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Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 6.5

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Call quality:

Alcatel One Touch Idol Review
We were genuinely pleased with the Alcatel One Touch Idol's call quality. It has a loud earpiece that produces clear, natural voice tones. On the other side of the line, our voice is loud and easily distinguishable, although slightly digitized, presumably due to the presence of a secondary microphone for noise cancellation. Overall, if you'll be doing a lot of talking on the Idol, then you won't be disappointed by the results.

Battery life:

There is a non-removable battery inside the Alcatel One Touch Idol with a capacity of 1800mAh. That's an average battery size by today's standards, so unless you are a very light user, your Idol will likely need to be recharged on a regular basis. According to its manufacturer, the smartphone can deliver 3.2 hours of 3G talk time on a single charge, which is at least half of what most modern smartphones are capable of. If used strictly for music playback, the Idol will last through 45 hours of continuous use.


Even though the Alcatel One Touch Idol made a cameo in the Iron Man 3 movie, it isn't really a smartphone fit for a superhero. Rather, it is a mid-range phone suitable for those who need a reasonably-priced dual-SIM handset. The Idol stands out with being really light and really thin, all the while packing a screen of generous proportions. Its camera, however, is not as good as it seems on paper, so those party shots won't be looking fabulous once you take a look at them on a larger screen. The pretty weak processor is another thing you'll have to live with should you choose to spend $300 on one of these.

In case you don't insist on having a dual-SIM smartphone, however, then you might want to think twice before getting the Alcatel One Touch Idol. In some markets where it is available, the Google Nexus 4 costs about the same, but has a lot more to offer, including a better screen and a much faster processor, not to mention that it runs the most recent version of Android. And assuming your budget can handle it, 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.


  • Dual SIM smartphone
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Good call quality
  • Multiple color variants, including pink


  • Mediocre camera
  • Weak processor
  • No microSD card slot for the dual-SIM model
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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: 1122; 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: 167; 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: 575; Member since: 07 May 2012)

please review the blu life play

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 09:48

5. predator93 (Posts: 122; 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!

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 16:02

9. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied! http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/VJ2rjEMrZ

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:10

10. MinnesotaPhone (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2015)

My phone somehow changed the lock screen to an image from a YouTube video I was watching. For the life of me, I can't change it. I can change the wallpaper but not on lock screen. Anyone have an idea?

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Display4.7 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (234 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
MediaTek, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
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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