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Alcatel One Touch Idol 2S review

7.5/10 AVG.

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The Alcatel One Touch Idol 2S currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 1 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Sharp display with good viewing angles
  • Good performance during basic tasks
  • Sleek design
  • Good camera performance

What's bad

  • Slim bezels make it difficult to use
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Capacitive menu buttons work improperly
  • Cheap body materials

Alcatel, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has another entry into the mid-range smartphone market with the OneTouch Idol 2S. When they first received the Idol 2S, experts were impressed with its sleek appearance and comfortable matte back. It is also very light at 126 grams and much thinner than its competition – the Motorola Moto G – at 0.3 inches. At only 5.4 inches tall and 2.8 inches wide, the Idol 2S has very narrow bezels, which unfortunately some reviewers found to be more of a hindrance than a feature as they often found their palm touching the screen or menu buttons by accident. Upon further handling, they uncovered build quality issues such as low quality plastic around the device's perimeter, unsecure back cover and easily scratched camera lens.

For a mid-range phone experts describe the 5-inch, 720p IPS display as sharp, bright and color accurate with good viewing angles and bright light legibility. The only issue they had wasn't necessarily with the display itself but with the capacitive menu buttons. When they pressed different buttons, the menu would either bring up the selection in the wrong location or simply eliminate the menu buttons altogether.

The 2S comes equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. While there's no way it can compete with higher end phones, reviewers were able to load apps quickly and scroll through their home screen with no lag. Even browsing the web was a generally pleasant experience for them though they, unsurprisingly, ran into some issues when multi-tasking and using processor-intensive apps. In order to keep the device slim Alcatel opted for a 2,150mAh battery, which experts found was too small, especially for power use. Even with moderate usage they were barely able to eke out a full day's of use.

Armed with an 8MP rear camera, the Idol 2S actually produced decent daytime and adequate low-light photos for experts. The pictures they took were fairly detailed though with a slightly skewed white balance and a bit over exposed when they used the flash. Still, they add that on the whole the camera was fast and reliable.

While experts did have some issues with the Idol 2S overall they consider it a fairly good piece of hardware. Mobile Syrup adds, "…[it] is an excellent mid-range smartphone that few are going to regret purchasing."


Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Mobile Syrup

The Idol 2 S makes all the right decisions in keeping prices down, and the result is an excellent mid-range smartphone that few are going to regret purchasing. While it has a better camera than the Moto G LTE, the prospects of it being updated to new versions of Android as quickly as Motorola's darl...

- Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup

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Common Questions

Alcatel released the One Touch Idol 2S on July 31, 2014.

Alcatel backs up the One Touch Idol 2S with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your One Touch Idol 2S 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.

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Screen Size

The Alcatel One Touch Idol 2S's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2150 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 990 minutes.

One Touch Idol 2S Specs

Release date July 31, 2014
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.452 W/kg
Body: 0.683 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 990 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Chocolate, Full White, Slate
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7 x 0.7 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 126 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Oleophobic coating
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR, Burst mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Mobile Syrup

One of the better-performing mid-range devices on the market today

from Mobile Syrup

The Idol 2 S makes all the right decisions in keeping prices down, and the result is an excellent mid-range smartphone that few are going to regret purchasing. While it has a better camera than the Moto G LTE, the prospects of it being updated to new versions of Android as quickly as Motorola's d...More

The Idol 2 S makes all the right decisions in keeping prices down, and the result is an excellent mid-range smartphone that few are going to regret purchasing. While it has a better camera than the Moto G LTE, the prospects of it being updated to new versions of Android as quickly as Motorola's darling are much lower. Motorola also takes has the edge in build and screen quality, but Bell customers will be well-served by the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S.

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