Onetouch Idol 3by Alcatel

  • Onetouch Idol 3
  • Onetouch Idol 3
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
77%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The low price is by far the best aspect of this phone.
  • It runs a stock version of Android.
  • The display is clear, crisp and bright.

CONS

  • The battery life is disappointing.
  • The low-light photography results need work.
  • Despite a respectable processor, the Idol 3 is slow at times.
Alcatel's Onetouch Idol line offers two similar devices. The smaller has a 4.7-inch screen, while the larger version offers a 5.5-inch display. The unlocked devices are priced well below most on-contract phones. The larger model is equipped with a 13 MP camera, 2GB of memory, 16GB of base storage, and support for up to 128GB's using a microSD card. The Idol 3 has a nifty feature that allows you to answer a phone call while holding the phone upside down.
NameOnetouch Idol 3HTC One M8HTC One M9DROID Turbo 2G Flex 2
ManufacturerAlcatelHTCHTCMotorolaLG
Techwalla Score
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List Price$250$499$650$624$399
88%

Pictures from the Idol 3 are actually quite good, with details captured quite well, and a slight amount of post processing working to smooth…

Pictures from the Idol 3 are actually quite good, with details captured quite well, and a slight amount of post processing working to smooth out the grain.

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85%

Quite simply, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a testament to what can be achieved by a phone that’s on a budget.

Quite simply, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a testament to what can be achieved by a phone that’s on a budget.

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80%

It does sometimes stutter, though, and the cause can be baffling – something as simple as typing a text message can cause occasional delay b…

It does sometimes stutter, though, and the cause can be baffling – something as simple as typing a text message can cause occasional delay between keyboard input and the letters appearing onscreen.

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80%

The unlocked Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 is an exceptional Android smartphone value that more than lives up to its lofty spec sheet.

The unlocked Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 is an exceptional Android smartphone value that more than lives up to its lofty spec sheet.

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80%

It may not be a top-of-the-line handset, but the Idol 3 might make you reconsider what you want in a smartphone.

It may not be a top-of-the-line handset, but the Idol 3 might make you reconsider what you want in a smartphone.

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80%

After all is said and done, the knocks against the Idol 3 don’t really add up to much. It’s easily the most impressive phone available under…

After all is said and done, the knocks against the Idol 3 don’t really add up to much. It’s easily the most impressive phone available under $300, and it doesn’t force you to make the compromises that are commonly required by cheap phones.

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70%

Also in the plus column: The Idol 3 runs a very pure version of Android. Alcatel’s customization of Lollipop 5.0.2 is light, and the additio…

Also in the plus column: The Idol 3 runs a very pure version of Android. Alcatel’s customization of Lollipop 5.0.2 is light, and the additions are meaningfu

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70%

Delivering midrange features at an entry-level price, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is the company's best smartphone to date -- and a great de…

Delivering midrange features at an entry-level price, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is the company's best smartphone to date -- and a great deal for the money.

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70%

This setup is more than capable of handling basic tasks, but it's when the Idol 3 is put under more strain that it begins to show signs of a…

This setup is more than capable of handling basic tasks, but it's when the Idol 3 is put under more strain that it begins to show signs of a struggle.

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70%

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is not the Brad Pitt of smartphones. Nothing from the plastic body particularly jumps out at you, but it's not t…

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is not the Brad Pitt of smartphones. Nothing from the plastic body particularly jumps out at you, but it's not terrible to look at either.

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While the Idol 3 doesn't have the specs that will set the Android world on fire, what it does bring is one of the best experiences you'll fi…

While the Idol 3 doesn't have the specs that will set the Android world on fire, what it does bring is one of the best experiences you'll find under $250.

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The camera on this device is surprisingly good. It's no iPhone 6, and it's no Galaxy S6, but it's just as excellent as many of the other pho…

The camera on this device is surprisingly good. It's no iPhone 6, and it's no Galaxy S6, but it's just as excellent as many of the other phones on the market today with costs far exceeding itself.

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