Alcatel One Touch Idol S, Analysis

Alcatel is having a small resurgence as a manufacturer of mobile phones, although it is licensing the brand to the TCT Company. Apart from bringing nostalgia to the oldest of the place, this revival is accompanied of a good design as always characterized this brand.

Today we bring you analysis of the Alcatel One Touch Idol S, a very fine terminal, which falls in the middle range and with an attractive design. As we shall see is a very attractive option for those looking for a range media with very got finishes.

Alcatel One Touch Idol S, physical finishes

If I had to highlight something positive from this terminal is the physical finish. It is very good, worthy of a high-end. We have a terminal light and fine unibody which gives very good sensations in the hand. The 4.7-inch screen are very suitable.

What it highlights especially the finish? First, which is very thin, only 7.4 mm. Second, which is very light, only 110 grams. And third, much elegance in the back, with a satin finish very nice touch plastic. Color may vary, but in the analysis we’ve had metallic grey, with a light blue tone that I loved.

The body is unibody, and although there is no border between the back and the side, there is a very pronounced curvature that gives elegance to the terminal. The unique edge that exists is between the rear/side and the screen. Off Terminal No button, there is although there is a row of buttons fixed on the bottom. It is a pity that they not choose buttons software when it is from Android 4 recommendation, and this terminal comes with Android 4.2. That Yes, the buttons are turned off and unseen when not used. That’s why the off screen is not any button.

We are in a thin, lightweight terminal and very gotten finishes that give it a very nice look

On the front only the speaker looks to talk by phone and front camera 1.2 megapixel. But at the top is also the LED notifications, on the left side. A rather rare place for LED, but it is awkward.

The sides have some weird stuff. At the bottom there is no connector, only the hole for the microphone, which is a big thing. On the right side we have the volume and the charging connector microUSB, in an unusual place and that might not be the best place since many docks may not used terminal.

At the top we have the audio plug, and on the right side we have the slot for SIM card, microSD, and power button. The problem I see is that the power button is almost in the middle of the terminal, a rather unusual place and costs to get used. It would be better to put it a little higher.

The back is the best of the terminal. The satin-finish plastic, the centered 8-megapixel camera, and the word “onetouch” below. It also highlights the “Alcatel” maraca and speaker in the lower right, which can be heard quite high although the quality is not great.

In short, we are in a thin, lightweight terminal and very gotten finishes that give it a very nice look. Some things are poorly placed (the power button, the microUSB charging), but in general we have a very good terminal finishes.

See complete gallery» Alcatel One Touch Idol S (23 photos)

Performance Hardware

First of all let’s the specifications of the terminal, both in processor as in internal memory they are closer to middle range of high, but there are some aspects like screen that stand out.

Alcatel One Touch Idol S: specifications
Screen IPS of 4.7 inch, multi-touch 5 points
Resolution 1280 × 700 pixels, 312ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930 Dual Core 1.2 GHz (ARMv7)
Graphics processor Adreno 305
RAM 1 GB
Memory 4 GB + microSD
Version Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Connectivity Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/HSPA/LTE
Expansion ports MicroSD, MicroUSB
Cameras Front: 1.2 megapixel / rear: 8 megapixel
Battery Li-ion battery 2000 mAh
Access to Google Play Yes, series
Price 249 euros with Yoigo

In the battery of tests we have done you good place but not as a mobile pointer is terminal to play. For casual use, however, we have a good choice.

 

Alcatel One Touch Idol S, performance
AnTuTu 13.803 points
Quadrant 4.870 points
Vellamo HTML 5: 1985 points
Metal: 532 points
3DMark Ice Storm (720 p): 4.490
Ice Storm Extreme (1080 p): 2.338
Ice Storm Unlimited: 3.809
EPIC Citadel High performance: 53.3 fps
High quality: 51.7 fps
Ultra high quality: 28.2 fps
BenchmarkPI 370 milliseconds, since #10358

See complete gallery» Benchmarks Alcatel One Touch Idol S (21 photos)

In the habitual use of the terminal we didn’t have any problems, everything was very fluid even when multiple applications open and us move by Google Play while we mejorábamos some. For mail, messaging and browsing is a very suitable terminal. To play, we will have our limitations, although for example Dead Trigger 2 worked perfectly.

The display stands out above the rest. We are before a panel of 4.7 inch with a density higher than 300 dpi. In other words, we will not see pixels. And also the brightness is good and the representation of colors is also successful. In this regard we will not be disappointed.

The storage that’s somewhat disappointing. Despite the 4 GB just 2 GB free to install applications, which may be short in some cases. It is true, we can expand by microSD, but this is good for the Gallery, not so much to install more applications, which do not always allow to install much out of internal memory.

The camera has surprised me pleasantly. In internal tests, which always reveal the true quality, it was not bad standing at all. It is a step above what we usually see at other terminals of the same range, although it does not reach the high range. You do not expect to see noise-free images, but as I say I’ve tried quite a few moving range average and this is a little above.

See complete gallery» photos taken with the Alcatel One Touch Idol S (11 photos)

The sound, as I’ve said before, is quite high. Even though the quality isn’t perfect (never is) nor at odds, and I think that the volume gives a site featuring for multimedia applications.

That terminal is fine (7.4 mm) and light (110 grams) has a clear consideration: the battery. We are facing a battery of only 2000 mAh with a big screen (4.7 inch) and length deteriorates. You can not get to a full day of use if we are intensive users.

Alcatel One Touch Idol S, software

We have a fairly customized terminal by Alcatel in Idol S. The launcher, screen unlock (with a ball moving quite annoying) and applications (Gallery, clock, calendar…) are exclusive to this terminal. However the customization does not stop there.

The phone comes with several commercial applications, some of them paid, in series with the telephone. Swiftkey, Shazam, Asphalt 7, PicSay, Deezer, Evernote… A group of selected applications that I sure like many users. Perhaps others do not, and here there is something curious: some can be uninstalled and others do not. Something rare and safe to that annoying to many, but always you may disable since we’re in Android 4.2.2.

Customization of the Alcatel One Touch Idol S is quite charged, but is quite nice. All design icons, font and settings go much with the line terminal hardware: stylized, sober, professional. Personally I liked quite.

The Android version that comes with is, as I have said, the 4.2.2, and terminal comes with an application to perform updates OTA. We hope to update the terminal since it is in a slightly outdated version of Android.

Xataka Android view

With the Alcatel One Touch Idol S is a mid-range mobile with certain strokes of a high-end. It is a very attractive design, the design software and a camera that gives the size. However the hardware performance is rather poor in order to say that we we have a high range.

If it is not required to play the last thing is available and if the use is not overly intensive (hence battery will give war) are facing a highly recommended terminal.

In favour

  • Design
  • Thinness and weight
  • Software

Against

  • Battery
  • Something just performance

 

The terminal has been granted for tests by Alcatel.
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