Alcatel One Touch Gum or whatever suffix or monicker they slapped these mobile phones with are by far the funniest looking cellphone I have ever seen in my mortal life. In my previous article, I even compared it to a bar of Safeguard Soap. Looking at the colors of the said phone, one would say it’s so ‘jologs’, right? If you have one of this phone, you should never leave it laying around babies because they might think it’s a candy and eat it! Considering the record of producing some of the unsightly phones ever, I never thought they would be able to come up with the One Touch Ultra Idol, which currently holds the title “the world’s thinnest phone.” Maybe I am wrong after all. Let’s check this bad boy out.
The jury is still out there as to who among the current producers of mobile phones has the thinnest ‘evah’. Surprisingly Alcatel just proved the fact that they can also produce a beautiful product (which they failed to do in a long long time). I don’t even know if they ever produced a phone which is worthy to be described with an adjective ‘beautiful’. However, the proof is here.
The One Touch Ultra Idol. The phone measures 6.45 mm at its thinnest point. The Idol comes with a 4.7-inch HD (1,280 x 720) Super AMOLED (read: PenTile) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It also has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing counterpart, both of which record video at 720p HD.
To make the Idol Ultra as thin as possible, Alcatel removed expandable storage from the phone, and with only 8GB built-in, media intensive applications will need to rely on cloud storage. The phone supports quad-band GSM and offers dual-band HSPA (7.2Mbps) in two different configurations: 900MHz / 2100MHz or 850MHz / 2100MHz.
The phone will be available this month in China for 2,799 RMB ($449). Unfortunately, the Idol Ultra wont be hitting the US shores soon. First, let’s look at the phone’s best feature: its thickness (or lack thereof). 6.45mm is ridiculously thin and light to boot. You might even think its a toy or a replica. Although its thinness is outstanding, the obvious trade-offs like the lack of 3.5 mm headphone jack and expandable storage is disappointing. The 4.7-inch display is a 720p AMOLED panel, which keeps it at par with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
The screen was amazingly bright with outstanding viewing angles.The back of the Ultra sports a smooth semi-glossy exterior with a solid plastic build. Software-wise, the Ultra uses a mostly unmodified Android 4.1 build, though Alcatel appears to have added a few minor tweaks to it like the icons. The phone appears to suffer from minimal lag, but nothing serious.
The soft keys are not very responsive, as we often had to hit the buttons several times before they respond to our repeated commands. We just hope that these concerns may be fixed by the time the of its release. We believe that the Idol Ultra is a big leap for Alcatel. A huge departure from the appearance of its previous creations. Despite all the kinks and issues plaguing the Ultra Idol, we believe that they will be able to fix it and produce an exemplary smartphone worthy of its tenured brand.
Bongieto is a technology consultant for one of the world’s biggest tech company. He has a Masters Degree in IT and likes to tinker with gadgets and gizmos. He is also an avid blogger about anything; spirituality, gadgets, humor and anything that piques his interest. He is also the creator of AdoboChannel.