Alcatel OT-S520 review: Alcatel OT-S520

Typical Price: £15.00
2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Sleek design.

The Bad Keypad; not enough on-board memory.

The Bottom Line When it comes to inexpensive pay as you go handsets, Alcatel has definitely made a name for itself. The OT-S520 is another attractive phone from the company, but it's very basic and the keypad is much smaller than we'd like

5.5 Overall

Alcatel has a history of making affordable phones, but in recent times it's produced affordable phones that also look good. The OT-S520 is currently available to buy for only £15 and we wanted to know what you get for your money.

You can buy the Alcatel OT-S520 on pay as you go with a Virgin SIM at Woolworths.

Strengths
The first thing you'll notice about the OT-S520 is how small it is. At only 11mm thin it slips easily into a pocket and yet feels solid. We wouldn't go as far as saying that it was stunning but it is much more attractive than most budget phones.


The S520 is a compact candybar phone that fits easily into a pocket

A sleek black casing houses a small screen, compact keypad and VGA (0.3-megapixel) camera. On the side there's a handy mini-USB port that lets you charge it and use it as a Webcam but we couldn't get that feature to work.

The OT-S520 interface is well laid-out and easy to understand, so making phone calls or composing text messages is straightforward. You can also send and receive MMS, which is useful if you want to send pictures to your friends.


The S520's keypad is smaller than we'd like but it is usable

We rather enjoyed the OT-S520's games -- Chicken is a 2D platformer where you have to avoid getting squashed, and UFO sees you flying a plane and shooting at enemies. They're both very simple, but fun enough to keep you entertained at the bus stop.

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