Notification Center

This is our new notification center. Inside, you will find updates on the most important things happening right now.

Notifications

Hmm, push notifications seem to be disabled in your browser. You can enable them from the 'Settings' icon in the URL bar of your browser.

www.phonearena.com
Black Friday deals
Catch limited-time Black Friday deals on tech before they are gone!
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...

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.


Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra
Dimensions

5.29 x 2.7 x 0.25 inches

134.4 x 68.5 x 6.45 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Huawei Ascend P6
Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

LG Optimus F7
Dimensions

5.19 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches

131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6 mm

Weight

4.7 oz (133 g)

Nokia Lumia 720
Dimensions

5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm

Weight

4.52 oz (128 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra
Dimensions

5.29 x 2.7 x 0.25 inches

134.4 x 68.5 x 6.45 mm

Weight

4.06 oz (115 g)

Huawei Ascend P6
Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

LG Optimus F7
Dimensions

5.19 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches

131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6 mm

Weight

4.7 oz (133 g)

Nokia Lumia 720
Dimensions

5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 inches

127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm

Weight

4.52 oz (128 g)

Compare these and other phones using our Size Comparison tool.



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.


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.



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.


New reasons to get excited every week

Get the most important news, reviews and deals in mobile tech delivered straight to your inbox

FCC OKs Cingular\'s purchase of AT&T Wireless