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Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

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Camera:

The camera app on the Alcatel One Touch Idol has an interface offering lots of settings to tinker with. The user is free to set the white balance and the shooting scene, or just let the camera decide for itself what settings should be used. In reality, however, changing these manually rarely has a positive impact on image quality.

Camera inerface - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Camera inerface - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Camera inerface - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Camera inerface - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

Camera inerface


With an 8 megapixel camera and LED flash, the Alcatel One Touch Idol should theoretically be able to take presentable photos, but in reality, its pictures are of mediocre quality. Even the smartphone's outdoor shots are grainy and lack fine detail. There's an option for taking HDR photographs, but it doesn't yield pleasant results. Indoor photos don't look good either even when taken with a strong light source nearby.


Videos suffer from a lack of detail as well even when captured at the maximum resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Playing with the built-in live video effects, however, can be quite fun.

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Multimedia:

The music player loaded onto the Alcatel One Touch Idol has a simple, easy to use interface. It can group music by album, artist or song name, just like pretty much all other mobile music players can. Album art and lyrics can be displayed as well, assuming the necessary files are present. The now-mandatory lock screen controls and the home screen widget are also present. An equalizer, however, isn't available. There is a single loudspeaker on the smartphone's back and while it has a decent volume output, it crackles slightly when the loudness is set to the maximum.

Lots of video file formats can be played using the Idol's stock video player app. Even DivX video is supported at up to 720p resolution. 1080p videos, however, are extremely choppy so don't even bother loading them onto the phone's storage. With a screen so large, the Alcatel One Touch Idol is quite suitable for watching TV shows on the go, even though the experience won't be in HD due to the screen's low resolution.

Music player - Multimedia apps on the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Multimedia apps on the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Video player - Multimedia apps on the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
Multimedia apps on the Alcatel One Touch Idol - Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

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Multimedia apps on the Alcatel One Touch Idol



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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: 814; 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: 43; 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: 319; 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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