Feeds
60%

Virgin Mobile Lobster 621 budget phone

Low-end price meets mid-range feature set

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Review Virgin’s bizarrely named Lobster brand of youth-oriented mobiles tends towards the cheap and cheerful an the emphasis on value for money rather than specs with big numbers.

And so it is with the 621, which wouldn’t raise any tech-head eyebrows with its spec sheet, but still manages to impress by packing in a few functions that wouldn’t look out of place on a mid-range handset. Yet it retails for just 25 quid on Virgin’s pay-as-you-go service, which almost puts it into the disposable phone category.

The styling certainly isn’t disposable. The 621 is a good-looking device, thankfully not looking like a kid’s toy, the way so many budget phones do.

Virgin Lobster 621 candybar mobile phone

Virgin Mobile's Lobster 621: good looks

Manufacturer Alcatel has opted for a mirrored chrome front which gives the handset a very sleek, elegant look - as well as doing a very passable impression of a vanity mirror if you need to check your lippy in a hurry. It’s fashionably slim too - just 11mm - though the curved edges of the rubberised plastic back give the impression it's even thinner.

Weighing in at just 69g, it’s perfect for slipping into pocket or handbag. The keypad buttons are of the teensy metallic sliver variety, which are fine for numbers, just about bearable for texting but pretty much hopeless for gaming, which, as with any phone aimed at youngsters, is likely to be a key application.

The numbers themselves are backlit when you press the keys. Above the four rows of numerical keys are the call start and stop buttons as well as two programmable soft-menu keys. The call end/power key has an extra knobbly bit on. Between these four is a smoothly contoured, slightly raised circular navpad.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.