- Vibrant display
- Stylish, symmetrical design
- Dual front-facing speakers
- Features a headphone jack and USB-C
- Below-average battery life
- Rear camera struggles in low light
- Doesn’t work on CDMA carriers like Verizon or Sprint (yet)
The Alcatel’s Idol 5S style, bright display and sweet sound bring it so close to being a great value, but weak battery life holds it back.
The Alcatel Idol 5S is looking to carve out its own territory in a crowded field of value-priced phones. And there’s plenty here to recommend, including an upscale design and a brilliant, 5.2-inch, full-HD screen. The Idol 5S even features dual front-facing speakers and a built-in fingerprint reader. If you’re willing to put up with ads, you can get this phone for just $200 through Amazon Prime, or pay $280 without “special offers.” Unfortunately, there’s one thing about the Idol 5S that kind of spoils the party: subpar battery life.