Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Camera

An 8 MP shooter with LED flash sounds good for a midrange device, and Alcatel offers a few scene modes and effects in the camera app to spice its photographic prowess up. These include HDR mode, 360 Panorama, Beauty Face and Night shots. A few laughing mirror and color effects are thrown in as well.


The One Touch Idol Ultra produces a tad oversaturated photos, while the image on the whole is underexposed in normal shooting mode. Detail could be higher for this resolution, and noise is also plenty in most but the brightest of conditions. There are no glaring white balance issues, though, and the pictures come out focused enough, so overall the phone produces bearable photos, as we've seen much worse from slim midrangers.


Video is recorded in 720p resolution with fluid 30 fps, and tends to oversaturate the colors and overexpose brighter areas in the frame, too. The focus wanders a it too much, so the phone often blurs the footage for a split second.

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Multimedia

The grid-style gallery offers simple cropping and color effects application for your pics, as well as autoenhance abilities, but nothing more. The music player categorizes your tunes by artists, albums and playlists, but has no equalizer presets to speak of. The loudspeaker is actually pretty good for such a thin device, strong, and with relatively clean sound. Videos can be played in MPEG-4, DivX or Xvid formats, up to 1080p resolution, but MKVs only play up to 720p.


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