Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) and Idol 2 Mini review

The Idol line has become a kind of breakthrough for Alcatel - an interesting design, good functionality, reasonable price. The appearance of the Mini version with a low price made these devices even more popular, they entered the mass segment. In fact, we can say that Alcatel has created an excellent offer in terms of price / quality ratio, materials and appearance - these models are very different from what we see from most Chinese manufacturers. And at the same time, the cost is at the same level.

In 2014, there were no major changes in the design, the entire line received an update of the filling, but at the same time retained the design, which still looks fresh. In my opinion, Alcatel devices can be recommended as youthful, bright solutions - they will be chosen by those who prioritize not only functionality, but also how the device looks. This is a rare case when the form complements the content very well. I like Alcatel's latest line of devices, they are quite enjoyable in everyday life, but lack the stars in the sky. A sort of pragmatic choice - a phone that you can use for several years, and then change it to another. Actually, that's it.

Design, dimensions, controls

The Idol Mini 2 line includes several models, for reasons of simplicity, you can combine them into one review, since, by and large, they are the same in the eyes of the consumer. Let's list all modifications:

  • Idol Mini 2 6016X - Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD, UMTS 900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 6016D Dual SIM, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, UMTS 900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 6016A - Single SIM, 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD, UMTS 900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 6016E Dual SIM 512MB RAM 8GB UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 S 6036A - Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, LTE Bands 1,2,4,7,17, no NFC
  • Idol Mini 2 S 6036X - Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, LTE Bands 1,3,7,8,20,28, no NFC
  • Idol Mini 2 S 6036Y Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, LTE Bands 1,3,7,8,20, NFC

This review is based on version 6036Y, this is the best configuration of this machine. All versions use a chipset from Qualcomm. In Russia, version 6036Y is sold by the Beeline operator and partially branded by it (screensavers in the menu, etc.).

On the left side there is a slot for a SIM card, as well as for microSD memory cards, on the right side there is a paired volume rocker and an on/off button. The 3.5 mm jack was placed on the top end, while the microUSB port was placed on the bottom. On the ends you can also see holes for microphones, there are two of them.

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There is a light indicator above the screen, a front camera, as well as an LED, it can be configured to work on missed calls or events. Overall, the build quality is unquestionable, but the back panel does crackle under hard compression. Someone may not like it - this does not affect the reliability of the device, but the design is such that it creaks. Carelessness in the design of the apparatus, which gives such an effect. In real life, you will not pay attention to this and are unlikely to squeeze the phone like that.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini  Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

Display

The device has an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4.5 inches and a resolution of 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Multi-touch supports up to 5 touches, brightness adjustment in automatic mode works well. The brightness margin of Free classifieds in Gathigiriri is excellent and the model is pleasing in terms of how the screen works - good colors, great viewing angles, no complaints no. You may find the default fonts a bit fishy, ​​but you can always change them to larger ones. In the sun, the screen fades, but remains readable.

Battery

The device has a 2000 mAh battery (1700 mAh in non-LTE versions). According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 400 hours of standby time, up to 13 hours of talk time in 3G. In practice, the device with quiet use - 20 minutes of calls a day, a couple of dozens of SMS, an hour of listening to music and a little mobile Internet - lasts about 2 full days. At the same time, we can say that with very active use, he will be able to live until the evening of the first day, but this is an uncharacteristic use of such a device for the target audience. Such smartphones are bought mostly for calls, SMS, mail and the like. That is, this is not a machine for constantly being online, there is not enough screen diagonal for comfort. Full battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Memory, memory card, performance

The phone has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, of which 5.3 GB is available to the user for programs and their data. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB.

The chipset in this model is Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226, 4 cores with a frequency of up to 1.1 GHz. Graphic coprocessor - Adreno 305. In my opinion, the performance is quite excellent, there are no complaints, for lovers of virtual parrots I will give data from benchmarks.

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Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (850/900/2100 MHz) cellular networks, as well as LTE (for Idol 2 Mini S). Available Bluetooth version 4.0 for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The devices, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or a modem. USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. There is a not-too-demanded Wi-Fi Display feature, when you can transmit a signal from your phone to another device via Wi-Fi. Traditionally, there is a Wi-Fi Direct function. There is also a remote Wi-Fi display option.

The device in question also has NFC, it can be used to read tags, there is a trial version of the Triger Pro program, which allows you to configure various events using NFC. The tags themselves are not included, but they can be purchased from any manufacturer, such as Samsung.

Camera

Regular 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, not enough stars from the sky, gives acceptable picture quality in bright light, in the dark the result is noticeably worse. The photo part is not the strong point of Alcatel phones, however, look at the examples below. Video recording is supported in 1080p resolution, up to 30 frames per second.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

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Software features - Android 4.3

In Idol 2 Mini, just like in its predecessor, Alcatel uses its own software shell, which can be perceived by many ambiguously, as people often prefer bare Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities.

Many functions have been heavily reworked, Alcatel has added a number of programs that can be downloaded for free anyway, but the fact that they are preinstalled makes the device more interesting for inexperienced users.

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a to-do list for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could stop at each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this. This is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The device has support for unconverted video, the chipset plays 1080p perfectly, unlike its predecessor. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support, in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

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Outwardly, we have a typical Alcatel - this means a nice plastic case, monoblock design. The manufacturer offers the model in different colors, but as a rule, you can find a dark silver device in retail.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

The size of the phone is 129.5x63.5x8.5 mm, weight is 116 grams. Compact and fits well in the hand. The front panel is one-color (depending on the color of the case, so, in white version it is also white). On the front side, this device is difficult to distinguish from other models, it starts to play if you turn it over - the body has a slight bend, nice plastic, which is resistant to abrasion. On the back surface you can see a large speaker, at the top - an LED flash, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.

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On the left side there is a slot for a SIM card, as well as for microSD memory cards, on the right side there is a paired volume rocker and an on/off button. The 3.5 mm jack was placed on the top end, while the microUSB port was placed on the bottom. At the ends you can also see holes for microphones, there are two of them.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini  Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

There is a light indicator above the screen, a front camera, as well as an LED, it can be configured to work on missed calls or events. Overall, the build quality is unquestionable, but the back panel does crackle under hard compression. Someone may not like it - this does not affect the reliability of the device, but the design is such that it creaks. Carelessness in the design of the apparatus, which gives such an effect. In real life, you will not pay attention to this and are unlikely to squeeze the phone like that.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini  Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

Display

The device has an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4.5 inches and a resolution of 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Multi-touch supports up to 5 touches, brightness adjustment in automatic mode works well. The brightness margin of Free classifieds in Gathigiriri is excellent and the model is pleasing in terms of how the screen works - good colors, great viewing angles, no complaints no. You may find the default fonts a bit fishy, ​​but you can always change them to larger ones. In the sun, the screen fades, but remains readable.

Battery

The device has a 2000 mAh battery (1700 mAh in non-LTE versions). According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 400 hours of standby time, up to 13 hours of talk time in 3G. In practice, the device with quiet use - 20 minutes of calls a day, a couple of dozens of SMS, an hour of listening to music and a little mobile Internet - lasts about 2 full days. At the same time, we can say that with very active use, he will be able to live until the evening of the first day, but this is an uncharacteristic use of such a device for the target audience. Such smartphones are bought mostly for calls, SMS, mail and the like. That is, this is not a machine for constantly being online, there is not enough screen diagonal for comfort. Full battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Memory, memory card, performance

The phone has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, of which 5.3 GB is available to the user for programs and their data. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB.

The chipset in this model is Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226, 4 cores with a frequency of up to 1.1 GHz. Graphic coprocessor - Adreno 305. In my opinion, the performance is quite excellent, there are no complaints, for lovers of virtual parrots I will give data from benchmarks.

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Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (850/900/2100 MHz) cellular networks, as well as LTE (for Idol 2 Mini S). Available Bluetooth version 4.0 for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The devices, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or a modem. USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. There is a not-too-demanded Wi-Fi Display feature, when you can transmit a signal from your phone to another device via Wi-Fi. Traditionally, there is a Wi-Fi Direct function. There is also a remote Wi-Fi display option.

The device in question also has NFC, it can be used to read tags, there is a trial version of the Triger Pro program, which allows you to configure various events using NFC. The tags themselves are not included, but they can be purchased from any manufacturer, such as Samsung.

Camera

Regular 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, not enough stars from the sky, gives acceptable picture quality in bright light, in the dark the result is noticeably worse. The photo part is not the strong point of Alcatel phones, however, look at the examples below. Video recording is supported in 1080p resolution, up to 30 frames per second.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

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Software features - Android 4.3

In Idol 2 Mini, just like in its predecessor, Alcatel uses its own software shell, which can be perceived by many ambiguously, as people often prefer bare Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities.

Many functions have been heavily reworked, Alcatel has added a number of programs that can be downloaded for free anyway, but the fact that they are preinstalled makes the device more interesting for inexperienced users.

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a to-do list for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could stop at each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this. This is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The device supports unconverted video, the chipset plays 1080p perfectly, unlike its predecessor. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support, in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

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There is a light indicator above the screen, a front camera, as well as an LED, it can be configured to work on missed calls or events. Overall, the build quality is unquestionable, but the back panel does crackle under hard compression. Someone may not like it - this does not affect the reliability of the device, but the design is such that it creaks. Carelessness in the design of the apparatus, which gives such an effect. In real life, you will not pay attention to this and are unlikely to squeeze the phone like that.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini  Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

Display

The device has an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4.5 inches and a resolution of 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Multi-touch supports up to 5 touches, brightness adjustment in automatic mode works well. The brightness margin of Free classifieds in Gathigiriri is excellent and the model is pleasing in terms of how the screen works - good colors, great viewing angles, no complaints no. You may find the default fonts a bit fishy, ​​but you can always change them to larger ones. In the sun, the screen fades, but remains readable.

Battery

The device has a 2000 mAh battery (1700 mAh in non-LTE versions). According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 400 hours of standby time, up to 13 hours of talk time in 3G. In practice, the device with quiet use - 20 minutes of calls a day, a couple of dozens of SMS, an hour of listening to music and a little mobile Internet - lasts about 2 full days. At the same time, we can say that with very active use, he will be able to live until the evening of the first day, but this is an uncharacteristic use of such a device for the target audience. Such smartphones are bought mostly for calls, SMS, mail and the like. That is, this is not a machine for constantly being online, there is not enough screen diagonal for comfort. Full battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Memory, memory card, performance

The phone has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, of which 5.3 GB is available to the user for programs and their data. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB.

The chipset in this model is Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226, 4 cores with a frequency of up to 1.1 GHz. Graphic coprocessor - Adreno 305. In my opinion, the performance is quite excellent, there are no complaints, for lovers of virtual parrots I will give data from benchmarks.

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Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (850/900/2100 MHz) cellular networks, as well as LTE (for Idol 2 Mini S). Available Bluetooth version 4.0 for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The devices, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or a modem. USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. There is a not-too-demanded Wi-Fi Display feature, when you can transmit a signal from your phone to another device via Wi-Fi. Traditionally, there is a Wi-Fi Direct function. There is also a remote Wi-Fi display option.

The device in question also has NFC, it can be used to read tags, there is a trial version of the Triger Pro program, which allows you to configure various events using NFC. The tags themselves are not included, but they can be purchased from any manufacturer, such as Samsung.

Camera

Regular 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, not enough stars from the sky, gives acceptable picture quality in bright light, in the dark the result is noticeably worse. The photo part is not the strong point of Alcatel phones, however, look at the examples below. Video recording is supported in 1080p resolution, up to 30 frames per second.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) / Idol 2 Mini

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Software features - Android 4.3

In Idol 2 Mini, just like in its predecessor, Alcatel uses its own software shell, which can be perceived by many ambiguously, as people often prefer bare Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities.

Many functions have been heavily reworked, Alcatel has added a number of programs that can be downloaded for free anyway, but the fact that they are preinstalled makes the device more interesting for inexperienced users.

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a to-do list for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The fundamental difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

Impressions

The sound quality is excellent, your interlocutor hears you well in all conditions. The call is loud and clearly audible. The vibrating alert is rather weak, closer to the average, you can skip it.

The cost of the LTE version of this device in Beeline is 7,990 rubles, the difference is NFC support, as well as 8 GB of internal memory and support for memory cards. In the version without LTE, the price is lower - 6,990 rubles. In my opinion, a device without LTE will be interesting for the target audience, after all, this technology involves the active use of the network, and with a small screen, by today's standards, it is not so convenient. In other words, you will be able to surf the net, there are no problems with this - but it is unlikely that it will be long hours, rather look at the necessary pages from time to time, chat on social networks, use Whatsapp. For this, the device is very comfortable, but it is not worth considering that it will allow you to stay online all the time - the screen size plays a role, and this limitation will not be circumvented.

The device turned out to be very pleasant, just like the first Idol Mini, it is a good smartphone for calls, balanced, there is nothing superfluous in it. I would like a better camera, but this is a weak point in almost all models in this price segment. As an alternative, you can consider last year's Idol Mini, which, given the new price, looks very interesting - you can find it for 5,000 rubles. In large retail chains, its cost is 5,990 rubles, which makes it not so interesting compared to the second version.

Alcatel Idol 2 Mini S (6036Y) and Idol 2 Mini review

The Idol line has become a kind of breakthrough for Alcatel - an interesting design, good functionality, reasonable price. The appearance of the Mini version with a low price made these devices even more popular, they entered the mass segment. In fact, we can say that Alcatel has created an excellent offer in terms of price / quality ratio, materials and appearance - these models are very different from what we see from most Chinese manufacturers. And at the same time, the cost is at the same level.

In 2014, there were no major changes in the design, the entire line received an update of the filling, but at the same time retained the design, which still looks fresh. In my opinion, Alcatel devices can be recommended as youthful, bright solutions - they will be chosen by those who prioritize not only functionality, but also how the device looks. This is a rare case when the form complements the content very well. I like Alcatel's latest line of devices, they are quite enjoyable in everyday life, but lack the stars in the sky. A sort of pragmatic choice - a phone that you can use for several years, and then change it to another. Actually, that's it.

Design, dimensions, controls

The Idol Mini 2 line includes several models, for reasons of simplicity, you can combine them into one review, since, by and large, they are the same in the eyes of the consumer. Let's list all modifications:

  • Idol Mini 2 6016X - Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD, UMTS 900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 6016D Dual SIM, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, UMTS 900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 6016A - Single SIM, 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, microSD, UMTS 900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 6016E Dual SIM 512MB RAM 8GB UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • Idol Mini 2 S 6036A - Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, LTE Bands 1,2,4,7,17, no NFC
  • Idol Mini 2 S 6036X - Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, LTE Bands 1,3,7,8,20,28, no NFC
  • Idol Mini 2 S 6036Y Single SIM, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, LTE Bands 1,3,7,8,20, NFC

This review is based on version 6036Y, this is the best configuration of this machine. All versions use a chipset from Qualcomm. In Russia, version 6036Y is sold by the Beeline operator and partially branded by it (screensavers in the menu, etc.).

Outwardly, we have a typical Alcatel - this means a nice plastic case, monoblock design. The manufacturer offers the model in different colors, but as a rule, you can find a dark silver device in retail.

The size of the phone is 129.5x63.5x8.5 mm, weight is 116 grams. Compact and fits well in the hand. The front panel is one-color (depending on the color of the case, so, in white version it is also white). On the front side, this device is difficult to distinguish from other models, it starts to play if you turn it over - the body has a slight bend, nice plastic, which is resistant to abrasion. On the back surface you can see a large speaker, at the top - an LED flash, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.

On the left side there is a slot for a SIM card, as well as for microSD memory cards, on the right side there is a paired volume rocker and an on/off button. The 3.5 mm jack was placed on the top end, while the microUSB port was placed on the bottom. On the ends you can also see holes for microphones, there are two of them.

There is a light indicator above the screen, a front camera, as well as an LED, it can be configured to work on missed calls or events. Overall, the build quality is unquestionable, but the back panel does crackle under hard compression. Someone may not like it - this does not affect the reliability of the device, but the design is such that it creaks. Carelessness in the design of the apparatus, which gives such an effect. In real life, you will not pay attention to this and are unlikely to squeeze the phone like that.

Display

The device has an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4.5 inches and a resolution of 540x960 pixels (245 dpi). Multi-touch supports up to 5 touches, brightness adjustment in automatic mode works well. The Free classifieds in Gathigiriri's brightness margin is excellent, and the model is pleasing in terms of how the screen works - good colors, excellent viewing angles, no complaints. You may find the default fonts a bit fishy, ​​but you can always change them to larger ones. In the sun, the screen fades, but remains readable.

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Battery

The device has a 2000 mAh battery (1700 mAh in non-LTE versions). According to the manufacturer, it can provide up to 400 hours of standby time, up to 13 hours of talk time in 3G. In practice, the device with quiet use - 20 minutes of calls a day, a couple of dozens of SMS, an hour of listening to music and a little mobile Internet - lasts about 2 full days. At the same time, we can say that with very active use, he will be able to live until the evening of the first day, but this is an uncharacteristic use of such a device for the target audience. Such smartphones are bought mostly for calls, SMS, mail and the like. That is, this is not a machine for constantly being online, there is not enough screen diagonal for comfort. Full battery charging time is about 2 hours.

Memory, memory card, performance

The phone has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, of which 5.3 GB is available to the user for programs and their data. Memory cards are supported up to 32 GB.

The chipset in this model is Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226, 4 cores with a frequency of up to 1.1 GHz. Graphic coprocessor - Adreno 305. In my opinion, the performance is quite excellent, there are no complaints, for lovers of virtual parrots I will give data from benchmarks.

Communications

The phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (850/900/2100 MHz) cellular networks, as well as LTE (for Idol 2 Mini S). Available Bluetooth version 4.0 for file and voice transfer. There is wireless Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The devices, of course, can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot) or a modem. USB 2.0 (High-Speed) is used for file transfer and data synchronization. There is a not-too-demanded Wi-Fi Display feature, when you can transmit a signal from your phone to another device via Wi-Fi. Traditionally, there is a Wi-Fi Direct function. There is also a remote Wi-Fi display option.

The device in question also has NFC, it can be used to read tags, there is a trial version of the Triger Pro program, which allows you to configure various events using NFC. The tags themselves are not included, but they can be purchased from any manufacturer, such as Samsung.

Camera

Regular 8-megapixel camera with autofocus, not enough stars from the sky, gives acceptable picture quality in bright light, in the dark the result is noticeably worse. The photo part is not the strong point of Alcatel phones, however, look at the examples below. Video recording is supported in 1080p resolution, up to 30 frames per second.


Software features - Android 4.3

In Idol 2 Mini, just like in its predecessor, Alcatel uses its own software shell, which can be perceived by many ambiguously, as people often prefer bare Android and are quite satisfied with its capabilities.

Many functions have been heavily reworked, Alcatel has added a number of programs that can be downloaded for free anyway, but the fact that they are preinstalled makes the device more interesting for inexperienced users.

Without unlocking the device, you can view the weather forecast for the current day. Scroll the screen to the right, there will be a calendar and a to-do list for the current day (entering tasks or seeing another day will not work). You can also see the status bar, it is also available when the screen is locked if there is no security key or digital code.

The cardinal difference between Alcatel's approach and other shells is that here they decided to abandon a separate menu for all applications. On the main screen are the weather widget, several icons. This is the starting point. Scroll the screens to the left, and there will be widgets that you install. We go to the right, and these will be program icons, also some programs have already been removed into folders, this was done by the manufacturer. You get used to such an organization instantly, it is somewhat logical and definitely has the right to life.

The settings menu has its own settings, for example, super saving mode for the battery. The very appearance of the menu is also redesigned in white, which is quite nice. In our video, I talk about most of the applications that are in the device, and I don’t want to repeat what has changed compared to previous models.

Further on, I could stop at each program, describe it, but I don’t see much point in this. This is a smartphone, and this software is usually known, or I touched on it in the video. Therefore, see the screenshots below.

Another part that I want to describe separately is the multimedia capabilities. The device has support for unconverted video, the chipset plays 1080p perfectly, unlike its predecessor. In terms of music formats, there is FLAC support, in addition to regular mp3 and a number of others.

Impressions

The sound quality is excellent, your interlocutor hears you well in all conditions. The call is loud and clearly audible. The vibrating alert is rather weak, closer to the average, you can skip it.

The cost of the LTE version of this device in Beeline is 7,990 rubles, the difference is NFC support, as well as 8 GB of internal memory and support for memory cards. In the version without LTE, the price is lower - 6,990 rubles. In my opinion, a device without LTE will be interesting for the target audience, after all, this technology involves the active use of the network, and with a small screen, by today's standards, it is not so convenient. In other words, you will be able to surf the net, there are no problems with this - but it is unlikely that it will be long hours, rather look at the necessary pages from time to time, chat on social networks, use Whatsapp. For this, the device is very comfortable, but it is not worth considering that it will allow you to stay online all the time - the screen size plays a role, and this limitation will not be circumvented.

The device turned out to be very pleasant, just like the first Idol Mini, it is a good smartphone for calls, balanced, there is nothing superfluous in it. I would like a better camera, but this is a weak point in almost all models in this price segment. As an alternative, you can consider last year's Idol Mini, which, given the new price, looks very interesting - you can find it for 5,000 rubles. In large retail chains, its cost is 5,990 rubles, which makes it not so interesting compared to the second version.