POWER NOT COM­PRO­MISED FOR STYLE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

The Al­ca­tel One Touch Idol Ul­tra is a pre­mium look­ing smart­phone. The com­pany claims it is the world’s slimmest An­droid smart­phone and we have to agree that the 6.5mm thick­ness makes it easy to hold de­spite the big dis­play.

This is a neat look­ing phone with no brand­ing on the front. If you are lucky peo­ple will start think­ing you have pur­chased a Samsung smart­phone. It has a non-re­mov­able rub­berised back with a mi­cro SIM slot on the side panel. In its ef­fort to achieve the thin waist­line, Al­ca­tel has done away with the 3.5mm jack for con­nect­ing head­phone. You now need a spe­cial con­nec­tor that con­verts the charg­ing port into the head­phone jack. Thank­fully, the sound out­put doesn't suf­fer from this ad­just­ment.

Al­ca­tel One Touch too has a cus­tomised user in­ter­face that looks good and is easy to use. The lock screen has got a rec­tan­gu­lar box dis­play­ing time, date and day along with icons for cam­era, mes­sag­ing and phone. The phone is un­locked when you slide a fin­ger down the mid­dle of the screen.

The Idol Ul­tra runs An­droid 4.1 and is pow­ered by a dual-core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1GHz with 1GB RAM. With th­ese re­sources, it man­ages to per­form all ba­sic tasks and even some doc­u­ment ed­its with ease. It scored 2813 on the Quad­rant Stan­dard Bench­mark test.

This smart­phone comes with 16GB on­board stor­age and doesn’t have a mem­ory card slot. So the users will have to be sat­is­fied with 13.3 GB user ac­ces­si­ble stor­age.

Hav­ing an 8MP cam­era doesn’t mean that it will be as good as the one found on the Ap­ple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy SIII. The Ul­tra Idol snaps im­ages that look good on the phone’s bright dis­play as well as on larger screens. But there was vis­i­ble noise in im­ages cap­tured in low light. The 1800 mAh bat­tery on­board man­aged to give us a day on aver­age use.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT? A stylish An­droid phone with a medi­ocre cam­era.

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