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Alcatel OT-980 black Mobile Phone Review

Category : Alcatel, Mobile Phones

The Alcatel OT-980 is designed to be a big seller with sub £100 pricing and a huge range of smartphone features. Despite the low to mid-range pricing this is Alcatel’s flagship top of the range model. It’s certainly a competitively priced handset, with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and slider qwerty keyboard for under a ton! Think of the OT-980 as a budget version of the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

Lets get some of the not so good stuff out of the way first – the Alcatel OT-980, like most slider phones, is pretty chunky at just under 16mm thick. The qwerty keyboard responsible for this “chunkiness” is not the best on the market, and the screen is too small by smartphone standards. However, in this price range, none of these shortcomings are a major problem at all. Obviously there has to be some cost cutting measures at this price level. The resistive screen itself is not too bad, just seems lacklustre when compared to the more modern (and expensive) capacitive screens available.

The android operating system (version 2.1) is well up to the job even without a skin (like the HTC Desire), plenty of neat widgets and an easy to use interface. Our favourite Android feature is that by simply holding down the large Home icon gives you easy access to the six apps you’ve used most frequently. Simple and effective. Call quality is good especially when using speakerphone which is louder than most. The slide out qwerty keyboard is responsive and great for fast texting, however keys may be slightly too small for some and its far from the best keyboard gracing a mobile phone today.

Internet use is perhaps the main feature of smartphones, in general, the web browsing experience with the Alcatel OT-980 is good, with WiFi and 3G providing download speeds up to 7mbps. But ultimately, the browsing experience is always going to be limited of course by that small screen, with most pages you will need to do a lot of zooming/resizing, but at least these features are intuitive and efficient with just a double tap required on the area you need to zoom/view thanks to the latest version of the Android OS. The onboard multimedia player allows you to listen to music using 3.5mm headphone jack or via Bluetooth headset. A basic 2 megapixel camera with photos and video recording capability is also provided.

Advantages: very competitive price for a fully featured smartphone with good deals on T-mobile, Orange and Vodafone, standard 3.5mm headset connector allows you to use your favourite headphones (including wireless bluetooth headset),

Disadvantages: small screen is annoying, keyboard keys little bit too small for some, camera is basic, handset a bit chunky at 15.9mm

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