Alcatel was one of the biggest Mobile phone makers when GSM was just making it' mark in the mobile phone world. But in recent years they thave failed to create phones that would compete with widely recognize Nokia Handset. Now in the Smartphone world where people has acknowledgement handset created by not only the to leading smartphone creator, Apple and Samung. Alcatel has a chance to get a piece of the smartphone market.
Before I got my Alcatel One touch I was using my Iphone 3g. I am not the type of person that enjoys purchasing a new handset from time to time. But my Iphone 3g has a lot of limitations which prompted me to buy a new phone.
Here are the general specfcations that I got from gsmarena.com
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|HSDPA 850 / 1900|
|SIM||Optional dual SIM (Micro-SIM)|
|BODY||Dimensions||133 x 67.5 x 7.9 mm (5.24 x 2.66 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||109 g (3.84 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||540 x 960 pixels, 4.66 inches (~236 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Dragon Trail Glass|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB (dual SIM version)|
|Internal||4 GB / 13.3 GB (dual SIM version) storage, 512 MB|
|Speed||HSDPA 7.2 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus|
|Secondary||Yes, 2 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1 GHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Silver, Slate, Pink, Red, Yellow|
|- SNS integration|
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 415 h (2G) / Up to 410 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 7 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 3 h 30 min (3G)|
The Alcatel Idol One touch available by getting postpaid plan 600 with Sun Cellular. Now please note that the Idol release here in the Philippines is just single sim. Many people, myself included thought that it would come in with dual sim. Also the sun cellular release on comes with Slate color back cover.
Here is some things that I've noticed.
Bluetooth - I tried pairing with a Samsung Galaxy phone but it did not work. I am not sure If this holds true only for the Samsung Galaxy Y or all Samsung Phones. Ironically it worked with my Iphone. Normally the Iphone's bluetooth does not recognize other phones except if it is an IOS device.
Battery: It is what you would expect from a smartphone. With consistent use of wifi the battery would last for a day. When I used it watching Movies, I had to to make an extra charge to make through the day. However this what I noticed. I know it is not ideal to use your phone while charging, but Alcatel Idol heats up real fast when I did it. When I was using my Iphone I never experience that problem. Even when I continuously play Candy Crush without charging, it heats up fast.
Touch screen: When I am playing candy crush, and swipe the screen from left to right and vise versa, I encounter some lag or sometimes it does not respond at all. I have to swipe it again to make the move. But other than that it works fine. I am not sure if this is caused by the free screen protector that they provide. There are fingerprint smudges all the time and I have to clean every now and then.
Here are some of the sample camera photos that I have taken. I think it is great when i take photos during the day. I still have to test how it fares during night and still have to test the front camera
I'll end it now and provide further updates in the coming weeks since I just got the phone and still testing it out. Please stay tuned. What do you think of the Alcatel One touch Idol