Curvy clamshell design that's lightweight and fits snugly into most pockets
The basic features, like making calls and sending texts, are very easy to get around but web browsing and social networking are very fiddly
For a low-cost handset, the VM665 has a lot going for it, particularly the built-in Facebook and Twitter features
The handset can browse the web, but it does tend to slow things down
You'll get many hours of talktime out of this phone, and you'll be amazed how many days it can last without charge
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,5/30/2012 4:32:28 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Cute design, lightweight, long battery life, low-cost
Basic features, bog-standard camera, frutrating web navigation
Virgin Media is going all out to offer the cheap and cheerful pay-as-you-go crowd the most for their money with their Alcatel-designed VM665 handset. Bundled at just under the £40 mark, this phone is idea for those looking to keep things simple, much like the Virgin Media VM560.
It's a handset primarily aimed at talkers and texters but with a little extra social media sparkle. This curvy clamshell comes with all the basics of a low-cost phone, such as a two-megapixel camera, simple messaging features and an easy to navigate contact system. However, it also comes preloaded with both Twitter and Facebook applications.
The design is quite cute: lightweight clamshell with rounded edges, mini OLED display for checking the time and battery life, as well as USB charge port and 3.5mm jack for headphones.
Battery life is massive, so without much use you'll be astonished to find it still ploughing along after days without charge. Camera snaps are nothing to write home about and sharing them anywhere other than over SMS is fiddly. Web navigation is also frustrating – very basic, so unless you are the most sporadic of user this may grate.
Overall, the VM665 is a very snazzy handset for the price point, and if you're only interested in the most casual of web and social media use, you get a lot for your money. Definitely for talkers and texters who only dabble in the odd tweet.