One Touch Idol 2 Mini S
The first impression of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S is very good. The metal back side surprised us in this price segment, and he feels remarkably solid.
The thin profile feels good in the hand, Alcatel only had the on-off button placed on the top instead of the side. Because it is such a "small" smartphone, you tap the power button often wrong and you tap the Volume button above it instead.
What immediately stands out on the 960 x 540 pixel 4.5 inch screen is the clearly visible pixel grid. Color quality and brightness is okay, but when you begin to see the grid, you keep seeing it. However there are other devices with a similar resolution available where it is not so noticeable. The Android shell by Alcatel is pretty drastic, but you can handle it well. What you do notice often when multitasking, is that the device requires around five seconds before he can load the home screen. That's strange, because the Snapdragon 400 does not have that problem with other devices like the HTC Desire 610 or the Motorola Moto G 2014.
The camera works quite fast and photos usually look sharp. The colors appear in some situations a bit pale, but in this price range the quality is more than adequate. The biggest pain point is ultimately his battery. The autonomy is rather low: with light use, you just get to the end of the day with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G enabled. It's a shame that the first good impression of the Idol 2 Mini S gradually disappear like snow in the sun.
199 euros (at time of writing) www.alcatelonetouch.com
+ Finishing; Solid construction.
- Autonomy; Slow multitasking; Pixel frame is clearly visible.