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Alcatel OT C825 review

Alcatel OT C825 review
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The Alcatel OT-C825 multimedia handset exemplifies the industry's trend towards affordable multimedia phones that provide cutting-edge features and sophisticated Bluetooth functionality for consumers to enjoy in new and exciting ways
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Review On : Alcatel OT C825
By S. SIVABALAN
IF YOU fancy a slider phone, you might want to consider Alcatel・s OT-C825. 

While it・s not the slimmest of handsets, the OT-C825 is still sleek and stylish enough for the fashion-conscious.  

Some finishing touches on the Design and the quality of the material used deserves some attention. 

More importantly the above average specifications make this mobile phone a smart purchase. 

The Alcatel OT-C825 offers a distinctive feel which makes the phone look more expensive than it is. 

The most unique design characteristics is the leather-like surface on the back cover as well as the left side. 

What I liked most is the scratch-resistant glossy rim which was inserted in the back panel as well as the bevelled side rims which gave the phone a rather accomplished look. 

The back panel housed a 1.3-megapixel Camera which I could use without having to slide the phone open. The panel on the right houses the camera and volume buttons while the left side has a Micro SD as well as a USB slot. 

The 2in, 262,000 colours TFT display offers clear and bright images though it does fade in the sun to a certain extent. 

I was happy with the keypad・s response but its lights were a letdown and simply did not offer an equal amount of lighting to all the keys. 

Decent music player
It was easy to access the music player as I didn・t have to slide the phone open. Its music function keys are located just above the navigation button on the front panel. 

It had all the useful and common settings such as current track, repeat of all tracks, shuffle and repeat shuffle. 

There were also enough pre-stored equaliser settings to adjust the music to my personal liking.  

But I had to perform an extra task (launching it into a corresponding mode) to play songs via Bluetooth because the music does not transfer to a connected device automatically. 

Another minor hassle with the music player was that I had to store all music files in the music folder. If it・s not stored there, then the player simply won・t be able to locate the songs to play. 

The player also lets users store a personal favourites list and organise their music by adding tags such as genre, album and artiste. 

Its Bluetooth connectivity was a breeze to use. It easily connects to other devices and supports A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). 

Reliable features
The built-in camera was quite good. Apart from standard picture taking, it also allowed me to take multi-shots in sets of three or five. 

Its picture file compression settings include economy, standard and high quality mode and in resolutions of 1,280x1,024, 640x480, 352x288, 320x240, 176x220, 176x144 as well as 160x120 pixels. 

The image quality was remarkable especially since the white balance is automatically adjusted for daylight, lamplight, fluorescent lamp and cloudy weather. 

Video capture quality is also above average. It captures in 3GP format at a resolution of 176x144 pixels. 

Access to WAP, text messaging, and making phone calls was not a problem. 

But I occasionally ran into problems with the speaker volume where I found it to suddenly increase or decrease.  

Even the audible alert for the slider is sometimes affected by this problem. To be fair, it might have been our review unit that was faulty. 

In any case, be sure to check the volume controls before you decide to purchase the Alcatel OT-C825. 

But apart from one or two hitches, there were enough good features on the Alcatel OT-C825 to impress me. 

Conclusion
The design aspects and good quality materials used are one of the major plus points of the Alcatel OT-C825 especially its leather-like casing as well as the scratch resistant glossy rim found on the back panel and side rims. 

Pros: Impressive design; good quality build; decent music player; excellent camera. 

Cons: None. 
Slider phone
Camera: 1.3-megapixel
Display: 2in TFT, 176 x 220 pixels, 262,000 colours
Memory: Internal 100MB, microSD expansion slot (includes 1GB memory card)
Music format: MP3, MP3, AAC, M4A, AAC+
Video format: MPEG4, 3GP
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, GPRS Class 10, USB Port
Software Support: Java
Dimensions: 49.5 x 96 x 18.7mm
Weight: 99g
Standby / talk time: 300hours / 6 hours
Price: RM799
Review unit courtesy of CSL Group of Companies, (03) 5569-3031.


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