Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S Review
Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S
Smartphone at a Smart Price!
Whenever someone mentions Alcatel One Touch phones it’s safe to say that most comments are swept under the rug for a rainy day. This is mainly because Alcatel One Touch isn’t an Apple or a Samsung, in fact if you were to go out and ask 100 people to name a smartphone brand, we’re betting you wouldn’t get one person say Alcatel One Touch.
This is exactly the reason why we weren’t expecting too much when we received the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S in the post. But after 5 or 10 minutes, we were pleasantly surprised by the handset and hopefully this review should tell you why!
After opening the fairly standard packaging the Idol 2 Mini S arrived in, we were greeted with a brilliantly built smartphone from Alcatel One Touch. It has clearly put a lot of work into the design of the Idol 2 Mini S, and it certainly shows.
Picking it up, the first thing we noticed was just how thin the device actually was, only 6.9mm. For those of you who don’t know, that’s just as thin as the latest iPhone.
But whilst being thin, the Alcatel One Touch handset still felt sturdy and this is down to the fabulous metallic edge of the device. The back, whilst looking metal based as well is actually plastic with a metallic finish, but it definitely doesn’t disappoint.
The front side of the handset is dominated by the phone’s 4.5” IPS display, whilst the capacitive buttons are found just below. There’s enough room for your speaker and front facing lens, but other than that there’s little out of the ordinary here.
Whilst we all knew that the Alcatel One Touch wouldn’t be competing with the latest batch of flagship phones on paper, we were actually preparing to be underwhelmed, mainly because of its £169 price tag. However, we were again quite surprised at the phone's internal hardware, with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM and up to 8GB storage all being stuffed into the mix. A 1,700mAh battery tops things off inside the handset, giving a modest but quite emphatic spec sheet.
Whilst you shouldn’t be expecting a super-powered experience on the Idol 2 mini S, this is one of the best phones we have seen from the manufacturer in terms of build quality. For such a cheap price tag, you can’t really expect any better!
Phone Set Up
With Android 4.3 JellyBean being pre-installed on the device straight out of the box with the Idol 2 Mini S, you know you’re getting a great piece of software under the hood.
We only occasionally encountered any lag with the Idol 2 Mini S, and when I did it was normally because we were running a large number of apps, something we can’t really judge the handset on considering its price tag. Plus, with its quad-core processor under the hood, the Idol 2 Mini S outperforms many of its closest rivals on the market when it comes to speed.
Packing a slightly older version of Android does mean that many of the features on the handset aren't particularly new, but even still the Idol 2 Mini S has a few tricks up its sleeve.
One Finger Zoom
The one finger zoom feature is a practical addition on the handset, ending the constant multi-touch fumbling we suffer from when on the move. Whether it’s a website, photo or anything else that we're trying to view, the Idol 2 Mini S allows you to zoom in using just the one finger, keeping your other hand completely free.
Other Android based features like smart Bluetooth support, dial pad autocomplete and improved networking and security settings are all included as well, making the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S a very user-friendly handset.
Camera & Video
With our love of photo based apps growing day by day, it’s no surprise to see the Alcatel One Touch handset sporting two camera lenses to cater for all of your selfie needs.
On its back side we find an 8 megapixel lens which gives a great picture quality. In fact, on paper the lens is pretty much on par with the iPhone 6, making it a surprise addition to the budget handset.
On the front side, a more modest VGA lens makes the cut and gives you more than enough power for a standard ‘night out’ selfie.
Video is helped hugely by stabilisation technology included in the Alcatel One Touch device, making those home movies easier on the eye thanks to a smart mixture of hardware and software.
Boasting a fairly standard 2000mAh battery behind its display, the Idol 2 Mini S lasts around 400 hours on standby from a full charge.
In terms of regular use, you can expect at least a full day’s use without worry, and if you’re careful with your consumption you might be able to make the battery stretch to around two days.
It only requires a three hour charge to hit 100% which meets the smartphone average of today, so nothing more or less than you’d expect really in this area.
So there you have it, whilst not breaking any records or setting any new precedents, the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S actually stands out as one of the better mid-range smartphones you can get thanks to its premium design, impressive specs and 8 megapixel camera.
So if you’re in need of a handy mid-range smartphone capable of handling all of your mobile needs, why not grab yourself the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S?
Written by Luke Hatfield