Alcatel One Touch Idol X review

A mid-price, high spec smartphone

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The browsing experience on the Alcatel Idol One Touch X is pretty good. The UI is quick and snappy to load, and there was no lag when bringing up and removing the keyboard.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X review

The top bar for inputting websites also doubles up as a search bar, and the keyboard layout is perfect for this. Everything you need is on the first page of the keyboard and there was no time wasted searching for the '.' symbol. We found it slightly frustrating that the Google keyboard does not include a '.com' button, but this is in no way a major issue.

Apart from that the default browser built into the Idol X, the option to use the Chrome brewers is included straight out of the box, which for some might be the preferred choice of browser.

Over a decent Wi-Fi connection the Idol X is capable of loading pages as quickly as the competition, and we did not encounter any problems whilst using the device day to day.

When using the Idol X over 3G it was what we expected, fast enough for the average user but not capable of the superfast speeds associated with 4G, which this device is not compatible with.

The 1080 x 1920 resolution screen is amazingly bright, clear and crisp with an awesome range of viewing angles, which sometimes are not featured from mid-range handset manufacturers.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X review

As far as the One Touch Idol X is concerned pixelated text is a thing of the past, and high definition is what it is best at showcasing.

On any web page you are viewing you can scroll up slightly to reveal the app's tool bar, with the input box for websites and searches, along the bottom of the screen the options to move forward or backwards a page, an icon to display the currently open tabs, and a bookmarks icon to open up a list of your saved pages.

If you're looking for a device that supports flash, you are out of luck. Google has phased out the use of the dying format on its platform and this means the Idol X can't handle it.

If you would like something slightly different - some would say improved browsing experience, we would recommend using the Chrome app from Google, if you have used Chrome on a device you will know what to expect with tabbed browsing and the option to enter incognito mode if you don't want your surfing session tracked.

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