Feeds
60%
Alcatel OT-808

Alcatel OT-808 fashion phone

Qwerty clamshell with text appeal

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Review With its mirrored exterior and clamshell action, it’s quite deliberate that, looking at the Alcatel OT-808, you end up thinking it resembles a make-up compact. Evidently, it’s designed to appeal to budget conscious femmes or those who want something fun to use when out on the town, leaving the pricey smartphone at home. And if the mirror finish and make-up mimicry weren’t enough, above all else, it comes in pink too.

Alcatel OT-808

Alcatel's OT-808: made for gossip, the maker's say

Thankfully, I didn’t have the pink version, even so its somewhat uncommon square form factor certainly attracts attention. With a small OLED external display on the casing – that among other things indicates signal and battery level, messages and call status on the lid – the Alcatel OT-808’s tidy external design may well keep your interest long enough to go a step further and open it up.

At which point, all previous positives fly out the window. No longer are you looking at a shiny makeup compact, instead you’re faced something resembling a Fisher Price toy laptop. That said, the OT-808’s greatest quality is actually the Qwerty keypad, comprised of fairly large keys for a phone, no doubt for those with long nails. However, punctuation is problematic, with full stops and commas not given dedicated buttons, painting a vivid image of the demographic the device is aimed at.

With no buttons on the flip screen, the display prompts in the bottom corners are handled with dedicated keys below them along with large call start/end keys on either side with a navpad in the centre. Below is the Qwerty keypad which is quite sizeable, making the most of this square clamshell. It’s responsive and is easy to use – clearly labelled with a blue backlight for darker environments. However, the lack of dedicated punctuation buttons substantially hindered my text speed. I spose if u wrte lk dis and only use punctuation for winking faces, this wouldn't be an issue.

Alcatel OT-808

Punctuationally challenged

The OS is proprietary and fairly intuitive, with huge, easily identifiable menu icons. Spread over a scrollable page, the functions are vast and rather disorganised. Using submenus in places would have been an improvement. My biggest qualm came when sending texts. You have to wait for the message to complete sending before doing anything else. When I tried going onto other functions after pressing send, it would cancel and occasionally freeze the phone, which was certainly frustrating.

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
WTF happened to Pac-Man?
In his thirties and still afraid of ghosts
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad
Will iPad Air evolve into iPad Helium?
True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.