Each of the second-tier manufacturers have their own strengths and weaknesses. For Alcatel winning strategy was cooperation with operators, they order different models from the company.
No definitive bestseller, but gradually recruited quite decent volumes. Usually, the operating unit profitable Alcatel – pay for them a little more than a device that focused on the mass market. But it also means that consumers are not so smart phones are optimal – exclusivity and sales through a single operator mean higher starting price, the lack of alternatives and flexibility of prices. Model can hold at one price level for a long time – from the first to the last day of its sales, despite the fact that the entire market has gone in the other direction, and similar solutions will cost significantly less. In such stability, perhaps more flaws for consumers, and the benefits are unclear.
- Charger with USB-cable
These considerations are fully applicable to the Idol 2S, this operator model costs much more than its counterparts from Alcatel. Here it should be noted that the difference is described by the presence on board of LTE, but is it so important to the target audience of Alcatel?In my opinion, it does not matter – people buying Alcatel, do not need LTE. Do not misunderstand, it’s not that they did not need LTE, it is a nice gain if it is included – but it is not needed due to the gain in value of 15-20 per cent for buyers Alcatel critical cost and quality / price ratio .
Audience Idol 2s become subscribers of Beeline in Russia, besides needing it in LTE-smartphone. That is, this is a niche, and very small. I also want to note that in terms of common sense may seem that Idol 2 2s and differ only support LTE in the second, but it is not. This unit is more than the screen resolution and there are some other differences, to say that it is one and the same model is not necessary. They are similar, but about the same as all models from Alcatel over the past few years. This aspect is also not without significance – a good design that is already starting to overcome. All models on one face, and you want something fresh, it’s time.
Design, size, controls
Externally, we face the typical Alcatel – it means comfort, plastic housing, close coupled design. The manufacturer offers a model in different colors, but usually can be found in retail dark silver machine.
Phone Size – 136.5 x 69.7 x 7.45 mm, weight – 126 grams. Compact, fits well in the hand. Front panel monochrome (depending on body color, so in white version, it also white). On the front side of this unit is difficult to distinguish from other models, it starts playing, if you turn it – body with a slight bend, nice plastic that is resistant to abrasion. On the rear surface can be seen a large speaker, the top – LED flash, as well as 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.
On the left side is the SIM-card, as well as for memory cards microSD, on the right – the volume rocker and on / off button. 3.5 mm connector carried on the upper end, but microUSB – the lower. At the ends of the holes can also be seen microphones two of them here.
Above the screen there is an indicator light, front camera, and LED, you can configure it to work when you have missed calls or events.Overall, the build quality does not cause problems, but if you squeeze the back panel crackles. Some people may not like it – the reliability of the device is not affected, but the design is such that creaks. Inaccuracy in the design of the unit, which gives this effect. In real life, you do not pay attention to it and are unlikely to compress so phone.
The unit costs IPS-matrix diagonal of 5 inches and a resolution of 720h1080 points. Multitouch support up to 5 touches, brightness control in automatic mode works well. Supply of different brightness, and get a nice model for how the screen works – good colors, excellent viewing angles, no complaints. It is possible that you seem a bit delicate fonts that are by default, but you can always replace them with larger ones. Fades in the sun, but still readable.
The unit costs in 2150 mAh battery capacity. According to the manufacturer, it is capable of providing up to 400/520 hours of standby time (4G/3G), to 7/16.5 hours of talk time. In practice, the use of the machine during quiet – 20 minutes of calls a day, a couple dozen SMS, an hour listening to music and a bit of mobile internet – live about 2 full days. In this case we can say that for very active use of it can live up to the evening of the first day, but it is not typical use of such a device to the target audience. These smartphones are buying mostly for calls, SMS, email and the like. That is, it is not the machine for a permanent location in the network, it’s not enough to comfort the screen diagonal. Full battery charging time is about 2 hours.
Memory, memory card, the performance
The phone has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal, of which 5.3 GB available for user programs and their data. Compatible memory cards up to 32 GB.
Chipset in this model Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926, 4 cores at up to 1.1 GHz. Graphics co-processor – Adreno 305. In my opinion, the performance is great, no complaints, for fans of virtual parrots bring data from the benchmarks.
Telephone networks operating in 2G (GSM / GPRS / EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (850/900/2100 MHz), and LTE (for Idol 2 Mini S). Available Bluetooth version 4.0 for file transfer and speech. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g / n. Phones, of course, can be employed as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or modem. To transfer files and synchronize data using USB 2.0 (High-Speed). There are not too useful function Wi-Fi Display, when you can send a signal from your phone to another device using Wi-Fi. Traditionally, there is a feature Wi-Fi Direct. Also have the option of remote Wi-Fi-display.
In this unit also has NFC, it can be used to read labels, have a trial version of the program Triger Pro, which allows you to customize using NFC various events. Tags themselves is not supplied, but can be purchased from any manufacturer, for example, Samsung.
Normal 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, not enough stars in the sky, gives an acceptable image quality in bright light in the darkness is much worse result. Photofraction – this is not the forte of Alcatel, however, look at the examples below. Video recording is supported in the resolution of 1080p, 30 frames per second.
Software features – Android 4.3
In Idol 2s, as well as in other models, Alcatel uses its shell program that can be seen by many ambiguous, as people often prefer the “naked» Android and quite satisfied with its capabilities.
Many features heavily reworked in Alcatel added a number of programs that can be downloaded free of charge and so, but the fact that they are pre-installed, making the unit more interesting for inexperienced users.
Without unlocking the device you can see the weather forecast for the current day. Prolistnem screen to the right, there will be a calendar and to-do list for the day (see the case or enter another day will come). You can also see the status bar, it is available and the screen is locked, if there is no security key or digital code.
The crucial difference from other approaches Alcatel shells that here decided to give up a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are weather widget, several icons. It is a point of reference. Turning the screen to the left, and there are widgets that you set. Go to the right and it will be programs, some programs have already cleaned the folder did manufacturer. To instantly get used to such an organization, it is something logical and just has the right to life.
In the settings menu appeared their settings, such as mode superekonomii battery. The very sight of the menu is also processed into white, which is quite nice. In this video I’m talking about most of the applications that are in the vehicle, and that has changed compared to previous models, do not want to repeat.
Then it was possible to stay at each program to describe it, but I do not see much sense. It is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see screenshots below.
Another part that I want to describe separately, this multimedia capabilities. The device supports unconverted video chipset excellent plays 1080p, unlike its predecessor. From the standpoint of music formats have FLAC support in addition to the usual MP3 and several other.
Sound quality is great, your partner in all conditions can hear you well. Up loud, clearly distinguishable. Vibrate quite weak, closer to average, it can be skipped.
This is another version of LTE-smartphone from Alcatel, we have seen Idol Mini 2s, which is sold in the Beeline and different screen sizes and at a much lower cost – about 8000 rubles. During the machine asking 11,000 rubles, which looks clearly overpriced. Similar decisions are second-tier brands to 10 000, but it does not have built-in LTE. But whether he needed the target audience? I think that is not necessary – they probably need a good value, but this machine can not give. As a result, we can say that it is not effective at this point, and it is negative. In my opinion, the solution turned a niche that is interesting to Beeline, but not for the market.