Can the Alcatel One Touch Idol X Meet My Business Needs?
When a new, premium smartphone is introduced, we tend to want to immediately gravitate to it. But the truth is that not every employee needs or will use the functionality afforded by the latest operating system, a super-fast processor, or features like a sophisticated integrated camera.
And today, the basic expectations for a smartphone are already pretty stellar: a sizeable, high-resolution screen, fast processor, decent camera, intuitive operating system and quick response time. Anything less is just not accepted.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol X is part of Bell’s Lite series, which means it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a premium superphone like the Sony Xperia Z2 or Samsung Galaxy S5. But it’s an affordable option for some business customers who might not need those bells and whistles. And it boasts some pretty impressive specs.
Can the device meet your business needs? Really only you can answer that. But here’s a deeper look at some of the business-friendly features of the Android-based phone to help you decide.
Highly connected. It’s compatible with the HSPA 4G networks and offers up to 42 Mbps download speeds. While it isn’t LTE-compatible for ultra-fast speeds, it’s a global device that can operate on wireless networks around the world. When you’re in the office, traveling or at home, it can connect to Wi-Fi. And it can function as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting your tablet or laptop and leveraging your existing wireless plan. I often use my phone’s hotspot to connect my laptop if I’m working remotely without free Wi-Fi, and find it to be one of the most useful features of the device. If you’re looking to display presentations on the big screen, it also has DLNA to connect wirelessly with other DLNA-compatible devices, like TVs.
High-definition (HD) viewing. Connectivity and apps are integral to the smartphone experience. But just as integral is the screen on which you can view and interact with the phone. This phone has a 5” full high-definition (1,080 x 1,920) touch-sensitive screen. That’s large enough to easily view and manipulate documents and spreadsheets while on a flight, for instance. The screen also employs in-plane switching (IPS), an LCD technology that helps reduce blur and allows for accurate colour reproduction and a clear view from all angles. That means you can comfortably gather the team during a coffee shop meeting to share slides or spreadsheets.
Carry in your pocket. Because it doesn’t include some of the more advanced multimedia functions that you’d find in a high-end device (though it does have a 13MP camera and affords access to services like Bell Mobile TV), the One Touch Idol X is actually slightly lighter in weight than a lot of the devices in the upper class. Fifteen grams or so might sound insignificant, but for a device carried with you 24/7, every gram counts, especially if you’re already lugging around lots of other equipment.
The dominant Android OS. Did you know that the Jelly Bean OS still holds more than 60% market share of Android devices worldwide? It’s far from being considered outdated. A few new OS versions have been launched since Jelly Bean (4.2), including the latest, Kit Kat (4.4). These include new features like Bluetooth Low Energy support, support for 4K resolution, user interface upgrades and updates to the camera and gallery apps. But if you’re using the phone primarily for basic text and voice-based communication, occasional web surfing and document access, or as a secondary device, these upgrades may not be critical.
The bottom line
True, some business users will require the features and functions of more premium superphones. But for others, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X smartphone’s feature set will sufficiently meet their needs.
Do these features meet your smartphone needs, or those of your team members? Tell us in the comments below.