Alcatel One Touch Idol 3: A Family Room in Your Pocket

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3
Recently, I was provided with an Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 for review. The Idol 3 is available in both a 4.7″ and 5.5″ configuration. Since I was provided with a 5.5″ model, that’s what I will focus on.

At this point I should probably tell you that a) I’m not my “mommyblogger” wife and b) I’m an electrical engineer and c) my daily driver is an iPhone 6+. (In other words, what you’re reading right now has most likely been passed through an editor’s filter with the “people don’t want to get that technical honey” setting turned on.)

The Idol 3 is a smartphone running Android Lollipop 5.0.2, available on the Telus network here in Canada. It offers a 5.5″ full HD 1080p (that means it has the same number of pixels as the HDTV in your family room) featuring technicolor Color Enhance technology, and stereo speakers by JBL. What that translates to is a powerful mobile entertainment device. When I was field testing the Idol 3 at my office, more than one fellow engineer had to stop and remark about the quality of the sound and the display (OK so maybe I was playing the latest Star Wars trailer for bait; sue me).
Alcatel One Touch Idol 3
But the Idol 3 is more than just a family room that fits in your pocket. The Snapdragon processor and the 2GB of RAM make for a snappy response when launching and running apps, something other devices have suffered with in the past. Plus, those devices did not have to also provide complete reversibility. That’s right: the Idol 3 has no “right way up”. You just lift and use; it automatically re-orients itself upright no matter which way you turn it, and it does so with a clean smoothness that I appreciated.

Android has come a long way since the last iteration I used with any frequency (Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean), and while I am personally too immersed in the iPhone ecosystem to leave it for a ‘droid, if I ever had to use an Android phone, the Idol 3 would definitely be on my short list of devices to switch to.

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 Specifications (5.5″ Model)

  • Capacity: Single SIM 16GB, Dual SIM 32GB
  • OS: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
  • Display: 5.5″ Full HD display
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa Core (4×1,5Ghz + 4x1Ghz)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Cameras: 13 MP rear, 8 MP front
  • Sound: Dual speakers 2×1,2W
  • Battery: 2910 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4mm
  • Weight: 141g

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Idol 3. It is an amazing entertainment device that also handles other smartphone tasks with aplomb. I would definitely recommend this device to anyone looking for a new Android phone.

This post was written by my hubby! He says he is “A husband, a father, and an engineer. In that order.”

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23 Responses to Alcatel One Touch Idol 3: A Family Room in Your Pocket

  1. Wanda Tracey says:

    The Alcatel Touch Idol 3 sounds nice and techie for a phone.
    I need to get a new phone and enjoyed the great review on it.
    Thanks so my much.

  2. Ronald Gagnon says:

    Wow can I use this upgade

  3. Cheryl says:

    Looks like a great phone I will have to check it out 🙂

  4. kristen visser says:

    I totally need this phone! love the Full HD display and battery life

  5. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I really need this to replace my 8 year old, and I and pleased to hear the Idol 3 is a smartphone running Android Lollipop 5.0.2, available on the Telus network as I am a telus customer

  6. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I really need this to replace my 8 year old, and I and pleased to hear the Idol 3 is a smartphone running Android Lollipop 5.0.2, available on the Telus network as I am a telus customer

  7. kathy downey says:

    Will have a look its sound like a neat phone

  8. kathy downey says:

    Will have a look its sound like a neat phone

  9. elizamatt says:

    Sounds like a pretty good little phone. Thanks for the post 🙂

  10. Nicole Aben says:

    Looks like a good option!

  11. Nicole Aben says:

    Looks like a good option!

  12. kristen visser says:

    omg i need this phone in my life! the size of the screen, the battery life and camera ….who wouldn’t want this phone!!??

  13. Cheryl says:

    Looks like a great little phone! I will have to check it out when I am due for an upgrade 🙂

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  15. GS Wong says:

    the quality of the sound and the display excites me the most about the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3?

  16. sambows says:

    I am most excited about winning because I have never had a cel. phone and the large display will be easy for me to see.

  17. Darlene Schuller says:

    I don’t have a phone so I’ve been kind of doing my research on them. This one so far I really like.. the more I read the more appealing it is.

  18. Heidi C. says:

    Thanks for the awesome review. It sounds like a pretty good smartphone.

  19. SueSueper says:

    I really like the reversibility aspect. I frequently have to rotate my phone before I can use it.

  20. Darlene Schuller says:

    My doctor keeps telling me I need to invest in a cellphone for emergency purposes, they are so expensive, this one seems a pretty good deal though!

  21. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the great review,someday im going to invest in one

  22. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the awesome review, It a very nice phone.I love mine ! Yes finally i got a phone

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