I bought an Alcatel Idol 3 last April ('15) - arrived in May. Bought it based on having read numerous reviews and studying the specs. My expectations were exceeded. Unlocked GDM with dual SIM, JBL powered dual front speakers, 5.5" screen with great pixel density, and more. Not only did it deliver more than hoped for, I bought it at a price that was less than half of most flagship phones. And yes, the stereo speakers are Gr-8.
I don't know who started this metal (aluminum) cases are better stuff, but I prefer the so called plastic cases - hands down. My Alcatel Idol 3 has one of the nicest cases I've ever seen .. It's a polymer mix - stronger and far more durable than the metal cases. Period !!!
I agree. It's a known fact that plastic cases get less signal interference and are more durable. Besides, plastic can look great all by itself. The idea that metal is somehow better is almost cultish. Especially considering that most of the people who... (continues)
When the M7 came out, the stereo front speakers were what captured me to go HTC. I loved them being someone that likes to watch vids on my phone. Then the M8 came out and I quickly grabbed that one. What a massive improvement! Then when the M9 came out, there was a slight decrease in what I though was the selling point. It was still a decent phone. Then the A9 came out and negated everything I fell for in HTC. It's like they lost their design team. A three year good run, but I'm no longer an HTC person.