Hands-On With Alcatel OT-980; Will go on Sale in UK in August

A quick perusal of the Alcatel booth at this year’s CTIA in Las Vegas helped me get a quick glimpse of the phone maker’s latest handset offering, the OT-980. The Android-packing device has been known before this point, but it was still nice to have the opportunity to spend some quality time with it.

Our prior article mentioning the OT-980 called it similar to a “Palm Pre with Android”. That’s what I was hoping to discover when playing around with the device, but it certainly did not match that description. In theory, it could certainly be thought of as a Pre with Android, but not in terms of overall quality.

The OT-980 is indeed a slider phone with 2.8″ resistive touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard, so in that way it is like a Pre in design. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Alcatel often produces entry-level devices much like Kyocera, and the OT-980 had that exact feel in my hands. The slider was wobbly, which is never a good sign when handling a phone. It’s hard to take a device seriously once you handle it and that happens. If the sliding mechanism is already having problems with stability and it’s new, that may not bode well for the longevity of the phone itself.

But one thing that must be kept in consideration is that this is a phone that’s meant to be sold to anyone that wants Android for the cheapest cost known to man. In fact, Electric Pig has confirmed with sources that the OT-980 will be sold in the UK starting in August. It will likely be sold prepaid, as a pay-as-you-go phone for under £100. No contracts will be associated with it.

So for that price it’s not like anyone is expecting this to directly compete with the HTC EVO 4G, but at least keep it in close competition with the Kyocera Zio.

Time to see some more pictures of this Android.

Author: Brad Molen

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