I am known for sporting top of the range smartphones and budget alike and use both, The smartphone market is seeing change now and change for the better if you ask me. We now have phones at the €1000 euro mark which many manufacturers seem to be following and it has become a race to see who an bring out the most expensive phone but people are not buying into it from where I sit.

Another trend which is the better option is mid range pricing for really good devices with the likes of One Plus for example being one and other brands are now following suit and for me this is where people will spend their money and it is proving popular. I love my phones and have a large collection but why would you spend the guts of a grand on a phone that one that is half the price can do, Is it for a status symbol or just one to say I have the latest. The latest does not mean its the best and to be honest i fell into that category but from testing phones you do not need to spend stupid money on a mobile phone anymore.

The next thing is now really good specs for phones sub €200 and it’s happening already but most of these are chinese devices which have to be imported and not available on networks anywhere so you have a problem straight away if something goes wrong and that’s returning it or whats called reverse logistics and this is a huge caveat for people importing devices or any tech for that matter.

Alcatel is a known company and have mobile phones out some time now and they are predominantly sold on tesco mobile and on some other networks, Tesco Mobile Ireland have a large portfolio of mobile phones from them offering a decent phone at a good price giving them an edge especially in the entry level sector. They have now however thrown a spanner in the works for budget smartphones with their new 3V has to offer off the bat.

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The Alcatel 3V can be bought on Tesco Mobile UK right now and comes in several colours and for the price it has much to offer compared to the standard offering and I have been using one a few weeks now and I have to say I was expecting a “MEH” experience but suprisingly enough it was not and for the money you cant really go wrong here.

This phone might have a cheap build but it looks the part and covered up with a decent case this will see you a year no problem once you look after it and dont bog it down with apps,games and images and so which slow phones down over time. The phone would make an ideal first if this is your first Android smartphone or perhaps even a spare device to have at hand, the only gripes I have is the build quality and the RAM which for many its probably enough if you are the social media,email and browsing type it would not be suitable for heavy duty work and heavy multitasking but wil fly along switching between social media accounts and so on as mentioned above I am thought nitpicking here when you look at the cost.

The phone design is quite nice and blends in with current trends on the market its smooth all round but no sweeping edges which is now common but rounded well all over, On the back we have the typical camera set-up which again is decent for its price and the back has a shiny finish but this means fingerprints which is also a common trend today. The camera itself is a bit hit and miss overall but under the right conditions you will get decent snaps which you can check out in the video above.

On the right we have the power keyand sim tray/micro sd card slot and on the left is the volume toggle and all these keys are raised perfectly and have good tactile feedback. On the bottom we have a speaker grille and micro usb port and finally on top is the headphone jack. Overall performance on this device is actually quite good but you will need an SD card as it will slow down once you start loading games,photos and videos. For the money in fairness this is a good device bottled down by the usual RAM factor which can be reduced by using an SD card as mentioned. This device has much to offer for its pricepoint which is only showing flagship features are now moving past mid tier priced phones onto entry level but performance still lacks overall especially for multitasking.

Battery performance will be an issue if you tend to be a powersuer but this device is not aimed at such I could not get a full day out of it but I am a poweruser but the average user who likes social media,you tube web broswing and emails will easily get the full day out of one charge. The phone does come with a case which you will need as the device is mostly madeof plastic which would be a concern if dropped

Selling points

– Full ‘wide-screen’ viewing in 18:9 aspect ratio – ideal for catching up on Netflix
– Dual camera including 12 MP rear camera for professional style photos with Bokeh effect
– Face recognition to unlock phone with a glance – saves time unlocking your phone
– Fingerprint sensor
– dual sim dual standby

– 3000mAh battery

This device is now on sale at tesco mobile and littlewoods sim free.



Also available on post mobile single sim.


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By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.