A rare smaller-screen Android handset that's worth its price, Alcatel's 4.7-inch Idol 3 is a solid buy for those seeking a low-cost, sub-5-inch phone.
This mini-me 4.7-inch version of the Idol 3 delivers robust Android features at a surprisingly low cost.
Bonus features and a low price make this a high-performing budget phone.
Don't rely on the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3C's features to stand out, use the replaceable back covers instead.
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These two new devices are very different, but both are low-price mobiles designed to lure in those shopping for their first smartphone.
The 4.7-inch smartphone will be available direct to consumers starting August 14.
Delivering midrange features at an entry-level price, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is the company's best smartphone to date -- and a great deal for the money.
The Idol 3 is a pleasant package for deal-seekers looking for an Android phone that punches above its weight.
If you can put up with some minor flaws, the Idol 3 -- which costs less than half the price of a premium smartphone -- is a top contender.
The unlocked smartphone arrives a few days ahead of schedule and with a lower-than-expected price.