While the 501 is attractive, and the joystick feature much valued, the fatal drawback is the poor voice reception callers to the phone experience: few can hear you properly on the 501. I don't know if others have found this, but I am tired of repeating myself on the 501 and do not recommend this model.
Great phone (501) except:
-battery lasts only 3 days
-no IR port
-only 15 seconds of voice memo
-NO DISTINCTIVE RING !!! I've searched the menu and the manual many times but I have found no way to associate a melody to a number (like for Nokia or Ericsson) or to a directory (like for old Alcatel OT Pocket)! If I am wrong on this, please e-mail me or post reply here. Thanks!
The phone has a nice look but when it comes to the batery, it is the worst. After two days of beeng on stand-by the batery is still shown to be full, but when you make a call it empties up quickly. Another thin that i don't like about it is that te memory fills up by itself, i don't even put enything in the memory.
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This phone is great. Just doesn't have infra red. Also, they keep upgrading the software on the bloody things. No version controls whatsoever.
Worst f***ing phone ever.
Bad call quality and no alarm.
Anyone in Romania that wants to buy mine please mail me.
I've been using alcatel for a long time. 501 is my third Alcatel and there are some major draw backs in 511 compairing to others.
1.U can't easily access your most used menu items. Can not be customised like in 301
2.Can not set the welcome message
3.Have introduced an unnecessary Hang-up button. Should have used the same button to make and end calls.
4.Number in the recieved or missed call memory can not be put into the SIM directly.
5.Personal key can not be configured to any menu action. Like last call duration.
6.301's human touch has vanished. No curvy bends in the rear side. Not as comfortable as early models.
7.Battary if not firm fitted enough. Shaky.
8.Personel and Professional directories can not be deleted
9.Activation and listeng to voice memos could damage your ears.Earpiece makes a big noice when starting a audio. Not smooth on ears like 301.
10.Battary will (lithum Polimer) won't last as it claims.
11.OK button is hard on edges. Annoying
12.The plastic used in the casing is very soft. If you drop it it will easily get damaged. Early model's meterials used were very firm. Esfecially in first OneTouch Easy.
13.Voice recognition is very poor. Comairing to Nokia phone I have.
Overall it's one of the worst models except the very clear display.
So what to expect in 511...?
I will definitely shift my brand next time.
you can actually upgrade the firmware to version 124 which has games, alarm, ringtone composer and software bugs fixed
It seems that only the 501 model has WAP and the new 502 will have GPRS....correct me if I'm wrong.
Exellent phone with lots of functions. Easiest way to navigate through menu
The phone is great. but the only things is dont have games and infra-red. But the standby last very long and the size is damn small .So overall is a good phone.
I got this thing from my work, so it's free for me.
Well... I bough myself a Nokia, you can do everything with the alcatel one touch 501, internet, sms, dictionary, eVERYTHING EXCEPT calling!! When you call someone it sounds like a malfunctioning robot in a sandstorm on a remote planet... really sad they put such lousy microphones in that thing... The gsm itselfs is really good in design and flexibility and menu-lay out and so... but you can't talk to somebody else without loosing 85% of your voice into noise and buffer fragmentation. This gsm is absolutely a no-buy!!!!!