Alcatel One Touch Idol X Review
The 13 MP shooter on the back of the Idol X is paired with an LED flash, and we get a 2 MP camera at the front with something Alcatel calls Emotishots, which takes four slow successive photos of your expression, giving you the time to adjust for the perfect selfie to rival Miley Cyrus. There is also a Beauty Face option with the Full HD front-facing cam, that smooths out skin tones and removes blemishes.
The camera app interface is very intuitive, and with a transparent background so you can always follow the frame in front of your lens. There are HDR, Panorama, 360, Night and Sports shooting modes, while from the more advanced settings only ISO (up to 1600) and exposure adjustment sliders are present. There aren't any color effects to apply if you are into those, so you'd have to probe the Play Store for a 3rd party app.
The pictures come out with appealing, oversaturated colors. There aren't any glaring white balance or exposure calculation issues, so overall the phone takes pretty good photos when there's enough light to shine on the scene. However, the amount of detail is somewhat lower than what we'd expect from a 13 MP shooter.
Alcatel says that the “Super Macro” lens keep objects sharp from as close as 5cm (2”) but in reality we got sharp results from about 10cm (4”), which is still a quite decent result.
When it gets dark the photos come out rather noisy and a tad blurry, though nothing out of the ordinary for a phone camera, and we'd recommend to turn on the Night mode for better low-light results.
Video gets captured with Full HD 1080p resolution and fluid 30fps. It exhibits the same oversaturation as the stills, making the footage look more vivid than it actually is. Exposure adjustments while panning around happen quickly, and the handset supports continuous autofocus, though shifting the focus back and forth between a close object and the background happens within two or three seconds sometimes.
The gallery sports grid thumbnail view, and offers a rich variety of photo enhancement and editing options built into the interface. You can share its content through no less than 13 different services, including Evernote and OfficeSuite's Wi-Fi Direct option.
Music playback is categorized by artists, albums, genres and playlists in the player interface, and there are a bunch of equalizer presets to apply. The “Bass Boost” and faux surround “3D Sound” options are only available to you when you plug in the headset. We get a pretty decent loudspeaker with the Idol X, despite the slim body, which is strong and sounds relatively clean.
Video playback support is stellar, with DivX/Xvid/MKV files all playing without a hitch in up to 1080p resolutions. The player itself is rather barebone, though, with just an extra loop function, so we'd recommend to quickly pawn off the video footage playback to 3rd party Play Store apps.