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Alcatel OneTouch Idol S

Posted
Sep 4, 2013
Market status
Released
Release date
Dec 1, 2013

Pros

  • Lightweight phone
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • Small dimensions (5.26 x 2.63 x 0.29 inches)
  • Thin body, measuring less than 7.5mm/0.3inches (0.29 inches)

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (312 ppi)
  • Too little RAM memory (1 GB RAM)

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Description

The Alcatel Idol S is a mid-range smartphone with 4.7" 720x1280 screen, 1GB RAM, 8 MP camera and a dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek CPU. Its 4 GB of storage can be expanded with a microSD slot.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android (4.2)
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.26 x 2.63 x 0.29 inches (133.5 x 66.8 x 7.4 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.88 oz (110 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (151 g)
  • Colors:
    • Red

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 4.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 312 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 68.23 %
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Dragontrail), Oleophobic coating

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Hardware Features:
      • Autofocus
    • Software Features:
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.3 megapixels

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

      • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 305
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1 GB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 4 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 2 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 2000 mAh
  • Type:
    • User replaceable
  • Wireless charging:
    • Optional
  • Talk time:
    • 6.00 hours
      the average is 14 h (864 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 29.2 days (700 hours)
      the average is 16 days (376 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 8.50 hours
      the average is 16 h (973 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 16.7 days (400 hours)
      the average is 21 days (506 h)

Multimedia

  • Mirroring:
    • DLNA
  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo, RDS
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 18, 8, 3, 1, 7
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s)
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes

Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
  • Other:
    • Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

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