The review that I share with you today, is my user experience with Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2. Nowadays, the smartphone widespread gives to the consumer different options when choosing a new “toy”. If you’re a geek by nature or a practical person, surely there’s an equipment that will adapt to you.
I had the opportunity to test the Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 2, this equipment was gently yielded for testing by Alcatel, and it doesn’t disappoint, but to know more details keep reading and enjoy another AndroidEmotions review. Besides our experience using it, we’ve also written an article with the benchmarks regarding the device.
My first impression of this Alcatel was like the one Fernando Pessoa — a genius of Portuguese literature — had with Coca-Cola:
“First you find it strange. Then you can’t get enough of it”.
My last experience was with the BQ Aquaris E6 phablet, besides its size, the ergonomics was somewhat crude. With the IDOL 2, despite a bad first impression, I didn’t feel it. I didn’t felt any discomfort, in fact this “small” 5 inches screen has a very smooth touch. This screen has a Corning Gorilla Glass protection, which prevents damages made by keys or by harder pieces, and has a 540×990 pixel resolution. The IDOL’s 2 external dimensions are 136 x 70 x 7.3 mm, this probably says nothing to you, but, Alcatel built a smartphone weighing only 128g, sometimes I even forget that I have it in my hand or on pocket.
Let’s see the interesting details! Brands and the World are increasingly looking to smartphones not just for leisure and fun, but also as a work tool, this is one of the reasons why more and more brands bet on Dual-SIM equipment, and this IDOL 2 is an example of that. Ideal for who wants to have their personal and company card on the same equipment, or simply because they have more than one card. It’s an enormous comfort not having to carry around two mobile phones.
This Alcatel OnetTuch IDOL 2 (6037k) model comes equipped with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, unfortunately this version doesn’t have an update to Android KitKat, which quite limits the device if you wish to pair it with a fitband, which in most cases one of the requirements is Android 4.4. Nonetheless, it’s not because of that, that we have a less pleasant user experience.
Despite the Android on this equipment not being pure, the launcher with which Alcatel markets it, it’s simple and pleasant; to the user is given several pre-installed applications, but those aren’t the native applications which several brands equip their devices and with which we’re forced to live with.
It’s always nice, when booting a new smartphone, not having to install several applications that we use, such as: Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Shazam, Evernote and OfficeSuit. Still in the field of applications, but with a different goal; we have the compass, the currency converter, flashlight and even Trigger.
Trigger is a native application from Alcatel that allows you to do a task or action in function of an event.
Let’s pretend that you wish to turn off your mobile data as soon as you arrive home or to your job, with Trigger you can do it in automatic mode. This function is important for those who wish to be always available or on top of an event, and has a limited mobile data ceiling.
But don’t worry, if you don’t have an Alcatel IDOL 2 you can use the application IFTTT, of which I made a review a while back.
The Alcatel Onetouch IDOL2 has a good ratio of screen size versus smartphone size, and has the touch buttons previous page home and menu outside of the screen.
This IDOL 2 is equipped with a notification LED, despite its colour not being customizable, by looking at it you can see if there’s any pending notification. Locking and unlocking with a double tap is without a doubt a great functionality for those who just need one hand to use a smartphone. Despite it, it’s not something indispensable on this smartphone, since its volume and power buttons are located on the right side of the phone and are easy to use even with just one hand. However, the proximity sensor isn’t very affective, throughout calls, weird situations occur.
When the IDOL 2 is locked, on the screen’s upper half you can see the meteorology for your current localization, and if you swipe to any of the sides you see the calendar. On the lower half of the locking screen you have the shortcuts for calling, SMS and camera. This last one is especially useful for those moments when you just have time to take your smartphone out of your pocket and photograph or film something that is happening.
By speaking in photographing, the IDOL 2 comes equipped with a back camera of 8MP and a frontal one of 2 MP. Both cameras have very basic functionalities, such as: automatic and manual focus, HDR and geo-reference. The back camera photograph’s images with a 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution.
This Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 2 sits on the market’s segment of medium-low range, however, such doesn’t mean that it hasn’t some premium worthy details. Besides having a back cover in plastic, and despite being quite pleasant to touch, the IDOL 2 has a side frame which gives it a premium aspect.
As I stated before, you can use this smartphone with one hand without any trouble because the volume and power buttons are on the right side and the touch buttons on the screen’s base. Another positive aspect is that the mobile phone already comes with the Swiftkey keyboard installed, which allows you to customize the keyboard in function of your user preferences.
Regarding the processor, this IDOL 2 has a MediaTek ARM MT6582 @1.30 GHz Quad-Core processor, graphics card Mali-400 MP, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. However, the available storage is about 12GB, but you can increase it by using a micro-SD up to 32GB. It has a battery of Lithium 2000mAh. Connectivity wise, I point out the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, the NFC and hotspot.
I could determinate that this Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 2 is without a doubt and excellent option to take in consideration in a future equipment acquisition. This opinion is formed not just because of its reduced weight (128g), (something that all of us give some importance), but also due to the possibility of having one smartphone with two SIM cards. Nowadays there’s an abundance in dual-SIM mobile phones, but for 180€ and despite not being a recent smartphone, this one counts with premium worthy functionalities and characteristics, such as the NFC and metallic frame.
Dear readers, to me, this is one of the smartphones with best price-quality ration on the medium-low range. Do you agree with my opinion? Don’t hesitate in sharing with me, on the comment section, what is your standpoint.
Note: Review made by Bruno Silva in android-emotions.pt and translated by João Paulo Carvalho