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ALCATEL OneTouch Idol 3 Global Unlocked 4G LTE Smartphone, 5.5 HD IPS Display, 16GB (GSM - US Warranty)
- The IDOL 3 comes integrated with LTE data speeds. LTE is up to 2X faster than standard 4G when using data on your phone. If you want to stream music, or download a show, or even watch a weather update... No worries, our IDOL 3 has you covered with LTE.
- True to life music featuring JBL audio with award-winning JBL audio, IDOL 3 brings an amazing on-the-go music experience. With dual front-facing stereo speakers, the IDOL 3 packs professional audio quality for true-to-life sound.
- IDOL 3 has been specially tuned for leading color and image innovation through Technicolor Color Enhance technology, giving the IDOL 3 a vivid cinematic color experience. Get a clear view of your pictures and videos from any angle, even in direct sunlight
- IDOL 3 comes packed with a 13MP main camera and wide-angle 8MP front camera that will excite even the most passionate photophilic with a full-featured camera application, including time-lapse, HDR, panoramic and manual mode
- Powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, the IDOL 3 delivers ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity. Get lost in stunning HD video and console-quality gaming, made all the more realistic with 5.1 surround sound
- Model 6045I-2AALUS7; compatible with Micro SIM Cards
|Voice / Text||2G Data||3G Data||4G LTE Data|
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- Size (LWH): 0.3 inches, 2.5 inches, 6 inches
- Weight: 12.8 ounces
Offer Type: Phone Only
From the Manufacturer
Alcatel is the fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in North America, with a heritage of designing and manufacturing high-quality, high-performing mobile technology that offers the perfect amount of value. With relationships with America’s top GSM carriers like T-Mobile, MetroPCS, AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Net10 and Straight Talk, alcatel’s unlocked smartphones are optimized for any of these carrier networks, so you can be confident you’re getting a smartphone that can perform. And we back our devices with a two year warranty, so you can be sure you’re covered.
The ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL 3 offers the perfect amount of more for your smartphone. The IDOL 3 has more speed than a standard 4G handset because it has LTE speed for video and music streaming/downloads. And with a robust 2910 mAh battery and Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core processor, IDOL 3 will give you more power to get through the day. Special moments will look even more beautiful with IDOL 3’s 13MP main camera and 8MP wide angle front selfie camera. The IDOL 3 will also give you more sound featuring Dual front facing speakers featuring JBL Audio. What more could you look for in your new smartphone…
The Perfect Amount of Customer Service
Our best in class two year warranty does more than give you peace of mind, it’s a commitment from Alcatel to maintain the highest degree of quality and reliability. Have a question? Call our North American call center and we will help… our job is not done until you are 100 percent satisfied.
The Perfect Amount of Speed
With speeds 2x faster than standard 4G, LTE offers the quickest, most reliable mobile experience available today. IDOL 3 is LTE done right, optimized for the world’s top GSM carriers, including those in the U.S. like T-Mobile, MetroPCS, AT&T, Cricket Wireless Net10 and Straight Talk. No matter where you go or which GSM carrier you have, IDOL 3 will keep you connected.
Perfect Amount of Convenience
IDOL 3 is completely reversible, so it can be used with the display right side up or upside down, making using IDOL 3 simple and more intuitive – whether you’re browsing the web or even taking phone calls.
Never Miss a Shot
The high resolution wide angle front camera ensures selfies are always sharp and nobody's left out. The top quality rear camera has a large best in class IMX214 sensor and a lens with five separate elements for better accuracy in every pixel and minimal distortion. With a 13MP main camera and an 8MP wide-angle front camera, you’ll never miss any of life’s moments.
Powerful, Yet Easy to Use
Featuring Google’s easy to use and customizable Android operating system and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core processor, the IDOL 3 delivers the perfect amount of easy to use performance. The IDOL 3 will also allow you to upgrade to Android’s new operating system (Marshmallow) when available.
With one of the brightest Full-HD displays available in any smartphone, the IDOL 3’s 5.5-display also features Technicolor Color Enhance for a cinematic viewing experience – even in direct sunlight.
|Alcatel Idol 3 5.5"||Alcatel Idol 3 4.7"||Alcatel Pop 3 5.5" 4G LTE||Alcatel Pop 3 5.0" 4G LTE||Alcatel Pixi 3 4.5" 4G LTE||Alcatel Pixi 3 4.5" 3G|
|Network||4G LTE||4G LTE||4G LTE||4G LTE||4G LTE||4G HSPA+|
|Display||5.5” Full HD (1080x1920 pixels)||4.7” HD IPS (720x1280 pixels)||5.5” HD (720x1280 pixels)||5” FWVGA (480x854 pixels)||4.5” FWVGA (480x854 pixels)||4.5” FWVGA (480x854 pixels)|
|Camera||13Mp AF rear w/ flash + 8Mp front||13Mp AF rear w/ flash + 5Mp front||8Mp AF rear w/flash + 2MP front||5Mp rear w/flash + VGA front||5Mp AF rear w/flash + VGA front||5Mp FF rear w/flash + VGA front|
|Memory||2GB / 16GB||1.5GB / 16GB||1GB / 8GB||1GB / 8GB||1GB / 8GB||512MB / 4GB|
|Expandable Memory||Micro SD slot (supports up to 128GB)||Micro SD slot (supports up to 32GB)||Micro SD slot (supports up to 32GB)||Micro SD slot (supports up to 32GB)||Micro SD slot (supports up to 32GB)||Micro SD slot (supports up to 32GB)|
|Processor||Octa core @ 2.5GHz||Quad core @ 1.2GHz||Quad core @ 1.1GHz||Quad core @ 1.1GHz||Quad core @ 1.0GHz||Dual core @ 1.3GHz|
|Operating System||Android L||Android L||Android L||Android L||Android L||Android KitKat|
|Bands||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS: 850/1700/1900/2100 LTE: B2/4/5/7/17||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS: 850/1700/1900/2100 LTE: B2/4/5/7/17||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS: 850/1700/1900/2100 LTE: 2,4,5,7,17||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS: 850/1700/1900/2100 LTE: 2,4,5,7,17||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS: 850/1700/1900/2100 LTE: 2,4,5,7,17||GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS: 850/1700/1900/2100 LTE: None|
|Battery||2910mAh battery||2000mAh battery||2500mAh battery||2000mAh battery||1780mAh battery||1400mAh battery|
|Dimensions/Weight||152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4mm / 141g||134.6 x 65.9 x 7.55mm / 110g||151.9 x 77.8 x 9.45mm / 165g||141 x 71.5 x 9.85mm / 167g||132.2 x 65.1 x 9.95mm / 110g||132.2 x 65.1 x 11.7mm / 110g|
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Top Customer Reviews
I got a chance to play around with an Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 for the last couple of days thanks to knowing the right people at XDA Developers. I am a complete phone nerd, and a recognized contributor on XDA Developers where all kinds of Android phone modifications are developed and discussed, if that means anything to you. So when I get a chance to play around with a new phone I jump on it.
This is a nice phone in general. It's a great phone when you factor in the price and overall value. With the hardware being so capable for such a reasonable price this phone is a game changer for the Smartphone industry, forcing the major players to bring pricing down.
❖ The sound - The front facing JBL speakers make this a solid rival to the HTC One M9. If you use your phone for multi media like watching videos or listening to music without headphones this is a solid sound system for you. The sound is vibrant and most importantly it's loud. And it's clear sound. It doesn't sound like a tiny cell phone speaker. It sounds like a real speaker. The HTC One product line made the front facing speakers it's calling card and no one really challenged the HTC design until now. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 stands toe to toe with the HTC One sound and doesn't flinch.
❖ It physically looks like a nice phone, not a cheap off brand.
❖ It's not the most powerful processor in a Smartphone, but it's plenty good enough to drive the Idol 3 for normal daily use. I didn't find it to be laggy at all doing normal stuff, including a few basic games like Angry Birds which can put a strain on a graphics processor.
❖ It has expandable storage! Thank you for keeping this feature in a smart phone. I hate the cloud. I want to have my files on my device. The Idol 3 starts at 16GB on board (not all usable as the system takes up some of that) bu tit's expandable up to 128GB via the tried and true SD card method. So you can expand the storage significantly for $30. Meanwhile some of the higher end Smartphones will charge you nearly the entire purchase price of the Idol 3 to increase from a 32GB base model to a 128GB model.
❖ The full HD 5.5 inch display is very nice. The colors are vibrant. They may be slightly more vibrant than true life colors, but it works. Photos look richer. All the rendered graphics looks fantastic due to the rich color depth.
❖ The camera is okay. I don't think it's the greatest camera in the world, but it's good.
❖ The back is flat! I like to lay my phone down on a desk or table next to me and be able to use it for things like checking a sports score or just checking off a notification or something. With a rounded back on the phone it will wobble and be annoying. The Idol 3 has a flat back so it lays flat on the table and doesn't wobble when you touch it. This is such a simple thing but it's HUGE for me.
❖ The battery is not replaceable. They do wear out so it's nice to be able to replace a battery easily, but it's not a deal breaker. Especially not at this price. This might not be an issue for you. If not, great! But be aware of the issue before making purchase decisions. But I will say that with moderate use and not a lot of graphics intensive gaming, it's EASILY a full day battery and often a 2 full day battery.
░░░░░THE BOTTOM LINE░░░░░
❖ It EASILY outperforms it's original $250 purchase price, and now that it's reduced to $200 it's a no brainer GREAT value. It's not the greatest Smartphone of all time, but you cannot beat this phone for $200.
❖ Ultimately you have to decide what features are important to you. If that is great sound and expandable storage, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 will satisfy you. If a replaceable battery is a must have....that's where this phone falls short.
❖ I also recently tried out the Asus ZenFone 2. That is a nice device too, but the flat back of the Idol 3 makes it the winner for me.
❖ When comparing the $200 Idol 3 to the $600+ 'top of the line' similarly set up Smartphones from the major brands, I don't see how the more expensive models justify their price tags. Yes, they are better. No, they aren't $400 better.
❖ I originally tested this phone as by knowing the right people at XDA developers who let me test one out. That's what I wrote this review based on originally. A few months later I bought one for myself and have been thoroughly happy with it.
I consider myself a pretty careful person when it comes to my electronics. I underestimated myself this weekend and it dropped on the floor of a bus, I was shuffling my feet without knowing the phone was face down on the floor and boom.. scratched screen. Screen protector was already on order and being delivered the following monday :( Totally my fault obviously, but just wanted to warn you guys to definitely get a screen protector and do not chance it with this phone, because almost all the features on this phone are awesome for the price!
Screen is beautiful and bright and clear, reminds me of my samsung note 2 AMOLED screen, very clear. keeping the costs down had to be taken somewhere and it is the non scratch resistant screen.
Speed seems adequate. I havent really tested its full potential but this is going to be my second phone.
sound is AMAZING, JBL speakers and it really shows, Even when plugging it into my car, the sound seems better than my previous phone.
Camera app needs some work, or maybe just a different app would work. I was hoping it would take better macro pictures and focus fast on that type of scene but it doesn't for me.
size is similar to my note 2, a little bit too big for my hand. But its pretty thin which makes up for that.
The power button and volume buttons are high up so reaching them takes some hand maneuvering. you might not think of it much, but once you notice it..
Battery life seems pretty good, you could probably get a good day and a half with normal/light usage. It seems like a stock version of android 5.0 lollipop with no bloatware which helps a lot with battery life as well.
Overall I think for 200 this is a great deal. Just wish i didn't jump the gun and use it unprotected.
browsing around the Google app store, I found Open Camera, which is a great alternative to use,. It has a lot of features and macro mode which I was complaining about, and this phone seems to take great macro photos at about 5 inches away.
Update #2: Camera app alternative
I had a chance to do some outdoor macro photos and I am VERY impressed with how it did! Using Open Camera and having it on macro mode setting, focusing was for the most part pretty quick and I added some photos to see.
Cons: hard to think of one, side bezels are so thin expect unauthorized tap registers when holding it tight. forget about using it with one hand. so thin and light it does feel rather... like it needs a case.
Verdict = if you don't buy flagships, get this phone.
I'm debating with myself about whether to keep it or go for a better deal on the Asus Zenfone 2 (64 GB and 4 GB memory version)