Specs summary

Screen
2.8"

The Alcatel Tribe's screen is 2.8 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 Eclair operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
194 MB

Internal memory is 194 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G).



This device is geared towards lower end users, looking for an easy to use smartphone, with all the basic features currently being offered.

- Joseph Rizzuto , Mobile Syrup 

Reviews summary

4.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 4 reviews

The Alcatel OT-981A, otherwise known as the Alcatel Tribe, may look like your typical touchscreen phone, but don't be fooled, this is a QWERTY phone as well. Tucked underneath its 2.8-inch 240x320 resolution touchscreen display is a slide-out 4-row QWERTY keypad that's ideal for text input if the on-screen keypad isn’t to your liking, giving you the best of both worlds. The five shortcut buttons below its display, meanwhile, provide quick access to often used functions such as Phone, Options, Home, Back, and End/Power.

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The Tribe runs on Android 2.1 and sports a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity. A 2GB microSD card has also been thrown in to the standard package to complement its meager 512MB on-board memory.

With its modest feature-set, this is not a phone well-suited to power users, but it may very well be a good option for those who’ve got the Android itch but don’t want to dole out a small fortune on a new handset.


Reviews (4.3/10 Avg. rating)


Mobile Syrup

It is the perfect device for any consumer making the jump to a smartphone and anyone looking for a compact phone with slide out keyboard

from Mobile Syrup
The Alcatel Tribe is definitely a step in the right direction for Wind Mobile, in order to expand on their Android offerings and increase their attractiveness as a new service provider. This device is geared towards lower end users, looking for an easy to use smartphone, with all the basic features currently being offered (Android OS, touch screen, sleek/compact design, WiFi capability, cost effective etc.). The Alcatel Tribe OT-981 is currently available with Wind Mobile in Canada, under the following pricing structure:.. Full review

Good entry level smart phone

I made the jump to smart phones with the Tribe. Nice phone. Love the slide out keyboard! Only have two problems with this phone (well, three, but two of them are dependent upon each other): 1. It only runs Android 2.1 (so App2SD functionality is not supported) and it has very limited disk space... More
I made the jump to smart phones with the Tribe. Nice phone. Love the slide out keyboard! Only have two problems with this phone (well, three, but two of them are dependent upon each other): 1. It only runs Android 2.1 (so App2SD functionality is not supported) and it has very limited disk space. The limited disk space wouldn't be a problem if Android 2.2 or higher was available for this phone as you can stick a 32 GB microSD card in it. 2. The touch screen is resistive. This results in the touch screen often being unresponsive to finger taps or it being difficult to tap exactly where you want to. A way around this is to use a stylus, which makes using the touch screen a breeze. However, that can be inconvenient. Overall though, this is a nice phone and I've been rather happy with it. Especially as an entry-level phone. Less

Can not recommend at all, returned after 7 days.

The phone is poor quality over all, the display part that slides upward is not attached properly/stable and shakes with a small nudge (other people i talked to had the same problem). The Qwerty keyboard is too cramped, although the rubber buttons give it good texture. However the biggest problems c... More
The phone is poor quality over all, the display part that slides upward is not attached properly/stable and shakes with a small nudge (other people i talked to had the same problem). The Qwerty keyboard is too cramped, although the rubber buttons give it good texture. However the biggest problems come with using the touch screen. If you launch the youtube application it turns sideways, so you either have to use the touchscreen keyboard (which is of poor quality) or type on the physical keyboard with the screen sideways. The resistive screen makes browsing websites difficult, it either does not respond or responds too strongly and scrolls all the way up or down. Also lack of some kind of physical directional buttons makes navigation difficult, as once again, you have to rely on the poor quality resistive screen. Also the battery dies VERY quickly, i have to charge it every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, even when not using internet or anything else demanding. On the pro side, it is an android phone, the web browser is true HTML and the phone has a 3.5 mm jack. Less

This phone is great for me!

Love this phone ive had it for 4days just made the step to smartphone. Its simple to use with lots of features and and it looks great. Very fast browsing and no real delay going from different programs in the phone. def recommend this phone, plus it looks pretty awesome.
Love this phone ive had it for 4days just made the step to smartphone. Its simple to use with lots of features and and it looks great. Very fast browsing and no real delay going from different programs in the phone. def recommend this phone, plus it looks pretty awesome. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 21, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.1 Eclair

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7227
Internal Flash Memory
194 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.701 W/kg
Body: 1.16 W/kg
Languages English, French
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
360 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.2 x 6.0 x 1.6 cm
(4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 152 grams
(5.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP 2.0, HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript No
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info No
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats Unknown
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Alcatel OT-981A

2GB memory card included
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