dented really easily and there were really obvious signs of wear on the keys to the point that I actually could not see some of the letters, luckily I texted that much that I had the letters and numbers positions engrianed in my brain. The fact that I texted on it so much could be the reason that the keys ended up in the state that they did, but to be honest the whole point of a qwerty keypad is to text and send emails on. The email facility on this is extremely hard to work out or perhaps non existent because I never found a way to add mine and I consider myself to be technologically minded.
I would say this phone is really worth the amount of money that I paid for it and now it is even cheaper, so to be honest if you are in the market for qwerty phone but don't need the internet all the time nor to take high quality photos this is the phone for you
Before I begin, this phone is also available in black, white and other colours if the garish yellow above is not for you!
This phone is great to give to your children if you really can't afford the popular but pricey Blackberries. Like most of the Alcatel range, this is a budget phone and now costs around £20 on most networks. It is very affordable and has a sleek and stylish look with its qwerty keyboard which also serves its purpose of making messaging much quicker and easier.
The screen is not small at 2.2 inch and displays websites clearly using GPRS. The phone also has a decent 2 megapixel camera for capturing photos. It may not sound great but at the price you shouldn't expect any higher. The quality of a two megapixel is fairly poor but also this is not a camera phone and not a priority for me but bear this in mind before purchasing. Also, the phone is capable of bluetooth, FM radio, multimedia messages and several entertaining games. Expanding the phones memory could not be easier, just use a microSD card at however many gigabytes you wish to have to store your music or photos.
The phone is great if you just want a basic phone with some good features, but don't expect the quality of the screen to be as good as the other top models as this phone has been out for a long time now and the technology used on other phones is much more advanced.
Also the keys are very small and a bit fiddly for the elderly or those with bigger fingers and it's probably best to buy this phone for your teenager and not for yourself. Because of its basic features it has a very long battery life which for me has lasted up to a week and it has nine hours of talk-time.
To sum up this phone is a great buy at a bargain price. You won't have to worry about scratches or dents and if you lose it, it's replaceable at a small cost. I love this phone and thoroughly recommend purchasing it.
The Alcatel OT-800 Tribe is a mobile phone that has a QWERTY keyboard that is designed for the budget/youth market. I believe this is one of the best budget phones available (as of 3/8/11) and in this review I will be explaining my reasons.
The phone itself:
The back of the phone is made of a rubber type material that is a dark grey colour. The back fortunately doesn't scratch easily, in fact after owning it for 2 years it hasn't got a single scratch on it! However my only criticism of the back is that to take it off you literally have to rip it off the phone instead of sliding off like other phones. The front has a full QWERTY keyboard and a very small screen. The buttons on the phone are made from a very cheap plastic and it does not feel pleasant to type. Depending on your preference there is a band of colour around the edge of the phone, this colour is also in a gradient effect surrounding the buttons.
The phone has a very easy to use operating system. It is preloaded with shortcuts to all your favourite social networking sites such as facebook, bebo and hi5. There is also an IM app, Internet browser, games (more on this later), calculator and clock.
A feature not really mentioned in the manual is the inclusion of GYRO enabled games! The game that any iDevice fan/user will recognize is the "Ball" (unimaginative name) game where you tilt the phone to get the ball in the hole. Really a pleasant surprise for a phone of this price.
The camera on the phone is a bog standard 2MP without AF or flash. It produces OK pictures that are fine to upload to facebook and twitter. Video is atrocious it is all pixelated, at first I thought it was some sort of effect enabled but the video camera is that bad!
Having seen this pay-as-you-go mobile phone in a magazine, I got one from Carphone Warehouse for £80 including £15 credit.
I never get contract mobiles so am never going to buy an Iphone or Blackberry, so this stylish albeit less superior phone seemed quite a bargain.
I'm not really a technological person when it comes to mobile phones so functionality is everything for me!
First thing about this phone is the appearance - from a distance it could be mistaken for a Blackberry.
Yet the 'keyboard' has slightly smaller buttons which took me a while to adjust to. The internet access is fairly fast although I have never been able to access hotmail on it (but to be honest facebook and google work a treat so its fine for my needs!)
The camera does let it down. Not sure what the megapixel rate is, but the quality is not worthy of facebook uploading. There are a couple of games but, again, nothing to get excited over. It is quite durable - I have had the phone nearly 18 months and only slight wear and tear to some of the paint. The battery seems to last a few days, but using the internet it really wears it down.
So for somebody who wants something that looks cool and uses their phone for a few texts and web browsing, its a good phone to have on pay-and-go. But for more frequent users, this obviously cannot compare to an I-phone or Blackberry.
I was lucky enough to get this phone for nothing, as I was due a free upgrade from my network provider. I chose it because of the colour (I'll buy anything pink), the size of the screen (2.2 inches, or 320 x 240 pixels), and most importantly the QWERTY keyboard. Since owning the phone I have seen it on sale in supermarkets for around 21 pounds, which I think is a great bargain.
The keyboard makes it very easy to use, and makes texting a lot quicker. The buttons are on the small side, but personally I still find it a lot easier to use than a touch-screen for example. There are also shortcut buttons for writing a text, and one for the camera. I think these are a good idea as they are (in my case at least) the things that I use the phone for most. The scroll wheel on the side is very useful for scrolling through lengthy web pages, and seems more stable than the little scroll button the Blackberry has.
Picture quality on-screen is very good, and I appreciate the inbuilt Opera software. It's not a browser that I would use on a computer, but for the phone I think it works very well.
As for downsides, well there are quite a few, but only minor ones. The battery doesn't last as long as other phones I've had in the past- I generally have to charge it every other day, although even when the bar is completely empty, it does last normally last overnight if you forget to charge it. When it comes to texting there is a lack of foreign characters, which might not bother most people, but it is something I don't understand when every other phone I've had has had a good range. The unit converter only converts weight and length which is a little basic. But the thing that bothers me most is the fact that you just cannot watch videos on the web. I've tried downloading various applications that are supposed to allow me to do it but it just won't have it. However, for the price of the phone, I don't think you can really complain too much about that.
I have now owned this phone for almost 2 years, it cost me £70 when I bought it and is now about half that price, but it is a really great phone and I don't intend on getting a new phone for at least another year.
What features does it have?
Motion Sensor - So you can play games like you would with an ipod touch (which is a major reason why I bought the phone). You can also use the sensor to switch between songs, turn the alarm off and end a call.
Music Player - Including a 'star list' which I find really useful, you can also minimise the music player and use other features like sms.
FM Radio - A basic radio, no faults with it.
Games - There were 2 games that came on the phone located in the 'Fun' section, one was a Ball where you have to navigate the ball around a maze and into the hole at the end, and the other was a Motorboat game where you have to move the boat to collect coins, go up ramps, jump over logs etc. As well as those there is also a Java section that came with Sudoku.
Camera - The camera is probably the weakest feature on the phone as it is only 1.3mp I believe and there is no light so the quality is very poor.
Ebook - There is a section on the phone that is titled ebooks - however I can't get it to work (yes even after practically two years).
The Phone has many of the normal features including:
And it also has a video player which apparently allows you to stream from youtube? (I haven't tried it as I'm on Pay as you go and can't afford it). There are also links to many instant messenging providers as well as Opera. There is also weight/length converter as well as a pedometer.
The Phone Itself
I ordered the chrome version which is great, it is silver and has a pearlescent cream/white back and it works as a mirror! It is now beginning to wear slightly but nothing too noticable. The phone is on the larger side - in both size and weight. However I think it is better that way as you know that you have it and it's a bit more difficult to lose. The QWERTY keyboard is great but not so good if you've got long nails, and there are quick links to messages and the camera which I have found useful. Battery life is brilliant and from fully charged would stay on for a good few days.
I bought this a few weeks back from Argos in Black with T-Mobile, it's easy to use and the screen is bigger than it looks in photos. It has a video, image and music player so you can see everything as slide shows. The only problem is that it CAN be a little slow, but it is nothing major, it'll take around 3-4 seconds to load a screen of about 20 images, and the same with videos.
The qwerty keyboard was hard at first as I am used to candy bar keypads, but this one was easy to get used to and is clear, but the background doesn't light up when you type, so not great for in the dark whereas the keypads which light up are.
The camera is very clear and has night vision features as well as black and white and sepia, the cable that comes with it was handy for me although I found it only worked in one slot on my laptop and not the other. People who don't have disc drives can download the Alcatel PC Suite needed to upload images from other sites, otherwise you have to install the CD on to the computer you use for the phone.
The volume of the music on there is also really good, I put lullabies on my phone for my 6 month old and I have them on gently and I can still hear them slightly in the room opposite. If you don't like playing music out loud there are the headphones that also let you talk hands-free.
The memory card was fantastic and a lovely little bonus as my previous one was only 112MB. The memory card was hard to get in the slot at first but after some fiddling and growling at it, it went in.
Last thing, when you go on to the Alcatel PC Suite and plug in the phone to exchange data, you can't accept calls or texts and you can't access your memory card from your phone.
It has up to 540 minutes talking time and can be on stand by for 450 hours. when on your ear you hear the person loud and clear and have no problems with crackling and interferance. The qwerty keyboard makes it easy for people who want to text fast and quickly send.
I'm not a huge fan of spending over the odds for a mobile phone, I like my phone fairly simple, as long as I can call, text and acces Facebook, thats all I need.
I first spotted this phone in a supermarket a few weeks before Christmas, as my old phone was giving up on me. I was drawn to the bright pink version they had on display, and I liked the idea of the QWERTY keyboard type buttons, but hadnt been prepared to pay the expensive prices for a Blackberry.
Me being me, decided to search online when I got home to try and find the best deal on the phone. This was where my first problem came up. The phone I had seen was on Virgin Media, and I wanted the phone on Orange's network. The problem - the phone has different names on different networks! Virgin call this phone the VM800, T Mobile call it the Vairy Text, and the carphone warehouse advertise it under its Alcatel name.
I ended up switching networks, as I found the phone in a light pink, on T Mobile pay as you go, in Argos, reduced from £29.99 to £24.99. Bargain, as I had been looking at around £49.99 anywhere else. As with most pay as you go handsets, I also had to buy a minimum of £10 credit with the handset.
I couldnt wait to try it out, but I had to wait till Christmas Day as it was a present, but then had to restrain myself so I didnt ignore the kids all day!! When I finally got a proper play, I was very impressed!!
As well as my SIM card and welcome pack from T Mobile, in the box was also: the handset itself, and back cover, battery, travel sized charger, headphones, usb lead, and a 2gb memory card.
The phone has a 2mp camera, fm radio, WAP and mp3 music.
The bottom half of the handset is laid out just like a computer keyboard, which I find very handy as I hate touch screen phones and this is just like typing. The top half of the phone is the screen and in the middle are the call on/off keys, a text shortcut key, camera shortcut key, 2 navigation keys and the main 'ok' button in the centre, with the directional keys in a round key around the centre key.
The menu is easily accessed via one key, and is a bright display of clear and colourful icons, and when you hover over the icons, you get a pop up telling you what each icon is - for eg I hover over the icon of an envelope and the pop up tells me it is Messages.
The menu contains all the basics, such as messages, phone directory, bluetooth, images, phone profiles (for tones and volumes etc) as well as WAP, music, games plus more.
The phone also has Java, which is fantastic as you can have many more 'applications' on your phone. Opera Mini is already installed, which is an easy way of browsing basic sites on your phone. I have also already downloaded Google and Windows Live applications on to my phone, and there is links on the phone to download more free ones, too.
One of my favourite discoveries on this phone was realising I could add Ebooks to it. It took me a few goes at downloading a few different file types before realising that it is the .jar files that are compatible, and I just finished reading one book, and am on my second now! I thought reading may be difficult as the screens a lot smaller than a book, but I havent had a problem.
The downside to reading ebooks means that I am always on my phone, especially with everyday texting and browsing the net, it means the battery is being used pretty quickly. I have only really given it one proper long overnight charge, though, and that was the 2 nights ago, and I still have half a battery left, so its not poor considering the usage I have had out of it, but if you only want to charge once a week, you would need to use this handset less.
The camera isn't the greatest, I tend not to be fussy about phone cameras as I use my digital camera for photos, but have tried this one and find using it indoors whatever time of day gives me rather dark pictures.
Another cool thing I found while flicking through my settings, was the motion sensor. With this turned on, you can mute calls, snooze your alarm, and even change your wallpaper just with a flick of the phone. I often find myself randomly flicking it and changing my wallpapers, which as well as using the pre installed images, this also uses any of your own photos you have stored on the phone.
Addint contacts to the directory actually was the hardest part I found! It was easy enough typing them in, but once stored, I had trouble locating them again! It took me a few attempts, but I finally figured out the phones directory system, which isnt as simple as scrolling up and down, as you have a menu across the top too, so you also have to flick left and right, but after a few goes it is easy to work out.
Using the keypad is simple, I thought it would take a while to get used to after using a normal phone for so long, but it was just like sitting at a tiny computer! Making calls is simple, connecting to WAP is fast, clear and great. This has everything I need from a simple, cheap handset, plus a lot of added extras you would expect from a phone you had paid a lot more for. In the first few days I had it, I had various people ask me if it was a Blackberry, to which I replied no, its better at a fraction of the cost!
If you are like me and dont want to spend a fortune on a mobile, but you still want it to be up to date with apps and WAP and so on, this phone is fantastic!