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Alcatel One Touch Idol Review

Alcatel OneTouch Idol

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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.


Conclusion:

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.



Pros

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

Cons

  • Mediocre camera
  • Weak processor
  • No microSD card slot for the dual-SIM model
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display4.7 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (234 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB 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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