The Alcatel 708 is a colourful and expressive handset

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The Alcatel 708 is a relatively new handset introduced by Alcatel. Also known as the one touch mini or OT-708, the phone represents a funky yet endearing style. Affordability is key with this handset and Alcatel have been careful to ensure that ultimately it offers excellent value for money.

The handset comes in a variety of colours which include metallic blue, silver and acid green. They all follow the same theme and style, which utilises a colourful exterior band that runs around the edge of the handset. The size of the phone is 96 mm x 52 mm wide and 14 mm thick, whilst weighing an extremely lightweight 82 g. Providing the alternative options of vibration and ring alert types with the ability to download polyphonic and MP3 ringtones ensures a modicum of personal styling is available. In addition a speakerphone is provided which offers the always useful hands-free communication.

The Alcatel 708 comes with an expressive and colourful 2.4 inch TFT touch screen. This display screens inherent ability to display up to 256,000 colours is the driving force behind the colourful and faithful colour representation observed when viewing images on the screen. The screen utilises a series of embedded images and animations as well as some home screen widgets in addition to touch sensitive keys. An accelerometer sensor is also provided which amends the aspects of imagery dependent upon the orientation of the screen.

An MP4/MP3 player is provided as well as an FM radio with RDS capabilities. This provides the means to either listen to download music or alternatively to locate and listen to an audio radio broadcast from a variety of listed radio stations. For further entertainment several games are included within the package which can be played whilst on the move.

The phone comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, which provides excellent snapshot capabilities. Operating at a pixel resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels, this camera also provides the ability to record and playback video as a viable alternative to photographs. The phone comes with internal memory of 5 MB, which fortunately can be significantly expanded upon by making use of the integrated MicroSD card slot, up to a much more impressive 4 GB.

The Alcatel OT-708 comes with GPRS as well as Bluetooth and mini USB and also includes an organiser, calendar and voice memo facility. The handset is an affordable and functional handset which offers a variety of useful features encased within a stylish casing.

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