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Alcatel's unlocked One Touch Idol has Jelly Bean inside (pictures)

The $300 off-contract Android 4.1 smartphone has much to offer the smartphone beginner, but there are drawbacks as well.

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Eyes on Alcatel's One Touch Idol

Sold online for $300 off-contract, the Alcatel One Touch Idol has some good things going for it, like a 4.7-inch screen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system.
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No 4G. I repeat, no 4G

However, it's also got some major detractions, like a speed threshold that tops out at 3G, and scant internal storage for an Android device.
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Fit and finish

Although it's positioned as an entry-level device, the Idol moves away from glossy plastic with a brushed metallic-style finish on the back and sides.
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Camera surprise

You'll find flash, autofocus, panorama, and editing tools on the Idol's 8-megapixel camera. Video captures in 720p HD resolution, and there's a front-facing 2-megapixel shooter above the display.
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All sealed up

The Idol gets some of its slimness from its sealed state. You won't be able to access the 1,800mAh battery, but you can still swap SIM and microSD cards on the spines.
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Fierce competition

Despite the camera megapixel numbers and screen size, specs are low for this beginners' handset. Its 3G-only status is a major setback, especially since other unlocked Android phones offer far more functionality for the same price.

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