Alcatel OT-880: Touch Me Not

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We have a wide selection of phones in the mobile market good and bad. It's basically the problem of extra, where you have a lot but can’t decide what’s good for you. There are phones which can call, message and do a little more but overall there’s nothing really special. The OT-880 is one such phone, read on to find out what it's worth.


The first look will make a guy (me) realize that he’s in for some teasing and embarrassment. You got that right, it’s a lady’s phone with feminine looks, and it certainly look good in a female’s hand. The design is that of a rounded rectangle with a 2.4 inch display resistive touchscreen. Three buttons below the screen may remind you of Android-based phones. There’s a microSD card slot, followed by volume keys and a lock button on the right side of the phone. The left side has a mini USB port, and at the top there’s a 3.55 mm audio jack.

OT-880: Slide to unlock!

OT-880: Slide to unlock!


The phone slides to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. The keys are well placed, but may feel a little small in size, especially the space key. All in all, it’s a good device to look at. Oh yes, weighing at 118 g the phone is heavy and bulky enough for pelting at eve teasers!



You're QWERTY-ful!

You're QWERTY-ful!


The phone uses a Java-based interface touchscreen. The desktop is extendable but has a single flow and not any specific number of screens like many phones. There are also widgets through which you can access certain functions quickly. The icons and overall look and feel of the UI is quite nice but when browsing through menus or selecting particular functions can be a bit sluggish. One particular problem I faced was that the icons were not placed well; you tend to select the wrong option a little too frequently. Call quality was also very average, the signal reception is received well even in closed areas but voice is not loud enough although outgoing sound is good.

Networking features
A good feature of the OT-880 is that it provides access to native Facebook and Twitter clients. There’s Palringo IM for those who just love to stay in touch with family and friends on the go.
Internet features

The phone also provides access to the internet through the Opera Mini browser. Browsing speeds are quite low, but browsing is a little convenient at times. There is a My Friends feature that lets you access other networking sites like Hi5, Bebo, etc. There are also options to check the local weather and get your daily news through the options of Weather and News respectively. It would work better only provided you have access to Internet speeds of 10 Mbps (I know that’s a long way down the future, but it is a ray of hope!)

Connectivity features
Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and micro USB ports power this phone and work pretty decently with file transfers, not too fast but manageable. You can tether the phone through the USB cable and also use it as a webcam.


It's just a deceiving press image

It's just a deceiving press image



The OT-880 has a 2.0 MP camera with picture quality that is seriously “best not displayed on the site”. No additional features, just plain bad!

Media and Entertainment
It’s got a music player, which for one can play pretty loud and two is easy to control as it can be used from the desktop screen. Quite nice. Plugging in the bundled earphones, again is a good experience and for that matter a lot better than many phones that sound pathetic with earphones. The quality is good, you cannot expect to get over the top bass and treble features but for such a phone it does well. The FM radio works well enough in the open places, but not so much in closed spaces.

The video player is not bad and you can play videos long enough without straining your eyes too much.

The Not so good camera

The Not so good camera


Miscellaneous features

The phone has all the other mundane features including e-book reader, calendar, calculator, stopwatch, notes, tasks, etc. The interface makes them look good and easy to use.

Battery Life
For a device that uses some high-end graphics, the battery life is pretty good at 2 and a half days without needing plugging in. Usage was not very heavy but it can work long enough even with heavy usage.

The phone looks good and stuff, but we want something new with features and at least basic functionality. Its priced a bit too much at Rs. 7,550 which makes it another reason to drop it like it's NOT.



Form Factor Slider
Screen Size 2.4
Screen Resolution 320 x 240
Number of Colours 256k


Processor No Information
Speed No Information


Internal Memory 60
Extendable Memory Yes

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution 2
Digital Zoom No Information
Optical zoom No Information
Video resolution / frame rate No Information
Video Recording Yes
Front facing camera No Information

General Features

OS No Information
Version No Information
FM Radio Yes
WAP Enabled Yes
Dual Sim Support No
Messaging MIDP 2.0
USB Connector Yes

Carrier Networks

2G GSM 900 / 1800
3G No Information


WiFi No


Dimensions 106 x 57 x 16.5 mm
Weight 118


Speakerphone Yes
Audio connector Yes


Type Li-Ion
Capacity 850
Talk Time with Standard Battery 820
Standby Time with Standard Battery 650

After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1


Warranty Period 1