Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Interface and functionality

Alcatel uses a simple interface overlay on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, seemingly based on the Go Launcher, with rounded icon corners and standard homescreens/app drawer layout. It looks trim, and doesn't try too hard with a bunch of unnecessary widgets or excessive animations and transparencies that would bog down the processor.

The software engineers at Alcatel have preloaded a few utility apps like Skype, Torch, Deezer, two radio apps, network share options, and have integrated connectivity switches in the notification bar for quick access to the most used settings.

The stock keyboard is TouchPal, which is one of the very good keyboard apps in the Play Store. It is pretty comfortable to use with one hand on the 4.7” screen, and provides Swype-style functionality for keying things in quicker.

Processor and memory

The 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor is a rather basic silicon that is not going to wow you neither with its benchmark scores, nor with UI fluidity or app loading times. It's alright for a daily driver, but 720p screens and 8 MP cameras are the maximum it supports, so it feels like it's spreading itself a bit too thin with the Idol Ultra. That's especially true with heavy games, where the relatively weak GPU is struggling, but the interface performance is rather slow as well.

We get 1 GB of RAM, which is the bare minimum for decent multitasking, and 16 GB of internal storage, of which 13 GB are user-available, meaning you won't find much bloat and customizations on the handset. The lack of memory expansion slot is a bummer, so you have to learn how to make do with what's available on the phone.

Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra 2988 6763 367 / 3.2 fps 1296 / 393
Huawei Ascend P6 5228 14220 2509 / 22 fps 1462/453
LG Optimus F7 5708 10917 2038 / 18 fps 2192 / 614

Internet and connectivity

Web pages often exhibit tiling or a slow to render while panning around in the default Mozilla Gecko-based browser, indicating slow redraw rates, likely caused by the combination of weak GPU and unoptimized software. Alcatel also provides the stock Chrome browser that comes with Jelly Bean, where you can't sideload Adobe Flash.

The Idol Ultra supports European/Asian 3G frequencies, with up to 7.2 Mbit/s download speeds. We also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and FM Radio with RDS.



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: 4769; 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!
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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