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.


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.


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:


  • Very slim and light chassis


  • Slow
  • Battery life is below average

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