Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

6.3/10 AVG.
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6.3/10
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The Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini currently has an Informr score of 6.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket-lint

The One Touch Idol Mini does a good job of disguising its budget asking price by delivering a slim, good-looking smartphone package. It's the look that's among the phone's strongest traits.It's not the perfect package, though, but then that's hardly a surprise given the asking price. The camera isn'...

- Mike Lowe, Pocket-lint
Pocket-lint

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini does a good job of disguising its budget asking price by delivering a slim, good-looking smartphone package. It's the look that's among the phone's strongest traits.It's not the perfect package, though, but then that's hardly a surprise given the asking price. The came...

- Mike Lowe, Pocket-lint


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Common Questions


Alcatel released the One Touch Idol Mini on November 13, 2013.


Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Alcatel's suggested retail price is $124.99. You can compare One Touch Idol Mini prices from around the web here on The Informr.



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


If your One Touch Idol Mini 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
4.3"

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini's screen size is 4.3 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1700 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 22.5 days standby time, 1200 minutes.

One Touch Idol Mini Specs

Overview
Release date November 13, 2013
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.566 W/kg
Body: 0.857 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1700 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: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Slate, Silver, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 6.2 x 0.8 cm (5 x 2.4 x 0.3 in)
Weight 96 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 228 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, OPP/FTP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Alcatel 6012X, 6012A, 6012W

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Pocket-lint

Bright screen and slim build that doesn’t look budget

from Pocket-lint

The One Touch Idol Mini does a good job of disguising its budget asking price by delivering a slim, good-looking smartphone package. It's the look that's among the phone's strongest traits.

It's not the perfect package, though, but then that's hardly a surprise given the asking price. The camera isn't great, the software sometimes lags and you won't get flagship performance or 4G connection speeds. But you probably already knew that. In the same way the Nokia Lumia 630 has its strengths and weaknesses, the Mini Idol is in a similar boat - the 512MB RAM boat being one particular weakness for multi-tasking performance...

More

The One Touch Idol Mini does a good job of disguising its budget asking price by delivering a slim, good-looking smartphone package. It's the look that's among the phone's strongest traits.

It's not the perfect package, though, but then that's hardly a surprise given the asking price. The camera isn't great, the software sometimes lags and you won't get flagship performance or 4G connection speeds. But you probably already knew that. In the same way the Nokia Lumia 630 has its strengths and weaknesses, the Mini Idol is in a similar boat - the 512MB RAM boat being one particular weakness for multi-tasking performance.

However, what you do get is an affordable and often well rounded Android experience despite the numbers behind the scenes. The screen is bright and easy to read, microSD means you can expand the on-board storage and there's still just enough power to do all the basics and even some things beyond.

Given that the Mini Idol 2 will be on the shelves later this year and the Motorola Moto E is an invariably stronger device (save for its chunkier build) there is the suggestion that waiting or spending a few extra quid would serve a better purpose. But budget smartphones aren't about waiting around, they're here to fill an immediate need.

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Pocket-lint

Bright screen with slim build that doesn’t look budget

from Pocket-lint

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini does a good job of disguising its budget asking price by delivering a slim, good-looking smartphone package. It's the look that's among the phone's strongest traits.

It's not the perfect package, though, but then that's hardly a surprise given the asking price. The camera isn't great, the software sometimes lags and you won't get flagship performance or 4G connection speeds. But you probably already knew that. In the same way the Nokia Lumia 630 has its strengths and weaknesses, the Idol Mini is in a similar boat - the 512MB RAM boat being one particular weakness for multi-tasking performance...

More

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini does a good job of disguising its budget asking price by delivering a slim, good-looking smartphone package. It's the look that's among the phone's strongest traits.

It's not the perfect package, though, but then that's hardly a surprise given the asking price. The camera isn't great, the software sometimes lags and you won't get flagship performance or 4G connection speeds. But you probably already knew that. In the same way the Nokia Lumia 630 has its strengths and weaknesses, the Idol Mini is in a similar boat - the 512MB RAM boat being one particular weakness for multi-tasking performance.

However, what you do get is an affordable and often well rounded Android experience despite the numbers behind the scenes. The screen is bright and easy to read, microSD means you can expand the on-board storage and there's still just enough power to do all the basics and even some things beyond.

Read full review

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User Reviews


Many problems with the ringtones (601 2A)

This phone notifies WITH RINGTONE you every time it finds a new WiFi connection. Most of these connections belong to people I don't know and they won't give me the password, so I really don't want to be notified about that. Imagine the situation, I'm walking down the street and every 50 meters I hear a...More
This phone notifies WITH RINGTONE you every time it finds a new WiFi connection. Most of these connections belong to people I don't know and they won't give me the password, so I really don't want to be notified about that. Imagine the situation, I'm walking down the street and every 50 meters I hear a ringtone, I pick up the phone thinking it's something important and no, it's just another wifi connection which I cannot use. This is worse when I'm travelling by car or other vehicule. So I decided to put Silence as default ringtone. Then I wanted to have different ringtones for different things: one for whatsapp messages, another for whatsapp groups, another for email, another for SMS, etc. Gmail and SMS don't allow me to put a mp3 file I've downloaded, so I can only put the ringtones that come with the phone. Whatsapp does allow me to put mp3 ringtone so I chose some mp3 files I have. Apart from that, I put some personal ringtones for contacts calls (one for my boyfriend, another for my mom, etc). The problem is: The SD memory suddenly disconnects for no reason very often (I tried 3 different SDs so the problem is the phone). When this happens, all the ringtone settings from my mp3 files suddenly disappear... so they come back to default ringtone, which I mentioned before I put SILENCE. So this way I don't receive any message, because it doesn't sound. I tried downloading the ringtones to the phone memory instead of the SD, but it didn't work, the same happened over an over again and I'm tired of prepairing all the ringtones settings again and again. Less

I love this phone be ause

This phone is a dream come true. My little flip LG phone bit the dust. I wanted to get a phone with bells and whistles this time...esp a decent camera. The big thing for me is...IT HAS TO BE SMALL! I don't have a clue why someone said this phone is cumbersome. It is called mini because compared to al...More
This phone is a dream come true. My little flip LG phone bit the dust. I wanted to get a phone with bells and whistles this time...esp a decent camera. The big thing for me is...IT HAS TO BE SMALL! I don't have a clue why someone said this phone is cumbersome. It is called mini because compared to all the others it is quite a bit smaller and very light. Once I skimmed over the manual and played with it, it was pretty user friendly. It takes half decent pics that can be edited with cool effects in "Gallery". I like the way it is setup. Everything is easy to find...and it is WAY CUTE! ; ) Get one! You'll love it! Less
Mai'

It's acctually quite good! But read please!

If you don't use signal for your phone (much or if you don't live in a rural area) this phone could be perfect for you. I've had mine for over half a year (since May 1st 2014) and I haven't had any problems since recently. my problems are: 1) when I try to download some apps and i have say... 98MB of d...More
If you don't use signal for your phone (much or if you don't live in a rural area) this phone could be perfect for you. I've had mine for over half a year (since May 1st 2014) and I haven't had any problems since recently. my problems are: 1) when I try to download some apps and i have say... 98MB of data (as it would say), and when i click on an app which would say... 17MB of data. And sadly it would say "ERROR! You can' download it! you don't have enough memory" 2) My camera memory (just the album called camera! the other ones work fine) but I can't take more than 3/4 pictures on it :( I don't think there's much more to say apart from the bad satellite but here's all you'll need to know! Hope this helped! Thanks. Less
I only ask that my cell phone be capable of text and talk. This one can't even deliver that! Around the 2 month mark, it lost its mind. Sometimes the touch screen is unresponsive and other times it clicks from function to function on its own. So frustrating and unreliable for emergencies! Around m...More
I only ask that my cell phone be capable of text and talk. This one can't even deliver that! Around the 2 month mark, it lost its mind. Sometimes the touch screen is unresponsive and other times it clicks from function to function on its own. So frustrating and unreliable for emergencies! Around month 4, my provider tells me there's a problem with the touch screen. NO KIDDING! ...AND I can't get it repaired in the city I live in! The store where I purchased it is of absolutely no help. Less
Leslie

What a nightmare!

All I wanted was a phone to text and talk ... no data ... no apps. It could not even accomplish that! After 2 months the phone "lost its mind!" The touch screen stops responding without warning (not very safe if you want to dial 9-1-1) then gets a mind of its own and clicks from function to function...More
All I wanted was a phone to text and talk ... no data ... no apps. It could not even accomplish that! After 2 months the phone "lost its mind!" The touch screen stops responding without warning (not very safe if you want to dial 9-1-1) then gets a mind of its own and clicks from function to function. When I tried to turn it off, it kept restarting of its own accord. Around the 4 month mark I received a note from my provider that there is a problem with the touch screen. NO KIDDING!!! Plus in order to get the problem serviced, I have to go to another city...the store where I bought it, won't touch it. Less

I did like it but..

After a month of owning it, It started to get some wierd problem were the touch screen was assimilating things I didn't say it to. Besides that, for the price, I can't complain.

I didn't love this phone !

Battery power lasts about 14-15 hrs. Is cumbursom to use Not loud enough. I could go on. Not impressed.I returned the phone within 48 hrs of getting it.
Ciaran

Its a very good mobile device

After the upgrade I had a demo-phone which upset my ability to appreciate this phone!

I have moved up from an LG phone with flip out thumb typing to the Mini Idol with its virtual typing. Since I had learned on a new Apple MacPro to use the track pad I was well prepared. I love the phone. Too bad I can't get the same signal I used to get at home though. Lovely phone for a senior still learning :))
I have moved up from an LG phone with flip out thumb typing to the Mini Idol with its virtual typing. Since I had learned on a new Apple MacPro to use the track pad I was well prepared. I love the phone. Too bad I can't get the same signal I used to get at home though. Lovely phone for a senior still learning :)) Less

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