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Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Introduction

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, the phone that got a respectable fourth placing in our thinnest handsets roundup, is finally hitting shelves, many months after the initial CES announcement way back in January.

Planted in the affordable midrange segment, the slimmest member of Alcatel's One Touch line is just 0.25" (6.45mm) thick. It still sports a respectable 4.7" HD Super AMOLED display and 8 MP camera, but the rest of the specs are an underwhelming MediaTek processor and 1 GB of RAM, plus there is no microSD slot.

The design is an eye-grabber, though, and if the price is right, the One Touch Ultra might have a shot at midrange fame if it gets the rest of the components right. Is it so? Read on to find out...

Box contents - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • MicroUSB-to-3.5 mm audio jack adapter
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

Thin design is always elegant, if not always comfortable to grab and hold, and the One Touch Ultra fits the cliché. Its slender, rounded unibody chassis is also feathery light at 4.06 oz (115 g), leaving the impression of a rather sophisticated handset. Only the 8 MP camera module protrudes a couple of millimeters from the soft-touch plastic on the back, sticking out in an otherwise seamless design concept.

The Alcatel One Touch Ultra is comfortable to hold - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
The Alcatel One Touch Ultra is comfortable to hold - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Capacitive Android buttons - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Front camera - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
 

Capacitive Android buttons

Front camera


Alcatel had to make some compromises to achieve that svelte unibody wrapper, and the main one is that there is no standard audio jack. Yep, you read that right, headphones are plugged in the microUSB port at the top with a dedicated adapter. No biggie, as long as you remember to carry the adapter hooked up to the 3.5mm plug of the included headphones.

The Idol Ultra also compromised with storage expansion, in the footsteps of HTC, omitting a microSD slot. On the right is the micro SIM covered with a protective flap, with a lock mechanism that is situated too deep. You have to push the card quite a bit until it clicks, and good luck taking it out with your fingernails trimmed.

SIM card slot (right) - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Bottom - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
microUSB port and power key (top) - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

SIM card slot (right)

Volume rocker (left)

Bottom

microUSB port and power key (top)


Besides the covered microUSB port at the top, we also get the chrome-like power/lock key there, which is not a very comfortable choice for placing that one on larger screen phones. It is easy to feel and press, though, and with a good tactile feedback, just like the volume rocker on the left.

Back - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Rear camera - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review
Loudspeaker - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Back

Rear camera

Loudspeaker



Display

The One Touch Idol Ultra is outfitted with a 4.7” 720x1280 pixels display panel. Its AMOLED technology displays vivid, eye-popping cold colors with an excessive amount of saturation. The screen flaunts excellent good viewing angles and deep blacks, underscored by Alcatel's choice of a cityscape wallpaper by default, with a dark background.

It could use more peak brightness for when you are outside under direct sunlight, though the low reflectance and high contrast help for decent visibility in this scenario. The phone doesn't use Gorilla Glass for the screen's protection, but the competitor's Asahi DragonTrail glass, which should be extra durable, too.


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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.29 x 2.70 x 0.25 inches
(134.4 x 68.5 x 6.45 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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