Alcatel One Touch Idol X Review

Interface and functionality


Alcatel supplies a tidy OneTouch Android interface overlay on top of 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its general looks are not far from the stock experience, with the lock screen, contacts, wallpaper and notification bar graphics closely matching it. The lock screen shows date, time and weather or calendar, and you can swipe back and forth between the two without unlocking.

The icons, however, are big, rounded and colorful, begging to be pressed. There is no app drawer icon, so if you want to call it, you'd have to flick up from the bottom of the display. The most used apps have shortcuts placed directly on the home screens by default, and the rest neatly arranged into categorized Google Services, Productivity, Assistance, Tools and Games folders there. Those folders are heavily populated with preinstalled stuff – from a Torch app, through two offices – QuickOffice and KingSoft - to a few Gameloft titles. Alcatel also throws in a few pretty handpicked widgets for your weather, contacts and calendar duties, which look much better than the stock ones, as well as the excellent SwiftKey keyboard option.

The dock contains four icon shortcuts, which can be rearranged and replaced to your heart's desire, and that about sums up the interface customizations Alcatel has peppered on. Since we have a dual SIM device, the company has ensured a SIM management app is present as well, which lets you name and color your two connections as you please, and set roaming preferences and restrictions for them.

Processor and memory


The weakest spot of the One Touch Idol X is its chipset – the 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589+ processor is a frugal Cortex-A7 work, and not up to par with even the current low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, but something had to give to arrive at the phone's price. As you can see from the benchmarks below, you won't have blistering performance while working the interface, and heavy 3D games will be playable only with patience.

Thankfully, Alcatel has placed 2 GB of RAM in the handset, aiding multitasking and loading times. 8 GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot are present on the Idol X version with one SIM card, whereas our dual SIM version doesn't leave place for a memory card, but comes with 16 GB of storage, of which 12.75 GB are user-available out of the box.

Quadrant Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 5802
HTC Butterfly S 13183
Sony Xperia ZL 7242
OPPO Find 5 7357
AnTuTu Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 15648
HTC Butterfly S 24682
Sony Xperia ZL 20671
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 12
HTC Butterfly S 41
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 578
HTC Butterfly S 789
Sony Xperia ZL 635
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 1604
HTC Butterfly S 2606
Sony Xperia ZL 2174


Internet and connectivity


The stock browser on the handset renders pages pretty fast, and we had no issues with choppy scrolling or laggy panning. Despite the relatively weak chipset, the browser is primed to render the pages in real time while zooming in and out, and the task is handled remarkably well, with barely a blur while zooming or panning. In addition, all text content looks pretty and legible on such high pixel density even when zoomed out, while text reflow works like a charm, snapping the right columns into the screen width immediately.

There's little skimping on connectivity options with Alcatel's finest – the Idol X supports 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds and HD voice, if your European/Asian carrier can supply the goods, of course, as those are the regions that the phone is aimed at. The two SIM cards can't hook up simultaneously on such speeds, but you can gobble fast data on one, while talking with the other. The cards are also hot-swappable, meaning you don't have to reboot the handset when inserting a new SIM card, or taking one out – the handset just reloads the launcher, asks for your PIN if you cards have one, and that's that.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and FM radio round up the other connectivity options, with about the only thing missing being NFC.

Alcatel also offers a branded dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of your TV, and you can stream videos and other media wirelessly from your Idol X to the TV – yes, it supports Full HD MKV files, too.

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13 Comments

1. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Weak processor? Seems like you sir are just spoiled by those ultra blazingly fast SoCs.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It is weak by late 2013 standards. Performance is always relative to competition.

4. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

It is weak by 2013 standarts, however still very fast. This phone has 4 A7 cores which means that it will be very power efficient while still have power. I have a SGS1 with A8 core at 1 GHz and running almost every app I have very smoothly, and A7 core has 10% worse instruction per cycle/ per core on the same clock than A8 so if the A7 is clocked at 1.5 GHz it will have 6 times better performance than my SGS1, while taking only a little more energy, so if my SGS1 runs just fine (with a little help from XDA) on 1GHz A8, I am sure that this phone will also run just fine. Almost every phone today has a great performance, A7 can do 1900 MIPS at 1GHz and Xbox 360 processor can do 2000 MIPS at 1 GHz and A15 can do 3500 MIPS on 1 GHz, so todays CPUs in phones should be more than sufficient for everything you throw at it. If an app is lagging, the cause of the lag is in most cases lack of optimization, not lack of power. Also this phone is an awesome deal. The best phone for that price, maybe except nexus 4 in google play countries :).

6. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Yes but in the 2014 world, when you at the processor capacity of the single digit cellular device, you can obviously tell that the nanofabrication methods are vastly superior to 2013 methods. In this case, the Iphone 5s, with its security system and the leftist political climate of this era, would prove the ultimate thesis of reality, thus demonstrating the candid desire of those to show their pluralistic views on operating systems. Therefore, this Alcatel phone, built on the superiority of the 7th amendment, shows the 14th political change. You bum.

8. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Exactly. Now even most midrange phones can run every app smooth. It's all about how well the apps are optimized. My zte avid scores over 15300 on antutu. But this phone did the same score with a full hd screen. Pretty good in my book. Don't know how games run but this is enough performance for the average consumer. Even for those nagging teen girls who blae everything on the phone and not the apps.

2. papss unregistered

I'm torn here.. I'm loving what they are doing at the price point with the hardware but the front design is way to similar to every other phone out there. To me this looks like they ripped every nexus since the nexus one. The back looks okay though.

5. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

699 € in germany, lol :D

7. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I am glad you guys did a review on the Alcatel One Touch Idol X PhoneArena! But no video review??

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Looks kinda like the Samsung Galaxy S4 (the back)

10. Skipe95

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I cant get to menu, i swiped up from bottom but it doesnt work. Does anyone have slow charching problem with this phone?

11. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied! http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/VJ2rjEMrZ

12. chetankasar

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2015

Nice phone only we have to polish it, by adding some launcher like L launcher and have to set up the developer option by reducing animator duration scale.... its work like a feathers or very very smooth....nicephone

13. farhad.ahmad30

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Alcatel may have its pros and cons. Mostly the people are not satisfied with its battery but I got another brand with me by the name of iDROID USA. I am using iDROID Royal V5 with a 5" OGS IPS display and a 13 MP rear camera, it is a powerhouse in the palm of your hands. Battery timing is super!
OneTouch Idol X
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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