Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch Review

Introduction


One of the biggest surprises this year has been Alcatel. That’s not an understatement because they can be given credit for starting this whole focus on the “premium” mid-range market with the introduction of its Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 5.5-inch back in May, showing us exactly what budget-conscious devices are capable of delivering. Taking nearly everything about what that particular smartphone has to offer, and repackaging it in a significantly smaller chassis, what we have now is the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch – a smartphone that’s sure to pique interest with its hard-to-overlook $180 outright cost.

The package contains:

  • Alcatel Onetouch 3 4.7-inch
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Get start guide
  • Stereo headphones
  • Important information

Design

Compact and sleek, its diminutive size is so refreshing in an age of phablets.

There’s really nothing really new with its design that we didn’t get otherwise with its larger-sized sibling, other than the obvious fact that they’ve just shrunken its size down tremendously to make it incredibly compact. And that’s what’s so great about its design, since it feels like the perfect size in our hand – allowing us to comfortably stretch our thumb to reach all four corners of its display. Best of all, it’s decently constructed with its plastic matte finished chassis, and it’s remarkably lightweight at 110g.

Just like before, it features all the same ports and buttons found on the 5.5-inch version – so that includes its volume controls on its right edge, microUSB port and mic on the bottom, 3.5mm headphone jack and noise cancelling mic on the top, and the power button and combinational microSD/microSIM slot on the left. Thankfully, it too retains the same pair of front-firing JBL Audio by Harman speakers.


Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (4.7

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (4.7")

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.59 x 0.3 inches

134.6 x 65.9 x 7.55 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches

142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Motorola Moto X Style

Motorola Moto X Style

Dimensions

6.06 x 3 x 0.44 inches

153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

Huawei P8 lite

Huawei P8 lite

Dimensions

5.63 x 2.78 x 0.3 inches

143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

4.62 oz (131 g)

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (4.7

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (4.7")

Dimensions

5.3 x 2.59 x 0.3 inches

134.6 x 65.9 x 7.55 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches

142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Motorola Moto X Style

Motorola Moto X Style

Dimensions

6.06 x 3 x 0.44 inches

153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

Huawei P8 lite

Huawei P8 lite

Dimensions

5.63 x 2.78 x 0.3 inches

143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

4.62 oz (131 g)

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Display

Mesmerizing to the eye, its rich colors and potent glow makes us think it’s an AMOLED we’re dealing with here.

The Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch is fashioned with a 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display that leverages the same Technicolor Color Enhance Technology to give it a potent, iridescent glow. And that’s arguably one of its highlight characteristics, just because it behaves similarly to AMOLED screens in the process – so that means getting that deep black color, superb viewing angles, and saturated colors.

The screen by and large dishes up the same respectable qualities from before, but when it comes to color accuracy, it wouldn’t be classified as perfect. Rather, it has a colder toned ~7300K color temperature, gamma value of 2.14, and colors that are a bit overblown under the sRGB color spectrum chart. The colors of magenta, in particular, show more deviance as they’re influenced by the color blue.

Regardless of that, the end result can’t be overlooked, as it produces a potent 606-nit luminance that enables us to view it in all sorts of lighting conditions. The best part about it all, the display just bears this mesmerizing glow that catches our attention the moment we look at it.



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