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 another device for 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 today.
The Idol 3 finds a comfortable middle ground between needlessly trashy low-cost smartphones and high-end phones that are only fit for early adopters and techies with money to burn. It’s cheaper than the OnePlus One, stronger than the Moto G, and actually on sale, unlike the Nexus 5. It also doesn’t tie you into the limiting pitfalls of a carrier contract. Ultimately, we’d say the One’s stronger processor keeps it as the best pure purchase on the market, but the Idol 3 is an outstanding value all the same.
- Excellent value
- Vivid display
- Long-lasting battery
- Mostly clean take on Android
- Average performance
- Camera underwhelms in low-light
- Parts of design feel cheap