Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
When considered as a whole, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is an excellent phone. The device offers a premium experience at a price point most anyone can afford.
Alcatel crafted a classy handset that looks good in just about any setting. The design, materials, and construction are all very, very good. It doesn't rival today's top-of-the-line flagships, but it is not meant to. The Idol 3 was designed to stand tall in its class, and that's something it does very well indeed.
The hardware handles the basics with ease. The large screen is quite attractive; performance on AT&T's LTE 4G network was solid; call quality was loud, if nothing else; and battery life falls in line with what most people expect from modern phones. Consider the JBL stereo speakers and reversible user interface as pleasing bonuses.
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Alcatel kept software tweaks to a minimum, which help boost the handset's appeal. While the home screen panels have a unique look and some tasteful features, the bulk of the apps are stock Android. The phone stuttered from time-to-time, but was generally speedy throughout. Toss in average camera performance and a functional set of media apps, and you have an enticing package.
The key factor here is the cost. Alcatel is selling the Idol 3 for just $249. That's a crazy-low price considering all this handset offers. It goes head-to-head with a phone like the ZTE Xmax+ and comes out the winner. If you're contract-averse and want to save some cash on a handset that delivers across the board, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is the way to go.
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