Alcatel One Touch Idol X Review
The Idol X sports a very good earpiece, with clean and strong sound coming out, without any distortions even at the highest volume. The two noise-canceling microphones weed out the surrounding noise very well, and picked our voice loud and clear to relay to the other side, with only intermittent static noises present.
The sealed 2000 mAh unit capacity is nothing to write home about in this day and age, but Alcatel cites 12 hours of talk time with it in 3G mode, which is a number above the average. Standby is less than typical, though, at about 10 days, since the handset has to maintain two network connections at once. Nevertheless, we didn't notice any unusual overnight drain with the Idol X, and it easily got us through the day with our typical workload, leaving some juice for the night still.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
Alcatel has managed to produce an excellent handset with the One Touch Idol X – it is the thinnest, lightest and one of the cheapest 5” handsets with Full HD displays, which are all the rage these days.
With the Idol X you get a luminant 1080 x1920 pixel display, fine photos and videos, and a good call quality, which is pretty important for a dual SIM handset. All of this is wrapped up in a compact and elegant package that eases one-handed operation.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more affordable Full HD 5-incher with about the only so-so point being the relatively weak MedaiTek chipset. Barring the dual SIM version of the HTC One for China, the Idol X is also the most equipped dual SIM phone out there, and it will definitely ring you cheaper than HTC's flagship.
Even the single SIM version is worth its about $350 asking price, while with a dual SIM option the phone becomes unstoppable, one of the best Android values for the money. The dual SIM Oppo R819 is a prime competitor for a similar price, but it is about as big as the Idol X, yet with a smaller display and lower resolution.
Software version: 4.2.2-01001
- Very light, compact and affordable 5-incher
- Excellent Full HD display
- Hot-swap dual SIM support
- Good call quality
- Weak processor for graphically intensive tasks
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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)