Alcatel One Touch Idol first impressions
Early last week we showed you the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra which is currently the world’s slimmest smartphone at 6.45mm. This time we show you the sibling, the One Touch Idol, and it’s also very slim at only 7.9mm.
The One Touch Idol is a more mainstream version of the “Ultra” where it’s a little bit toned down in specifications and now using a brushed aluminium finished plastic body. But Alcatel managed to maintain the slim profile.
The body sports a unibody design but you’ll have the regular volume rocker and micro sim slot on the right, power button and 3.5mm headset jack on the top, micro sd on the left, and micro usb on the bottom. Also the micro sim and sd slots are covered by a flip top cover.
The display is an IPS 4.7” qHD 540×960 which is quite bright than the usual, this is due to that Alcatel used a technology that bonds the screen and glass together which delivers a brighter and vivid screen. Plus the screen is protected by Dragon Trail glass which is starting to be a standard in mid-level smartphones.
Alcatel One Touch Idol specs :
4.7-Inch IPS display @ 540×960 pixels, 236ppi
MediaTek MTK 6577+ 1GHz dual-core processor
4GB Internal Memory
up to 32GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS with A-GPS
8mp Camera w/1080p video @ 30fps
2mp Front Facing Camera
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
133 x 67.5 x 7.9mm (dimensions)
Besides running on Jelly Bean 4.1 Alcatel made some slight modification to their UI where it’s more pleasant to the eyes especially the line based icon notifications, also they generously added various essential apps already to avoid downloading like evernote, facebook, flashlight, barcode scanner and the Sun Cellular mobile app.
One feature we liked is the LED notification which is rare for phones in its price range, right now we give Alcatel a pretty good impression with their overall execution with the One touch Idol.
The handset is available via Sun Cellular and comes free with Plan 600, watch out for our full review soon.