Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5) review
|Review: March 2016|
In a nutshell: The OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5) is the best of Alcatel's low-cost Pixi 3 family of budget smartphones. With a slim and lightweight, pocket-sized form, it gives you a good basic smartphone experience, with 4G support, a quad-core processor, and a good-sized screen. But it's underpowered for running serious apps, and suffers from poor battery life.
Design & looks
The 4.5 inch version of Alcatel's One Touch Pixi 3 series has a longer screen than the 4 inch model, but the same width. It's slimmer than the cheaper models, and is quite a nice-looking phone for the price.
The screen has the same rather basic 218ppi resolution as the 4 inch version, and is at the bottom end of what you might expect for a phone costing between £50 and £100.
Just like the other Pixi 3 phones, the 4.5 inch version runs Android KitKat 4.4. 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.
The phone comes in two different versions - a 3G version with a dual-core processor, and a 4G version with a quad-core Mediatek MT6735M processor. Neither version is particularly powerful, and the Pixi 3 is only suited to running core apps and simple games.
Onboard memory is 4GB, with an option to add a microSD memory card up to 32GB. This is enough for a phone of the Pixi 3's potential, as it's unlikely that you'll be downloading too many apps.
The phone has a 5 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and HD video recording, plus a front VGA camera. It's fair to say that photography isn't the phone's strong point, but it enables quick snaps and video clips.
The Pixi 3 (4.5) comes in two versions. One supports 3G and quad-band 2G, and the other also has 4G LTE network support in addition. Both also have support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
The 4.5 inch model of the Pixi 3 has a larger battery than the smaller versions, and battery life is acceptable, but not exceptional.
Conclusion - basic, but cheap
The One Touch Pixi 3 (4.5) is the best of the Pixi 3 family. With a faster processor, larger screen, 4G connectivity and a slimmer form, it's a match for many other smartphones in the under-£100 price bracket.
There are better choices however, such as the EE Harrier Mini, Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 or the Microsoft Lumia 640. But all of these phones are limited in some way, and it's hard to find a really good smartphone for less than £100.
Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5) features include:
- Operating system: Android KitKat 4.4
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, plus 720p video recording
- VGA front camera
- Display: 4.5 inch TFT colour screen, 480 x 854 pixels
- Music player
- Handsfree speaker
- GPS, A-GPS positioning
- Processor: Quad-core Mediatek MT6735M, 4x1.1GHz, 1GB RAM
- Memory: 4GB plus microSD card slot (32GB maximum)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Networks: 4G LTE, 3G, quadband GSM
- Size: 132 x 65 x 10 mm
- Weight: 125g
- Battery: 1,780mAh
- Talktime: 9 hours
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Reviewed by Renee
from Uk midlands
on 24th Sep 2016
This phone is great. But some how sometimes loses my contacts and texts are displayed as just numbers and no names. Sometimes turning it off and on resolves this. However currently baffled how to get my sim contacts to show up again.