Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2S – could this mid-ranger compete with the top dogs?


If you’re on the lookout for a mid-range smartphone that looks pretty stylish and is small enough to not feel bulky in your back pocket, then the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2S seems to be worth a look – at least if the predominantly good reviews about it are anything to go by.

A high-end look at a fraction of the price

With its brushed metal finish, rounded edges and slim frame, it’s obvious – as the Idol 2 S review is quick to highlight – a large emphasis has been placed on this phone’s design, demonstrating that “you can buy a high-end look at a fraction of the price.”

Furthermore, unsightly greasy fingerprints won’t hamper this phone’s appearance, as we are told – by Mobiles – that the black crystal glass has an Oleophobic coating (whatever that is) which repels the oil produced by pawing fingers.

And that’s not all, equally as unsightly scratches are unlikely to vex this phone’s owners, thanks to its “impressively durable” scratch-resistant Dragontrail Glass, a novel alternatively to the most widely heard of Corning Gorilla Glass.

So its ‘high-end’ well-polished design is pretty impressive, what about the Idol 2S’s operational spec?

It won’t ‘set the world on fire’

In its pretty positive review of the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 2S, Android Central admit that this new mid-ranger “won’t set the world on fire” but it’s “not without its charms.” Android Central marks the phone’s bright screen and overall size and form, as several of its plus points.

The review describes the phone’s software experience as not being all that bad and asides a handful of brightly-coloured icons, there’s not that much going on – A positive trait for Android Central who describe this relative emptiness as “inoffensive”. And, of course, being an Android phone you can “soon customise anything you don’t like.”

Smartphones.findthebest talks about the Idol 2S’s camera – an 8 megapixel rear camera, which according to the review, will produce high quality photos.

And now that how easily a camera can take selfies has become a defining quality of smartphone cameras, the Idol S2’s 1.2 megapixel front camera has been dubbed as being “an average choice for selfies.”

The screen’s resolution of 1,280 pixels by 720 pixels, means it is a 720 HD screen. As display sharpness can be measured in pixel density per square inch of the screen, at 294 PPI, according to Smartphone.findthebest, it’s about average for a phone released in 2014.

And the downsides?

What is however below average, is the Idol 2S’s battery life of 10 hours, which is some six hours less than the 2014 average of 16 hours.

Another downside is, as Digital Versus writes, its slow touch response time of 130 milliseconds, which, incidentally, still falls within the average category.

Of course the Idol S2’s main selling point is its 4G compatibility.


All in all this stylish 4G phone with a five inch display which you can watch videos on in high definition and that is cunningly disguised as a higher end model but retails for a mere £185, has got to be worth a try.