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Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5) review

 Review: March 2016  

Rating: 3 stars

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.

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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.

Android KitKat

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.

Twin cameras

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.

Battery life

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:

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User questions

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I have lost my ring tone?

Asked by doreen from uk on 27th Feb 2018
also no text message sound

How long does it take to fully charge a new phone?

Asked by Mary from New Zealand on 14th Oct 2016

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 (4.5) user reviews

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Average rating from 4 reviews:

Reviewed by Sir_Guy from Classified on 25th Feb 2018
For the pixi 3 (4.5).

Its con's are its low storage and occasional overheating. It also has a bad camera.

Its pros are the SD card slot and the UI is the best (in my opinion). I also like the size and feel of it.

Some things I would change with this phone is the storage capacity and the camera.

For only $80 it is a very good phone. I would not recommend it for professionaluse, (Photography, midi sequencing, autoCAD stuff, computer programming, etc.) But it is great for messaging and small games (Minecraft, pixel dungeon, clash of clans, etc.)

Reviewed by Derek from United Kingdom on 24th Apr 2017
This phone is inadequate. So let me just give you the main points from someone with no ego to flex: memory is abject; the keyboard touch accuracy is horrendous, even on max size; the phone is very, laggy.

Reviewed by Jeff from England on 12th Feb 2017
The Alcatel one touch pixi 3 is the worst phone ever created. You CAN'T go on YouTube as on my one it is broken. You CAN'T go on the Internet for 5 seconds before you start wanting to kill yourself as is slower than my Nan. You CAN'T install many apps as the storage is unbelievably tiny. The graphics are TERRIBLE, the general quality is TERRIBLE and the size of the phone is TERRIBLE, you can just about see the screen through a microscope. Don't even get me started about the camera quality.
However it does call people 👍🏻 so does it job. So if you just want to call people then this phone is for you for just 20.
Still a rip of.

Reply by Islandtech from Dominica on 4th Apr 2017
This phone is great I had it for almost a year now the only thing it has to much technical features if you don't know how to use this phone you will never enjoy it but for me am a I.T tech I know how to use it works good in Dominica it roams good around the Caribbean to,I guess the performance of the phone has to do with your network performance or the type of service plan you have with them.

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.

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