The "1-Minute" Review
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As an updated version of the One Touch Idol X, reviews indicate that Alcatel once again proves that you don’t have to be a mainstream flagship phone to offer great performance. While it might not keep up with the latest devices, it certainly seems to offer plenty of power and functionality for a more affordable price than bigger competitors.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ features a plastic shell with a metal frame. Reviews indicate that the result is a sturdy, tight feel that is typically seen in more premium phones. While the phone doesn’t have Gorilla Glass, it uses a similar treatment that performed well on the Idol X. While most reviews of the design of the phone are positive, Phone Arena did call the plastic case “a bit slippery to hold.”
The phone features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display. This is on par with many high end devices. Reviews note that the panel is high quality, producing great color and plenty of brightness, even in bright sunlight. Phone Arena called the display “a piece of beauty”, while Pocket Lint noted, “the screen certainly shines.”
The X+ is powered by an 8-core processor, something nearly unheard of in the mobile world. While this might lead to you believe it will run circles around most phones, it is important to note that the cores are on the slower side at 2Ghz. However, reviews indicate that the phone is plenty powerful to run games, stream HD video and perform most any task you ask of the device. Phone Arena remarked, “The interface is fluid, and the phone ran any app thrown at it.”
If you’re worried about how the 8-core processor impacts battery life, reviews indicate that you have little to worry about. Alcatel touted the power optimization of it’s 8-core processor before release and it seems that their optimizations have paid off. In it’s market, there are few devices that offer the longevity of this one. Most reviews showed battery life going toe to toe with high-tier phones in battery tests and Phone Arena estimates that a single charge is worth “about two days with average usage.”
Alcatel surprised many with the original Idol X. Now that people know what to expect, there were concerns that the X+ would live up to the hype. Perhaps Pocket Lint answers the question best when they say that the X+ “makes people stop and wonder why they are paying top dollar for the latest flagship handsets.“
What the Critics Are Saying...
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Alcatel released the One Touch Idol X+ on June 30, 2014.
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Alcatel backs up the One Touch Idol X+ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your One Touch Idol X+ has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Alcatel support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Alcatel's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.