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Whole package

Here's something nice: the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a truly affordable phone that looks good and also makes good on its promises.

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A few specs

With a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display and a few extra surprises, the Idol 3 is worth your notice.

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Camera

It has a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus, and an 8-megapixel lens for selfies.

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Android and then some

A reversible OS is something brand new to phones. The view will flip if you pick up the phone upside down.

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Navigation

Controls for this Android 5.0 handset live as on-screen buttons on the OS's lower strip.

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Buttons

Buttons on either spine almost disappear into the surface, making it tougher to find them by feel.

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Double-tap

Luckily, an optional gesture lets you double-tap to turn the screen on and off.

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External hardware

The Micro-USB port lives on the bottom, just below one of a set of loud JBL speakers.

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A pretty great budget phablet, read more pros and cons in our full Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 review.

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