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Phones from Alcatel tend to be in the lower price bracket even when they have features like music playing at their core. However, it also has half an eye on fashion.
Recently the fashion end of things has become more prominent with several phones being tied in with fashion brands. There's the Elle No3 handset, the LG Prada KE850 and now the dual-band Mandarina Duck mobile.
For those not in the know, Mandarina Duck is a bag maker. Regarded by many as super-stylish it does all sorts of bags from travel cases to handbags and backpacks to brief cases. Some would say I do the company a disservice by leaving it there, but this is a phone review not a bag review, and if you don't know the company and want to find out more you can always pop along to the website.
The point is that this mobile has been designed with Mandarina Duck themes and the core values of the bag company in mind. These include a strong focus on design. Now, maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see a lot of super strong design qualities in this clamshell. Alcatel says the overall shape is inspired by a duck bill, but I just don't see the connection. It looks like many other clamshell mobiles in shape to me.
The phone comes in three colours, which Alcatel calls Cherry Red, Lilac and Green. I got the lilac one for review and it's certainly an unusual colour for a mobile and really makes it stand out from the crowd. I rather like the slightly metallic sheen which is part of the finish on all three coloured versions of this phone.
The slightly rubbery finish of much of the front fascia helps with grip and makes what is just a plastic mobile feel solid in the hand. At 83g this is a very lightweight phone, and with its clam closed it measures 46mm wide, 89mm tall and 22mm thick. Open the clam and it becomes about 165mm tall.