Friday, December 4, 2015

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone on a Budget

If you are an Android phone user, and you are looking to upgrade to a phone that has new features you might like this fabulous new Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone. I find the prices of modern phones sometimes become a barrier to even think of owning one. I like that we can own the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone for a reasonably price compared to the latest smartphones in the market.

Design
Alcatel Idol 3 is very slim, as its thickness is 7.4mm. It has a brushed plastic backing with an "Idol" logo and metallic bezels around the sides. On the right side there is the volume rocker and on the left is the power button and the Sim and MicroSD tray. The Micro-USB charging port is at the bottom. Since the phone is 5.5 inches, I wish the power button could have been an inch or so lower to make it easy to reach. This phone is available only in dark grey.
The Display
The Alcatel Idol 3 has a 5.5 inch Full-HD IPS laminated display panel. This large HD screen is bright and clear. I like that the icons and text are crisp and clear, so there is no need to squint. The 1080p screen is perfect for anyone that wants to watch videos. The excellent display will make you spend more time on watching Netflix and YouTube.
Having the screen brightness at 60% still made the screen very bright. I like having the option of viewing the screen at almost any angle. I am glad that there were no issues with glare when viewing the phone in sunlight.
Daytime pictures using the 13-megapixel camera turned out clear and beautiful. This picture was taken close to dusk and we love the colour and how the image turned out. The camera app has features such as HDR, Manual, and panorama mode and I found it easy to use. I took picture using the automatic mode, and found the images to be solid and not grainy. In low light without using flash the pictures were not clear to my liking. I found the video recording to have good smooth overall quality. 
Software and Sound
The Idol 3 comes with Android 5.02 Lollipop. I like this Operating System because it has lots of features and stability. The software is clean and there is no bloatware taking up space and affecting the performance of the phone. Except for a few customizations such as shortcuts in the lockscreen and some uninstallable third party apps this is a pure version of Google Android, so anyone who has used an android phone in the past will be right at home. If you need more apps you can always choose from the vast selection of apps in the Google play store.
The music and audio sound amazing with the Dual front facing JBL Stereo speakers. This is a luxury for a phone that is under budget. Along with the high definition screen, the dual stereo speakers are a great addition for those who enjoy videos on the phone. I noticed the notification sounds and the speaker phone can be very loud, so it is best to customize the volume to your preference.
Battery, Memory, and Performance
The Alcatel Idol 3 has a 2910mAh battery with up to 13 hours talk time. I was able to use the phone all day and didn’t need to charge the battery until late at night. The battery lasted all day although, I used the phone for a few videos, emails, social media, and browsing. I am sure if I reduce the brightness, I would be able to use it even further.

This phone has 16GB read only memory and if you need more you can add a MicroSD card up to 128GB. This will make it convenient to store a large library of photos and music as high-end phones do not have a MicroSD slot. The phone also has a 2 Gigs of RAM. This helps to multitask and run a lot of graphic intensive apps. I had no issues switching apps and moving from screen to screen as it was smooth. It was slightly jittery when playing fast moving games but it didn’t affect gameplay. It is best to close out any unnecessary apps to clear memory and save on battery life.
Extra features 
There are some unique features on the phone. This phone has a fully reversible user interface, which means the screen adapts to the right side up even if the phone itself is upside down. I am happy with this because we do not have to fiddle with the orientation of the phone, and can pick up the calls even if the phone is held upside down. I found this feature worked great all the time. The other innovative feature is Eye-D, this unlocks the phone by using face recognition. This is a nice feature but it only worked to my satisfaction when I used the option to improve face matching and had to train the phone to match my face in different lighting conditions.
Overall, I think this a great phone for anyone that wants to upgrade to a smartphone with all the features on a budget. It would also be a great starter phone for teens. If you plan on moving to the smartphone world from an old phone I would recommend this. I think it would be useful to invest on a good case to protect the larger screen. For more details visit http://www.alcatelonetouch.ca
The phone does not come with the cover. We can purchase it separate.
Giveaway:
If you are in Canada and would like to win an Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone before December 18 then enter the giveaway through the rafflecopter below. Please leave comments and follow my social media networks to be eligible to win.

Update: The winner is Melanie

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73 comments:

  1. I live in Ontario , I have heard of the Alcatel one touch idol 3 , I have read a few reviews ( which I like to do before I decide on a purchase ) I would like to win because I really could use a new phone that offers quality , the battery at 13 hrs interests me ..the battery on my current phone seems to die way too quickly .

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  2. I live in ON. I have heard great things about the quality of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone, and would love to win this as a replacement for my current phone.

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  3. I live in Oakville, ON, no I hadn't heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone before now and I'd LOVE to win this awesome phone for my hubby!

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  4. Hi, I live in Toronto and have never even heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone. Would luv to win so I can watch video's too. Looks like you have more interacting with this phone, that is what I need.

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  5. I live in Ontario. I haven't heard alot about the Alcatel One Touch yet. I don't have a phone right now so I'd love to win.

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  6. I live in Ontario. I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 phone and I would love to win one for my hubby. His phone needs a serious upgrade!!

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  7. I live in Ontario. I have heard of the phone. I want to win because my phone is old and outdated and I need a new one.

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  8. I live in Ontario. I've heard of the Alcatel One Touch idol 3, and it sounds like a great phone. I would love to win, because I've never had a smartphone before. Thank you for the chance :)

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  9. I live in Ontario. I have heard of the alcatel before. I would love to surprise my son with a new phone.

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  10. I live in Ontario. I have heard of Alcatel before and it sounds awesome. I'd like to win because both my mom and I need a new phone. This one would be perfect. We'd have to decide on who if I win. lol

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  11. I live in Alberta and I have heard of Alcatel before, but I've never actually seen one of these phones. A new phone is always good and I could use a new one :-)

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  12. I live in Ontario. I heard of the Alcatel Smartphone through blog postings. I want to win because my phone is so old now....the battery drains quickly and the phone freezes up on me. Can't afford to buy one get, so this would be so awesome to win.

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  13. I am in Ontario. I have heard of Alcatel One Touch Idol 3. I would love to have it so I can have a camera with me at the ready at all times.

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  14. AB; it's new to me; no cellphones here so winning would be wonderful. thanks

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  15. I'm in BC and I have heard of Alcatel before! I'd love to win because right now I don't own a phone and I'd love too!

    Thanks

    Rafflecopter Name is Anne Taylor

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  16. I live in newfoundland. I would love to win because i have an old moto g cell with a cracked screen :(

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  17. I live in Ontario and yes I have heard of the phone. I would love to win this for my hubby who still does not own a cell phone!

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  18. I live in British Columbia and I have heard of the alcatel before but didn't realize until reading your review what a great phone it is. I would love to win this phone as I am without one right now. I have been looking around but find the prices to be ridiculous.

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  19. I live in Nova Scotia ,I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 before , i am so in need of a new cell hone , mine has seen better days , thanks for the chance :)

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  20. We live in Ontario.I have heard of Alcatel.I cannot afford it so I would love to win.

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  21. I Live in Ancaster Ontario =) I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 =) and I am the only one in my home who doesn't own a cell phone (never have Lol)

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  22. I'm in Alberta, and yes I have heard of Alcatel One Touch! I'd love to win this phone for my Mom!

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  23. i live in ontario -i have heard of Alcatel one touch idol 3it sounds like an awesome phone for my daughter

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  24. I am in BC and have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone. I'd like to win as I'd like to play with the Android 5.02 Lollipop OS.

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  25. I am in Ontario and yes I have heard of the Alcatel One. I would love to win because our current cell phone is really old and we need an upgrade! (Judy Cowan)

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  26. I'm in BC, and I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 before. It seems like a great phone that I would love to upgrade to.

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  27. I'm from Ontario and I have heard of the Alcatel one touch. I would love to win to replace the older type phone that I have.

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  28. I live in NOVA SCOTIA . I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 phone and I would love to win one

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  29. I live in Ontario, I've heard of Alcatel through a twitter party and I would love to win it and give it to my daughter.

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  30. I live in Manitoba & I have heard of Actonel One, I would like to win this for my daughter

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  31. live in Nova Scotia . I haven't heard alot about the Alcatel One Touch yet. I want to win because I embarrass my daughters when I bring out my old Flip phone

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  32. I am from Manitoba and yes have heard of it before. I would like to win because well i dont own a cell phone

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  33. I live in Ontario and I currently don't have a phone. It would be great to be able to text my children and my sisters

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  34. I have hear about the Alcatel One touch idol 3

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  35. I live in Ontario , I have heard of the Alcatel one touch idol 3 and need a new phone.

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  36. I live in Saskatchewan. I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch and I would love to win as my daughter needs a new phone.

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  37. I live in BC. I've heard of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol3 but I've never had a chance to see one in person. I'd love to win for my dad.

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  38. Bailey Dexter I live in ON. I just recently hear of the Alucatel One. I would love to use this upgrade from my flip phone(LOL). Only thing i can do now is call, not even text!

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  39. I live in NL. Yes,I have heard of it,and I want one badly! I do not own a cell phone or ipad,,so this would be oh so fabulous!!

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  40. In Alberta. I have heard a lot of good things about Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 from tech reviews and bloggers. The feature I like best is its dual facing JBL stereo speakers. This will help me not miss any calls since I will be able to hear it loud and clear. I need my 7 year old phone replace that is for sure.

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  41. I live in Ontario, I have heard of this phone and so far all the reviews have been good, I would like to win because I need a new phone, I'm still using Samsung SIII

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  42. I live in ontario and yes I have heard of Alcatel

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  43. I live in NB. I haven't heard of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol3

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  44. I live in the Halton area and I have heard of the alcatel phone. I want the phone for a couple reasons. I'm finally eager to make the switch to android, but i think i would gift it to my mom who has an old broken phone and shed love it.

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  45. I live in Ontario, I've heard of Alcatel and don't have any thing smart.

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  46. I live in Surrey BC I have heard of it. I would love to win this for myself ;)

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  47. I live on Southwestern ontario. I have only heard about this phone in reviews. I would like to win so I can at least own a cell phone.

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  48. I live in Ontario. I've heard of Alcatel and know they do smartphones, but haven't heard of this particular one before now. I don't currently have a cellphone, so I'd use this as my primary cell.

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  49. I'm in Alberta and I have heard of Alcatel and would love to win for my son! Thanks for the chance.

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  50. I am in Nova Scotia, I have not heard of it and I need a new phone :)

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  51. Ontario, and just heard about it in the last few days. I want to win it because it has great features and I could use a new phone.

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  52. I'm in British Columbia. Never heard of Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone, but would love to have one and upgrade my old phone.

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  53. Yes, I have heard of it, and I have yet to have a phone. I live in Ontario
    (Debbie W)

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  54. I'm in Vancouver and I have never heard of this phone. I do need a new one so winning this would really help out.

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  55. I live in BC, I have heard of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone, and I want to win because I don't own a smart phone and would really love to - I am still using my husband's old flip phone that has to be about a decade old now!!

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  56. I am in NL. I have heard of the alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone. I'd really like to win it for my son as a gift.

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  57. AB; it's new to me; no smart phones around here - yet - so wining one would be great. thanks

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  58. I'm in ON! I've heard some great things about Alcatel....great features!

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  59. I'm in Ontario. I've heard of it, it's amazing. My daughter would love to have it!

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  60. from ON and I havent heard of them (I must be sheltered) and would love to win because our current phone is on its last legs

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  61. i have. I got one for my mother in law and she said that it's an amazing phone

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  62. I live in Ontario. I have heard of this phone through blog postings. I would love to win because it has been years since I have had a new phone.

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  63. I am from Newfoundland. I have heard of the phones.I would love to win one because I presently don't own a cellphone.
    Florence C

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  64. I live in beautiful BC. Yes I have read rave reviews of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Smartphone!! I want to win because I am in the market for a new phone and what a sweet surprise this would be! I like that this android phone has a high-def display with a 5.5 inch screen, awesome sound speakers and a long battery life.

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  65. I live on the west coast. I have never heard of the One touch idol 3 until today. I think it sounds like a great phone that I could really make use of. I am on the market for a new phone and this one would be great to have.

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  66. Winnipeg MB , I desperately need a new phone- and this one sounds neat!!

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  67. Im in BC. I have heard of it. I want to win because i need a new phone and this seems like a good one.

    billiondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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  68. I live in Ontario, I have heard about the phone, and read a lot about it. I would like to win because from everything I've read it seems like a reasonably priced power phone and I currently do not own a cellphone.

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  69. I live in Ontario and would love to win because I need a new phone which is a few years old and is outdated

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  70. I live in Manitoba and I have heard of it. I'd love to win as I don't have a phone at the moment.

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  71. I live in NB and have heard of the Alcatel smartphones. I need a new phone so this would be great to win.

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  72. I'm in BC. I have heard of Alcatel phones and I have heard great things about them. I would love to win because my mom needs a phone (she doesn't have a cellphone) and I think she would love this one.

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  73. I live in burlington ontair, I have heard of the Alcatel one touch idole 3 smartphone, would love to win it for my dad! his phone is pretty bad!

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