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Alcatel One Touch Idol unlocks AndroidThis $300 unlocked GSM Android phone packs in an 8-megapixel camera, but completely lacks 4G.
-If you're on the market for an unlocked GSM phone, then you probably wanna know about the Alcatel One Touch Idol. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. I'm gonna tell you about this phone. Now this phone sells on Alcatel website for $299 and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It's positioned as and-- I'm sure you love all smartphone, not because of all of the specs necessarily, but mostly because it completely lacks 4G. It is a 3G only phone. It does have a nice 4.7-inch LCD display. It isn't the highest HD quality, but it is still pretty comfortable. It's a very slim phone, has a brushed metallic finish and an 8-megapixel camera on the back with flash. It'll capture 720p HD video, and playback 1080p HD video. There's also a 2-megapixel camera on the front. I was fairly impressed with the camera quality, but part of that could also be because I really wasn't expecting much. So, it surpassed my expectations. To keep costs lower, there's only 4 gigabytes of internal storage on here, and the processing speed is a little bit slow. The phone isn't running the pure Google Android experience, it does have a small and light Alcatel Interface on top, but with that comes a few little extras, including one gesture that I really like where you can lock the screen by placing your hand in front of it. This isn't a bad little unlocked phone, however, I think you're gonna get more for your money with the LG Nexus 4. So, I would really look into that before looking into this one. However, it's not a bad start for Alcatel in the US. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This has been the Alcatel One Touch Idol. You can catch my full review at CNET.com.