Summary

Our Score

7/10

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Alcatel OT-E201 - Alcatel OT-E201

You probably aren't expecting PC connectivity given the feature set, and so you won't be disappointed to hear there isn't any. The only connectors on the handset are for the mains power adaptor and a mono earbud. In this case the fact that the latter is a 2.5mm connector is probably not going to be any issue of any kind.

The range of ringtones is decidedly plinky in quality, but there are some rather fun tones among the set.

Although this is a very basic phone Alcatel has managed to provide two games, a Tetris clone and a Breakout clone. The bad news is that neither is satisfying to play. The small screen just can't show enough information at a workable size, and the phone is slow to respond to key presses. Both games are best avoided.

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The OT-E201 comes in what must be the smallest mobile phone box in the world. It just about has room for the mains power adaptor, the mono earbud and a tiny folded manual as well as the phone itself.

With no music playing ability I tested the battery life by seeing how long this phone lasted on a full charge. It stayed alive for just a bit more than six days during which period I used it for some calls and texting.

Obviously, with such a truncated feature set, the OT-E201 isn't going to get very high scores in some respects. But I think it represents superb value for money for anyone who just wants a simple mobile for making calls. And no doubt it could double as a second phone for anyone worried about taking their fancy schmancy handset to the less salubrious places they frequent.


Verdict

While obviously not a handset for the feature-hungry anyone looking for a very simple phone to use on a pay-as-you-go basis will find the OT-E201 suitable.

Scores In Detail

Value
8/10
Usability
7/10
Features
5/10

Our Score

7/10
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