Telstra EasyTouch review: Telstra EasyTouch

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good News headline ticker. HSDPA and Mobile TV. Good call quality.

The Bad Small screen. Cheap plastic body.

The Bottom Line An affordable Next G phone that performs well, yet fails to stand out from the pack significantly. The small screen makes watching it difficult to watch mobile TV on the EasyTouch.

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We've seen a couple of Telstra branded phones from Chinese manufacturer ZTE recently; the F165 and the F158, and you can't blame us for thinking that ZTE had let go of any aspirations of creating chic handsets in favour of chunky, durable, easy-to-use devices for the rural market. The EasyTouch is a return to stylish design and has a couple of unique features to set it apart form the pack.

Design
As a fashionable clamshell the EasyTouch is attractive, even if the design isn't in the same league as truly sexy phones, like Motorola's RAZR2 V9 . The low-res external screen sits under shiny reflective plastic which gives a similar mirror feel to the LG Shine , but again without creating a comparable impact.

At 90mm in length, 50mm wide, and 18mm in depth the EasyTouch is a phone that won't bulge too greatly in your pocket. The plastic body does suggest cheap construction, however, the handset seems durable, and again it does look pretty cute. ZTE have kept external ports and buttons to a minimum, with a camera button, phone volume, T-Flash memory slot and a universal mini USB port for charging the phone and plugging in the hands-free headphones that come in the box.

Opening the phone reveals a two-inch QVGA TFT colour display and a numeric keypad that lays recessed into the handset. In truth we would have preferred to have seen raised keys on the keypad for a more tactile experience, but this is nit-picking considering that using the keypad is as easy as can be expected.

Features
The name EasyTouch refers to single touch access to a selection of features via the main standby menu screen. The stand-out here is a news headlines ticker running across the top of the screen. Pushing up on the navigation pad expands the headlines into a preview of the full story from ABC news via the BigPond portal. It's such a simple, yet ingenious addition to the menu screen, and every time we opened the EasyTouch we found ourselves checking the headlines.

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Where to Buy

Telstra EasyTouch

Part Number: CNETTelstra EasyTouch

Typical Price: $499.00

See manufacturer website for availability.