Alcatel’s 2014 flagship, the One Touch Idol X+, is here. Here’s our on-the-spot unboxing.
The Idol X+ has 5″ IPS display with a dense pixel per inch count – 441 – allowing for vivid colors and sharp images for all your photos and videos.
Here’s the run down.
While no one’s looking, let’s pull the Idol X+ out of its packaging.
These sound wonderful.
The translucency on the pull down notification panel looks cool.
Sold separately for P1,900.00, the Smart Boom Band acts as fitness and sleep tracker plus phone unlocker and anti-theft device (it sounds off when the Alcatel phone paired with it is beyond a certain distance).
Against the crop of P15k-ish octa-cores on the market, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ does a few things up its sleeve:
- a slim, thin, solid, and round-cornered physique that’s easy on your eyes and comfy in your hand;
- an octa core set up that clocks slightly higher than competing octa core phones, such as the Gionee Elife S5.5, so that browsing and multi-tasking are noticeably snappier, and battery life enough to get you through the work day;
- that God-wonderful-sounding JBL earphones that comes with – it’s worth around P4k (if I’m not mistaken) and can go toe-to-toe with the Quad Beats earphones that come with the LG G2 and G3;
- works seamlessly with a sold-separately fitness and sleep tracker Alcatel Smart Boom Band (P1,900.00) which also acts as phone unlocker and phone anti-theft device.
That said, the Alcatel Idol X+ does not have:
- expandable storage, so if you install a lot of games and take lots of pictures and videos, that 12 GB user-available space runs out fast (you’ll need something like this, to augment the storage);
- LTE, but then even in some LTE spots we get only 3G, so you might not miss this;
- Android Kitkat, because you don’t want to worry about your phone’s not having the latest version of Android;
- a wide-angle front camera lens, which can take in more people when taking selfies (in this department, the Huawei Ascend P7 and Gionee Elife S5.5‘s 8MP front cam have a slight edge).
On balance, the Alcatel Idol X+, specs-wise, is not a poor performer.
And here’s the midrange spec’d Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha.
Its sleek profile blends a metallic design and “translucent” edges and all of this in a curved physique that’s is just way cool.
Here’s a solo of that tin can case the Idol Alpha comes in, because I couldn’t resist.
I’d love for my sleek phone to come in a can. But then the “unboxing” review wouldn’t be called that. Uncanning?
And finally, here’s what the P 1,900.00 Alcatel Smart BoomBand can do.