These days, pretty much all smartphones come with multiple processing cores. I canít remember the last phone I tried that had less than 2 cores. Correct me if Iím wrong but all phones sold in North America had 4 cores or less, that is till now. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ is now available with a whopping 8 processor cores which you can all use simultaneously. Yes, EIGHT cores.
If you donít know what that means, let me explain that to from a marketing perspective; 8 cores is double the number of cores in a 4 core and four times as many as a 2 cores.
Itís the follow-up to the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X which I checked out a couple of months ago. The X+ is available from Koodo for $300 while its $350 on TELUS.
The way I see it, at $300 the Idol X+ has 1 main competitor the Samsung Galaxy Note II - admittedly because itís also $300 outright. I donít recommend buying the X+ at $350.
One other interesting point about the X+ is that it comes with a 2 year warranty which is not common in this industry.
What about Samsung Galaxy Note II:
While the Note 2 has been out for nearly 2 years now, in terms of capabilities itís still a match for many mid-range phones. On top of that, Samsung hasnít abandoned the Note II and is still keeping it updated. Itís currently up to Android 4.4.2 now.
The Note II also has a larger 5.5Ē 1280x720 display though it isnít as sharp as the Idol X+ís 1920x1080 5Ē display. You also get a stylus on the Note II which is still the best on the market, NFC and a bigger 3100mAh (vs 2500mAh) battery.
The Note II also supports LTE while the X+ doesnít.
Otherwise, the Idol X+ edges it most other measures.
- 5Ē 1920x1080 IPS display
- Gorilla Glass 2
- 13/2 megapixel cameras with 1080P video capture
- 8 core MediaTek MT6592 SoC
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- Quad-band HSPA (850/900/1800/1900)
- Android 4.4.2
The back of the Idol X+ has a really interesting finish.
It has a circular grooved pattern on it which is covered with a thick clear coat so that it has a smooth finish. Itís quite striking. If you pick up a X+ watch out, the clear coat scratches quite easily.
The sides have a metal finish, itís quite slick but the seam lines in the corners kind of ruin the look.
The power button is on the top right. This isnít the greatest place for it because itís awkward to reach for it when youíre holding the phone. Itís too bad Alcatel couldnít put it on the side of the phone like they do on the X+ís brother the Idol S 2.
There are capacitive menu buttons on the bottom. Iím not fond of these because I found myself pressing them by accident a lot - especially when Iím using the phone with one hand.
Speaking of one handed use, I wish the bezel were a little thicker because the palm of my hand would touch the screen a lot when I reach across the screen with my thumb.
The small bezel also makes the X+ unpleasant to type on with 2 hands.
If youíve used the Idol X, the Idol X+ is actually a bit thicker because the back cover has more of a bulge to it.
There's a MicroSIM card slot on the left
Headphone jack and power button on top
MicroSD and volume buttons on the right
Microphone, speaker, MicroUSB on the bottom.