Alcatel One Touch Idol 3

7.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Alcatel One Touch Idol 3's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2910mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2910 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 780 minutes (2G), 780 minutes (3G).



With its simple, elegant design, decent specifications, solid camera, and fantastic audio experience, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is one of the best budget-friendly smartphones out there.

- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority 

Alcatel OneTouch has done a tremendous job with the Idol 3, and it’s set a new standard for all budget smartphones to measure up to.

- Hayato Huseman , Pocketnow 

Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 24 reviews

What's good  

  • Vibrant and bright display
  • Clear and loud speakers
  • Good camera

What's bad  

  • Processor slowdown when multi-tasking or downloading apps
  • Hard to use one-handed
  • No quick or wireless charging

Alcatel has struggled to break into the mainstream smartphone with their previous releases. However, the OneTouch Idol 3 is the first phone Alcatel has released that impressed reviewers. Priced for the budget-minded consumer, the phone doesn't have top of the line specs, but it does offer what Android Central calls, "…one of the best experiences you'll find under $250."

To keep the phone on the lower end of the price spectrum, Alcatel opted for an all-plastic body for the OneTouch Idol 3. While not a premium material, experts found the phone fairly easy to grip thanks to the fake metal edges and brushed plastic back. They also describe it as quite solid due to its slight heft and thickness. Still, at 6 inches they did find it a bit of a challenge to use with one hand.

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Much of the Idol 3's size is due to the 5.5 inch display, 1080p IPS display. While not as detailed as the 1600p display offered on the Nexus 10, experts note the resolution is perfectly fine for the average consumer. Besides a good resolution, they note it also offers excellent color accuracy, good viewing angles and excellent bright light legibility.

One the biggest advantages the OneTouch Idol 3 has over other similarly priced phones is its dual front-facing speakers located above and below the display respectively. Experts describe the audio as "crisp" and quite loud though they add it still misses some detail, namely in the lower registers.

Inside, the Idol 3 comes with a 1.5 Ghz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM. For the most part critics did not experience crashes though they did notice some sluggishness when opening apps or unlocking the screen. They also noticed a significant slowdown when multi-tasking or downloading multiple apps. Despite this, most critics don't think the occasional slowdowns detracted from the overall experience. Along with the processor and RAM, the Idol 3 also comes with 16GB of RAM and a 2,910mAh battery. The battery itself lasted reviewers a full 8-9 hours of heavy usage. Unfortunately it does not come with the added benefit of quick or wireless charging.

Software-wise, Alcatel kept Android as close to stock as possible with a couple modifications; the most noticeable being the "reversible" mode. This allows the display to re-orient itself so things work when the phone is flipped 180-degrees. While standard for iOS devices it is fairly new for Android and something many critics appreciated.

Around the back of the phone is the 13MP main camera. It comes equipped with autofocus and LED flash. For the most part, critics were able to produce colorful and clear shots whether in close-up detail or faraway objects in natural lighting. CNET notes, "I was satisfied enough with the quality to share pictures…with friends and family." Even in low-light situations most experts were impressed with the overall quality although the flash did tend to blow-out the scenes.

While there are a few drawbacks to the Idol 3, reviewers still highly recommend it. Slash Gear states, "…it's a winner." Tech Radar adds, "If you're willing to live with some imperfections for an excellent price, there's no reason this phone can't be good enough for you"


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


Tom's Guide

Very bright display, superb speakers and an all-day battery in a sexy frame

from Tom's Guide
The Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 is one of the best smartphone deals yet. For just $250, you get a very bright display, superb speakers and an all-day battery in a sexy frame. The front and back cameras also performed well, though you'll definitely want to use the flash in low light. Among midrange unlocked phones, the Asus Zenfone 2 delivers faster performance for about $50 more, and the latest Moto G has a customizable design and better camera starting at just $180, but its performance is weaker than the Alcatel. Overall, the Onetouch Idol 3 is a great value... Full review
TechnoBuffalo

Decent device for the price point

from TechnoBuffalo

While I had an overall positive experience with these devices, I’m struggling to figure out exactly where they fit. If you’re in the market for a cheap phone, you could certainly do much worse than the 4.7-inch Idol 3. It’s tiny, the battery life is fine, the camera is fine, and the software is inoffensive. If someone came up to me and told me they need a phone for less than $200, this is where I’d point them, but then I’d remember the Moto G is the same price point at $180 and arguably offers more bang for your buck.

Then we get to the 5.5-inch mode... Full review

Digital Trends

A bold budget phone that can tango with the best

from Digital Trends

The knee-jerk reaction to phones beneath the $300 mark is to expect the worst; trade-offs are basically understood as inevitable. That’s true to some extent for the Idol 3, yet Alcatel’s handset bucks more than a few budget phone strictures. It’s plastic, but quite durable. It sports a beautiful display and excellent speakers. And it runs a vanilla version of Android with features that only augment, not change or restrict, the software experience. The Idol 3’s a package, all in all, that you’d expect several price brackets above its MSRP.

The Idol 3... Full review

iPhone Download Blog

A budget Android phone with a unique feature

from iPhone Download Blog
This is a budget smartphone that’s not going to blow you away in any particular area outside of sound quality. But its a very solid phone that’s a good value at only $249.99 unlocked. Like I noted during my Moto G review, if you’re looking to test the Android waters, or just need a secondary smartphone, then the Idol 3 would make a solid choice... Full review
Coolsmartphone

A very good and well specified device that has a unique talent at a bargain price

from Coolsmartphone
I have been very impressed with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 5.5″. I think the package that you get for the money spent is awesome, and if you are looking for a mid-tier handset at a fraction of the cost of some of the bigger more expensive players, then it is hard to over look this device. Competitors do include the Xperia M4 Aqua, but that has got a smaller screen and all importantly, much less in the way of usable memory which limits its real world use.So please don’t dismiss this phone, as it is a true rose amongst the thorns. .. Full review
Good Housekeeping

A great mid-range option

from Good Housekeeping

If you don't have the cash for a high-end phone, the Alcatel is a great mid-range option for $249 unlocked. You can swap providers on a whim, as long as they're GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile, or any provider on their network). The Idol 3 has everything most smartphone customers are looking for: a decent camera, a fast, modern interface with the newest software, and a full-HD screen. Plus, it has dual forward-facing speakers, and a symmetrical design that lets you use the phone either right-side-up or upside-down. Whichever way you take it out of your pocket, you're good to go. The Idol 3 is also... Full review

Alphr

A pleasant surprise

from Alphr

When is a flagship smartphone not a flagship? When the vendor is Alcatel – at the moment. The Idol 3 looks the part, and largely acts the part, but performance is more choppy than you’d expect in a top-of-the-range smartphone.

Still, Alcatel’s phones are getting better, and the company seems to be progressively addressing our criticisms with each iteration. For just £200 SIM-free, the Onetouch Idol 3 is a phone you can be extremely happy with. However, we’re banking on the next version to be the handset that gets our solid, full-throated recommendation.... Full review

TechRadar

A budget phone with flagship specs

from TechRadar
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 has all the bells and whistles at a fraction the cost of major flagships. It's no flagship killer, but it's also not claiming to be. While good, good isn't always enough.The fact the OneTouch Idol 3 even exists is pretty amazing. If you're willing to live with some imperfections for an excellent price, there's no reason this phone can't be good enough for you. .. Full review
PhoneArena

Quality stuff from a budget phone

from PhoneArena

If this is what we can expect from a phone with an MSRP of $250, we’re going to have higher expectations from everyone else going forward. Quite simply, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a testament to what can be achieved by a phone that’s on a budget. From what we’ve experienced in the past with Alcatel’s portfolio of smartphones, we weren’t coming into this with high hopes, but the outcome, surprisingly enough, awakens us to realize that the company can make GOOD phones – and this one certainly lives up to that claim. Considering that you’re only pa... Full review

Brighthand

Best pure purchase on the market

from Brighthand

At a time when many phone makers find themselves changing their flagship phones for change’s sake to help justify keeping their high price points, there continues to be a need for phones like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Instead of building for an eternal tomorrow, Alcatel realizes that it’s 2015, and that there’s too much capable smartphone tech for it to be unavailable to wide swaths of people. It also doesn’t tie you into the limiting pitfalls of a carrier contract.

The low-end doesn’t have to be a dumpster fire when so much of the high-end is div... Full review


Emmie

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

Absolutely under no circumstance fall to the tricks of any sales person and use this phone. Very slow, almost to the point that it'll cause you anxiety, if you need to look anything up, place a call, message someone don't expect that it'll take less than 4 minutes. One touch is a farce, more like 3... More
Absolutely under no circumstance fall to the tricks of any sales person and use this phone. Very slow, almost to the point that it'll cause you anxiety, if you need to look anything up, place a call, message someone don't expect that it'll take less than 4 minutes. One touch is a farce, more like 3 touches as it is that slow and forgets what you required from it in the beginning. I'm using this a loaner until my Xperia Z3 and that is far superior by leaps and bounds. I would consider using my old Motorola Razr rather then use this phone any longer. You have been warn. Less

Phone drops calls and opens to home page

When ever the phone rings and I pick it up, it drops the call and opens the home page, I then have to search for who called and phone them back, just got this phone with 2 year contract and will replace in 22 months, never again.
When ever the phone rings and I pick it up, it drops the call and opens the home page, I then have to search for who called and phone them back, just got this phone with 2 year contract and will replace in 22 months, never again. Less
Blake

Drops calls when touched and opens the home page.

Just replaced my nexus4 with this new Alcatel One Touch and very disappointed with this phone, will replace in 22 months, when the phone rings, I pick it up and it closes the caller off and opens the home page, leaving me to look for whom ever called and phoning them back.
Just replaced my nexus4 with this new Alcatel One Touch and very disappointed with this phone, will replace in 22 months, when the phone rings, I pick it up and it closes the caller off and opens the home page, leaving me to look for whom ever called and phoning them back. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 29, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, Asia, North America
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0.1 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.39 W/kg
Body: 1.42 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2910 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
780 minutes (2G)
780 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.5 x 0.7 cm
(6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 141 grams
(5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, One Glass Solution
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Face detection, Geotagging, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Scene detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Twitter, Adobe Reader, Office Suite, Evernote, Flipboard, Clean master, Shazam, Dropbox)
Included Software / Apps No
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