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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.


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.


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.


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.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (3.5) features include:

User questions

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How do I use my phone PIXIE3(35)?

Asked by JEAN EDE from UK on 19th Nov 2018
Cannot read manual writing too small.

Does the Alcatel pixi 3 support WhatsApp?

Asked by Elizabeth from Ghana on 15th Nov 2018

Does it support whats app?

Asked by james from Netherlands on 5th Jul 2018

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Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (3.5) user reviews

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Average rating from 7 reviews:

Reviewed by Kate from G.b. on 3rd Jan 2018
Downloaded one app on new phone. Now no storage space left. All existing unwanted apps not uninstallable so basically no space for own choice apps.

Reviewed by ADA from United Kingdom on 4th Dec 2017
It is very good for basic things like the map function and browsing on news sites. Fast charging and quick factory reset if you don’t want the apps you downloaded. Compared to previous version, you can see the %charged when connected to the charging cable even when phone is switched off.

Reviewed by Joe from United Kingdom on 16th Nov 2017
Please do not purchase, I bought this phone and smashed it within 24hrs and they tell you and the 3 shop that it's non refundable,I shouldve clocked. Worse phone in the entire world. Stay faraway, won't type properly, screen goes blanck and you think its dead because you press everything and still won't come up until it decides to. Typing is difficult than childs labour.

Reviewed by Jack from England on 10th Aug 2017
Very easy phone to use only £10.00 from ee a good first phone.

Reviewed by Jenny from Uk on 13th Jun 2017
I hate this phone. Texting is impossible as it takes too long and keeps writing words that I haven't!!! My first android and not a good experience. The symbols are not above the keys so I spend more time deleting stuff than actually writing what I want. Camera is rubbish. Might just ditch it and get something else.

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.

Reviewed by Hans Blom from Netherlands on 30th May 2016
Useless because the wifi realy stinks, worst phone i ever came across.

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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