Alcatel OT-708 Touch Review by 3G.co.uk

 

 Alcatel OT-708 Touch Review by 3G.co.uk
 Alcatel OT-708 Touch Review by 3G.co.uk

 

Style & Handling Summary for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

The Alcatel OT-708 Touch is a tiny, pebble-shaped handset with a 2.4-inch touch screen.

 

User Friendliness Summary for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

Selecting icons is a bit tricky on the small screen without using the bundled stylus. The virtual keys are confusing and the camera is hard to find.

 

Feature Set Summary for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

The camera is barely worth it at 1.3 megapixels, the audio quality tinny and the 5MB internal memory too small for any serious file storage.

 

Performance Summary for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

Neither the camera nor the music player perform particularly well, internet access is slow, and the touch-screen could do better.

 

Battery Power Summary for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

The Alcatel OT-708 Touch has average batter life, with 480 minutes’ talktime

Alcatel OT-708 Touch Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

 

Pros For Alcatel OT-708 Touch

It’s a touch-screen phone for less that £50 – not a common thing even now.

Cons for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

5MB of internal memory is barely enough to store your contacts, let alone pictures and music.

Verdict for Alcatel OT-708 Touch

It’s cheap, certainly, but in this case you really do get what you pay for.

Full Review and Specification for the Alcatel OT-708 Touch

 

The One Touch Tribe, Alcatel’s first full-QWERTY affordable handset, was reviewed here last month. We found it to be fairly light on features but nevertheless liked it, and saw a definite market for it. Now Alcatel has followed it up with the Alcatel OT-708 Touch, its first touch-screen phone.

 

Style and handling on the Alcatel OT-708 Touch

 

The OY-708 Touch is a compact, pebble-shaped little handset and is rather nice looking, despite its plastic shell. The only hard keys to be found are the power button and volume keys on the side of the phone – all the other controls sit on a thumb pad below the screen, with each “key” symbolised by a neon light. Depending on which screen you are using, these lights appear in a diamond formation or an arrow. There’s no sign which key does what, and while it’s something you will learn quickly enough with practice, it’s frustrating at first.

 

Touch-screen on the Alcatel OT-708 Touch

 

Theoretically, touch-screens are a brilliant idea, and when they first started to appear on mobile phones we were impressed. But as more started to appear, it became evident that their impressiveness was dependant on their working properly. Too many touch-screens are slow and unresponsive, so it’s a surprise that Alcatel, a small manufacturer with limited resources, has decided to take on the technology.

 

The screen on the Alcatel OT-708 Touch is resistive rather than capacitive (it works using pressure rather than gentle swipes), so Alcatel has provided a stylus that sits in the bottom of the phone. It’s a good job, too – the 2.4-inch screen is quite small and some of the icons too fiddly to select with your finger.

 

Opening applications is fast, though, and navigation fairly straightforward. A pull-out widget bar – rather like those on Samsung TouchWiz phones – sits on the left of the home screen. It contains four widgets that can be launched from the tool bar of dragged onto the home screen. Fire up an application from the widget bar, you’ll be taken straight to it; drag it on to the home screen and it will sit in the background while you go about your business.

 

Camera and music on the Alcatel OT-708 Touch

 

There is no dedicated camera key, so taking a picture requires some mucking about. You have to look in one of the three menu screens then choose between camera and video. But the camera is only there as a token – at 1.3 megapixels it’s only really any good for quick snaps to send on MMS. Problem is, once you found the function, the moment is likely to have passed.

 

In terms of music, this is fine for the occasional tune, but the audio is tinny and there’s only 5MB of internal memory to store your tracks on. You can, however, buy yourself a memory card of up to 4GB if you want more.

 

Slow GPRS speeds mean internet is sluggish. You can browse the web if you want, but it’s doubtful you’ll want to spend much time on the internet.

 

The verdict on the Alcatel OT-708 Touch

 

The Alcatel OT-708 Touch is okay, but that’s as far as it goes. The touch screen works pretty well, but doesn’t really enhance the experience, and everything else about the phone is low-end. The fact that there are plenty of budget touch-screen phones with better features at a similar price means the odds are stacked against the OT-708 Touch.

 

Alcatel OT-708 Touch Specification

 

Type of phone:

Mobile phone

Style:

candy bar

Size:

96x52.4x14.6mm

Weight:

82g

Display:

262,000 colours

Resolution:

240x320

Camera:

1.3 megapixels

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

No

Music formats played:

AAC, MP3

3.5mm jack port:

No

Handsfree speakerphone:

No

Voice Control:

N/A

Voice Dialling:

N/A

Call records:

20 dialled, 20 received, 20 missed calls

Phonebook:

800 entries

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

TFT resistive touch-screen

Website:

www.alcatel-mobilephones.com

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

Metallic Blue, Silver, Acid Green

Launch Status:

Available

Ringtones:

MP3, Polyphonic

Radio:

Yes

Operating system:

N/A

Connectivity:

A2DP, Bluetooth, USB

Announced date:

June 2009

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

N/A

International launch date:

2009

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

N/A

FM Radio Description:

FM radio with RDS

Internal memory:

5MB

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

MMS, SMS

Internet Browser:

WAP 2.0, XHTML

GPS:

No

Java:

Yes

Games:

Ball, Motorboat

Data speed:

GPRS

Frequency:

Dual band

Talktime:

480 minutes

Standby:

350 hours

Display size:

2.4 inches

Keypad:

QWERTY

Audio recording:

N/A


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By Simon Thomas on 22nd February, 2010


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