Alcatel IDOL 5

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Alcatel IDOL 5

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The IDOL 5 offers powerful performance and an unparalleled entertainment experience in a value-packed Android smartphone. With a sleek 5.2" Full HD display and dual front-facing speakers, the IDOL 5 is your portable entertainment system. It's perfect for viewing videos, and listening to music on the exclusive Alcatel Music App, integrated with Deezer from Cricket. The fast-charging battery keeps you connected throughout the day. Capture stunning pictures and selfies with the 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, both with flash for crystal clear images. The IDOL 5 also comes VR ready for you to enjoy viewing and gaming, optimized with Alcatel's UNI360 goggles (sold separately). All the entertainment you want. All the features you need. All in one phone.


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The The Alcatel Idol 5 smartphone offers:
  • Crisp, clear 5.2" Full HD display for immersive viewing, protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Octa-core processing power and 4G LTE speed
  • Powerful dual cameras, with dual-tone flash and wide-angle imaging
  • Dual front-facing speakers with powerful amplifier and equalizer for rich, dynamic sound
  • Up to 32GB of user storage, expandable up to an additional 256GB with microSD card (sold separately)
  • Fast-charging with MediaTek® Pump Express?+ 2.0 cuts the time it takes to charge your IDOL 5 in half.*
    *As compared to conventional charging without Pump Express compatibility.
  • Virtual Reality ready for a fun and fully-immersive experience on the Alcatel UNI360 goggles (sold separately)
  • HD Voice capable
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
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Feature 1 - High Performance

High Performance

The IDOL 5 has powerful octa-core processors, up to 32 GB of internal memory, and a fast-charging battery that lets you stay connected throughout the day. Google Assistant responds to voice commands and helps you get through your day with ease. Multi-tasking is easier with split screen so you can view and use two apps at the same time. Google Keep captures what's on your mind. And IDOL 5 is HD Voice capable for clearer conversations with reduced background noise and faster data when on a call.

Feature 1 - Premium Camera & Features

Premium Camera & Features

Both the 12MP rear and 8MP wide-angle front cameras have LED flash for great pictures in any light. Cinemagraph makes your photos come alive. Get everyone in the shot with Panorama and Panorama Selfie. Additional features like 360 photo, Slo-mo video and Light Trace let you add even more personality to your shots. After taking the picture, Instant Collage, Video Story and Face Show help you showcase your work.

Feature 1 - Immersive Entertainment Experience

Immersive Entertainment Experience

Enjoy all your music in one place with Alcatel Music, which is integrated with "Deezer from Cricket." You'll get access to over 43 million tracks and on-screen lyrics. Listen and sing along with your friends in high fidelity on the dual front-facing speakers. The IDOL 5 is also optimized for Virtual Reality, pre-loaded with VR Home and VR Store apps for easy access to the best Virtual Reality videos, apps, and games. Enjoy a full suite of premium 360° entertainment. Use with the Alcatel UNI360 goggles (sold separately).


  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Dimensions & Display
AlcatelIDOL™ 5 <br> Dimensions


  • 5.83" x 2.83" x .30" 

Display Size & Type


  • 5.2" Full HD (1920 x 1080) w/Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3.0



  • Up to 32 GB internal storage
  • MicroSD slot for up to 256 GB card
  • Rear: 12 MP with flash and 1080p video recording
  • Front: 8 MP with flash and wide angle lens
  • Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation
HD Voice capable
  • Yes


  • Helio P20 / MT6757 Octa-core CPU 2.35GHz


  • 2850 mAh with MediaTek® PumpExpress + 2.0 for faster charging
Hearing Aid Compatibility
  • Rated for hearing aids M4 and T4
Rate Plan Requirements
  • Qualifying monthly service plan required
Idol 5 is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the money I've had this phone now for two weeks. The call clarity is excellent as is the reception, I'm in a small country town where many phones have trouble. There's more bloatware than I would like but not as much as some companies like VM and HTC stick customers with. The screen size is good as is the speed. The only software problem I've encountered is that the phone will not run a live wallpaper for more than 10 or 15 minutes without the wallpaper app crashing. No setting changes will fix the problem. Not a big deal by any means. There seem to be no plans to upgrade the Android version, otherwise it would be 5 stars.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely IS an upgrade from the Idol 4. As stated in my review title. The upgrade is very noticeable, in gaming performance and video playback. Charging speed is accurate and does charge fast, but, ensure you possess a Quick Charge 3.0 Charger or C-type to have the most effective charging speed. I love this phone much more than its previous predecessor. It's great to say it was definitely worth it. To those who wish to purchase this, I say go for it!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific phone for the price. This replaced an Alcatel One Touch that fell out of my pocket and broke. This one comes with the usual Google spyware that comes at you like an octopus determined to wrap all eight tentacles tightly around you, the victim. It is a continuing battle to force stop and disable apps that slow down the device's performance. I did delete chrome and replace it with a different browser, Brave. After all that, the phone works like a race car when downloading websites and email. Brave in particular is fast and functional, faster than the default browsers in the new Samsung and iPhones. This is probably because those phones have to report all activity by their owners back to headquarters, and that does slow them down. The screen is gorgeous, and the feel of the metal case is impressive. I have to use other smart phones for work, but this configured as above is my choice for my personal phone.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AWFUL I switched from Sprint to Cricket less than a month ago. After activating my new phone, I realized I don't have service in my home. Cricket has no service booster available, and my phone doesn't have WiFi calling (I thought every phone had it.) I went to the Cricket store to see if I could downgrade my phone to one with WiFi calling so I could use it at home, but the customer service rep told me the best option would be to sell the BRAND NEW phone and switch services. What a terrible experience...very disappointed. What's even worse is that I switched my parents over to Cricket also, and they have the same issue. Cricket will be losing 3 customers. Ridiculous.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far so sweeeet got this because it has everything i need and its not expensive at all. all my apps work great and hulu is amazing with the built in speakers. camera is slow in the dark but most of my pix are in bright situations anyway.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good speakers and screen quality I got this the first release day from a Cricket store and Archie made my purchase easy and transferred my number. The 32gb of internal storage is finally enough to bother about and along with my 64gb S/D card set as primary storage for the camera it is sufficient. Google photos is now offering free cloud storage for overages. The speakers are very clear and when used with VLC free player and it's equalizer, they're very loud. The screen has just enough bezel so you can hold it without affecting the display with a touch. The build is very solid and the back does NOT attract fingerprints. The Pump Express charging is very fast and the battery lasts 6-7 hours of very heavy use IE Netflix blasting, on full brightness, with 10-20% left over. Be careful with the advanced settings, IE holding power and volume down buttons from Off, because what used to clear cache now resets the whole internal storage. OOPS! Call quality is excellent as is LTE coverage. Finding a case has been trouble as is finding a screen protector (in a Cricket store anyway), but at this price with the quality build and Gorilla Glass 3, I may just go naked. Any phone with a non removable battery will need replacement every 2 years anyway from my limited experience. The forward facing speakers and 2.3ghz processor with 32gb storage sold me. The 2gb ram seemed low but it handles everything due to Nougat being a better OS. Give it a go if you want a solid mid range phone. Shelling out 4-5 times the money seemed silly and Iphone is still just mocking Android features (all be it with a better camera). Why be limited to Apples expensive "store" and fragile handsets? The Idol 5 does everything I ask without a hitch it looks and sounds great doing it. No fingerprint or face unlock but you can set it to a PIN or pattern when you are 50yards from home and or other preset locations, so security is no worry. At under $200 you can't go wrong, even if your just curious about Cricket service. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High End Quality for Reasonable Price Large screen. Thin profile. Plenty of memory. Fast. Very impressive for the price.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought this because of the positive reviews Ok so I am not rich so I cant just go out and be a sheep to buy an iphone so I had to rread a lot of reviews online and the professional reviewers gave it a great review so i bought this one because it also looks great. Oh and the battery lasts more than a day so i don’t know what the other reviewers are saying
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good phone overall The Idol 3 and 5 will not transfer using WiFi direct or Android beam. Otherwise tap-n-pay and scan-n-go at Sam's club work. Some bloat software can't be disabled. I work the other phone features everyday without issues. It's fast and doesn't break the bank to replace.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great phone Charges less than an hour from 0 to full no snapdragon chip but has a helio with mediatek pumpexpress it charges faster and it doesn't get as hot as the idol 4 better screen and performance great cameras love the speakers idol 3 4 5 best screen camera and speakers from all the cheap cricket phones this is the best phone so far
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great phone, & great features I bought this phone 2 days ago & I love it!! I highly recommend it. Its loud, its VR I can connect it to my smart TV, its got lots of space, I can do 2 things at once "apps"/ text, great camera, & so much more.. This phone & the idol 4 are GREAT
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just switched from my Idol 3 to the Idol 5 I haven't had the Idol but only a few days now, and never had the Idol 4. So far not a bad phone with some great features, but I feel like I downgraded from the Idol, I feel like they dropped the ball a little compared to the Idol 3 which I absolutely loved, it had a fuller thinner body and screen with very crisp looking sleek looking screen fonts pics, more detailed looking with better colors, and was even more disappointed to find out the Idol 5 (while still sounding good) doesn't have JBL speakers (if it does it's not advertised) and doesn't get as loud as the Idol 3, also probably not a noticeable difference but went backwards in megapixels, from a 13 mp cam to a 12mp :/ . Going to try to change the factory fonts and colors on this Idol 5 because its hard for me to deal with, it looks kinda like a grade school level colored screen. Will see as have had longer, please make another Idol phone like the 3 with updates of course
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Upgrade From The 4! Double Space From The Idol 4,Better Display,Better Feel,Honestly Is A Real Upgrade To Be Honest!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice phone So far, so good... a month has gone without any problems
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing! This model is a HUGE setback from the idol3 for those who had it. Has lots of problems with the external SD card, microphone problem - people can't hear you clearly on the other side of the conversation - broken all the time. Even though it's octa-core - performance is relatively poor when compared with other octa-core devices. STAY AWAY FROM IT
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great everything I love it. I love my idol 5 it doesn't slow down it's overall a great phone.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far! Bought this phone for the speakers and better camera than my last phone and it hasn't disappointed me yet. Also, dropped it in toilet (not recommended), immediately removed, dried off with blow drier no problems so far, smells weird though?
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good deal for the price this is a great deal for the price. it has 1080p which makes watching videos that much more fun. the speakers blew me away excellent quality. Cons: no finger print scanner, and not the best camera
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent phone I've had this phone about a month. The internet speed is great. Very user friendly. I like that the memory is expandable. Good clarity of sound.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving my new smartphone This is my first smartphone and it seems to work fine. I had an issue with charging it, but finally figured out the plug was kinda loose. Once I solved that, it charges from 25% to 100% in about an hour! Since I'm new, it would have been nice to have a beginner's guide enclosed with the phone for basic stuff. I finally went to utube and found pictorials to get me started. The phone has become very easy to use.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairly fast phone. Not bad for pre-pay. Has all the features of a more expensive phone BUT lacks wireless charging. If it had this it would get 5 stars. There is one, big problem. Tried clearing cache/data on various services. Playstore will do updates for a day or so but then completely stop stuck at "downloading". Only way to fix is full factory reset! What gives?? APKPure updates about half the apps as an alternative or you have to sideload to get around. Please fix Alcatel/Google/Android!!!
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great price Great price. Alright phone. Good specs for the money
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall a great phone Everything is great about this phone and I would recommend it to anybody wanting a hard-working phone for a great price. Battery life is long and I play a few games. I have been an Alcatel fan since I purchased my Flint and Idol 3..
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Multiple pains in my butts, but also fast. *Has a charger that looks like the micro USB everyone uses now, but it's just not the same. The "U" in "USB" means "universal," not unique. I don't understand. *Model 6060c, which many sources indicate is the Idol 5S. Had a hard time downloading usable USB drivers so I could connect to a PC. How is that not standard on every phone? *NO ONE IS IMPRESSED WITH BLOATWARE. *Apps crash. I could keep them open on my last 8GB while using another app, but when I check my texts, I have to reload my game again. *Strange touch responsiveness, usually while charging. Using "Show Touches" setting, I found touching very specific spots would trigger 2-4 touches around them. Maybe the sensors are screwed up by high device temperature? *Settings menu usability is problematic. Can't find RAM details or how to delete duplicate songs. *Can't figure out why my bluetooth speaker only plays song data for one speaker (makes songs sound incomplete with missing instruments, vocals, etc.) Was not so on my last phone. *Want to root, but looks like I'm gonna need to use the warranty. On the positive side, it charges and loads my game fast. Specs are nice for the price.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Phone Have had phone for about a month now, battery life is 3-4 days, phone calls are loud and clear, dual speakers in front are nice for listening to music and movies, pictures are decent internal memory is nice (added a 64gb micro sd for downloading movies and music) so far great phone at a good price. No complaints.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice upgrade Purchased a month ago as upgrade from Idol 3, nice features, great value.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good phone I just got the phone and still learning to use it. So far I like it
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very glitchy I bought this phone a couple months ago and it seems to just get worse as time goes on. The purchase was a little sketchy because the phone model is special to Cricket, so cases and screen covers don't fit right. Unfortunately, Cricket only has a 7-day return policy, which is when the issues started to arise; 7 days is not nearly enough time to decide if any phone will work in the first place. I will list some the issues I've had with the phone. When talking to people on the phone, I can hear them perfectly fine; however, everyone complains about distortion from my end even if I'm somewhere with good reception. Randomly, generally when listening to podcasts, audio will start to echo and lag only when the screen is off. Sometimes settings will reset or not become usable such as the zoom on the camera; this is a new issue. These are some off the top of my head. Maybe I would have bought the warranty, but Cricket's warranty was sketchy; the advertisement said the warranty covers electrical or mechanical malfunctions, but inside the warranty it specifically says they are not covered. I've been happy with Cricket as a service provider, but I'm not planning on buying a phone from them again.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from On/off would be great for left-handers It takes two hands to turn on and off for a right-handed person. No one (either at the store or via the 800 #) could figure out how to transfer my contact list en masse. I had to do it one-at-a-time. How tedious! Not very user-friendly.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Looks like the specs are down graded? I have had the three for over two years and other than the battery not lasting anymore I have no complaints. Looking at the specs to the 3, 4, and 5 I would have to say Alcatel blew it on the 5 big and will not be getting it when I upgrade. Hopefully the 6 is a lot better?
Date published: 2017-11-22
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