Alcatel One Touch Idol now available in the U.S. for $299 contract-free

Alcatel One Touch Idol now available in the U.S. for $299 contract-free
Alcatel announced a whole bunch of Android smartphones during the first quarter of 2013, and one of them is now officially available for purchase in the U.S. straight from the company's online store. Starting today – May 30, anyone interested in the Alcatel One Touch Idol may grab one for the low price of $299 off-contract. 

Is the smartphone worth purchasing, however? Well, that's debatable since a Google Nexus 4 costs the same. The Alcatel One Touch Idol is a mid-range device that stands out with being very slim and light for its class, with a thickness of 7.9 millimeters and tipping the scales at only 110 grams. It offers a 4.7-inch, 540 by 960 pixel display made using IPS LCD tech and protected by a layer of Dragontail scratch- and fingerprint-resistant glass. Yet with a 1GHz, dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the One Touch Idol won't set any new benchmark high-scores, while its 8MP auto-focus camera can't capture video beyond 720p resolution. The 1800mAh battery is passable, but the 4GB of on-board storage is likely to run out fast. Thankfully, a microSD card slot is present on the device.  

Overall, the Alcatel One Touch Idol is a full-fledged Android 4.1 smartphone for a reasonable off-contract price of just $300. Besides, one gets a bunch of Iron Man 3 branded merchandise with each purchase; the smartphone makes an appearance in the movie, in case you didn't know. The Alcatel One Touch Idol can be used with AT&T, T-Mobile, or a non-CDMA virtual network operator in the U.S. Shipments are to begin on June 15.

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OneTouch Idol
  • Display 4.7" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(3.2h 3G talk time)



1. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Alcatel makes some nice looking devices. Their Idol X is a well-specced stock Android monster. They just don't get much attention from the carriers. I have a soft spot for Alcatel-Lucent since they own the old Bell Labs.

2. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

If it brought LTE it would have been a considerable alternative to the nexus 4 but with these specs, there's no doubt the nexus 4 is still the better off-contract device.

3. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Seriously. Compared to the nexus 4, the only feature it seems to have is a microsd slot. It has a worse screen, worse battery, worse processor, worse internal space, worse ram, worse camera. It's on the same networks as the nexus 4 so... unless a micro sd slot is a killer feature, you would be wasting money spending the same $$ amount on this phone than a nexus 4.

4. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

honestly,i don't think nexus should come with any less than 32 GB since they don't support micro sd cards,what's the sense having a high end phone to store apps,movies, pictures if you can't have the space to do so,make a 15 minute 1080p video on a 8 GB nexus and see how much space is left!

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

With good compressing you could put like 5 1080p movies on a nexus with 8gb.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Compressing takes hell of a time...especially the ones with that resolution.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

You can find far better for $200-$300 that have quad core, 13mp camera, 5mp front, 32gb storage, bigger battery ,1080p 5" screen etc.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Please find me a 1080p smartphone for $300.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Man! I've been so keen on the phone they were using in the movie!! It looked so that i know it's Alcatel, it sounds weird. But that layer of dragontrail(

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