Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review


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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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.



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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