The mirrored flat keypad gives the Alcatel OT-V770 a real sense of prestige. Its slim build makes it comfortable and light in the hand.
Despite there being no definition among the buttons, the numeric keys are spaced out enough that there shouldn't be any accidental key nudges. The various menu icons are a breeze to navigate around.
With a built-in music player, Alcatel has also bundled in a 2GB microSD card so there is plenty of space for you to store your media content. The handset also boasts a webcam that can be hooked up to your PC, as well as a 1.3-megapixel camera and Stereo Bluetooth.
The music player is the handset's standout feature, with various ways of storing and displaying your tunes. In today's multi-megapixel market, the camera may disappoint, but this should be compensated by the fact you can record unlimited-length video.
An impressive battery life of 210 minutes talktime and 400 hours' standby time.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:51:58 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
With its mirrored keypad and slim chassis, this is one handsome prepay handset
For a handset with such a capable music player, it?s a shame that no 3.5mm jack port was included.
There will always will be a market for entry-level handsets. We don’t all want the latest five-megapixel, HSDPA-enabled, sat nav-boasting super phone. Firstly, you might not be willing to pay through the nose for one or sign up to a long-term contract. Secondly, you may have no desire to use your handset for anything more than taking the odd snap, sending text messages and of course making phone calls.
French-Chinese manufacturer Alcatel has long been at the forefront of producing such handsets. The Alcatel OT-V770 is the newest member of its ‘Flavor’ family, but will it prove to be the big daddy of the clan?
The OT-V770 is an impressively thin candybar at just 10mm. This is a move away from Alcatel’s more recent delve into the clamshell market (a la the Mandarina Duck) and we’ve got to admit the handset is quite striking. This is in large part due to the mirrored flat keypad that dominates the front fascia. As it catches the light, the keypad gives off a sparkle, with a touch of prestige not often associated with entry-level handsets. It’s available in a glossy white or soft-touch black, although we much prefer the black version, but perhaps that’s just down to our own gothic taste.
The keypad is described as being touch-sensitive, which often sets off alarm bells here at Choice Towers. There’s nothing more infuriating than a handset that launches into a function with the slightest accidental brush of a finger. Thankfully this is not the case with the OT-V770. The keys require a degree of pressure for a command to be acknowledged. Although there is no definition between the keys − except for the navigation wheel found under the screen − they are large and spaced out enough so there shouldn’t be any problems keying in the correct digits, even for the larger thumbed among us. The navigation wheel, as well as guiding you through the various menu options, also accesses various shortcuts, which can be altered to your preference.
The OT-V770’s screen is not the biggest at 1.9 inches, but this is compensated with a bright display that can showcase up to 256,000 colours. When in the menu interface, the various icons are well spaced out, transforming from a cloudy grey to a colourful display when you move the cursor on to it.
The phone only offers a miserly 10MB of internal memory, but there is a microSD card slot found on the right-hand side of the handset. Alcatel has kindly bundled a 2GB memory card into the box, providing plenty of storage for all your media content. This is especially good news as the OT-V770 has a built-in video player that can capture an unlimited length of video, as long as you have the battery power and sufficient memory, of course.
The camera is 1.3-megapixels, but in today’s market when two-megapixel cameras are becoming standard even for entry-level handsets, it may disappoint some users. However, there are a few features to help you capture half-decent snaps, but if you’re looking for a phone with a good camera, this is probably not the handset for you.
At the heart of the OT-V770 is its music player. As well as MP3 songs, the phone supports AAC and AAC+ formats. While playing your tunes in the music player, you have the option to choose between three dazzling graphic displays. The navigation wheel acts as the media player’s controls; press to the left or right to skip or rewind tracks, up and down to alter the volume, while the middle key acts as the play/pause button.
The ‘My Star List’ allows you to add 100 of your favourite songs by simply pressing the * key when playing that track. You can also view your tracks via album, artist or genre. There’s no 3.5mm
jack port, but the OT-V770 does support Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP).
When trying to pair a Bluetooth device to the handset, you have to wait a couple of seconds for the search to come to an end before you can select the relevant device, which can take up to a minute. This can prove a minor irritant, especially if the device you’re looking for is the first to be found. We managed to pair our OT-V770 with a Sony Ericsson T650i without any problems and were consequently able to transfer music to and from each device. However, when we tried to pair it with a Motorola KRZR K1, we were unable to do so, despite numerous attempts.
The OT-V770 is the first tri-band handset to be produced by Alcatel. It is also GPRS enabled so can be used to surf the internet via your PC. Simply hook up the phone to your computer with a mini USB lead and hey presto. However, with most PCs hooked up to broadband or Wi-Fi anyway, it’s difficult to see when you might use this function.
One feature that may be utilised more is the built-in webcam. Plug your handset into your PC and the OT-V770 will be transformed into a webcam, enabling you to view and broadcast live action over
the internet – in theory. Unfortunately, as our review model was hot off the manufacturing line, we didn’t have the relevant lead. Alcatel assures us though that this function will be included in the box when it starts hitting retailers.
Alcatel has really hit the low-end jackpot with this handset. The music player is a real plus, as is the bundled in 2GB microSD card, not to mention the phone’s mammoth battery life. Yet above all, the Alcatel OT-V770 looks the business. This is one prepay handset you won’t be ashamed to pull out in front of your friends and colleagues.