Need a decent compact smartphone? The 4.7-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 now costs $149 in the US

Need a decent compact smartphone? The 4.7-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 now costs $149 in the US
Released in the US in August 2015 (thus almost 1 year ago), the 4.7-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 surprised us by being a very well made smartphone - you don't really find that too often if you want a handset that's both compact, and cheap. Discounted to $169.99 in March, the OneTouch Idol 3 4.7 is now even cheaper: you can get it unlocked from Amazon for $149.99 (see the source link below). 

Amazon is selling the official US variant of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 4.7, which offers full support for AT&T's LTE network, and partial support for T-Mobile LTE. Verizon and Sprint are not supported at all.

Although its screen is the same size as the screen of the iPhone 6s - 4.7 inches - the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is noticeably smaller than Apple's handset. Take a look below to see how compact the device is:

Speaking about the screen of the Idol 3, this is an IPS one with good contrast, high brightness, and 720 x 1280 pixels - for a 312 ppi density (not the sharpest display around, but still good enough).

Initially running Android Lollipop, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 was updated earlier this month to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Mind you, the phone's UI is reversible: when you flip the device upside down, the interface rotates accordingly. That aside, the handset features JBL Audio speakers, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. You should check out our Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch review to see why we think that this is a good smartphone for its price.

source: Amazon

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OneTouch IDOL 3 (4.7
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016 can get an HTC one M7 for cheaper and it still gets like a dream :D.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Forgot to the specs sound off: 4.7in 1080p LCD display/AC WiFi support/great audio (it's a toss up really)/ and the camera isn't absolutely garbage (debatable I suppose). :D.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I say just save a little more money and get a 5x or something similar.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or oneplusX

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah that to or hell just get the oneplus one lol

15. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Redmi 2 Prime is still a far better buy at around $105......

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

But is that compatible with US 4G?

7. sebstin

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

HTC one M7 has huge bezels & thick compared to Idol 3.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The M7's huge bezels is because of the dual BoomSound speakers! I personally do not mind big bezels if it serves a purpose.

8. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Newer is better!

3. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Great phone

5. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Just went to the specs page of the phone... curiously enough, the screens pixel density is listed as both a Pro (High pixel density) and a Con (Low pixel density), so what is it? At least in the review's conclusion is not mentioned... though I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I've been waiting so long for a decent compact Android that I just bought SE

13. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

What's going on with the Idol 4? No news since its official announcement...

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Snapdragon 410? But, at $150, corners have to be cut somewhere. It will probably be a pretty decent entry level smartphone.

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