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      25.09.2012 12:07
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      Stylish little basic phone, but with the right processor it could have been so much more

      I bought this phone a year or two back because I wanted a touchscreen phone. No other reason that that. I wanted to be part of this new fad of having a touchscreen phone. And being the tight-fisted consumer I am, I wanted a cheap touchscreen phone.

      This phone fit the bill in this area very well. As a rule resistive touchscreens aren't as sensitive or reliable as capacitative touchscreens, but I had no problem dialling, writing texts or selecting options on the menus. The small case even has room to fit a small stylus so you can tap easier. The case was quite stylish. Some may find the plastic case slightly tacky, but I liked it. However I did go for the silver edged case, which looked good. The green edged case looked absolutely horrible!

      When texting, the screen changes to the standard phone number layout. So you end up texting exactly the same way as you would on a standard phone, which kind of defeats the object of a touchscreen phone. It does have predictive text, which is a bonus.

      Battery time is good, and call clarity is also good. Neither are exceptional, but they do the job very well. The in-built MP3 player is good, and tracks are played well and sound good (although buying an adaptor so that you can listen through headphones is recommended for very good sound quality)

      The one thing that lets this phone down big style is its internal processor. To call it underpowered would be an understatement. Video is unwatchable on this handset, frame speed is 1-2fps. The in-built browser lets you surf the net, but at such a ridiculously slow speed that you'll soon stop trying. If you use your phone for playing J2ME games, you'll find the interface used to emulate keypresses very easy to use, but the game plays at such a slow speed you'll never want to play games at all. I was able to make internet browsing slightly quicker by installing Opera Mini and using that over the default browser, but even this was disturbingly slow.

      One added bonus that is underrated in my opinion is that the phone uses a standard mini USB connection for power. Meaning any computer with the right usb lead can charge this phone or transfer files to/from it. And it does have a microSD slot, so you can boost the memory up.

      So its a lovely basic little phone, and if you're in the market for a touchscreen that you want to just make calls or texts on then I suggest buying it. It's a lovely looking, functional, little phone. But if you're thinking of doing any internet browsing, video watching, or anything beyond listening to music then please I implore you look elsewhere! As if you try with this phone you will almost certainly destroy it in frustration

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      02.07.2012 10:30
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      It's a budget phone, probably fine for a phone of this price

      Okay, so my phone packed in (they always do!) and I was in the market for a cheap and cheerful handset that did what it said on the tin without costing a fortune. I looked in a few phone shops at the cheapest range (I'm talking 10 to 20 quid here!), the tenner models looked 'really' basic so I upped my game to £20 and came across this not too bad looking phoneset. The Alcatel OT-708 doesn't look bad really, the screen on it is nice and large and can sport nice big images behind the graphic menus and all in all can look pretty exceptable for the price. So far so good. It is also touch screen to try and emulate the more up market smart phones (notably the iphone range) and I'd had a bit of bother with keys dying on me on my last phone, so thought that a touch screen would alleviate this problem. Of course with a twenty pound phone I was not expecting the earth, the fact that this could handily connect to the PC via USB to download apps (I'll come to that in a minute) and music etc was welcome, and the software setup was a breeze to connect.

      So all in all, you could get a bit of music on here, listen to radio, assign music for your ringtone (so no cringing when the thing goes off on a crowded bus...depending on what music you put on of course!), and it could handle Java games which was cool as there are a million free ones floating around cyberspace. I thought I might quite fancy a bit of old school Tetris, snake or a nice chess game on my phone to alleviate the boredom of long public transport journeys, but here lay the first minor snag of the phone: without keys these apps are pretty much redundant. There is an awkward way to emulate left and right by sliding your finger across the little blue LED arrow at the bottom of the phone, but it is far from perfect for games. I was a bit put out by this, especially when I downloaded a good looking Championship Manager Java game and you couldn't even pick the team! So this may not bother you at all, but just pointing it out if you expect much from this feature.

      The phone itself does calls and texts fine (although tapping in the letters on text with the little pen that comes with the phone is a bit cumbersome at times), and the battery life is actually really impressive; one overnight charge goes about five or six days easily, so the phone won't keep dying on you when you need it. However, if you are on an automated call and it asks you to tap in some numbers, this can be awkward as there's a few screens to navigate through before you see the virtual keypad on the screen. Also, because answering calls is a case of pushing a section of the touch screen, it's easy to knock a call off in your pocket or inadvertently when picking up the phone to answer. I guess due to the cheap build of the phone the on/off button to the side seems unnecessarily stiff to press and getting the back cover off to change sim even had the guys at the phone shop where I bought it struggling so not that user friendly. Also, photo wise don't even go there, it features a paltry 1.3 mega pixel camera, but more annoyingly you have to hold it dead still for about three seconds when taking a picture to avoid a blurry mess.

      Unfortunately my OT-708 has now gone to mobile heaven, there became an increasing problem with the battery not charging and complaining of 'low battery temperature' whenever I plugged the thing in. Now I'm not going to bash Alcatel about this necessarily as I will concede that my playful toddler did get hold of the phone a fair number of times and took great pleasure in hurling it across the room, I can't help but think this contributed to its early demise (a mere 6 months of use I'm afraid!). So this is not a tank of a phone that can resist many shocks to the system.

      Would I recommend an Alcatel OT-708? Well, it's not a bad phone; lookwise it actually holds up well, for calls, music (provided you drop a mini SD in there) and general use it's okay, but I would look for something with a keypad myself next time as texting was a pain. Against the other phones at the Alcatel's price it probably has a lot more features, just be aware of a few niggling shortcomings.

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        05.04.2012 16:24

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        to summarise i would recommend this to ages between 7-16 its a great first phone and does the job

        Great for someone on a budget but not functional for someone who wants a smartphone with tons of features and an expensive look but for its price its a worth while little handset.

        Its rugged exterior lasts through the day and wear and tear is usual, it often seems a bit flimsy but will not shatter if dropped, its quite a small mobile that fits snug in my hand and is easy to reach the whole screen, the lights and gloss plastic makes it look great and awesome to get out in public.The handset overall isnt much to talk about but is a great handset for all ages and functional to some. lovelly bright screen but sometimes struggles to see under certain amounts of light.

        to summarise i would recommend this to ages between 7-16 its a great first phone and does the job in anyones pocket including my own.

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        02.12.2011 04:10

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        Phone for the basics!

        The Alcatel OT 708, at a cheap £14.99, isn't a smartphone that works wonders, but a small and compactable phone that does the basic text, picture messaging, calling etc. With a touch screen and stylus, if you are looking into a smartphone - especially one with a touch screen - this is a good way to test it out.

        While having the usual basics, there is also a radio - the phone comes with headphones so that you can connect, a basic camera that takes grainy photos and the usual calculator, reminders, calenders etc. You can also access the web, which is handy for social networking like facebook, emails and Google.

        While it does the job, my main qualm is that the touch screen is extremely sensitive, or at times not working at all. I often find that times when I am pressing one button, it presses the one below, or doesn't press anything, or if you press one key, for example in a text message, it will change the predictive text set up. I personally am not a fan of the stylus either;every time you turn off the phone, you have to activate the stylus which takes an awfully long time.

        I also thought that the phone would be MP3 compatible, but it is not, so the ringtones are not the best of quality.

        All in all, it's a phone that you get your money's worth out of, but don't expect anything special.

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        24.06.2011 17:59
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        A great phone for a great price

        We have just bought my daughter one of these as it was really cheap.

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        The phone is fairly small but not tiny, it's quite light weight and robust! there are three colours the phone comes in but some companies only have one or two, it's silver, black, purple, white or pink.

        It is a tought screen phone with sliding screens for various options, it has the ability to have an SD card in it.

        It's quite a basic phone but then that is reflected in the price to be honest for £20 it's not going to be the most amazing phone ever!

        Sound quality I thought for what my daughter needed is fine, it has all the usual radio, web connection (although we have that turned off because of the cost), calculator, games, you can text, phone use blue tooth, it has all the options such as silent mode and various options.

        There are little lights under the screen which are quite a nice detail for a cheap phone, you use them as buttons to scroll the different screens across. It's quite a small screen but the bit where the lights are is also touch sensative.

        I think the quality of the colours on the screen is good as well, the picture quality of photo's taken is average, it's 1.3mega pixels but then again you're paying for what you get but the colours are very bright and look nice. It also has a video but it takes up a lot of space and battery on the phone.

        There is a calendar and memo on this phone which is very useful and easy to use.

        This phone also has a weather feature which is supposed to be really good but you do need to be able to connect to the internet to use it, we don't let my daughter do that so we can't comment on that part.

        You can customize your front screen so that you have your favourite things within easy reach.


        Cost
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        The deal with 02 at the time was £20 and we got the pay as you go tarrif. I think for a touch screen phone for a young person it's great it's a good starter phone and is easy to use.


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        Overall it's not technically amazing but it's a good phone and we've had no problems with it at all. It's not always quick to respond. It's been great for our daughter who wanted to be able to say to her friends she has a touch screen phone! And for £20 we don't have to keep nagging her to be careful or worry about what might happen to it!


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        I have based the rating below on the price ie for the variety of features for the price it's good! hope that makes sense.

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