Alcatel Idol X+


Alcatel Idol X+I’m sure everybody remembers Alcatel and the nice phones that they used to make before the smartphones grabbed the market and turned it into their own territory. Well, even if they weren’t very active in this last few years (at least compared to other powerful brands), you should take a look at their latest pieces of work, as it’s very possible for them to charm you into getting one. The Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ is their latest and greatest high-end release, the successor of the first Idol X. It brings a lot of features and an impressive list of specifications that make this baby a pretty dangerous opponent for its other competitors. Its design is also turning some jealous heads in the smartphone-world, thus being a great combination between smart and beautiful, which is a recipe for success. At least in my book. Follow the next review and find out more details about what it brings new over its predecessor and also if it’s the right choice to make when searching for a smartphone.
The Alcatel Idol X+ stands at 140.4 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm and has a weight of 130 grams, having some great measurements that make it very easy to manage and pleasing to hold in your hand. The handset is slim and elegant, yet its glossy back seems a little fragile to me, so you should offer it some protection if you don’t want to deal with scratches. Also, even if it looks beautiful, it attracts fingerprints and can get quite smudgy too. The back cover can be removed and reveals the 2,500 mAh battery which sadly, isn’t removable. It will keep your phone alive for two days of moderate usage.
The frontal part of the body offers very slim bezels that hold between them a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. The colors are vibrant and punchy, the contrast is good and the viewing angles are very wide. It performs great under direct sunlight, and that’s very important. At least for me it is.
The Alcatel Idol X+ comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and its interface has been customized here and there with some Alcatel additions. Browsing through it goes as smooth as it gets and the friendly and intuitive interface will surely be a pleasure. The user experience is great and for that, we also have to thank its hardware support. The smartphone is backed by a MediaTek MT6592 chipset, having an octa core 2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage which can’t be expanded, due to the lack of a microSD card slot. The performance isn’t among the best out there, yet manages to obtain an enjoyable result. The phone won’t be bugging you with any hiccups.
In terms of connectivity, the Alcatel Idol X+ comes loaded with support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, dual-band 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0. The smartphone also holds dual-SIM support.
Surfing the web is done through the standard Android browser or Google Chrome. Both of them are excellent browsers that offer a plethora of options and settings for enhancing the user experience, which is great. The pages are loaded fast and look nice on the large 5 inches screen.
The Idol X+ comes packed with a 13 MP camera with autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4208 x 3120 pixels and has a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The pictures produced with it look nice and offer a good amount of resolved detail, yet, to be honest, I’ve seen better performances from other 13 MP snappers.
The video camera produces some decent 1080p clips. There’s also a secondary 2MP camera on board.
Its media players are also pretty good, yet the video one leaves something to be desired as it lacks audio support for some codecs.
The music player holds some nice features, such as an equalizer for enhancing the audio quality, which is very good, by the way.
Some other important features offered by the Alcatel Idol X+ are a GPS receiver with support for A-GPS, Google Maps for navigation, a file manager, the One Touch Cloud BackUp application for backing up your data and settings, an FM Radio with RDS support and more.
In conclusion, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ means serious business and won’t let you down if you’re expecting a very capable dual-SIM smartphone.
Alcatel Idol X+ red


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