Alcatel One Touch Idol X review

A mid-price, high spec smartphone

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The Alcatel One Touch Idol X comes running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. There is currently no option to update to Android 4.3 or KitKat, and Alcatel has not revealed whether these upgrades will be available in the future.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X review

Alcatel has tinkered slightly with the user interface from the original stock Android, but we found it to be an enjoyable tweak. The only slight annoyance is the removal of the app draw, but organized pages of apps can be just as good.

The large widget on the home page by default displays the time, date and weather in your local area, although you do have the option to add or change the widgets by tapping the options button on the home page.

There is also a 'widget wall' with the option to be disabled if the stack of information is too fussy. If the default widgets are not to your liking there are several different sized preinstalled options. Along with the preinstalled widgets, a lot of apps also add their availability as widgets, so you should'nt run out of options.

Also preinstalled on the Idol X is a rather unnecessary photo wall, the sole purpose of which is to constantly scroll through available photos on your phone. To be honest, we found it slightly pointless.

The Idol X loads apps quickly, and swiping between pages on the home screen is nice and smooth, plus you can group apps together into folders to avoid flicking though pages and pages of apps. As with nearly all Android devices, deep customisation is available, with almost everything from wallpapers to page transitions available to tweak in the settings menu.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X review

The Idol X does not support themes, but the default icons are pleasing enough. The phone came with a few preinstalled apps from Google, including Gmail and YouTube to keep you connected and entertained.

Accessing the notifications area is as easy as swiping down from the top status bar, you will then be presented with a familiar screen of toggles for commonly used settings and notifications of recent activities.

We found that interacting with the interface is enjoyable and intuitive. There are times when the phone will freeze temporarily for up to 5 seconds when exiting apps, but that frustration aside we had a generally smooth experience.

Alcatel have played it relatively safe with the interface as there are not any amazing new must have features, but compared to other devices in a similar price range, you will find it hard to be disappointed.

Tech Specs

Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
SAR Value0.26 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedYes
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyIdol X
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13.1 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported2
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameALCATEL onetouch
Battery Talk Time20 Hour
Screen Size12.7 cm (5")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerMediaTek
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density441 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height140.4 mm
Width67.5 mm
Depth6.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time320 Hour
Product NameIDOL X Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineIdol X
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor, eCompass
Manufacturer Part Number6040D-2DALDE1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationSuper slim 6.9mm design
Hey good looking

It just got harder for you to keep away from all that attention. A design and finish that not only looks fab, but feels as good as it looks.

Borderless Full HD display
Love for detail

More things to see, more space to enjoy. The 5" display covers almost entire surface of your phone, making it incredibly compact.

With 440 pixels behind every inch, there is a lot more than your eyes can see.
Package Contents
  • IDOL X Smartphone
  • Micro USB Slim Charger Head
  • Micro USB Data Cable
  • 3.5 Jack In-Ear Stereo Headset
  • Quick User Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 GB