Hereís the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 S. Yes, the name of this phone weighs in at an impressive 9 syllables which is more than the Samsung Galaxy S 5 which has a measly 7.
Seriously though, the Idol 2 S has a 1280x720 display with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and LTE. Yup, itís a Motorola Moto G competitor.
However, at $299.99 off contract as a Bell exclusive, the 2 S actually costs $50 more than the Moto G LTE on Rogers. So what do you get for your extra $50?
What about the Motorola Moto G?
As I already mentioned, without a doubt, the Alcatel OneTouch has the Motorola Moto G LTE in its cross hairs.
If you put them next to each other and cover the brands on them, I think 10 times out of 10, people would pick the 2 S. The 5Ē screen feels a lot bigger plus the 2 S is just so much sleeker.
The 2 S just looks and feels like a much more special and expensive phone.
They both have the same Snapdragon 400 SoC so there both have similar performance.
The Moto G has a 2070mAh battery which is about the right size for itís screen size and specs. The 2 S has a 5Ē screen. If you do that math, the 2 Sís screen is around 25% bigger plus itís brighter yet the battery is only about 5% bigger. If youíre a power user, youíll have trouble making it through the day with the 2 S.
The Moto G also has the Android freshness edge. Itís currently up to Android 4.4 while the 2 S is on 4.3 though Iíve been told that 4.4 will come to the 2 S will come in the next 3 months. For what itís worth, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X came out earlier this year with 4.2 and as Iím writing this, it just received an update but is still on 4.2
The 2 S has a 8 megapixel camera compared to the Moto Gís 5 megapixel. The 2 Sís captures a wider angle but overall, neither camera has a big advantage over the other. The 2 Sís is a little more noisy but it does capture more detail. The Gís is a little cleaner with better white balance.
However, where the 2 devices really differ is in the audio department. The 2 S has a terrible equalization thatís baked into the device. Basically it takes music and totally screws it up. Itís not that the Moto G is the greatest music player ever, itís just that the 2 S is one of the worst ever.
The 2 S also has fairly quiet speaker and earpiece too.
While the Idol 2 S makes a much better first impression - it has some significant flaws which make the more well-rounded Moto G LTE a better choice.