One Touch Idol Mini - £100
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini
The Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini is an entry-level smart phone that runs on Android Jelly Bean. It boasts an attractive, compact design and an impressive feature list for a phone in the sub £100 market
This phone has a 4.3 inch touchscreen that displays in 228PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The One Touch Idol Mini has a 5MP camera, can record video in up to 720p and has a 0.3MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.3GHz dual core processor and 0.5GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 30 out of 100.
The One Touch Idol Mini has an estimated battery life of around 20 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 1700mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. This phone has a removable battery.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Idol Mini comes with 4GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 32GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Idol Mini has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It can connect to Wi-Fi Display enabled devices, such as certain smart TVs or laptops, enabling you to wirelessly stream content both to and from your phone.
The One Touch Idol Mini has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and it comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the Idol Mini Dual SIM) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.
The One Touch Idol Mini combines good performance with an attractive design. It has a good number of features for a phone of this size and promises to be good value for money. It is worth bearing in mind that the follow up to this phone (The Idol Mini 2) is due for release in late 2014.