Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4) review
|Review: March 2016|
In a nutshell: The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4) is a very cheap smartphone designed as a starter phone. Easy to use, with limited functionality, it offers a basic Android experience with social media and games ready installed. It also has the advantage of being very compact and extremely light. Don't expect to do too much with it, however.
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Design & looks
The 4 inch version of Alcatel's OneTouch Pixi 3 is a definite step up from the basic 3.5 inch model. It's still a very compact and lightweight phone - easy to slip into a pocket - and 4 inches of screen is a much more comfortable size for a touchscreen user interface. The screen resolution of the 4 inch model is about 3 times that of the entry-level version, so it's a much sharper screen too.
Like the other One Touch Pixi 3 phones, the 4 inch version runs the Android KitKat 4.4 operating system. It includes a user-friendly wizard to guide you through getting your contacts set up, and logging in to social media. This makes it ideal as a first phone.
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.
Don't expect too much from the Pixi 3. With a 1GHz processor and just 512MB of RAM, the phone can be slow to launch apps, and if you ask it to do too much it will simply freeze or crash.
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.
The phone has front and rear cameras. The main rear-facing camera has a 3 megapixel resolution, with an LED flash, and can also record video. On the front is a very basic VGA camera.
The Pixi 3 is a 3G phone, and also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB support.
The 1400mAh battery of the Pixi 3 is too small, even for a phone with such limited functionality. The battery life is slightly longer than the 3.5 inch model, but it's not going to last for very long if you use the phone continuously.
Conclusion - not bad as a starter phone
The One Touch Pixi 3 (4) could make a good first phone for a young teen. It's cheap and compact, and includes social media and a few games, as well as being able to make calls and send texts. With limited potential for running apps, you don't need to worry that your teenager will spend too long on the phone! Battery life also limits the amount of use you can get from the device.
The 4-inch model is a much better choice than the 3.5 inch version, but there are other smartphones that you should also consider for around the same price, for example the Huawei Y360, and the Microsoft Lumia 435.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4) features include:
- Operating system: Android KitKat 4.4
- 3 megapixel camera with LED flash, plus video recording
- VGA front camera
- Display: 4 inch TFT colour screen, 480 x 800 pixels
- Music player
- Handsfree speaker
- GPS, A-GPS positioning
- Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz, 512MB RAM
- Memory: 4GB plus microSD card slot (32GB)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Networks: 3G, quadband GSM
- Size: 122 x 64 x 11.6 mm
- Weight: 110g
- Battery: 1,400 mAh
- Talktime: 8 hours
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Average rating from 1 review:
Reviewed by Claire
on 4th Sep 2016
This is the worst phone I have ever had, and I don't expect very much from a phone. It is slow to react to touch, v poor camera and is generally frustrating to use. I will be investing a little more in my next phone.