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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- 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)