Posted: 2014-4-17

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Categories:   Android 

Internet and connectivity

The stock browser on the handset renders pages pretty fast, and we had no issues with choppy scrolling or laggy panning. The browser is primed to render the pages in real time while zooming in and out, and the task is handled remarkably well, with barely a blur while zooming or panning. In addition, all text content looks crisp at this high pixel density, while text reflow works like a charm, snapping the columns into the screen width immediately.

There's little skimping on connectivity options with Alcatel's finest – the Idol X+ supports 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds and HD voice, if your European/Asian carrier can supply the goods, of course, as those are the regions that the phone is aimed at. The two SIM cards can't hook up simultaneously on such speeds, but you can gobble fast data on one, while talking with the other, for instance, as the phone is a dual Active device. The cards are also hot-swappable, meaning you don't have to reboot the handset when inserting a new SIM card, or taking one out – the handset just reloads the launcher, asks for your PIN if you cards have one, and that's that.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and FM radio round up the other connectivity options, with about the only thing missing being NFC.

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