Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Review

Call quality

Call quality is nothing to write home about, both in the earpiece, and on the receiving end. The earpiece sounds muffled and a tad hollow, and you have to rack up the volume all the way up for decent hearing. The noise-canceling mics do their job to limit background noises, but relay our voice a bit distorted to the other end, albeit with enough volume.

Battery

The sealed 1800 mAh battery in the Idol Ultra is cited for just 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is way below the 10 hour average in this category, indicating that the phone will have to be kept on the charger more often than even your typical big-screen handset.

Conclusion

The midrange battle is a heated one, and Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is well-positioned in terms of price and specs, with its $300 tag for an elegant chassis, HD AMOLED display and 8 MP camera.

These qualities get spoiled by the weakling MediaTek chipset, though, and we wish Alcatel spent a few bucks more for a well-rounded Snapdragon. The slim, stylish body has brought with it some major compromises, too, like insufficient battery capacity, lack of a microSD slot and a finicky micro SIM one, not to mention the adapter needed to plug in a standard headphone set.

Still, if looks are important to you, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is one of the trimmest and lightest big-screen Androids around. The toughest competitor in this price range would be the Huawei Ascend P6, which is thinner, with a more premium chassis, microSD slot, and better battery life, but subpar camera. The LG Optimus F7 also deserves attention here, with the same screen size and resolution, but beefier battery and better picture quality for a tad lower price.

Another good alternative in the price range we find in the Windows Phone camp with the Nokia Lumia 720, which has a pretty good camera and offers snappy performance, but the screen size and resolution, as well as the app count will be lower than what you get with the One Touch Idol Ultra..

Software version: 4.1.1-01002

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Video Review:



Pros

  • Very slim and light chassis

Cons

  • Slow
  • Battery life is below average

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

User Rating:

7.0
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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: 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! 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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