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Hands on: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2, OneTouch Idol 2 Mini

updated 06:58 pm EST, Sun February 23, 2014

Mid-range Alcatel smartphones tried out before Mobile World Congress

Earlier today, Alcatel launched a number of Android smartphones, including two new additions to its OneTouch Idol range of devices. At a pre-Mobile World Congress event, the manufacturer offered the media the chance to try the OneTouch Idol 2 and OneTouch Idol 2 Mini before the show formally opened. Electronista spent some time with both of the smartphones earlier this evening.

At first glance, the two devices are difficult to tell apart, thanks to their similar build qualities and design, but the screen size is the main tell-tale difference, despite one being smaller by only half an inch. When held, the Idol 2 Mini and its 4.5-inch display feels narrower than the Idol 2, sporting the larger 5-inch screen, though neither screen feels too small or too big in use. Both felt light to hold, but had just enough weight to feel solidly constructed.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2

In terms of use, there is barely anything different between the two, which could be put down to their similar specifications. The Idol 2 uses a quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, while the Idol 2 Mini is marginally slower at 1.2GHz, with both appearing to be responsive while navigating through the menus. Even though it is a skinned version of Android 4.3, it appears to be relatively lightweight and doesn't differ too greatly from stock Android, though at one point in a demonstration, the Idol 2 suffered a minor graphical glitch in the home screen.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini

Both share the same 8-megapixel camera, capable of recording 1080p video, with each appearing to be quick to take photographs. Alcatel has introduced a one-finger zoom system in the devices, allowing users to zoom without needing to use a pinching command and in theory allowing it to be used one-handed, and it seems serviceable.

Overall, there is little to fault Alcatel over the Idol 2 and Idol 2 Mini. Despite having mid-range specifications, including 8GB and 4GB of expandable storage respectively, the Idol 2 and Idol 2 Mini are certainly serviceable smartphones for users looking for a relatively cheap device, with or without LTE.

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