When you hear the words “budget phone”, what usually comes to mind is a phone with a lot of compromises. Yes, that is evident in mobile phones of years’ past, but that is not the case today.
In this article, we are going to talk about a budget-friendly mobile phone coming from a French mobile phone company, Alcatel. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a budget phone that cuts only a few corners and it does present you with a very good phone without a huge asking price.
Since this is a budget phone, Alcatel opted for a durable polycarbonate plastic chassis. Plastics have received numerous negative connotations as of late because of the past notion that plastics are not durable. But, truth be told, Polycarbonate plastics have been widely used in mobile phones, even on mid-range phones. It is used often because it is not only durable but it is also lightweight as well.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 does, however, have a metal aluminum frame to increase its aesthetic appeal somehow. It has a minimalist overall design and it is pretty nice to the touch. The only problem with the design is that it tends to slip from your hands quite easily since it doesn’t have a curvature. So bear that in mind.
As for the display, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080p and a pixel count of 401ppi. It also supports multitouch of up to 5 fingers at the same time.
It is expected when a phone has IPS display panels to have excellent viewing angles and wonderful color reproduction, and that is evident in the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3.
As for the performance, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 mobile phone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 1.0 GHz. On top of that, it also comes with the Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
For a budget-friendly phone, it is surprising to see an octa-core processor in the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. It is power-efficient and it allows you to effectively do multitasking any time. The mobile phone also comes with a 2,900 MaH battery to power all of these components.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 comes with the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. It offers a vanilla Android experience because this mobile phone doesn’t have any proprietary UI on top of the already good operating system.
The camera is okay but not that great. It does come with a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera for those selfies. The rear camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and it also has camera technologies such as autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, and panorama. Since it comes with the camera app from the default Android Lollipop operating system, it doesn’t offer more proprietary features. Still, the camera gives you impressive pictures considering the price.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a true budget-friendly phone that doesn’t cut a lot of corners. This phone only costs $180.