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Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Introduction:

Annouced in early 2013, the Alcatel One Touch Idol is a mid-range Android smartphone aiming to meet the demand for affordable, large-screened smartphones. It stands out with its 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel, but that isn't all that potential buyers may be attracted by. Alcatel has managed to trim down the smartphone's thickness to just 7.9-millimeters, and the result is one slim, sexy phone. Under the hood, however, things don't quite look so good as the Idol packs just a humble dual-core processor running at 1GHz. Still, at $300 unsubsidized, it should be a worthy pick, right? Well, don't be so sure about that. Let us walk you through all you need to know about the Alcatel One Touch Idol.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Box contents:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired stereo headset with microphone
  • Quick start guide

Alcatel One Touch Idol Unboxing:




Design:

So we took the Alcatel One Touch Idol out of its retail packaging only to be surprised by how light it was. As a matter of fact, it ranks among the lightest smartphones with a screen of this size (4.7 inches), tipping the scales at only 110 grams. The handset is not only super light, but it is also very thin, with a thickness of 7.9 millimeters, as long as we don’t take into account the hump where the protruding camera sensor resides. Despite the large size of its screen, the smartphone is narrow enough to be usable with a single hand, although the experience may vary depending on the size of the user's hands.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol is not only super light, but it is also very thin - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
The Alcatel One Touch Idol is not only super light, but it is also very thin - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
The Alcatel One Touch Idol is not only super light, but it is also very thin - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

The Alcatel One Touch Idol is not only super light, but it is also very thin


Overall, the Alcatel One Touch Idol is a sleek, elegant device that looks quite appealing for its class. Its non-removable back plate has been treated with a brushed metal finish, which looks nice and resists fingerprints well. The phone does have a cheap feel, however, and our fingers can easily tell that the phone's entire shell is made of colored plastic.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Front camera - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Capacitive Android buttons - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
 

Front camera

Capacitive Android buttons


Note that we’'re reviewing the pink variant of the Alcatel One Touch Idol, but in case that’s not your favorite color, the handset is also available in silver, black, red, green, and blue.


Alcatel OneTouch Idol
5.24 x 2.66 x 0.31 inches
133 x 67.5 x 7.9 mm
3.88 oz (110 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol

Google Nexus 4
5.27 x 2.7 x 0.36 inches
133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
4.90 oz (139 g)

Google Nexus 4

LG Optimus L7 II
4.78 x 2.62 x 0.38 inches
121.5 x 66.6 x 9.7 mm
4.07 oz (116 g)

LG Optimus L7 II

Samsung Galaxy S III
5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
4.69 oz (133 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Three capacitive Android buttons reside underneath the smartphone’'s screen. Since they are well spaced out and far enough from the display'’s bottom edge, accidental presses are extremely rare. The volume rocker is on the right side of the Alcatel One Touch Idol and it protrudes well enough to be operated comfortably. Also on the sides are placed the slots for the SIM cards (assuming you have the dual-SIM model of the device). These, however, are tricky to have their protective covers removed with bare fingers, so a tool, such as a paper clip or something similar, would be required in order to pop a Micro SIM card in. The power key is on top and that’s a solution we are no’t very happy with. Not that the placement of the power button is terrible, but we find its position too far from our index finger, which is why we can’'t reach it easily.

Right edge - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Left - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Top - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Bottom - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

Right edge

Left

Top

Bottom

The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol


Back - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Rear camera - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Speaker grill - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

Back

Rear camera

Speaker grill



Display:

The Alcatel One Touch Idol stands out with its large display, measuring 4.7 inches in diagonal. It is worth noting that screens of this size are rarely seen on brand-name smartphones priced so low. The resolution of the panel, however, is average at best – 540 by 960 pixels, which translates into a pixel density of about 236ppi. This is by no means a deal breaker, of course, but as a result, pixelation is quite noticeable.

Alcatel has used a layer of scratch-resistant DragonTrail glass for its One Touch Idol, covered with oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints from sticking to it. We're happy to see that the screen has wide viewing angles and quite accurate color representation. It is also usable outdoors, as long as the sun is not shining straight at it. The brightness of the backlight, however, is clearly uneven on our review unit. In other words, some areas of the screen look brighter than others. At this time we aren't sure whether this issue is common among Alcatel One Touch Idol smartphones or not.


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posted on 01 Jul 2013, 03:55

1. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Overpriced for what it is

similar spec'd China brands go on sale for 40 - 50 percent cheaper

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 04:40 1

2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 715; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


"The phone does have a cheap feel, however, and our fingers can easily tell that the phone's entire shell is made of colored plastic."

The Galaxy S4's shell is also entirely made of plastic but i have never seen you guys complain about that.. Ohh wait.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 06:09 1

3. superkuiken (Posts: 42; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


You guys should have reviewed the OneTouch Idol Ultra, as this device is already an old one.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 08:49

4. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 301; Member since: 07 May 2012)


please review the blu life play
http://www.gsmarena.com/blu_life_play-5359.php

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:48

5. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


"the LG Optimus L7 II would also be a great alternative to the One Touch Idol as it comes with a better screen and a faster processor."
I own an L7 II dual and its processor (Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon) is definitely weaker when compared to MTK 6577.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 03:41

7. kennethmanabat (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Hi guys, just wanna ask if you have some information about MHL support for this device? Because I tried using a somewhat generic micro USB to HDMI adaptor, and guess what, it didn't work. So yeah, if anyone could clear this up, that'd be great. Thanks

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 12:07

8. jcnieves (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 2013)


My Idol phone is great as long as you don't install the official Facebook app. Everything is responsive that way. The battery barely last an entire day in constant use, you need to charge it about leaving home after work, not until you go to sleep so you basically need to have it plugged in to a power source. The phone is made with plastic so does the Galaxy S4 so don't complain about that, the "feels cheap on the hand" is also true for the Galaxy phones family, be fair. All phone are overpriced if you compare them with the Chinese phones, come on guys!

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Display4.7 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (234 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6577, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.24 x 2.66 x 0.31 inches
(133 x 67.5 x 7.9 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 7.2 hours talk time

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