The internal display is relatively small for the phone's size (1.5 inches; 128x128 pixels). It supports just eight lines of text, so you have to do a fair amount of scrolling though the simple menus (grid and list styles are also available). Also, the 65,000-color resolution means that graphics aren't very rich. But really, that's to be expected on a basic phone. You can change the backlight and the font size.
The keypad buttons have a standard design with a four-way toggle, a central OK button, two soft keys, talk and end/power buttons, and a back key. All the keys are easy to use; they're tactile and quite large. Additionally, the toggle doubles as a shortcut to the Web browser, the recent calls list, the messaging in-box, and the My Account feature. The backlit keypad buttons are tactile as well, and they are separated from each other.
The Aloha has a small phone book with room for 199 contacts. Each entry holds five phone numbers, three e-mail addresses, a Web address, and notes. You can save callers to groups and pair them with any of 10 polyphonic ringtones. You can add a personalized animation as well, though without an external display we don't quite see the point of such an option. Other features include a scheduler, an alarm clock, a tip calculator, a world lock, a voice memo recorder, a notepad, text messaging, a speakerphone, and a vibrate mode. Surprisingly, the Aloha also offers voice dialing.
You can customize the Aloha with a selection of wallpaper, screen savers, clock styles, and alert sounds, and you can write a personalized greeting as well. Two games are included--ZooZooClub and Battle Reverse--and you can use the phone's wireless Web browser to download more content from Virgin's VXL Internet service. The Aloha offers 3.5MB of storage for your content.