|+ Good screen||- Awful camera|
|+ Very low price||- No Wi-Fi|
|+ Long-lasting battery||- Not much built in storage|
"The Alcatel 2045 is an above average feature phone. It handles the basics well and gives you a good screen for the money."
Smartphones might have become the new normal, but there’s still room for feature phones, and they can be the ideal option for anyone who wants a longer lasting, or just more affordable handset.
The Alcatel 2045 exists with that in mind, combining a low price with a lengthy lifespan and the convenience of physical number keys.
But does it do enough to stand out in a sea of similar handsets? Or should you look elsewhere for your feature phone needs?
The Alcatel 2045 has a 2.4-inch 240 x 320 display, which, if this was a smartphone, would be positively tiny, but it’s not. You don’t need to interact with it in the same ways as a smartphone and nor are you likely to be watching videos and the like on it, so the small size isn’t much of a problem.
And in some ways it’s an advantage, as the display is plenty big enough for showing off the core functions of the Alcatel 2045, like its FM radio, calendar and address book.
It’s also bright and colourful, making it pleasant to use, even in direct sunlight or at an angle. It’s not especially sharp, but it strikes a good balance, especially for a phone that can be picked up for under £30 on pay as you go, or around £7 on contract.
The first thing to note about the design of the Alcatel 2045 is that despite packing in both a screen and a number pad, it’s compact. It’s not slim at 12.75mm thick, but at 124.4 x 51.9 it is quite small, and at 86g it’s very light.
This makes it ideal to carry around anywhere and everywhere, and like many feature phones it’s built to last too, with its plastic body easily surviving a fall. The screen is still somewhat vulnerable, but being so small it’s less likely to take the brunt of an impact than a smartphone screen would be.
You can also add a little flair to the Alcatel 2045 if you choose to pick it up in red, rather than the more normal black and white options.
Whatever colour you choose it’s still a fairly plain phone, and one that puts function over form, but by feature phone standards it’s not ugly.
This isn’t a phone you buy for performance, but given that about the most taxing thing it needs to do is play videos and browse the web, the 611MHz processor and 64MB of RAM are actually more than adequate.
The real win for the Alcatel 2045 though is that it supports 3G. There’s no 4G here, but access to mobile data at all isn’t a guarantee on feature and dumb phones.
That means you can browse the net and check Facebook wherever you are, and while it’s a little sluggish it’s far better than having no web access. However there’s no Wi-Fi access, so even when you’re at home you can’t speed up the Alcatel 2045’s internet – not that you’re likely to want to use it to get online from home anyway.
There’s no front-facing camera here, but you do get a very basic VGA quality one on the back. This really isn’t something you’re going to want to use much, with the resulting pictures and videos even being a bit low quality for sticking on social media, but it’s better than nothing and you’ll be glad you have it if you’re ever out without a proper camera.
As a basic feature phone the Alcatel 2045 is distinctly light on extra features, other than an FM radio, but as covered above it handles the basics reasonably well in general, given its roughly £30 asking price. It’s worth noting that call quality is strong, and the keypad is comfortable to use.
The Alcatel 2045 has an 850mAh battery, which would be tiny for a smartphone, but given that this is a feature phone, with a compact screen, it’s not as demanding on its juice pack. The relative lack of features also means you probably won’t use it as heavily as you would a smartphone.
The upshot of that is you should be able to go at least a few days between charges in general. Alcatel quotes a standby time of 340 hours, but just 6 hours of talk time or 7 hours of music playback.
There’s just 128MB of built in storage, which is plenty for storing contacts, but won’t go far if you want to add music or pictures to the phone. Fortunately, there’s also a microSD card slot, with support for cards of up to 32GB.
For connectivity, you get 3G and Bluetooth 3.0. Notably there’s no Wi-Fi support though.
The Alcatel 2045 is a fairly standard feature phone in a lot of ways, but it stands out by handling the basics well and sporting a bright and large screen for the money.
This won’t be replacing even an entry-level smartphone, but if all you want is something to call and text on, with the option to web browse in a pinch, then the Alcatel 2045 will suit you well.
Dimensions (mm): 124.4 x 51.9 x 12.75
Weight (g): 86
Battery capacity (mAh): 850
Colours: Black, White, Red
Screen size (inches): 2.4
Resolution: 240 x 320
Pixels per inch (PPI): TBC
Processor make: TBC
Internal storage: 128MB
Expandable storage up to (GB): 32GB
Operating System: Proprietary
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