Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

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

Box contents

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

The Alcatel One Touch Ultra is comfortable to hold


Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Capacitive Android buttons

Front camera - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

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

SIM card slot (right)

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Volume rocker (left)

Bottom - The sides of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Bottom

microUSB port and power key (top) - 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


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

Back

Rear camera - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Rear camera

Loudspeaker - Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

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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8 Comments

1. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sad, the phone falls short almost solely because of it's processor.

2. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

This remind me of Xperia Ion. Good phone but too late.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

367/3.2 fps in Egypt HD? Damn! That has got to suck big time. The looks is the only thing i can compliment for this device. Otherwise i'd refer the Lumia 720.

4. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

weak SoC, poor battery life

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL... no audio jack... I stopped reading the review as soon as I read this.

6. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

still got better score than xperia zr! totally biased against Sony! Must report to Sony!

7. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

god ur right bro and the zr is better than this phone in everything except in slimness pretty disappointed in phonearena :(

8. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied! http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/VJ2rjEMrZ
OneTouch Idol Ultra
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(7h 3G talk time)

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