ALCATEL OT-E801 v SAMSUNG X830
LOOK AND FEEL
Conventional candybar with soft-touch rubberised coating on back and on keytops, metal (steel?) edging.
Very clean lines. Flat keyboard flush with display glass, mini USB port on bottom, memory card slot (rubber cover) and three music control buttons (forward, play/pause, back) on left edge. Back and right edge are clear.
Comfortable to use, good non-slip coating. Keys are large enough but alphanumerics aren’t sufficiently distinguished from navigation and control keys. Several keys have long-press functions as well.
Small, quite crude (low res) but colours are strong. Very simple line-by-line menus.
microSD memory card included – 128MB minimum but size varies between suppliers/networks.
Shuffle, repeat, nine equaliser presets (though they are not very effective). Not much volume. No speaker, no Bluetooth, and no adapter for user’s own headphones. Alcatel’s in-ear ‘phones are surprisingly good, though.
Easy enough to copy from PC via standard mini USB cable, supplied). No playlists; all music is listed in one default directory. No clues offered for remaining space.
No problems with signal reception but call quality.could be better – recipients complain of fuzziness. Issues with the mike?
Feels very comfortable in the hand – nice size, nice finish. Music controls work well enough, but there’s no way of temporarily locking the full keyboard to cut out accidental keypresses while music is playing.
Conference calling. One-key access to useful functions like voicemail and keypad lock (long press on existing keys).
• Hand appeal
WE DON’T LIKE
• Old-fashioned menu
• Poor display
• Music playing functions: no speaker, no Bluetooth, no playlists
Not a bad music player, but obviously built down to a price.
There are better low-end PAYG options out there for the iPod generation
CSTN, 65K colours, 128x128 pixels
Triband GSM, USB
microSD memory card slot (128MB supplied, 512MB on Orange)
Standby 250 hours
Talk time 10 hours
LOOK AND FEEL
Probably unique among mobiles – a long, rectangular body with a square section, lots of metal (titanium?) with a glass cover over the display. Screen swivels open one-handed to reveal keyboard.
iPod-type thumbwheel with standard four-way navigation selector and centre button on front. One side has volume up/down button and USB/power port; the other has key lock to prevent exposed keys being used inadvertently when music is playing with the keyboard shut. Camera lens on rear.
Narrow body means keys are arranged in two columns. Keytops are well defined, though, and texting is easy enough. Soft keys seem a long way from the display.
Small, obviously, but surprisingly very crisp and clear with good, rich colours.
No memory card, but 1GB internal memory allows for lots of music and/or video (around 250 tracks). Good memory status display.
Good equaliser presets,repeat/shuffle, 3D sound options: music plays and options selected with keyboard closed. Bluetooth stereo output.
Easy – playlists, artist/track/genre indication, good utility for transferring files. Can sync with Windows Media Player on PC.
No problems with signal reception or call quality.
Great fun – music player mode is good, keying is surprisingly easy.
1.3mp camera with several onboard functions, fast USB 2.0, SOS message facility, support for smart SIMs (SIM AT functions), WAP browser, video record/playback, voice memo.
• Overall stylishness, overall cuteness
• Music playing options
WE DON’T LIKE
• No equaliser
• Swivel only opens to left
• Average camera (lots of tweaks available though)
Unexceptional midrange spec, but this could be the first convincing musicphone alternative to the MP3 player.
TFT, 256K colours, 128x220 pixels, 35x22mm
1.3MP, 1280x1024 pixels, video (CIF)
Triband GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth 1.2, USB 2.0, IR
1GB internal memory
Standby 120 hours
Talk time 3 hours