The Alcatel One Touch 282 looks basic, but is solidly built and fits well in the hand. It's also pleasingly light
Large buttons and fonts make this ideal for elderly users, while the simple menus are well designed for mobile phone virgins
The SOS emergency feature is a great addition, but other features are understandably thin on the ground. There's no camera, for instance
You get basic performance from this basic phone, but there aren't any issues when texting or calling
You'll get well over a day from a single charge, while the docking station is a great way to power it back up without fiddling around with wires
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,5/30/2012 2:33:56 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Great price, simple interface, solid and smart design, excellent SOS feature
No camera, small screen, no QWERTY keyboard
We see plenty of uber-powerful, feature-packed smartphones here at Mobile Choice, and quite frankly we love them. But not everyone has £500 to fork out on the latest kit, and a lot of people couldn't care less about eight-megapixel cameras or what apps their phone can run. They just want to make calls, dammit. Alcatel has tapped straight into that market, and its One Touch 282 handset is a well-constructed £20 device that's well suited to the elderly.
The One Touch 282 has a rubberised body, and its appearance certainly complements its budget roots. However, it feels reassuringly sturdy and shows no sign of flex when pushed and prodded. We're confident that it could withstand a pummelling in a bag or a short flight off a desk, and show no sign of harm. We also liked the feel of the phone – it's slightly chunky but sits well in the hand.
Ease of use is the aim here, and the One Touch 282 pulls it off well. Immediately noticeable is the generously-sized physical keypad, which covers over half of the phone's front. The numbers are clearly printed in a large font, and wide enough for even chunky-fingered users to push with ease. The keypad also lights up, for use in the dark.
The 1.8-inch screen is a little cramped at times when scrolling through menus, but the large fonts and simplified interface mean you shouldn't struggle to make out text, even if your eyesight is a little rusty. It's a bright and vibrant display, easy to read even in harsh sunlight. We also liked how the phone reads out numbers as you dial them, a great feature for blind or long-sighted users. You can also assign set numbers to the keypad for speed-dialling.
Texting is done via the number pad, old-school style. Each numeric key has three or four letters mapped to it, and the phone predicts what word you're typing by the sequence of button presses. We found the word prediction was almost always accurate, and you can scroll through alternatives if it guesses wrong.
Features are obviously a little light, since this is an entry-level handset. However, on top of the standard call logs and address book, you do get a calendar for storing birthdays and appointments. There's also a built-in torch for emergencies, and an FM radio so you can enjoy some tunes when out and about.
One excellent feature for elderly users or children is the SOS alert. This allows you to pre-program up to four emergency contacts, who are contacted in turn if the SOS button on the back of the device is pushed. Not only are the contacts called, but a pre-programmed message is also texted to them in case they can't be reached. The One Touch 282 also emits a piercing alarm, to alert anyone nearby.
Charging cables can be rather fiddly to plug in, especially for anyone suffering from arthritis. Thankfully Alcatel has bundled a docking station, so all you need to do to charge the One Touch 282 is drop it into the dock. Battery life is excellent, so you'll get days of use if you're just texting and making occasional calls.
The Alcatel One Touch 282 is a cheap and basic phone that's well designed with elderly users in mind. If all you want is a simple mobile for keeping in touch with loved ones, this is a solid option.