Difference between Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and iPhone 5

Key difference: The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.65 inch HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor on a MediaTek MTK 6577 and 1 GB of RAM. The phone has a width of 6.45mm, which has led the company to tout it as the thinnest smartphone on the market. The iPhone 5 is the latest innovative product of the Apple Company. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications equipment company based in Paris, France. It is best known for providing telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises, and governments around the world. In addition, they also focus on fixed phones, mobile phones, converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services.

Among its many series of phones, one is the Alcatel One Touch, which is an Android based smartphone series. Some of the newest phones under the series are the Alcatel One Touch Idol, Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Alcatel One Touch Idol X.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.65 inch HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor on a MediaTek MTK 6577 and 1 GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean).  Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra also features an 8 MP primary camera with digital zoom and LED flash, as well as 1.3 MP secondary front-facing camera for video calls. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage, of which 13.3 GB is available to the user. The device also supports MicroSD to expand external usage up to 32 GB.

The phone has a width of 6.45mm, which has led the company to tout it as the thinnest smartphone on the market. However, to get this accolade of the ‘thinnest smartphone’, the device has had to compromise on some matters, such as the phone does not feature an audio jack. The phone does come with a USB to 3.5 mm jack adapter, which means that the USB port doubles as an audio port.

The iPhone 5 is the latest innovative product of the Apple Company. They have made the new phone slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features. Apple claims that the iPhone 5 is 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and has 12% less overall volume compared to the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5, bigger than its predecessors, supports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with 640 x 1136 pixels and 16 million colors. The phone also offers safety features such as corning gorilla class as well as oleophobic coating that keep fingerprints off the front screen. iPhone 5 comes with the latest Apple iOS 6 that is upgradeable to 6.1. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

The phone is available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS is that many features that work only with the iOS 6 do not work in certain territories and Apple has a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone can also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB.

Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra website, the Apple website and GSMArena.com.

 

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra

iPhone 5

Launch Date

Q2 2013

September 2012

Company

Alcatel

Apple Corporation

Size

134.4 x 68.5 x 6.5 mm (5.29 x 2.70 x 0.26 in)

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Display

4.65 inches HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels, (~316 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors

Protection

Corning Glass – Oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

115 g (4.06 oz)

112 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

No

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

GUI

Custom UI

IUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.2 GHz

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6

GPU

-

PowerVR SGX543MP3

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1

Chipset

MTK 6577

Apple A6

RAM

1 GB RAM

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

nanoSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB (13.3 GB user available)

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

Yes, microSD up to

No

Sensors

Proximity sensor, Light sensor, G-sensor, E-compass

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct Hotspot, USB Modem Tethering: Plug and Play, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB 2.0 high speed, GPS with A-GPS

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.

Speed

HSPA: 7.2Mbps downlink, 5.76 Mbps uplink

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, hot spot, Wi-fi direct

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

V4.0

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP

USB

Micro USB 2.0 high speed

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP,  LED Flash

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, HD 720p

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

Camera Features

Digital Zoom, LED Flash, Face and smile detection, Photographic filters, Panoramic and Matrix Style Pictures

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR

Sound Enhancement

HD Sound enhancer

No

Audio supported formats

AAC, AAC+, AAC Enhanced, WB AMR, MP3, Midi

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

H.263, MPWG4, H.264

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Battery Capacity

Lithium-ion 1820 mAh

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery

Stand-by

2G: 700h

3G: 400h

Up to 8 h (2G) / Up to 8 h (3G)

Talk time

2G: 16h

3G: 8.5h

Up to 225 h (2G) / Up to 225 h (3G)

Available Colors

Black, Flash Red, Flash Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink

Black & Slate and White & Silver.

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML

HTML (Safari)

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

No

Additional Features

  • Thinnest phone ever
  • No 3.5 mm audio jack, contain USB-to-audio jack adapter
  • Water repellent technology (P2i)
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks
  • PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: alcatelonetouch.com, forbes.com

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