Alcatel OneTouch OT-282 review

Reviews 11:26, 29 May 2012

They don’t come any more basic than this, but the OT-282 could be the dream phone for your older relatives

Rating: 
3
Pros: 
Easy to use, Dock is a neat extra, Ideal for older users
Cons: 
Incredibly basic, Feels cheap, Screen is poor
Verdict: 
It’s certainly not going to rival the Samsung Galaxy S3 when it comes to power or functionality, but then that’s not the point - the OT-282 is aimed at older users. It’s easy to use and comes with many attractive features

The world has truly gone mobile-potty. Everyone seems to have a portable telephone these days, from the youngest child to the oldest senior citizen, and this increased level of connection is unquestionably a blessing to many people.

However, given the wide selection of users, it stands to reason that one model of phone isn't going to be suitable for absolutely everyone. While the younger generation of consumers - who have grown up with the Nintendo DS and iPod Touch - are comfortable with button-less touchscreen phones, older users find these devices increasingly confusing and intimidating.

It's for this sector of the market that the Alcatel OneTouch OT-282 has been created. Rather than dazzle the user with high-tech components and cutting-edge interface design, Alcatel has opted for a stripped-down experience which puts the essential functions within easy reach, as well as offering some neat extras such as an FM Radio, torch and SOS button for emergencies.

In terms of design, the OT-282 feels exactly how you'd expect a sub-£50 mobile phone to feel. It's clad in matte-finish plastic which doesn't exactly radiant a feeling of sturdiness but does at least offer decent grip. The small TFT screen is low-resolution and slightly washed-out, but on the plus side it's bold and bright, too - ideal for those with failing eyesight.

Another concession to partially-sighted people are the large physical buttons on the front of the phone. These feature big numbers and are easy to press. What's more, when you press a button you get a vocal confirmation of the number - another helpful feature if you're struggling to make out the buttons themselves.

Along the sides of the phone there are other switches and buttons. On the right-hand side you'll find the screen lock switch, which allows you to disable the buttons to ensure you don't accidentally dial someone when the phone is in your pocket or bag. Next to this is the torch switch, which powers up the bright LED light on the top of the phone. This proves especially useful when it comes to moving around the house at night.

On the opposite side you'll find the volume rocker and the FM radio button; a tap of the latter opens up the radio, and another tap shuts it down. This is initially quite confusing as it feels a little counter-intuitive to press the key a second time in order to disable it. The radio interface is also a little awkward, and it will take some time before you get the hang of locating the stations you want to listen to.

Specifications

Typical Price £30
UK Launch December 2011
Phone Style Budget phone
Thickness 13.5mm
Length 110mm
Width 56.5mm
Weight Approximately 88g
Built-in Memory N/A
Additional Memory MicroSD card slot, expandable up to 32GB (2GB card included)
High-speed Data 2G
Connectivity MicroUSB port
Screen Size 1.8-inches, 160x128 pixels (114 ppi)
Screen Colours 65k
Camera N/A
Designer Lens N/A
Camera Resolution N/A
Zoom N/A
Flash N/A
Video Resolution N/A
Ringtones Yes
Music Player No
Music Formats N/A
Song Storage N/A
Radio FM with RDS
Speaker Yes
Video Calling No
Internet No
Browser N/A
Games No

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