Welcome to our Alcatel 20.05 review. Despite the clamour for smartphones these days there are many of us who need nothing more than a decent feature handset to stay in touch.
The Alcatel 20.05 fits the bill perfectly as an entry level phone that has everything you need to keep in touch with your friends and family, including icons for Facebook and Twitter which you can access via the web browser, although unusually the apps do have to be downloaded first.
Screen and Camera
You get an admiral 2.4 inch screen which is bright and clear even outdoors and makes the ideal viewer for the 2 megapixel camera which produces surprisingly crisp and clear photos for a phone at this price point. We were surprised at the higher than expected sharp 320 x 240 pixel resolution too.
The built-in music player will exceed your expectations and is complimented with a recordable FM radio. You can listen to either with the stereo headphone set supplied in the box while the microSD card slot allows you to store plenty of music and supports memory cards up to 8gb. You can organise your music into albums, artists and devise your own playlists too. Volume is controlled from the navigation button on the large, easy to use keypad which is a notable touch.
You also get a calculator, alarm, converter, notepad and fake call maker which allows you to set up the phone to allow it to ring at a certain time, maybe to get you out of that boring meeting, but we particularly like the Call Filter which allows you to block certain numbers – a feature which phones costing more than ten times the price can only dream of!
The Alcatel 20.05 weighs in at just 85 grams and is under 25mm thin. With no high power apps to eat away at your power you get several days’ standby from the battery, the manufacturers claiming over 17 days together with an outstanding 14 hours talk time. We think this is a brilliant handset for the price from the French manufacturers and it is available for you to buy in attractive coraline pink and turquoise blue colours which are well complimented with a white fascia and chrome trim