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Among all the possible choices, it becomes difficult to choose the smartphone that best suits your needs.For heavy or occasional use, the models to be chosen will not be the same.Already at the level of the operating system of this Idol 3 16 GB: here, it is an Android with all the Alcatel ecosystem that goes with it.
Now let’s see the results of our situational testing.
The design of this Idol 3 16 GB corresponds to an entry-level product.It’s a model that’s mostly intended for troubleshooting.In short, if you choose it, it will be mainly for its price.
|Avoid choosing this phone for|
|Taking pictures or filming|
What does mobility look like?
The main advantage of a smartphone is to be connected everywhere and therefore to be mobile. If for you, a phone is just for making calls, you probably won’t need a smartphone.
Idol 3 16 GB’s really small.Indeed, with its 5.2 inches, it is one of the smallest models currently available on the market.
That means it’s not practical for internet browsing.Watching movies will be less enjoyable.It is in these cases that you will regret a bigger screen.
Also note that wifi will be available to accompany you.This means that the connection will be easier during your internet browsing.This smartphone comes with GPS.You know where you stand.Important when you’re away from home.
Considered as a gadget by some, it does not manage packages or multiple operators.You can only have one active plan with this phone.It will force those who have a local package and who bring their phone with them when they travel, to take out the card and put in the one for the country of destination.
No protection on the screen of this Idol 3 16 GB.No protection against scratches or shocks that can occur during the lifetime of all smartphones.It is a good idea to purchase an adaptable screen protector as a complement.A negative point, however, is the battery capacity.With a power of 2800 mAh, you will be forced to recharge more often.As a precaution, you may have an external battery available nearby.
Alcatel did not choose to install the fast charge feature on this model.Convenient to use, it would have made it possible to recharge quickly.
The right model for multimedia use?
Smartphones have become the new televisions.It’s a device that is always at hand.You can also simply listen to music.Because of the power of smartphones and their connectivity, you can watch whatever you want.Careful, that doesn’t mean any smartphone will do.
On the multimedia side, the Idol 3 16 GB is well done.It’s comparable to competing products.Its 5.2 -inch screen offers a good quality result.It will be a nice tool to see small videos on social networks.A result obtained thanks to a sufficient screen resolution of 1080 x 1920.
This includes an IPS LCD screen.That is to say that it offers very good colours and very wide viewing angles.
For the audio part, Alcatel wanted to do well.You have an input for the 3.5mm plug of your headphones.
Bluetooth technology will allow you to listen to music with connected devices.The sound result is of a good level.
And, on the nice but missing functionality side, we have the stereo speakers; the mono sound is shallower.
Alcatel’s smartphone: a good choice for making video calls?
Games are performance consuming.The same applies to the ever-increasing number of applications that reduce battery capacity.For smooth and responsive rendering on 3D video games, it is necessary to combine a good processor with a good graphics processor.In short, the more advanced the components are, the better the gameplay will be.
Our tests put this Idol 3 16 GB at the bottom of the list in terms of power.The components are starting to date (Mediatek MT6753 (28 nm) processor), and the quality is less good.The visual result is below other smartphones in this category.
As far as RAM is concerned, this model is lightweight to say the least.You will only have 16 GB for your videos and music.Knowing that some users need more space, Alcatel has provided a free space for an extension.
If you play a lot for several hours you will find that the battery is low.The result is at the bottom of our ranking.The power of 2800 mAH will require you to recharge during the day.
For the latest generation of applications, this also requires performance.The reading comfort of this model is good.It is a model in the standard of the moment: 423* pixels per inch, and a screen of 5.2 inches.All the documents that you have downloaded will be properly displayed on the screen.
Finally, it should be noted that NFC (contactless payment) is not possible with this smartphone.
For audio or video use?
Having become an essential use of smartphones, the photo function has made great strides since the first generations.For a long time, manufacturers have been communicating about the millions of pixels their devices were equipped with.However, this is not the only criterion to be taken into account.Being able to share photos taken with one click is also important.Alcatel has long been designing smartphones with top quality photo sensors.
The company has done the bare minimum in this case.In fact, there is only one camera on this phone.
This Idol 3 16 GB has a photo resolution of 13 Mp, identical to its competitors.You can be sure to make good quality photos and videos.However, it does not have HDR technology.
It’s not the best device for making selfies.So photo retouching is not exceptional.This Idol 3 16 GB is good for telephoning, but not for retouching images.
This phone offers very little space: 16 GB; this is the smallest phone available.Forget about your music and movies, in addition to your many applications.It will be necessary to transfer your contents to other backup spaces very quickly.
In short, the Idol 3 16 GB, the right choice?
The design of this Idol 3 16 GB corresponds to an entry-level product.It’s a model that’s mostly intended for troubleshooting.In conclusion, it’s a pricey choice.