I have been using the Alcatel 3 for a few weeks now and for the money you can’t really go wrong for the most part anyway but with biometrics on board via fingerprint scanner and faceunlock seeing these technologies at this price-point is a good thing as we all know you get the same heading the other direction at €1000 worth phones.

Build quality is fine considering the price its got a nice blue sheen on the back acting like a mirror if you will but its made with plastic which mimics glass backed devices but you have to cut corners somewhere along the line to get some features. One area where you wont be blown away is the RAM which is the lower end of the norm and for heavy users you can pass this device on for sure.


Even loading up image folders you will notice the lag and with some games too but will handle the average pastime game no problem at all. Image quality is actually not bad but bright conditions are required and they are generally good as you can see below and the same applies to video shooting both available resolutions.  In short in the dark move on but most smartphones struggle in these conditions and for a 99 euro phone to the same is expected.

This phone is really ideal for first timers to Android or teenagers as its cheap and does more or less anything higher prices do but really if you are using for just browsing emails and social you will be fine it gets you buy and does not cost the earth to get the feel for Android and then you can move up in price and get some more like the ALCATEL 3V we reviewed a while ago.  You can buy the Alcatel 3 on eir for 99 euros pay as you go and the 3V is available on Tesco Mobile for €159.99



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.