Alcatel Idol 5 Review
1. Design, Display and UNI360 VR Goggles
All eyes might be on its BlackBerry division, but TCL's other smartphone brand, Alcatel, continues to chug along featuring competitively priced mobile phones. The Alcatel Idol 5 is the latest smartphone launched by the company, which comes a few months after the release of its sibling in the Idol 5s earlier this year. Typically, the "S" version of a handset comes second, but it's the opposite with Alcatel's strategy this time around. Given the fierce battle that's constantly being waged in the sub-$200 range, the Alcatel Idol 5 needs to be more than "good enough" to stand a chance against its peers.
With last year's phones, the Alcatel Idol 4 and 4s, and their premium designs, the company really stepped up its game. The same can be said here with the Idol 5, which is flaunting a solid build quality thanks to its metal body and high-polished aluminum edges. There's also a sense of symmetry too that we like about the design, evident in its antenna lines and dual front-firing speakers. And speaking of those speakers, they're incredibly clear and robust – delivering powerful tones that's sure to raise attention. For the price and all for the handset, it's especially comforting to know that it retains a level of premium without the premium cost.
UNI360 VR Goggles
Available separately at $49.99, the UNI360 VR Goggles provides users a taste of that VR experience. Improvement have been made to their year's headset, which features a 120-degree field of view, a focus adjustment knob, and now universal compatibility with most devices. While experiencing VR on-the-go using the Idol 5 is there for the convenience, it still pales in comparison to the more immersive experiences you get with either the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View headsets.
device in its class, so we're pleased with its accompanying good qualities. Details are sufficient, colors tend to skew a natural tone, and clarity is retained at varying viewing angles. Seriously, we have few complaints about the display here, which too, does nicely for the VR experience.