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Alcatel One Touch Idol S
Alcatel One Touch Idol S
Alcatel One Touch Idol S
Alcatel One Touch Idol S

Informr score
The Alcatel One Touch Idol S currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Excellent display with true-to-life colors
  • Thin, light body
  • 4G connectivity

What's bad

  • Low battery life
  • Slightly delayed touch response
  • Occasional lag in interface

Although priced for the mid-range market, experts were impressed with the design and features of the Alcatel One Touch Idol S. Influenced heavily by the One Touch Idol X's design, the Idol S offers the same thin and light plastic build measuring in at 0.3-inches thick and weighing 110 grams. The matte finish on the back cover made it easier for critics to grip the phone with the added benefit of repelling fingerprints.

One of the standout features of the Idol S is its 4.7-inch LCD display. With a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, the phone boasts a pixel density of 272ppi. Although not in the same class as the iPhone 5, the Alcatel does beat out other competitors in the market like the Nokia Lumia 625. Critics were especially impressed with the display's almost perfect color reproduction, high contrast ratio and brightness. Digital Versus states, "…this is a practically flawless display." The only issue reviewers had was slightly delayed screen responsiveness.

In terms of specs, this is no powerhouse. It sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Although not as fast as more high end phones, reviewers were satisfied with the overall performance though noted some occasional lag in the interface. The main selling point, however, is the ability to connect to a 4G network. When tested, the connection was found to be very fast. Unfortunately, reviewers noticed that when using 4G the 2,000mAh battery drained quickly and lasted only around 8.5 hours. The smartphone also features 4GB of internal storage, an expandable microSD slot, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera.

While the phone's performance didn't wow reviewers, they still recommend it for its price and features. My Mobile says, "So far this is the best budget Android phone I've come across..."

Operating system
Operating system
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
2000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Alcatel One Touch Idol S is a damn infuriating smartphone. We wanted so badly to love it, with its slim, light and attractive design, HD screen and 4G support, all for a good price.But then there’s the flip side. The occasional stuttery performance and crashes. The terrible battery life th...

- Chris Barraclough, Recombu
PC Pro
PC Pro

The Idol S is a superb handset that matches the Motorola Moto G almost all the way. Its slimmer design, larger display and the presence of 4G and a microSD slot push it up the rankings, and it only falls behind on battery life and overall performance. Overall, we prefer the Moto G, especially since...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro

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Common Questions

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

If your One Touch Idol S 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 S's screen size is 4.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

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


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

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

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 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), 2000 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 29.2 days standby time, 510 minutes.

One Touch Idol S Specs

Release Date November 30, 2013
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.482 W/kg
Body: 0.999 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM Type
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 312 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Oleophobic coating
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 510 minutes
Standby Time Up to 29.2 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Slate, Fresh Rose, Cherry Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.3 x 6.7 x 0.7 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM/RDS)
Games: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Alcatel 6034R
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