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Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (3.5) review

 Review: March 2016  
 

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (3.5) is an entry-level smartphone designed as a first phone. Cheap, tiny, light in weight and easy to use, it offers a basic Android experience with social media and games ready installed. It's limited in capability however, and with an under-powered processor, is liable to lag and freeze.

Best buy: Alcatel One Touch Pixi 3 (3. ... from Amazon (£9.99)



 

A simple starter smartphone

The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 is available in different versions, and the 3.5 inch is the cheapest and most basic. It's a very dinky smartphone, with a tiny 3.5 inch screen.

3.5 inches seems impossibly small by modern standards, but it's the same size as the screen of the iPhone 4, so it's not unusable by any means. The screen has a low resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, which equates to a very low pixel density of 165ppi, so everything looks a touch blocky. It's the most basic screen you'll find on any smartphone.

However, the advantage of such a small phone is that it weighs hardly anything and is easily pocketable.

Android KitKat

The Pixi 3 runs Android KitKat 4.4 and is designed to be a starter phone, with a user-friendly setup wizard to guide you through getting your contacts set up, and logging in to social media.

Popular social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Viber and WhatsApp are already installed on the phone, as well as a small selection of games. You also have access to the Google Play apps market.

Performance

The Pixi has some very basic hardware at its core. The processor is dual-core but runs at a sluggish 1GHz, and there's just half a gigabyte of RAM available. This makes the phone slow to respond, with delays opening apps, and a tendency to freeze. So although its marketed at young users, kids may find it a frustrating experience.

The 4GB of storage is enough for storing a few apps, and you can always upgrade the memory with a microSD memory card if you want to store more.

Basic camera

The phone has a 2 megapixel camera on the rear, and it's really just a toy camera. It does have a flash, but don't expect to take anything more than quick snaps. It can record very low resolution, murky video clips too.

Connectivity

We can't really complain about the connectivity of the phone. As well as 3G, you'll find Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB support.

Battery life

Not surprisingly for such a tiny phone, the battery capacity is very limited. You won't get more than a few hours of continuous use before the battery is exhausted. However, on standby, the phone will certainly last all day, and a battery saver option lets you stretch this further.

Conclusion - a cheap starter phone

The One Touch Pixi 3 is obviously intended to be a first phone. It's cheap, compact and limited, but includes all the smartphone essentials. Centered around calling, texting, social media, and with a few games thrown in, it does what you need from a first phone. The only problem is that it's seriously underpowered, so lagging and freezing are unfortunately part of the experience.

There are other cheap smartphones available, and some are notably more capable than the Pixi. You should also take a look at the Huawei Y360, and the Microsoft Lumia 435.


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How do you enable the GPS on the phone?

Asked by Geraldine from England on 18th Mar 2017
I have a driving app that monitors my driving performance as part of my car insurance. This needs GPS enabled to run it.

Reply by Andrew from Wales on 16th Apr 2017
Unfortunately the Pixi 3 (3.5) lacks a GPS sensor, contrary to specs listed on many web sites.

I have the pixi 3 (3.5) and just reading this my phone does NOT have a flash. Why is this??

Asked by Samantha from England on 1st Nov 2016

Reply by Ed from uk on 11th Nov 2016
You don't have flash as there are many variants of same phone. check your exact model under battery or in settings under about phone. search for something like 4009x - note that letter may be different. 4009x is the simplest and most basic pixi 3. if you got dual sim there be "d" instead of "x".

What are correct SMS settings for Alcatel One Touch Pixi 3.5?

Asked by Michael from Australia on 1st Oct 2016
My phone keeps receiving the same past dated SMS each time the phone starts up. This repeating stops if the SIM is placed in another phone. All other SMS arrive once. So the handset itself may have wrong SMS settings that allow one particular SMS to arrive at every start up?

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Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (3.5) user reviews

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Reviewed by andrew from UK on 5th Sep 2016
Worst phone I've ever had! Keyboard is terrible - the symbols are not above the actual keys so you keep striking the wrong letter. The ringtone is too quiet, so you can't hear it. The camera is dreadful. Worst problem, you can't download photos on to your PC and Alcatel can't tell you how to do it. So for goodness sake don't buy one.
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Reviewed by Hans Blom from Netherlands on 30th May 2016
Useless because the wifi realy stinks, worst phone i ever came across.
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Reply by Vic from UK on 16th Apr 2017
My wife wanted this phone because it looked O.K. Should have read your review first. Your are correct it is rubbish.


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