- Joseph Rizzuto , Mobile Syrup
This device is geared towards lower end users, looking for an easy to use smartphone, with all the basic features currently being offered.
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.
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)
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
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. 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 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.Less
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