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Alcatel One Touch 602 Review

By Simon Thomas on 13th March 2012


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Pros: Good price; nice choice of apps; decent snapper


Cons: Unresponsive display; clunky file transfer; small, fiddly keypad

 

Verdict: If you like your social networking but don’t have the budget for an Apple or Android phone, the Alcatel One Touch 602 is an option.

Full Review and Specification for the Alcatel One Touch 602

Okay, so Alcatel may not be a name up there with the likes of Apple, but it’s a moniker you should keep an eye on, as this French phone maker is all set to launch a range of Android handsets this year. The Alcatel One Touch 602 is at the very bottom of the price range of this new raft of devices – it’s an entry-level phone (much like the Virgin VM560) and uses a pared-down operating system that is much like Android.

If you don’t have the budget for an Android or Apple phone, the 602 has been designed just for you – and while it has a snapper and a touchscreen, there are some very obvious corners cut to keep the price down...

 

True blue


The handset is a beautiful blue colour and, despite its budget tag, Alcatel has still managed to include a user interface that is reminiscent of the Android OS, along with a resistive touchscreen.

To fire up the device, pull down the onscreen tab and you’ll be taken to a trio of desktops to which you can add widgets, such as calendar, clock and newsfeed, and shortcuts. At the base of the display are four shortcuts – these take you to mail, apps, and contacts, and let you add widgets to personalise your desktops.

The design is very appealing – the bright blue looks good and has a metallic finish that makes it look pricier than it really is. It’s a neat size too, so slips easily into bag or pocket – and it’s reasonably light, without feeling cheap and insubstantial.

The screen is of the resistive variety, not always known for their reliability – and that is the case here. We tried flicking between the desktops but it took two or three goes to perform the task. The device appears to vibrate when you poke the screen so it’s not always easy to tell if your prod has registered or not.

 

Keep in touch


Alcatel has obviously targeted the 602 at the younger user who likes to keep in touch with their friends on social networks. Facebook and Twitter apps are onboard, and they let you check on mates and update your own status. For web browsing, Opera has been included – it’s okay for a quick browse but you wouldn’t want to be using it for any long periods.

Other apps already included are the calendar – which is easy to set up, and comes with alarms and notes. The contacts menu is simple in design and lets you earmark four favourite people for speedy access. Photos can be assigned to your contacts but they’ll need to be really low resolution. The ones we took with the onboard 2MP camera were ‘too large’ to be used.

 

Make it snappy


Talking of which, the snaps we took with the camera came out pretty well. In good light, images proved colourful and sharp. There’s a digital zoom, some colour effects, such as sepia, as well as a night mode. And you can film some standard video too – a nice addition for a budget handset.

We found texting rather fiddly thanks to the tiddly onscreen keypad. Letters share a button – four to a key, but happily predictive text works quite well – although it can’t cope with text speak.

Generally we find when reviewing phones that transferring media between phone and PC is really simple – attach a Micro USB cable and off you go. The 602 doesn’t come with one though, and we couldn’t get the spare office cable to do the job, Instead we had to transfer media using the microSD card. (By the way, you can expand the stingy onboard memory by up to 8GB using the internal slot).

Charge up the battery using the mains charger and you’ll get a good 24 hours out of the phone, as long as you’re not browsing online all day.

 

Our conclusion


The Alcatel One Touch 602 offers a budget way to keep in touch with friends via social networks and offers a good choice of apps too. If you like texting you’ll find the onscreen keypad rather fiddly and the unresponsive display can be frustrating.

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Alcatel One Touch 602 Review Scoring

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  • User Friendliness
  • Feature set
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Overall Score

Alcatel One Touch 602 Phone Specification

Type of phone:

Smartphone

Style:

candy bar

Size:

102 x 53 x 13mm

Weight:

82g

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

N/A

Camera:

2 megapixels

Special Camera features:

N/A

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

No

Music formats played:

MP3, WMA, WAV

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

Yes

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

No

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

N/A

Website:

www.alcatelonetouch.com

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

Blue

Launch Status:

N/A

Radio:

Yes

Operating system:

N/A

Connectivity:

MicroUSB

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

Charger

RAM:

N/A

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

N/A

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

N/A

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

MMS, SMS

Internet Browser:

Opera

E-mail client:

POP3

GPS:

No

Java:

Yes

Games:

N/A

Data speed:

GPRS

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

420 mins

Standby:

23 days

Display size:

2.4-inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

N/A


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